Learn how to give yourself a simple foot rub with a tennis ball.
By Christine Mattheis
Rather than paying a masseuse or begging your husband for a foot rub, grab a tennis ball—your whole body will thank you. "Rolling a ball on your arches releases tension in the connective tissues that travel from head to toe," says Frank Lipman, M.D. Follow these self-massage steps daily:
1. Stand on a mat or rug with the ball placed under the arch of your foot. Hold a wall or chair if you need help balancing.
2. Gently press your body weight into the tennis ball. You may feel some tenderness at first.
3. Slowly open and close your foot over the ball, flaring your toes when you open them and squeezing like a fist when you close. Repeat five times.
4. Roll the ball to a different part of your arch. Apply as much pressure as you can bear and hold for a few seconds. Move to the next tender area and hold.
Originally published in the August 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.
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