The average American takes anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 steps every single day. For some this is a good base to keep, for others they may try to hit a higher goal like the common 10,000 step goal found in most fitness trackers. This averages out to be around 1.5 to 2 miles on average, to more than 4 miles for the 10,000 goal.
Giving Back To Your Feet
Whether you’re going for the 3,000 averages, or you’re going for bigger, it’s your feet that are taking you there. From the moment you step out of bed in the morning, until the moment you lie down in bed at night, you’re relying on your feet to get you where you need to go. Your feet manage the pedals in your car, hold your weight while you’re standing in line at the store, and even take you from room to room while playing with the kids and enjoying your family.
A foot soak is an excellent way to give back to the feet that give you so much. It keeps your feet refreshed and revived, soothed and comforted, and allows them to continue to do all the work in a happier state. Foot soaking is simple, it’s a great way to unwind after a long day, and it can be done with or without a standard bathtub.
How To Do A Foot Soak
Setting up and enjoying a foot soak is easy, quick, and highly enjoyable. Whether you’re opting for a tea tree oil foot soak, a revitalizing foot soak, an uplifting soak with citrus, or any sort of soak, you’re still giving back to your feet.
First choose your soaking vessel. You may opt for a foot soaking basin, or you may wish to simply use your standard tub. Both options work well, and neither is better than the other. If you do plan to use a foot soaking basin, start by pouring buckets or pots of comfortable hot water into your soaking basin, or by filling your soaking basin with warm water via a faucet. Once the basin is filled, add about 2 tablespoons of foot soak to the water for each gallon, and agitate to dissolve the salts.
If you plan to use your standard tub, fill the tub high enough to cover your feet, ankles, and perhaps the lower calves with warm water for a soak. Add in 2 tablespoons of foot soak for each gallon of water, agitate, and get ready to sit on the ledge of the tub for the duration of your soak.
Before you get to soaking, have everything you might need during your soak at the ready. A foot soak will last around 20-25 minutes, so having some entertainment nearby is helpful. You may use your tablet, play games on a phone, tackle a crossword puzzle book, or read a magazine as you enjoy your soaking experience. Along with your entertainment, have a dry warm towel nearby to dry off after the soak is finished.
Once you have your tub, your entertainment, and your towel ready, it’s time to soak. Sit and rest with your feet submerged, allowing the essential oils in the soak to provide a full aromatherapy experience. A tea tree oil foot soak, detox soak, or relaxing soak will have different scents depending on the scent you choose. Soak your feet for around 20 to 25 minutes.
After your soak is through, it’s important to refrain from getting up too quickly. A foot soak can be a highly relaxing experience, and you don’t want to stand up fast and risk becoming lightheaded. Slowly and gently pivot to grab your towel, pat your skin dry, and stand up slowly instead. Patting dry ensures you’re gentle on delicate wet skin.
Picking The Perfect Foot Soak
There is a perfect foot soak out there for every need. A few favorites include:
- Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak – A tried and true classic, Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak gets right to the point. USP grade epsom salts are combined with tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil, and eucalyptus essential oil for a cooling and soothing experience ideal for rounding out a day spent on your feet. With an invigorating herbal scent, it can calm the feet and the mind at the same time.
- Pedi Foot Soak – For a true pampering experience, the Pedi Foot Soak is a soft and traditional soak for all occasions. An at-home pedicure session is a great way to practice a little self-care, and a perfect start to that experience is with a Pedi Foot Soak session. Soft floral chamomile essential oils combine with lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus for a gentle aromatherapy experience as you soak the day’s events away.
- Detox Foot Soak – A good soak doesn’t always have to round out a day. If you’re expecting to have a busy day on your feet, starting your day off with a Detox Foot Soak is a great way to uplift and ready yourself for whatever may lie ahead. Detox Foot Soak features USP grade epsom salts alongside refreshing lemon and peppermint essential oils.
- Circulation Foot Soak – While being on your feet all day can lead to tiredness, so can not using your feet enough. On travel days, for instance, you may find yourself standing up to deboard a plane only to find your feet are sore, stiff, and feeling unrested. For days like this, the Circulation Foot Soak is a perfect refresher. This soak combines USP grade epsom salts with ginger, cypress, eucalyptus, and lavender oils for a soothing and invigorating aromatherapy soaking experience.