Reduce your stress levels with a simple foot massage

Enjoy a relaxing foot massage that will help reduce your stress levels.

Reduce your stress levels with a simple foot massage

We all stand and walk around on our feet for hours on end each day. Most of us have experienced how good it feels to take off shoes when getting home from a long day at work. And although most of us are homebound at the moment, there is no harm in giving your feet a little extra love. Our feet are often neglected, but by having a simple foot massage we can improve the health of our feet as well as affect our overall health.

Some of the benefits of a five-minute foot massage

There are many benefits to a foot massage, and you don’t need hours to experience them. You only need five minutes to feel these effects. Of course, a longer foot massage is always a better option. You can perform a massage on your own feet or even better, you can get somebody else to do it for you.

Benefits of a foot massage include:

• Helps to improve circulation
• Reduces stress and improves relaxation
• Provides better sleep
• Can help to fight depression and anxiety
• Improves the lymphatic flow and reduces swelling in the foot and ankle area
• May help to reduce headaches
• A foot massage may help to lower high blood pressure
• Using creams or oils can keep the foot moisturised and reduce problems like cracked heels

Easy to follow foot massage

These techniques can be done on your own feet or performed on another person. You can further create an atmosphere of relaxation by playing background music and diffusing some essential oils.

First, it is always a good idea to clean the feet. You can simply wipe them down with a wet wipe, or I prefer soaking in a foot spa or a bowl of warm water. This adds to the whole experience and is relaxing in itself. Make sure you dry off the feet properly after you have finished soaking.

If it is just you or somebody else massaging the feet, it is important in both instances to be comfortable. When massaging your own feet, always make sure you support your back properly. When you are massaging another person’s foot, the best would be to have them lie on the bed with their feet close to the edge. You can then easily kneel on a pillow by the foot of the bed to reach the feet. Remember to place a towel underneath.

Giving a foot massage to someone else

Begin with the right foot first. Take some cream or oil and rub all over the foot. You can even go all the way up the lower part or calf area of the leg. Do this in a smooth movement, slowly and move towards the heart.

Next, gently take hold of the foot with your one hand and use the other hand to hold and squeeze each toe individually. This is a gentle but firm squeezing motion. Follow this by holding the heel of the foot with one hand, then take your other hand and place on top of the foot and bend all the toes forward, follow by pushing them back away from you. You can repeat this three or four times. Leave your one hand holding the heel of the foot and use your other hand to slowly rotate the entire foot clockwise and then anti-clockwise. Repeat this movement a few times.

Next step: You are still busy with the right foot. Take your one hand and place it on top of the foot, in order to keep the foot in place. Now, use the knuckles of your other hand to knead the entire sole. Work from the top to the bottom and up again. You can also take both hands and hold the foot, then use the thumbs to go up and down the bottom of the foot in circular motions.

Finish off your foot massage

Finish off by gently rubbing the entire foot, making sure the motion is up the leg towards the heart and end off by holding the foot for a few seconds. Repeat all the movements on the left foot.

The entire process should take about five minutes, but you can carry on for longer if you wish. After the foot massage, relax for a few minutes with your feet up and enjoy the effects of the relaxing massage.

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Bustling Bangkok: Your post-pandemic must-do guide

Bangkok is wild, vivid and plain roaring relentlessness: here’s a nifty list of incredible must-do items in this iconic South-Asian capital city.

Bustling Bangkok: Your post-pandemic must-do guide

The chaos is inescapable and embraces you almost immediately upon landing in the Thai capital. In sharp contrast to the nasty infamous reputation Thailand holds, the country is far from a mere heap of prostitution, twenty-something party-goers, and middle aged men in crisis. If you’re in Bangkok, here are five must do attractions. Cliché as some may be, you can’t miss these.

The Grand Palace

As the pyramids are to Egypt, and the Taj Mahal to India, the Grand Palace is to Thailand. This majestic complex of buildings oozes gaudiness and glitzy architecture, and is ten times worth the 500 Baht entrance fee. The palace opens at 8:30 daily and is usually swarming with tourists.

Note: Dress appropriately and cover your shoulders. This is a sign of respect, and this rule should be followed when visiting other Thai landmarks and temples too. You won’t be allowed entry otherwise. You can visit the official site here.

Wat Arun: Temple of Dawn

Conveniently situated, this beautiful temple is directly opposite The Grand Palace, so you can stop at there and at this worldly all-white temple along the Chao Phraya River on the same day. One day, two amazing architectural and cultural delights. You can take a boat across from The Grand Palace as most visitors do, and they’re super cheap too.

A floating market

Yes! A floating market. Float down a river, with vendors lined up on the sides while their boats lull gently on the waters, or who cruise by you in boats. Hiring a boat to get this trendy Thai experience is a bit pricey and totally a tourist magnet. Rip-off, really, but still, an absolute must. Once you get over your annoyance at shelling out a few thousand Baht, drifting down the river is serene and it’s fun witnessing the market vendors trying to hustle, rope you in and sell you their wares.

Try to avoid buying souvenirs here though. They’re more expensive than the markets in the city. If you must buy something, don’t forget to bargain. There is a handful of major floating markets, and you’ll have to choose one that suits you best. Damnoen Saduak Market is one of the most popular ones and a choice contender.

Take a cooking class

Food is such an important, intertwined part of travel and such a necessary cultural excursion. Thailand knows this, and feeds off the fact that its cuisine is amazing. For this reason, there are dozens of cooking classes on offer in Bangkok, and they lend an enlightening insight into the ingredients and methods responsible for creating crazily delicious foods. You can find classes simply via a Google search.

Sompong Thai Cooking School simple and interactive classes, with delicious food at the end to be sampled. The class includes a trip to the market with explanations on Thai ingredients, recipe book, all ingredients and, of course, the end result dishes. They’re relatively decently priced, and effortlessly offers alternate vegan or vegetarian ingredients for the meals.

Wander the streets and markets

You can spend hours — several days in fact — weaving your way through the crazy streets and interesting markets, soaking up the electric Thai atmosphere and brilliant Bangkok spirit. There are so many markets, but hey, it’s South-East Asia so that’s expected. You can find anything you’re looking for at a tenth of what you’d pay back home, just don’t forget to bargain for cheaper prices.

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