After a long day of being on your feet, walking home from work or even just squeezing your feet into a pair of uncomfortable shoes, a simple foot massage can make a world of difference. But knowing how to give yourself a good massage makes all the difference. Consider this just one of many ways to practice self-care, by giving your tootsies some much-needed TLC — or asking a partner to do it for you.
(As a quick note: Be careful when receiving a foot massage during pregnancy. Some pressure points may cause contractions.)
Here's how to give a foot massage like a pro:
Regardless of whether you're on the receiving end of a foot massage or you're the one giving it, you both will experience many benefits, Even if you are simply massaging your own feet, it can still be a rewarding and satisfying way to end your day.
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A version of this article was originally published in April 2008.
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