Every so often we get a request: “please ask the masseur to spend more time on the feet”. These are not foot fetishists, but men who can appreciate how luxurious a good foot massage feels. In this article, we put together the essential information about this type of massage, along with a few more interesting facts. You might even feel tempted to learn some massage techniques afterwards…your partner would surely appreciate it.

Before the massage

If you have the time, have a foot bath before the massage. You can use oats for gentle exfoliation, citrus fruit for their disinfectant and deodorising properties, or a few drops of your favourite essential oil (something invigorating, like peppermint or tea tree, works particularly well). Soak your (or your partner’s) feet in warm water for 5-10 minutes.

What to use for the massage

Any kind of foot cream is good, provided that it’s thin enough to spread comfortably. You can also use shea butter, lotions and oils. Most people prefer a cream/lotion, because oil takes longer to absorb and leaves the feet feeling a bit greasy. If the tendon is inflamed/achy, warm the oil slightly before using it for massage. Use a folded towel to prop the foot and to avoid leaving greasy stains on your sheets.

Can you orgasm from a foot massage?

shirtless male lying in bed

Now let’s not get too excited…it’s a foot massage after all.

In theory, yes. It’s mostly reported by women, but there are also men who have claimed that they had achieved orgasms from foot massage (here’s an interview with the world’s leading authority on foot orgasms). However, while possible, it’s incredibly rare. That said, foot massage can be arousing and it can be used as foreplay before moving on to more traditional erogenous zones. Soles of the feet have a lot of nerve endings, so use that to your advantage.

The specifics of male foot massage

You might wonder how we can talk about “male” foot massage. It is true that all feet are broadly similar, but there two couple of points to consider when massaging male feet specifically.

  1. Often male feet have thicker skin. Which means that a satisfying and effective foot massage will require more pressure to be applied.
  2. Male feet and legs are often longer and larger. Which means that the masseur has to keep his back very straight and avoid leaning forward too much. If he doesn’t do this, he will get tired too quickly and develop various aches.

What can a foot massage do for me?

There are various benefits to foot massage, these being the key ones:

  • Stress and anxiety relief (see below: “Foot massage and wellbeing”).
  • Pain relief. And there are special massage techniques for different types of headaches, so if your head gives you a hard time, look them up.
  • Better balance. This takes quite a bit of effort (patients in the study had 90 minutes of foot massage per week, and most of us don’t have that much time) but it’s been proved to work.
  • Better sleep (see below: “Foot massage for sleep”).
  • Anecdotal evidence suggests that it can make your partner so grateful he’ll fulfill any wish you have…just sayin’.

Foot massage for sleep

male feet poking from under a duvet

Having trouble sleeping? Foot massage could help.

For better sleep, massage your or your partner’s feet for 5-10 minutes before going to bed. Make sure to include the following technique. Hold the top of the foot and push it inwards slightly. A small dimple will form just below the ball of the foot. Alternate applying pressure to it and massaging the area. Then have a cup of camomile tea and switch your alarm clock off. Done. Bonus tip: if you have dry feet, use a rich cream/lotion, put on socks after the massage and leave them overnight. They will seal in the moisture and your feet should be perfectly soft in the morning.

Foot massage and a healthy lifestyle

When your feet are massaged, endorphins get released and you feel good. But it’s more than that, it’s a chain reaction. Your stress levels are lowered and your energy levels are increased, which means that you are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices. It becomes much easier and more desirable to exercise, eat well, and so on. If you can find five minutes every evening, that’s great. If not, make sure foot massage forms part of your next full body massage.

Troubleshooting a foot massage

Something doesn’t feel right? Here’s how you can improve your foot massage skills.

  • It tickles. The pressure is too light, increase it. Also avoid touching the foot with your fingernails.
  • It hurts. Adjust the pressure (it should not be painful) and work on this part of the foot for a bit longer. Certain health issues can make your feet ultrasensitive, so if nothing helps, put the massage off for another time.
  • My hands are not strong enough. Use your fists, elbows and bodyweight to deepen the pressure. Choosing the right positioning can make all the difference. You can also use tools (such as sticks or rollers). Who says it’s cheating? Your massage, your rules.

You should NOT get a foot massage, if:

  • You’re a diabetes patient. Consult your doctor as to whether a foot massage is right for you.
  • You suffer from varicose veins.
  • It’s been less than two hours since you had a heavy meal.
  • You have complaints connected to your feet: fractures, skin conditions, bruising, etc.

Reflexology and feet

reflexology chart showing how different points in the feet correspond to different organs

Reflexology chart. Image by Stacy Simone [CC BY-SA]

Reflexologists believe that different parts of the feet (also: hands and ears) are connected to other areas in the body, including internal organs. By applying different amounts of pressure to the foot, they aim to achieve various health benefits. Scientific findings are inconclusive as to whether this actually works, but it was practised in ancient China and Egypt, so there might be something to it.

Then there are some things you shouldn’t try

There’s a weird tip circulating online about a foot “massage” that’s essentially sticking your feet in a toilet bowl and flushing the toilet. Steve Jobs used to do it but you don’t have to. It won’t do anything for your feet and it can do lots of bad stuff to your reputation.  If you have to improvise using household objects, roll a tennis ball or a can of Coke with your foot instead.

So if you don’t have the time, make some

Your feet work very hard, so look after them or regret it later. I’m guilty of neglecting my feet sometimes, but I correct this whenever I can. It’s also a great way to treat someone you care about, and I actually knew a guy who purred during a foot massage. In my book, anything that makes a grown man purr is an instant winner.