One thing I absolutely ADORE about travelling in Asia is their blissful foot spa. From the slightly bazarre experience of having tiny fish snacking on your feet, to those ‘toe-tally’ rejuvenating sessions in Thailand while sipping chilled pandan tea, I simply can’t resist the calling of foot spa every time I travel in Asia. It might be a bit of luxury, but it’s worth the splurge especially if you’re on a girl’s shopping trip and spend half day scoring bargains in Harbour City in Hong Kong or Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok!
I have to confess now I’m a bit obsessed with foot spa. After long haul flights, the first thing I crave for when I get home is to pamper my worn out travel feet. But seriously, who has the energy (or spare spending money) to visit a day spa right after a 14-hour flight? So, from my globetrotting experience I’ve developed my own winning formula to re-create foot spa routines in the the comfort of my own home. While it’s not the same as having someone waiting on your hand and foot, a little DIY at-home foot spa session will give you the ‘pick me up’ at times when you need it most! And it’s actually pretty easy and fun to do, all you need is a bit of know how. Here, Lace n Ruffles reveals our best-kept secrets for spoiling those happy little feet and toes in your own cocooning space. (Psst… want to WIN a Foot Reflexology Massager? Make sure you read all the way toward the end of post!)
First, let’s set the scene
♥ Aromatic candles, lots of them! Only use candles that are made with natural wax and pure essential oils to make sure you’re not creating a toxic environment.
♥ Dim the light.
♥ Play your favourite soft music with relaxing and calming tunes.
♥ Mute the phone & tablets.
♥ Prepare detox lemon water or your favourite tea. Make sure your drinks are without caffeine. Try something herbal with calming effects such as chamomile, peppermint and lemon balm.
♥ Eye Mask. To soothe and cool, place it in the fridge an hour before use.
♥ Optional – slip into your silk bathrobe to feel like a princess!
Ready to get spoilt? Let’s go!
Fill a large basin or run the bath with warm water. Now add your favourite bath soak. I’m using a DIY lemon ginger soak here with freshly cut pieces while also adding around 10 drops of pure lemongrass & ginger essential oils (bought in Vanuatu). Soak those bad boys for around 10-15 minutes to getting amazingly fresh & good smelling feet! Flower petals are optional 🙂
Now use a medium to small sized body brush to scrub your feet. Here I’m going for the dry body brush method without using any exfoliating products. Dry brushing is fantastic for lymphatic drainage and flush away toxins. You can also make a DIY natural foot scrub with grounded coffee powder, brown sugar and coconut oil.
Well, I’d certainly love to have someone to be able to give me a foot massage 24/7 at the comfort of my own home! While that’s not quite possible (unless you have a very loving and selfless boyfriend/ husband), here’s the best alternative I’ve found. I was gifted this foot reflexology massager in stylish deep red from Crazysales.com.au and I’ve been in foot heaven ever since! It’s an intelligent massager that does its job pretty well – the perfect kneading motion is so relaxing and gentle while the rollers go pretty smoothly. There’re four automatic programs to choose from, each of them caters for specific health concern from head, neck and shoulder to legs and reproductive system. I usually go through two rounds of programs of 10 minutes each. It’s advisable to keep the session to under 30 minutes. Note that if you’re new to foot massage, it might take a while for your body to adapt as reflex points in your feet are connected to your nerves and body organs, it’s totally normal to feel strange to start with. In fact, if you feel more intense pain with certain reflex points, go check the reflexology foot chart and it might shed some lights on the parts of your body that are likely to be blocked or congested. I have cold feet year round and after using it daily for two weeks, I feel it’s noticeably improved my blood circulation – how I wish I had this machine earlier!
Don’t have one of these at home? You can always go for the ‘manual’ option with a wooden footsie roller that stimulates pressure points in a similar way a machine would, though you’d need to know where your reflex points are to apply your massager to the right area.
Now that you’re a piece of tender meat, it’s time to glam up those teeny tiny toes with a DIY pedicure! I’m using 100% Pure 5-free nail polish here in Kiss shade. Remember, natural beauty all the way and only use 3-free or 5-free nail polish without those toxic chemicals including toluene, formaldehyde and DBP.
To wrap up our at-home foot spa routine with an extra touch of luxe, let’s massage and apply a thick layer of body moisturizer or body oil all over our feet. Here I’m using 100% natural The Jojoba Company pure Jojoba oil (reviewed here). To lock in the moisture, slip in to a pair of cotton socks and ideally sleep in them overnight. The next morning? Pure bliss with feet so soft, supple and glowing like baby’s skin!
Itching to follow our guide to recreate a at-home foot spa sanctuary? We’re here to help with this wonderful Foot Reflexology Massager from Crazysales.com.au to giveaway to one lucky Lace n Ruffles reader! Simply enter via the form below. Make sure you show my sponsor some love by checking out their site on a range of massage therapy machines available.
Still not sure if foot massagers are for you? Here’re just a few more reasons to love ’em:
♥ Relax muscles and aches
♥ Promote blood circulation
♥ Improve sleep quality
♥ Enhance immunity
♥ Relieve asthma and arthritis
♥ Effective for combating migraine and hormonal imbalances
So tell me Dear Readers, do you love foot spa as much as we do? How do you find peace and euphoria for your feet? What are your must-have items for an indulging DIY foot spa session? Leave your comments below and let’s get the foot spa party going!
Until next time, stay healthy inside and out.
Disclaimer: I was gifted by Crazysales.com.au while all opinions are genuinely my own.