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How to do the perfect foot massage

Whoever, whenever and whatever the occasion; it’s always nice to treat those we love, or - let's be honest - ourselves, to a ten-minute massage. Here's some tips on how to perfect your foot-massage technique from the expert therapists at the Lush Spa in the UK. 

  1. First things first, it’s important to get your massage partner comfortable. Tuck some folded towels underneath their legs to elevate and relieve any pressure on your partner’s lower back. Ask your partner to breathe in and out deeply; this fills the body with fresh energy and eases tension.
  2. Warm your lotions or massage bar in your hands and lightly pull on the legs and ankles. Stretching both feet will elongate the muscles and allow you to connect with your partner.

  3. Warm both feet (and lower legs) with large sweeping motions to awaken the muscles and ready them for massage. Massage both feet at the same time, if you can. Then pay further attention to with each foot in turn. As you work on one foot, wrap the other in a warm towel to soak up the moisture and any essential oils. Run your thumbs up the center of the foot with a confident, but not too firm, pressure. Circle the pads of your thumbs over the balls of their feet to alleviate any tension.

  4. Apply gentle pressure to the bottom of the foot to release the ache in tired feet after a long day. Reflexology tells us that you can massage your partner's toes to release sinus problems and headaches, each toe and then the big toe. Thumb along the arch of the foot to relieve any spinal discomfort; go gently with this one!

  5. Gently glide your right hand up the leg and pull the ankle with your left to squeeze lactic fluid from the legs and provide a soothing pull. This takes the massage in a complete circle and should leave your partner feeling relaxed with any tensions eased; like they could walk on air.


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