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Foot Focus

By: Sarah Kajonborrirak
Posted: January 29, 2010, from the February 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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If, on the other hand, a client prefers to enjoy her reflexology treatment in privacy, the curtains can be closed to create the ambiance of a private cabana.

The right moves

If you want to give someone a quality foot massage treatment, there are a few simple steps to follow.

First, ensure your hands are ready for the treatment—nails should be clipped and hands should be free of unnecessary jewelry and ornamentation. Next, make sure the atmosphere is appropriate, including playing relaxing music and providing an assortment of reading materials, if a client is so inclined. Then prepare a good foot massage cream, gel or oil. There are a few creams that are specifically formulated for foot massage, as they contain antibacterial properties and provide a cooling effect. To locate suppliers offering foot- and reflexology-specific products, log on to www.SkinInc.com/buyersguide.

You may need several towels and talcum powder. You also have the option of using a special wooden stick, which can be purchased from several spa suppliers, to stimulate pressure points. Some people with very sensitive feet prefer to skip the wooden stick, however, to avoid discomfort.

Next, follow along in the Foot Massage Step-by-step to learn the elements of offering a relaxing, renewing treatment.

Getting on your feet