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You have probably heard of Phuket, Samui, Phi Phi, Khao Lak and Similan. Thai beaches are among the most popular in Southeast Asia.

Other than enjoying the tropical sun, the white sand and fun diving, you can get a natural foot massage while taking a stroll on the beach...

What we're talking about here is a simple form of foot therapy. I learned this exercise from my yoga teacher who runs Yoga Dhamma Center near the Dan Singkhon border, located in Prachuap province in the south of Thailand. It's the perfect way for anyone to get a foot massage on the beach.

Benefits Of Foot Massage On The Beach

It's easy to learn, no equipment needed and it's completely free!
Give yourself a natural foot massage while strolling on the beach
You can go to any beach whenever you like and spend quality time in nature.

You can do the foot massage alone, with your partner or with friends.

It's a good way to practice body awareness, which relaxes the mind and reduces stress.

You get fresh air and gentle exercise.

Your body makes vitamin D when your skin is exposed to the ultraviolet rays in the sunlight.

Beach sand contains many types of minerals and your feet will slowly absorb them as you walk.

How Does It Work?

If you have ever tried foot reflexology or foot massage, you will have some idea about the reflex areas on the soles of the feet that correspond to specific organs, glands and other parts of the body.

For example, these reflex areas on the feet correspond to the following organs:

The tips of the toes – the head and the brain

The ball of the foot – the heart and chest

The arch of the foot – the liver, pancreas and kidneys

The heel – the lower back and intestines

By applying pressure to these reflex areas, it relieves deep tension in the muscles, stimulates blood circulation and the performance of the organs. More importantly, it helps reestablish physical and mental balance, which makes up a healthy body and mind.

While walking on a sandy beach, the weight of your body makes the edges of the sand grains press against the reflex areas, on the soles of your feet. This is how natural foot massage on the beach works. The bigger the sand grains, the more effective the foot massage.

Self Foot Massage On The Beach

Here is the basic routine and the 4 moves in natural foot massage:

First stand upright parallel to the shore, looking straight ahead. Relax your muscles. Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth. Repeat this gently 3 times. Start to walk slowly and mindfully, just be aware of your feet touching the sand.

The Basic Routine

Moving your left foot forward, land the foot on the heel. Then, gradually put down the arch and the ball of your left foot on the sand. Now you have completed the first cycle.

Do the same thing with your right foot and count two. Continue walking until you have counted to 30. Then, start with the first move.

The Four Moves

Note: Alternate between the basic routine and the moves. Starting with the basic routine, move 1, the basic routine, move 2, etc.

Move 1: Walk on the balls of your feet. Count to 30. Each step counts as one.

Move 2: Walk on the heels of your feet.

Move 3: Tilt your feet and walk on the outer sides of your feet.

Move 4: When you walk, only allow the heels and the balls of your feet to touch the sand. In order to do that, you have to lift the arches of your feet. This can be done by curling your toes downwards.

It can be difficult to keep balance and you might feel awkward at first. Don't worry about anyone seeing you, since you're doing it for your own health!

Note: If you have limited time, reduce the number of steps. The important thing here is to do the same number of steps for the left and right feet.

When you have completed the four moves, it's time to relax your feet. Stand normally with the feet slightly apart. You want to pile up some sand between your feet. This is done by pushing sand with your foot tilted; let the sole of your foot do the work.

Alternate between the left and right foot, until you have a pile that's about 5 centimeters or 2 inches high.

Then, step up on the pile and do 30 steps. Only lift your feet slightly off the ground and land them horizontally.

Tips For Self Foot Massage On The Beach

To avoid the risk of skin cancer, it's best to do the self foot massage in the morning or late afternoon, when the sun is not so strong.

Certain beaches have sand flies or other insects, use repellent or coconut oil to keep them away.

Avoid walking on an isolated beach, especially if you're on your own and wear little clothes.

Watch your step while walking barefoot since there may be broken glass and other sharp objects in the sand.

If you walk with your partner, make sure to pay more attention to him or her than the walking : )

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