Massaging the feet is one of the easiest parts of the body in terms of preparation. Foot massages are best done on clean, bare feet - so prep is little more than taking off socks and washing feet. You can use a favourite moisturising cream for the treatment, but a good rub feels just as good if done with oil, talcum powder or no lubricant at all.
To prepare, grab a towel and find a warm and comfortable place to sit. Remove socks, ideally uncovering the legs up to and including the whole of the calf. Optionally, soak feet and ankles in a bucket of warm water for about 5 minutes before starting.
The soaking procedure has the dual benefit of not only cleansing but also warming the underlying muscles in the feet and softening any hard skin. You'll be pleased to learn that you don’t need any special equipment to perform foot massage therapy. However, various tools are available on the market - like Thai massage sticks - but in our opinion using just your fingers, thumbs and palms mixed with a large dose of genuine empathy does the very best job.
All the techniques described below work on socked feet too, so if you prefer to keep your feet dry and your socks on, that's not a problem!