Got cold feet? Warm up — and slow down — with a foot soak.

Baths tend to be an all-or-nothing endeavor: You either commit to drawing a tub full of water, stripping down, and submerging yourself from the shoulders on down or you don’t. But there’s actually a middle road — one that offers a bath’s rewards without the full commitment. In fact, you don’t even need a bathtub! Foot soaks, which are exactly what they sound like, can improve circulation and usher in a relaxing end to a long day. Place a large, sturdy enamel or plastic bowl atop a bath towel, in front of a cozy chair or couch. Fill it with warm-to-hot (but not burning) water. Dip your toes into spa territory by adding a cup of strong chamomile tea or a few drops of lavender essential oil. (Epsom salts or other bath salts work well, too.) Seat yourself in front of your bowl, and lower your bare feet carefully into the water. Close your eyes, take a few deep, centering breaths, and visualize the busy energy of your mind flowing down through your body and into your feet. Imagine your energy sinking all the way down into the earth. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Post-soak pleasure: a relaxed night of quality zzz’s. Now go ahead and dive into this new ritual — with both feet.

“A combination of magnesium and sulfate, Epsom salt is a compound that can help flush toxins and heavy metals from your skin’s cells, reduce inflammation, increase circulation and ease muscle cramps and joint pain.”

Anne Fritz Linval

Posted on February 26, 2016 and filed under fitness.