Foot Massage Treatment
Your aim in giving a therapeutic foot treatment is to get rid of any residual tension held there.
Start by looking at the feet with your client standing, if they are able to, and then seated or lying down. You need to be asking yourself if both feet look the same, and try to assess if there is any obvious tension in the foot.
When the foot is relaxed the toes should be fairly loose - you should be able to lift them with a finger without feeling much resistance.
Toes should be reasonably straight; many people by the time they get to adulthood will have some deformation in the feet where toes may not be quite straight - this may be due to injury, ill-fitting shoes or bad postural habits - but you are not aiming to try to correct any structural bending of the toes where the bend is sideways at a joint. What you are looking for is to see if the toes either pull up or pull under. This indicates residual tension in the foot. Part of your aim of the treatment is to try and reduce this pulling of the toes either up or under.
As you are massaging you are working on all of the structure of the foot - muscles, fascia and other connective tissue - so you need to start your work from where that tension will be embedded; at the end of the foot in the toes.
You don't need to worry about what it is you are working on, with the exception that you should not be massaging over joints or bone. Your aim is to simply find any areas that are tight, and by your massage, help them to relax.
Watch Maureen Abson treat her client with a detailed foot massage;
Detailed Foot Massage with Maureen Abson
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