Bring your focus inward and experience the benefits of self-massage. Foot massage or reflexology will inspire healing at all levels and support different parts of your body by stimulating related points on the soles of your feet.
Before starting your foot massage, complete all other nighttime rituals. Let your foot massage be the last practice of the day.
- Get into your bed or find another comfy place. Put an old towel down to protect the area.
- Use the healing butter (see below) to massage your feet. Begin by rubbing the top of your right foot, then include your ankle, tops of toes, and in between toes. Then move to the bottom of your foot. Start with your heel and your Achilles tendon, then move toward your toes. Notice any sensitivities, and spend more time in those areas. Look at the foot chart above. What parts of your body need extra attention?
- Change feet.
- After you have completed your foot massage, slip into a pair of comfy socks to keep your feet warm and moisturized.
- Bring your attention and breath to your feet. Feel gratitude for all they do for you.
I first experienced this healing butter during a massage from my dear friend Patti. She created it as an alternative to store-bought massage creams and oils. The ingredients are luscious and all wonderfully supportive of great health. I was an instant fan; the chocolaty smell intoxicated me and left my skin feeling soft and replenished. A little goes a long way, so use it sparingly. If you get it on your clothes, don’t worry, as it washes out easily. I make big batches and fill many jars to give as gifts. Look for the ingredients in a natural food store or find them online; use organic ingredients if possible.
2 parts castor oil
1 part cocoa butter
1 part coconut oil
Essential oil of choice (optional)
Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil in a pan over low heat. Remove from the heat and add the castor oil. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a blender and blend for about 1 minute to aerate the mixture and make it fluffier. Stir in a small amount of essential oil, if using. Pour the healing butter into clean, dry jars and refrigerate to solidify, then store at room temperature.