How to use pressure points for a foot massage

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How to use pressure points for a foot massage
Proper massage techniques can make a foot massage something more than a simple foot rub. (Getty Thinkstock)

A foot massage can do great things for your feet and other parts of your body. Feet have pressure points that affect the way other parts of your body feel. If you learn the proper massage techniques, a foot massage can make for more than a simple foot rub.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Press firmly on the tips of the toes to help relieve headache and sinus pain. Press firmly but do not cause pain. Hold the pressure on for several seconds at a time.

  2. 2

    Press firmly on the small rounded area just below the smallest toe. This pressure point is associated with pain in the shoulder and neck area. Apply pressure on this point for up to 20 seconds.

  3. 3

    Apply pressure to the area just below the ball of the foot to alleviate stomach problems. Firm pressure held for several seconds and then repeated could be beneficial to the digestive system.

  4. 4

    Apply pressure to the area just in front of the ankle on the bottom of the foot to help relieve knee pain.

Tips and warnings

  • A reflexology chart can show you many more pressure points and the areas they help.
  • Play relaxing music during the treatment and encourage the subject to relax.
  • If there is an area of extra sensitivity, make note of it and its corresponding organ or area of the body. This may be an area that needs medical attention or special treatment.

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