"The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art!" Leonardo da vinci, explained the greatness and beauty of the human foot which initiates the journey to a wonderful life. We all love to have a glowing, clean and beautiful looking skin in our body. However, foot is one part we usually ignore taking care off. A simple foot spa at home or a visit to a foot spa or saloon can do the job. In this current article, we will talk about the basic procedure of foot spa, know about the essential tools and equipments used in foot spa and also talk about how to make foot spa at home along with the wonderful benefits of foot spa.
What is Foot Spa: An Overview!
Foot spa is a relaxing and effective technique that caters with all the demands of the feet. Primarily the technique involve soaking of the feet in a foot bath with warm water and added salt and essential oils, scrubbing, massaging and detoxifying, cleaning and applying foot lotion and finally applying nail paint to the toe nails. There are foot spa detox machines which are used in the foot spas or the saloons for detoxifying the body toxins and increasing energy, stamina and providing relaxation.
Foot spa can be easily made at home that can be done at least once in two days for the best appearance and health of your feet and body.
Benefits of Foot Spa:
Now, coming to the various benefits of foot spa; here we are with the following list.
- Foot Spa is beneficial in proper blood circulation: Blood circulation is improved by a foot spa. It is also known that by taking a foot spa, you can re-energize self, keep self relaxed and full of life.
- Foot Spa helps in relieving stress: It is known that a foot spa can help you relieve the stress and tensions of the entire day and make you relax.
- Beneficial in relieving arthritic pain: It is known that foot spa can help you get rid of the tensions in muscles and joints. So, people suffering from arthritis can be benefited greatly by foot spa when done in the morning and evening. The foot spa used to treat patients with arthritis uses seaweeds which are known to reduce pain and help arthritic patients.
- Foot Spa helps in reducing headaches: As the nerve points are found in the feet; a light massage during the foot spa procedure stimulates them and helps in treating symptoms like headache, migraine etc.
- Foot spa is beneficial in treating acidity and indigestion: Acidity and indigestion can also be treated by foot spa.
- Beneficial in treating insomnia: Foot spa is known to help in getting proper sleep and reducing the symptoms of insomnia.
- Foot Spa Helps in detoxification: The foot detoxification in foot spa aids the body from getting rid of toxins. The foot detoxification helps in detoxifying the liver and kidney, helps in maintaining pH balance in the body, aids in clearing acne and wrinkles, strengthening the immune system etc.
Tools and Equipments used in Foot Spa:
In this section of our article we will talk about the basic tools and equipments required for foot spa.
- Basic Tools of Foot Spa: The basic tools used in a foot spa include the nail clippers, cuticle nippers, cuticle pushers, scissors, nail files along with a pumice stone and buffer for softening the rough areas over the feet.
- Equipments used in Foot Spa: The prime equipment used in a foot spa is a foot bath where the feet require to be placed for soaking. There are simple foot baths which can be made at home. There are also advanced pedicure spa foot bath machines which are padded and are equipped with massage mechanism for providing the best of foot massage and also get the essential foot cleansing.
- Cleaning products: There are cleaning products required in a foot spa which includes the hypo allergic cleaning solutions for cleaning and sterilizing the tools, and equipments.
- Other essentials include the foot scrub, foot lotion, towel, nail polish etc.
Ion-Cleansing foot detox machine for the foot and foot detox:
This ion-cleansing detox machine for foot is basically used in order to increase the physical and mental energy, stamina and vitality, to detoxify the body of toxins, radiations, chemicals and pollution and to internally cleanse the body of toxins or parasites which in turn reduces inflammation, enhances memory, reduces headaches, reduces the fluid retention, and provides many more benefits to the feet and the body.
The basic with which this machine works is that the process uses osmosis for movement of particles through a membrane from an area of low concentration to an area of high concentration. The negative ions course through the body, collecting the toxic substances present and thereby neutralizing the positive charges.
However, it must be noted that people with pacemaker, implanted organs, the epilectics, women during their pregnancy, those with open wounds on the feet, people under chemotherapy, those who are newly operated, the diabetic patients etc must not undergo this treatment of foot detox in the ion- cleansing foot detox machine.
The Foot Spa Procedure:
Here below we have explained the foot spa procedure in a brief manner.
Step 1: Prepare the essential things for foot spa: Get all the essential things like foot bath, foot lotion, foot scrub, foot file, buffer or pumice stone, foot brush, hand towel, etc.
Step 2: Begin the process by washing your feet thoroughly.
Step 3: Switch on the spa machine and soak your feet in the machine with water solution and allow the feet to soak for about 15 minutes before switching off the machine. One can also make use of the foot bath at home which can be done by using a medium size bath tub with warm water solution
Step 4: File the feet, using buffer or stone buff the feet and then brush.
Step 5: Wash feet twice until water is clear.
Step 6: Wipe the feet with towel and then apply foot or body lotion and massage.
Ways to do Foot Spa at Home
"Your feet are precious because they carry you miles in the journey of your life." You would surely wish to take their very best care on your own. So, do you want to make foot spa at home? Well! Then here is how you can try out the foot spa at home in the most simple manner.
Before we talk about the procedure we must let you know that the most essential part of the foot spa is the essential oil which has anti-inflammatory properties and actually revitalizes and enhances the circulation of blood in the feet. You can make use of any essential oil including the jasmine oil, lavender oil, lemon or peppermint oil. One can also use the sea salt or the Epsom salt in case essential oils are not available at home. Adding 2-3 tbsp of milk powder and almond oil will be an added benefit.
So, listing down the ingredients required for the foot spa at home;
- Lukewarm water
- Essential oil/Epsom salt
- Foot wash
- Almond oil
- Nail filer, cutter, nail polish remover, nail polish
- Cuticle cream
- Foot scrub or pumice stone
- Foot cream or lotion.
Now, let us come to the steps for making the foot spa at home.
- Trimming: Trimming is done by the following steps.
- Remove the nail polish(if any) from your toe nails by using a nail polish remover
- Cut your nails in the required nails
- In order to soften your cuticles, apply a cuticle cream.
- Then, file your nails so as to get the shape you desire for.
- Foot Soak: Then begins the soaking of your foot. So this goes as below.
- In a medium size bath tub, put lukewarm water and add your essential oils to it or 1/2 tbsp of Epsom salt and 3 tbsp of almond oil to it.
- Next, add the foot wash to it. In case you do not have a foot wash, you can add shampoo to it. Stir it all well.
- Soak you feet in the tub or the foot bath and relax them for 10 minutes. You can have reduced pain and inflammation. The water solution also helps in removing the dirt and exfoliating the dead skin cells from the feet.
- Now, remove your feet from the water and dry it properly.
- Exfoliation: Exfoliation is required in a foot spa which cleans the dead cells from the skin on the feet. Follow the steps explained below.
- Using a pumice stone or nail file, exfoliate your heels, ankles, and side of the heel gently.
- Again dip your other foot in to the warm water in the foot bath or the tub and repeat the same with it
- Now, using a foot scrub massage gently for 5-8 minutes over the heels, ankles, soles etc. You can also use a facial or body scrub in case foot scrub is not available with you.
- Make sure you are gently scrubbing using circular motion over the feet.
- Moisturization and massaging: Moisturizing the foot is essential once exfoliation is completed. So, remove the feet from the tub or the foot bath and properly wipe them off with a towel.
- Using a foot moisturizing cream, massage the feet gently for 5-10 minutes.
- Application of Nail polish: Finally, apply the nail polish on your feet toenails and allow it to dry.
- You need to wear socks for protecting the feet from dirt and germs after the foot spa is done.
Special Precautions While Doing Foot Spa at Home:
- Make sure you check the hotness of the water in your tub before soaking your foot in it. It may hurt your skin if the water is extremely hot. The foot soak must be done in lukewarm water.
- There are chances some lotion may irritate your skin. So have a check on the foot lotion before using it.
So, now that we are known to the basic procedure of foot spa and the steps for doing foot spa at home, why not treat your feet to their best and serve them up for taking the most wonderful steps of your life?
"May your feet take you where you want to go!"