Step 5: Arch press
Releases tension in the inner and outer longitudinal arches. Hold foot as you did in Step 4.
Using the heel of your other hand, push hard as you slide along the arch from the ball of the foot toward the heel and back again. Repeat five times. This part of the foot can stand a little extra exertion on your part, just don’t apply too much pressure. Push your hand along the arch of the foot.
Step 6: Stroking. Repeat step 1
This is a good way to begin and end a foot massage.
Agony of the Feet Relaxing Massage Oil
2 teaspoons (10 ml) castor, jojoba, soybean, or extra-virgin olive oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop German chamomile essential oil
1 drop geranium essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir thoroughly. Yields one treatment.
Use approximately 1 teaspoon (5 ml per foot and massage in completely. Inhale the aroma on your hands before you massage, and continue to breathe deeply, as these particular oils are extremely calming. Put on socks after massage to absorb excess oil and soften feet.