Stress is an epidemic throughout the United States. In a recent poll, it was found that 87% of Americans feel stress simply about their basic day-to-day tasks or needs. Those feeling that stress really benefit from creating their own best foot spa ritual at home.
How A Foot Spa Ritual Helps To Destress
Stress relief doesn’t have to be a weeklong vacation or even a full day off. It doesn’t require spending a whole lot of money. Stress relief can be simple and it’s something you can carve into your day no matter how busy that day may be. This is where your own personal foot spa ritual comes in.
Your foot spa is your own. You can keep things quick and simple, focusing on the aromas drifting up from your bath and living in the moment. You can make this your own time to enjoy other hobbies, favorite shows, or favorite music. What works to revive you might be completely different than what works to revive someone else and that’s okay.
To create a base foot spa, you’ll need a few things:
Peaceful space – A foot spa can be enjoyed in a traditional bathtub or a soaking basin. In a traditional bathtub, you’ll be enjoying your foot spa in the bathroom. To create a peaceful space, closing the door and reserving your spa time for when the home is quiet can provide you with the most relaxing experience. A foot soaking basin provides a little more variety. This small soaking tub is portable and can be taken outside on a peaceful evening, it can be enjoyed in a living space or bedroom, or anywhere you choose to soak your feet.
While creating your own relaxing environment, focus first on where you feel most at peace and most comfortable to release the stresses of the day.
Your basin or tub – The most common way to enjoy a foot spa is in a traditional bathtub. You simply fill the tub with a few inches of water, just enough to cover the feet, sit on the ledge of the tub and get ready to soak. If you’d prefer a soaking basin, they can be found in a variety of sizes and they can be filled with warm water anywhere you choose. During times of nice weather, taking your basin to a porch or patio is a great way to enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature while you enjoy the aromas and sensations of your bath.
- Your soak – The soak you choose is really going to make your foot spa experience. Make sure to pay close attention to the ingredients in your soak, prioritizing all-natural ingredients and USP grade epsom salt. USP grade epsom salt ensures authenticity and quality are a main focus, while natural essential oils provide the most effective aromas for an aromatherapeutic experience. Different soaks can be chosen to invoke different feelings during your foot bath, with relaxing, uplifting, and refreshing notes being the most popular.
Taking Your Foot Bath
When you have your space, your basin, and your soak in hand, it’s time to take your foot bath. First fill your chosen tub with warm water. Focus on making sure the water is comfortable, too hot or too cold can take away from the ritual experience. Test the water with your feet instead of the hands to be certain it’s comfortable for that particular skin.
Once your tub has been filled, it’s time to add the soak. If you’re new to creating your own foot soaking ritual, start slow with 1 tablespoon of soak per gallon of water used. This doesn’t have to be an exact measurement, but something to aim for. As you grow more comfortable with your soaking likes and dislikes, you can move to 2 tablespoons of soak per gallon as you see fit. Some prefer a stronger aromatic bath, while others prefer an experience that is a bit more subtle.
To get the maximum benefit from the soak, one should plan to dedicate about 15 to 20 minutes to soaking their feet. This provides all the benefits of the epsom salt and essential oils while also ensuring comfort for the skin. Once the soak is through, be prepared to pat the skin dry with a soft, clean towel and to rise slowly from the tub. While soaking, you may feel very relaxed which can cause a little unsteadiness on the feet if you should stand up too quickly.
A Fresh And Comforting Soak
For those just creating their soaking ritual for the first time, searching for the perfect soak can be overwhelming. Do you want feelings of relaxation? Energy? Refreshment? What essential oils invoke these feelings in aromatherapy?
Circulation Foot Soak is an excellent starting point. As a base, this soak uses USP grade epsom salt, nourishing fractionated MCT coconut oil, purifying Vitamin C crystals, and softening Vitamin E oil. This is an aromatic soak, using all-natural essential oils to provide aromatherapy during each use. The oils used in this blend include:
Ginger essential oil – Ginger essential oil gives off a cozy and spicy aroma. It’s perfect for creating a soothing and comforting effect when used in a soak.
Cypress essential oil – If you’re looking for refreshment alongside a cozy feeling, cypress is perfect. This outdoorsy aroma is reminiscent of fresh air drifting through a winter forest.
Eucalyptus essential oil – Eucalyptus is cool, fresh, and clean. This essential oil in a foot soak provides a cleansing “fresh start” sort of feeling.
- Lavender essential oil – For relaxation, lavender essential oil is one of the key oils that should be a must-have on your list. Used for centuries to promote feelings of soothing, it’s an excellent additive in any foot soak.
Circulation Foot Soak is refreshing, it’s clean, it’s soothing, and it’s comforting, providing the full range of feelings one would look for during a foot spa experience.