Remember those necklaces you made out of chunky wooden pieces for your mother? They were terribly ugly â€“ even when chunky was in â€“ but she adored them nonetheless. Gifts that show an effort will always be appreciated; but gifts that show an effort AND make the recipient reach nirvana are hard to beat. With that, dim the lights, light your candles, grab massage oil or lotion and tell your sweetheart to wash those tootsies â€“ thoroughly! â€“ because Twinkle Made Easy lays out the basics of giving a knock-out foot massage.
Step One: A stroking motion helps warm up the foot and stimulate circulation. Wrap your hands around the foot and apply pressure with your thumbs, moving from the toes, over the arch, to the ankle. Reverse direction and repeat. Flex the foot and continue the stroking motion on the bottom of the foot.
Step Two: Pivoting can be very relaxing or extremely ticklish if not done properly! Start with your thumb on the sole of the foot, just below the big toe. Apply pressure and begin to roll your thumb back and forth. Lighten the pressure and move onto the next toe.
Step Three: To knead the foot, make a fist and press your knuckles into the sole in a rocking movement. Move your hand slowly from the heel to the toes and back.
Step Four: Let your fingers roam â€“ applying pressure, walk your fingers and thumbs across the entire surface of the foot.
For the ticklish types, apply more pressure. Hopefully your darling will give you verbal feedback â€“ as in â€˜oooâ€™s and â€˜aaahhhâ€™s â€“ so listen and take cues! Always finish on one foot before moving onto the second and if you find your hands cramping, shake them out between steps.
A slow paced massage will induce an out-of-body relaxation; a more fast-moving massage acts as a stimulator, leaving you to decide the mood for the rest of your Valentineâ€™s Day evening.