They’re the most overworked and under-loved part of your body.
You stand on them 24/7, they help you balance, and it’s estimated that you’ll travel 115,000 miles on them during your lifetime (that 4 times around the globe)
They take you everywhere you need to go. A pair contains 52 bones, 19 muscles, 107 ligaments and more than lightly; you’re on them at least 8 hours a day.
We are, of course, talking about your poor old feet.
If they’re feeling tired, they can affect your entire day, leading to discomfort, fatigue, and stress.
But what if we told you there’s a simple solution to rejuvenate your feet and improve your overall well-being?
That’s right. A foot massage can change your life, and to be honest, few things feel better.
That’s because your feet contain a network of over 7,000 nerve endings and touch receptors. And here at Diamond Thai, our therapists use various methods to stimulate them all.
Your treatment will include techniques like thumb pressure, kneading, and stretching to relieve tension and improve circulation in your feet, heels and toes.
Our foot massage provides a range of benefits, including reduced stress and pain, improved circulation, enhanced relaxation, and improved overall well-being.
It can also provide a little relief for anybody who suffers from foot-related problems such as plantar fasciitis.
One of the biggest questions people often ask before they book with us is ‘’Do you do reflexology?’’
So it would probably help to understand the difference.
Foot Massage V’s Reflexology, Yes There is A Difference
Both foot massage and reflexology target your feet—their complementary therapies which can overlap.
The main difference is that reflexology uses specific pressure points on the soles of the feet to promote natural healing and balance throughout the body. According to reflexologists, each part of the foot corresponds to a specific area of the body, and by applying pressure to these points, they can help alleviate discomfort, improve circulation, and boost the entire body’s natural healing processes.
On the other hand, a foot massage focuses on the entire foot and sometimes even the lower leg. It’s more about relaxation and pain relief for that area rather than the whole body.
Yes, Its Legs Too
During your foot massage with us, the focus is always on the feet.
But your therapist may also massage your lower legs, including the calves and shins. This is because the mussels, tendons and joints in your feet and lower legs are interconnected and can affect one another.
Massaging the lower legs can help improve circulation, relieve tension, and enhance overall relaxation in these areas, making it a valuable addition to the whole massage experience.
If you have any specific concerns or preferences, it’s always a good idea to communicate with your therapist before the massage begins.
How To Get Ready For Your Foot Massage With Us
To get the most out of your foot massage, arrive early to get settled in and have a quick consultation with one of our therapists to discuss exactly what areas you’d like to work on.
If you have any soar spots, be sure to let us know so we can go easy. We like to customise our approach.
To ensure the best possible experience during a foot massage, there are a few things you can do beforehand:
Wear comfortable clothing: Dress in loose, comfortable clothing that allows you to easily remove your shoes and socks.
Keep your feet clean: Make sure your feet are clean and well-groomed before the massage. This will help our therapists maintain a clean and hygienic work environment and make it easier for them to work on your feet.
Avoid lotions and creams: If possible, avoid using lotions or creams on your feet before the massage. These products can make it more difficult for your therapist to grip your skin and may affect the effectiveness of your massage.
Communicate your needs: If you have any specific concerns or preferences, let your therapist know before the massage begins.
Our Foot Massage at Diamond Thai
You can expect to recline in comfort during a foot massage session with us.
Your therapist will start with a short warm-up, then apply pressure to specific points to relieve tension and stimulate circulation.
They may use techniques such as kneading, rubbing, and pressing to address any areas of discomfort or pain. If you have requested a lower leg massage, the therapist will massage your calves and shins, applying pressure to release tension and improve circulation.
We borrow techniques from reflexology, shiatsu and traditional thai massage, which opens up the body’s ‘’sen lines’’ (analogous to the ‘meridians’ in Chinese medicine), inducing a feeling of deep relaxation.
During your foot massage at Diamond Thai, our therapist use a variety of up to 12 techniques to relieve tension, improve circulation, and enhance relaxation. Some of them include the following:
Warm-up curls: This involves placing a hand on either side of the foot and rubbing back and forth to warm up the foot in preparation for what’s to come.
Thumb pressure: Your therapist uses thumbs to apply pressure to specific points on the feet.
Foot stretch: This involves holding each side of the foot and gently spreading it out. This exercises the muscles and tendons of your feet to improve flexibility and range of motion.
Fist work: Your therapist uses their hands to gently squeeze and manipulate the muscles in the balls of your feet.
Toe flex: With your heel in one hand, your therapist will gently and repeatedly bend your toes back and forth with increasing pressure. This is thought to improve your foot’s flexibility.
The Achilles rub: This is a firm, repeated stroking motion down the back of the heel designed to relieve pressure in the Achilles tendon.
Arch massage: Circular massage movements and thumb pressure along the whole arch of the foot.
Heel taps: Your therapist taps the soles and heels of your feet with their fingers to stimulate blood flow and improve circulation.
Side twist: The therapist uses their hands to gently squeeze and manipulate the muscles along the sides and tops of your feet.
Compression points: Applying pressure on specific points across the whole foot to stimulate blood flow and relieve tension.
Toe massage and pull: The therapist applies firm, circular pressure and stretching with their fingers to specific points on the toes.
Final finishing strokes: Your massage will finish with various soothing techniques designed to relax, including some two-handed stretches.
During your massage, your therapist will also pay attention to your comfort and adjust the pressure and the techniques as needed. After all, we wouldn’t want to tickle you!
How Often You Should Get A Foot Massage
It’s really up to you, but the advantages of a good foot massage are thought to be cumulative.
For some, a monthly rub is enough to maintain their physical and mental well-being, while others may benefit from coming to see us more often.
If you have a chronic condition such as plantar fasciitis or experience a high level of stress and tension, it might be a good idea to make more frequent visits.
Our experienced therapists can help you determine the best frequency for your needs. And our flexible scheduling options make it easy to incorporate a regular foot massage into your routine.
Unlike other forms of massage, for which we recommend at least an hour, you can get a lot of mileage out of a foot massage in just 30 minutes.
9 Fantastic Foot Massage Benefits
We constantly abuse our feet, standing and walking for hours on end. And the best thing about a foot massage is the sense of comfort and relaxation you feel on one of the most critical parts of your body that you often neglect.
But that’s not the only reward your body gets from having one. A foot massage can provide several benefits, including.
1. Reduced Stress And Pain
A foot massage can help relieve stress and tension and reduce pain in the feet and lower legs.
2. Improved Circulation
Massaging the feet can improve blood flow and circulation, which can help reduce swelling, discomfort, and stiffness.
3. Enhanced Relaxation
The soothing touch of a foot massage can promote relaxation and help reduce anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of stress.
4. Better Sleep
A foot massage can help you relax and fall asleep more easily, leading to better sleep quality and a more refreshed feeling in the morning.
5. Improved Overall Well-Being
A foot massage can help improve overall health and wellness by reducing stress and tension, improving circulation, and promoting relaxation.
6. Improved Immune System Function
Massaging the feet can stimulate the lymphatic system, which helps remove waste and toxins from the body and boost the immune system.
7. Reduced Symptoms of Certain Conditions
A foot massage can help relieve symptoms of conditions such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and neuropathy.
8. You’ll Heal Better
A regular foot massage combined with a deep tissue massage can help significantly reduce pain and encourage healing.
9. Better Flexibility
A foot massage that includes the lower leg can improve flexibility and range of motion, making it easier to walk and stand comfortably.
It’s important to note that while a foot massage can provide these benefits, it’s no substitute for medical treatment. If you have a foot-related condition, consult with a doctor before coming to see us.
What To Do After Your Session – A little Bit of Foot Care
Unlike other forms of massage, your feet need a little extra care afterwards to ensure you take full advantage of the treatment and to promote your overall health and well-being.
Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to help flush out any toxins that may have been released during the massage and replenish fluids in your body.
Rest: Avoid strenuous activity for a few hours after the massage to allow your body to relax and fully absorb the benefits of the massage.
Stretch: Gently stretch your feet and legs to improve circulation and flexibility, especially if you’ve had a lower leg massage.
Soak: Soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom salt can help relieve any remaining tension and promote relaxation.
Avoid alcohol and heavy meals: Alcohol and heavy meals can interfere with the benefits of the massage, so it’s best to avoid them for a few hours after the session.
There’s nothing better than a foot massage after a long day. Though a nice glass of wine or a cold beer is a close second.
It’s a luxurious and rejuvenating experience that can bring you a wealth of physical and mental benefits. There’s nothing more soothing.
So if you’ve been out around Dublin and rushed off your feet all day, whether for shopping, work or play, drop down to us here in Temple Bar and let us treat your feet! You can book online below.