If shopping were an Olympic sport we’d be sure to take the gold medal – a fact our poor feet can vouch for. Luckily, we can’t hear them whining.
Pounding the pavements can leave arches feeling a bit hard done by – especially if you’ve gone for style over substance with your shoes. Wrapping up your shopping trip with a foot massage is the kind of self-indulgent treat you deserve after a hard day on the high street.
1 It makes us feel better about our less-than-practical shoes
If you ever feel a tingling sensation in your toes after a day on your feet, it's a dead giveaway of restricted blood flow. And it might be down might be your shoe choice. We'll never stop buying heels and fashion trainers but we'll admit they're not the most practical when it comes to all day comfort. We bear good news though: a foot massage helps improve poor circulation.
2 It's relaxing
Negotiating our way down busy high streets armed with bags bursting to the brim – probably balancing an umbrella at the same time – our blood pressure's rising even thinking about it.
According to one study, a 10-minute foot massage was enough to lower anxiety levels, improve mood and reduce blood pressure. Somehow, we suddenly feel ready to quickly go and buy that one last top to match our new jeans.
3 It's heavenly for sore feet
It’s your credit card that tends to take the hit most on your trips around the shops, but your feet take some of the pressure too. If they're a bit sore, a foot rub can soothe muscle and joint pain.
Your foot is home to many pressure points, which when accessed by your therapist can do all sorts of magical things to remedy soreness. And that goes for all over the body. If pain relief's top of your priority list, pick a therapist who specialises in reflexology.