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A foot massage after a long day of work would be like heaven ... if only someone were around to give you one. Forget about feeling sorry for yourself if nobody's around, or willing, to massage your poor, deserving, tired, achy feet; do it yourself.

Gather your materials next to a comfortable seat where you can reach it all. Take off your shoes. Wet your washcloth with hot water. Wring out the cloth. Put a little soap on it. Sit in the comfortable chair.

Wash your feet with the warm washcloth and soap. As you do so, enjoy the warmth and rub your feet as you go. You are being your own heated foot massager. When finished, rinse with the second warm washcloth. Dry gently and thoroughly with one of your towels.

Put a golf ball on the floor, under the ball of one of your feet. Move your foot over the golf ball, rolling it up and back for half a minute. Then roll the ball around in circles under your foot for another 30 seconds. Adjust the pressure and direction of the golf ball for areas of your feet that feel particularly achy. Repeat on the other foot.

Apply foot lotion to your feet: Put lotion on both hands, and rub them together a bit. Then grab your foot, your thumbs grasping the sole. Firmly massage the sole of your foot with your thumbs as you rub on the foot lotion. Grab each toe, and rub the pad of each. Last, run your hands up and down your foot, with your fingers rubbing the top of the foot. Repeat for the other side.

Wrap your feet in the second towel. Relax and let the foot lotion soak in for a few minutes. Then slide on your comfortable slippers.


Giving yourself a foot massage is a nice transition from work to home and a wonderful way to relax. If you don't have a golf ball, use any small ball you may have, like a clean tennis ball or a child's bouncy ball.


If you have diabetes, consult your doctor before doing any sort of foot massage.