Tips for the Modern (Cave) Man
If you’re in the doghouse and flowers just won’t cut it, there’s another ever-reliable get-out-of-jail-free card you can pull out: the classic foot rub. If it’s worth doing it’s worth doing right, so bump that humble rub up a notch into a proper massage and earn extra brownie points with our handy tips.
1) The couch makes for a handy massage table. Put a cushion or pillow on your lap, and rest the foot requiring love on it. Slide your palm under the foot and support their heel with one hand. Use your other hand to rotate (gently!) the foot three times in both directions.
2) Return the foot to your lap. Now place each of your thumbs at the centre of the arch and rub small circles with your right thumb moving clockwise and your left anticlockwise. Keep this up for 30 seconds.
3) Turn attention to the toes. Lightly squeeze each toe then make small circles beneath each toe with your thumb for 10 seconds.
4) Starting at the ball of the foot, make more thumb-circles (again right clockwise, left anticlockwise), moving slowly down and increasing pressure as you near the heel. Bring things to a close by gently squeezing the hollow area below the ankle between thumb and forefinger for 10 seconds.
Voila! Now, go forth and use your new powers wisely – and for good. Remember, Pulp Fiction’s Marcellus Wallace threw a guy into a glasshouse for giving his wife a foot rub so don’t go rubbing anyone up the wrong way!