The Many Benefits of a Foot Massage Before Bed

Husband giving a foot massage to his wife at home

At the end of a long day, there’s really nothing that feels better than having your feet massaged. During the day, our feet swell up and become fatigued, and these effects become even worse if you’re wearing uncomfortable shoes.

Right before bedtime is the ideal time to give yourself a foot massage or to give or get one from your significant other. Let’s take a closer look at how reflexology foot massage and couples massage NYC can improve your health and relationship before bed.

How a Foot Massage Can Help You

There are many physical and mental benefits associated with getting a foot massage, especially if you get that massage at the end of the day before going to sleep. A foot massage helps improves blood circulation, regardless of whether you have a sedentary job or have been on your feet all day. It can also help to prevent injuries of the feet and ankles when combined with regular stretching and exercise.

Some studies have shown that reflexology foot massages may reduce anxiety and depression in both the short-term and the long-term. They also have a way of lowering pressure, reducing migraines, and alleviating symptoms of menopause and PMS.

One big reason that the hours right before bedtime are great for foot massages is because they are known to promote better sleep. By relaxing the nerves and boosting circulation, your body becomes more naturally prepared for rest. One of the best acupressure points in your foot to promote sleep is around the large plantar pad of your big toe. Press your thumb into this region and massage for about a minute on each big toe. The bottom of the foot is another great area to massage to promote restful sleep.

With all of those benefits and so many more, how can you not afford to get or give a foot massage tonight?

Foot Massage and Your Relationship

Not only can foot massage benefit your health, but it can also have a positive impact on your relationship. The benefits of foot massage are increased even more when you have a significant other massage your feet and then return the favor.

Set the mood for relaxation and romance with some dim lighting, soft music, a candle, and aromatherapy massage oil. Couples massage for the feet can be a “no strings attached” way to unwind before bed with your sweetheart, or they can be a form of foreplay and intimacy. Either way, couples massage is a great way to bond with your partner, and it doesn’t even take much time out of your busy schedule. But plan to spent at least 10-15 minutes on each foot massage for the best results.

Professional Reflexology Foot Massage

Regular foot massage in the comfort and convenience of your own home is an important routine to get into. But if you are suffering from more severe pain, anxiety, or stress, (or you just want to treat yourself and your partner to something special) you may want to seek out the professional hands of an experienced reflexologist.

Aura Wellness Spa offers reflexology foot massage in a relaxed setting with a combination of massage techniques, squeeze and release movements, and pressure-point pushing on specific parts of the feet. Contact us today to book your professional foot massage in NYC!