Get a Foot Massager For Little Or No Money

For those unwilling or lacking the desire to perform the fine art of foot massage by hand, there’s the foot massager. Such massagers range from those which need some manual participation (hand helds) to completely hands-free foot massage machines. There should be a foot massager to fit all budgets, depending on how much or how little involvement you want in foot massage machine doing the massage. There are also wonderful FREE options, or ones that cost very little, which nevertheless get the job done very well indeed. These are the focus of this article.

There is an excellent option for free foot massage depending on where you live. In many countries in East Asia one can find foot massage paths- these are paths which have been paved with protruding stones of various sizes and textures. Often times such paths are accompanied by a sign which illustrates the various acupuncture/reflexology points on the foot. If you are lucky enough to have access to such a path, you can get a great foot massage for free by simply walking on the stones. It may also be possible to walk barefoot on various terrain such as a riverbed or whatever you have access to where you live. It can be quite torturous at first to walk on a more challenging (sharp and/or bumpy) path. I know this from experience. My advice is to take it at your own pace, and be observant of the sensations you are experiencing. The discomfort you first experience will give way to something much more pleasant as you relax and let gravity massage your feet using your own body weight. Nowadays, I get much pleasure from strolling on the stone path and can feel the stress leaving my body. It’s quite effective, actually. Not only do you get a massage, the stones underneath your feet also encourage correct posture because you have a much easier time walking the path when your weight is well distributed. The massage path works in a very interesting way.

There is a home version of this massage which lacks the fresh air and outdoor environment of the massage path, but is a good option for those who prefer to have something they can conveniently use in their own home. These are the foot massagers that sit on the floor and work by simply stepping on them. In Japan, households often have a half-cylinder of bamboo that one steps on to put pressure on different parts of the feet. This is a simple, convenient, and effective way to massage your feet. A wide variety of objects can be used in this way. You might use some sort of ball, a pine cone, firewood, a log sawn in half – almost anything can be used for this purpose. There are also store-bought items that work in the same way; these are usually frames equipped with rollers which you pass your feet over. I have tried one with sort of spiky rollers- it was heaven for my feet! I prefer that such products have sharper surfaces as this seems to help pinpoint areas on the foot in need of attention. These are very good investments for getting a great foot massage. They have the added benefit of not needing an external power source and are less likely to break or need replacement, provided you don’t abuse them. I feel like this, along with the massage path, are the best ways to self-administer a foot massage as you are letting gravity and your body weight do all the work.

Another low-budget option is to use some kind of object as an extension of the hand to apply pressure. For instance, you may want to use a club shaped stick to whack points on your feet (I’m serious). One doctor who practices tuina (a form of Chinese massage which adheres to the principles of TCM) recommended whacking the point corresponding to the kidney many times (something like 100 times on each foot) for health and longevity. I have my doubts about whether this works or not, but it does feel good to hit the bottom of my feet sometimes. You obviously don’t want to overdo it.