Foot massage is an effective way to relieve swelling and sense of fatigue in the legs, as well as improve the condition of the whole body. It’s important to perform the procedure correctly to achieve maximum results.  What types of foot massages are and how to perform them correctly?


  • What foot massage gives Impact zones 
  • Types
  • Classic 
  • Therapeutic
  • Anti-cellulite
  • Vacuum 
  • Acupressure 
  • Thai
  • Pedicure
  • Guasha
  • Shiatsu
  • Self-massage

What does foot massage give:

Hundreds of sensitive nerve endings are located on the feet, which, when exposed to them, pass into an excited state. This is manifested by a powerful tonic effect on the all body.  The same thing happens when you massage your shins or thighs.

Impact of massage:

  • activation of the brain: mental performance increases, headache passes;
  • improving the functioning of the nervous system, including relieving stress and suppressing depression;
  • getting rid of the feeling of fatigue by improving blood circulation.  Thanks to the acceleration of blood circulation, the work of the heart also improves;
  • prevention of edema and muscle atrophy due to the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that controls the contractile function of muscles;

Based on the selected functions, the indications are determined:

  • headache;
  • swelling of the legs and a feeling of heaviness;
  • arthritis and osteoarthritis – as prescribed by a doctor and under his supervision;
  • stress, depression, insomnia;
  • problems with the gastrointestinal tract and esophagus;
  • cellulite.

Impact zones:

   The entire leg, from top of the leg to the tips of the toes.  It is divided into three components:

  • thigh – part from top of the leg to knee;
  • shin – from knee to ankle;
  • foot – from ankle to the toes on both sides.

   Some types of massage effects are intended only for one area, others can be applied to each of them.  We will analyze massage techniques in order to know how to heal your body.

Massage species

In massage practice, there are more than 20 varieties of techniques for interact with feet, legs and thigh types:

  • classic or basic;
  • massotherapy for recovery from illness or surgery;
  • Anti-cellulite to improve metabolic processes and eliminate the “orange peel”;
  • Vacuum to improve skin elasticity, remove toxins and improve blood circulation;
  • Acupressure – impact on reflexogenic points;
  • Thai, performed by the hands of a master with a special stick;
  • pedicure, which is part of the pedicure procedure.
  • Specific types: Guasha;  Shiatsu.
  • According to the result of exposure, massage is:
  • relaxing;
  • tonic.

   The result is determined by the strength and intensity of pressing – the stronger and sharper the movements, the more tonic the effect will be.

Classic massage

 ° The basic technique includes a number of simple effects, for the implementation of which you do not need to know specific bioactive points or be able to use a massage stick.

Classic massage:

  • improves blood circulation;
  • relieves puffiness and eliminates the feeling of fatigue;
  • relaxes the limbs;
  • has a positive effect on the work of the brain and mental activity.

The working zones are the lower leg and thigh.

Step-by-step instruction

   The procedure can be performed on dry or moist skin.  To moisturize, use any natural oil or cream that does not contain a lot of fatty components.

  1. Massage your leg with light stroking movements, without pressing hard on the skin.  Movements should be as light as possible in order to relieve muscle tension and achieve relaxation;
  1. Strengthen the stroking, adding a little pressure with the brushes.  Rub your feet while warming up your skin.  Depending on the speed of movement, stroking at this stage has a calming or tonic effect.
  1. Knead the selected part of the leg – squeeze, stretch the skin, massage the folds.  Make movements confidently, but without pronounced pain;
  1. Grasp the lower leg or thigh with your hands as much as possible and start twisting the skin – one hand moves to the fingers, the other in the opposite direction;
  1. Relax the wrist, slightly spread your fingers to the sides and start “chopping” the leg with the edge of your palm.  Do not hit too hard – the blows should be felt, but not uncomfortable
  1. Finish with stroking to relax the muscles.


  Therapeutic massage is a part of rehabilitation after complex fractures, leg surgery and other injuries. The purpose of the action is stimulation metabolic processes to restore damaged tissues, eliminate limb stiffness. Also, therapeutic massage is used to correct a flat foot, with eliminate limb stiffness.


  1. massage is prescribed based on a specific situation – doesn’t exist universal step-by-step instruction for it;
  1. only a specialist can carry out massages like this.  Especially after operations and procedures.
  1. has many contraindications, therefore, your course should starting with hospital examination.

(Doctor, pharmacist): “poorly done massage therapy can have the opposite effect and worsen the situation, so do not self-medicate.”

   One of the types of therapeutic massage is lymphatic drainage.

   Human lymphatic system is biologic filter that plays an important role in metabolism and cleansing cells of toxins.

   We recommend to undergo a course of lymphatic drainage massage at least 2 times a year to speed up lymph flow and prevent the formation of edema. It is possible to improve the work of the lymphatic system only with the help of targeted action.

lymphatic drainage massage types:

  • manual
  • machine

   Manual type involves the pressing on the skin and machine is performed using special devices and fixtures.

   One of the popular methods for activating lymphatic drainage is pressotherapy. During the procedure, the client is put on special pants, where air is supplied. Pressure is created, which forces stagnant biological fluids to move intensively. The drainage effect is also achieved with the low-charge.  Machine method can be realized only in specialized medical institutions and beauty salons.


  • Any kinds of  tumors
  • infectious diseases.
  • cardiovascular disease
  • thrombosis
  • varicose (2 and 3 form)
  • neurological disorders


Anti-cellulite massage is performed on problem areas – thighs or legs. This excludes the knee area from the outside and inside.

   Before starting the procedure, it is recommended to warm up the skin, ideally take a warm shower or bath to make it more pliable. Oil is applied as desired. If you want to improve the sliding of your hands, use a special anti-cellulite massage product from the brands Green Pharmacy and Vitex.


Rubbing with palms. Pressing with different strengths from shin to hip.

Pulling  the skin with pinches to break up fat cells

Tapping with bent fingers

Alternate all this moves for 30-60 minutes. This technic recommending to undergo 10-15 times but only 3 for a week


  • pregnancy
  • infection’s
  • varicose veins
  • thrombosis


Vacuum or cupping massage is designed to improve skin elasticity, shape correction, reduce size and remove cellulite. Also recommending to:

  • reduce fatigue
  • recover after plastic surgery
  • remove stretch marks
  • improve muscle tonus


  1. using oil to lubricate the skin to improve slide
  1. Use the instructions. The retraction should not exceed 1.5 cm (0.6 Inch). You shouldn’t feel pain
  1. move the medical cups over the skin so as not to injure it
  1. Rotate clockwise in problem areas
  1. 3-5 minutes per zone. Session 20 minutes maximum. No more than 2 times for a week


Acupressure massage is an effect on certain bioactive points on the foot in order to activate certain processes in the body, including to improve the functioning of internal organs.

   Also, massage is called Chinese because it was discovered there several centuries ago and is still very popular.


  1. Begin the procedure by stretching your legs.
  2. Start from the top – from the tips of the toes and gradually move to the heel;
  3. Warm your feet after the procedure


  1. increased body temperature
  2. pregnancy
  3. thrombosis
  4. tumors
  5. osteomyelitis


Thai massage is another type of acupressure based on pressure on bioactive points. Despite the name, the origin of Thai massage was laid in India, where the body was kneaded with the help of special sticks.

2 types:

  • manual
  • using special stick

   Manual type very similar to the previous one so we’ll pay attention to the second

   Thai massage with sticks is performed in any area of the leg and most often affects  from the hip joint to the tips of the fingers

   Thai massage with sticks is performed in any area of the leg and most often affects the part from the hip joint to the tips of the fingers

   Sticks is wooden item with a rounded edges 15-20 centimeters (5.9-7.8 inches) long. Edges usually have different size to change amount of pressure. Beech, redwood, mango tree is the most widespread variations of sticks material

What you may to know about this massage:

  1. To reduce  painful you should to reapply oil on all the limb
  2. You should choose specific  point. In first session you can visit specialist to familiarize some of them
  3. If you feel pain, you need to change the side of the stick with a large diameter
  4. Affect on each point for 1-3 minutes without stopping


  1. infections and onychomycosis inclusively
  2. tumors
  3. blood pressure
  4. osteoporosis


Pedicure massage is part of a pedicure procedure to relax and release legs tension. Usually makes after processing and painting  toenails. at the final stage.

  1. using special cream or oil lubricate your limbs
  2. make circular motion to stretch your foot  going up and down
  3. massage every finger separately
  4. Pay attention to the midfoot, an area where muscle tension often occurs. This area can be stretched with a hand, clenched into fist
  5. make shift of your midfoot upper and downer using two hands
  6. end your procedure with stroking to reduce tone of the muscles

   There are no contraindications for such a massage, with the exception of open wounds, allergic and infectious rashes, painful calluses and corns, which cause discomfort. During pregnancy, you should to refrain from massage procedures.

   There are no contraindications for such a massage, with the exception of open wounds, allergic and infectious rashes, painful calluses and corns, which cause discomfort. During pregnancy, you should to refrain from massage procedures.


Guasha massage is a Buddhist technique. Using scrapers made of natural materials, they performed therapeutic massages

 This technique not point one. You should massage some part of a foot which is responsible for corresponding viscus

Guasha Principles:

  1. It is not necessary to lubricate the skin. It does not matter
  2. Move your hands from top to down, in turn, horizontal movements can be any variations
  3. To massage the feet, it is recommended to use a narrow horn-shaped scraper or the corner of a square instrument – this will help to cover all points on the leg
  4. You need to press so that the skin should turn red
  5. Move over the skin 21-50 times
  6. 25 minutes at maximum
  7. Warm your hands for a couple hours

Three influences of Guasha:

  • se-gua is fast and strong movements
  • bu-gua is when slow and weak
  • Pin-bu – slow movements with strong pressure.


  • skin problems
  • pregnancy
  • heart failure
  • elevated body temperature
  • menstruation
  • tumors
  • mental disorders


Shiatsu is a Japanese technique, similar to the classic technique, which was described above. 

What gives Shiatsu massage: 

  • clarification of an organism from the toxins; 
  • relieve the pain in many area’s of   the musculoskeletal system, for example, in the back; 
  • acceleration of metabolism. 


  1. Shiatsu is carried out before bedtime, since the impact on the feet by the acupressure method allows you to relax the body, relieve tension and prevent insomnia; 
  1. massage is performed without the use of creams or oils; 
  1. the impact on the foot is carried out with the thumb, forefinger or middle finger; 
  1. begin and end the massage with a light stroking to relieve tension. 


  1. After warming up the feet, knead your fingers first. Each finger has three pressure points – at the base, exactly in the center and at the very beginning of the nail. The impact begins with the thumb with pressure on each point 5-7 times; 
  2. Pointly act on the points located from the base of the big toe to the heel along one axis;
  3. Move to the heel and activate the points on the lateral sides of the heel; 
  4. Finish the massage with stroking.  Additionally process points that can solve a specific problem. They need to be influenced 5-7 times. 


  • pregnancy and lactation; 
  • chronic diseases in the acute stage; 
  • infectious pathologies; 
  • oncology; 
  • heart or kidney failure.


Self-massage of the legs is an opportunity to mitigate fatigue and tone  body when you can’t visit parlor . If you’ll stick  technique, self-massage can be effective as professional.

   Legs are a part of the body which you are capable to touch with hands, so any of the above techniques, except for the therapeutic one, can be used for self-massage.

   In order for the successful result , we have several self-massage rules:

  1. Follow the technique. Massage is useless if the wrong zones or points are involved;
  1. Use oil or cream only as stated in the instructions. Talc is a good idea if dry massage is difficult. He’ll reduce sliding;
  1. Massage in a standing position is really bad ’cause all muscles are stressing so you can’t massage them well at all. Sitting position are better.
  1. Your placement should maintain room temperature ’cause otherwise muscles stay more tense and the massage stay less productive.
  1. Visit doctor to find out your contraindications. Its really important


  • varicose 
  • menstruations
  • pregnancy
  • skin diseases
  • thrombosis
  • chronic diseases

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