I’m Hannah, Natural Skincare Therapist at Southsea Bathing Hut. I’ll be sharing weekly wellness tips to lift the mind and spirit as we all stay safe, stay well and stay home.
Here’s a step by step guide to a beautifully nourishing Southsea Bathing Hut hand and foot self-care ritual.
Hand and Foot Self-Care Ritual
Our feet bear all our body weight and carry us through each and every day. While our hands are our primary tools and enable us to do amazing things!
For this home self-care ritual, you will need:
- 1 x Large bowl, big enough to soak your feet
- 1 x Medium bowl, big enough for your hands
- 1 x Hand towel
- Hand & Foot Soak, such as our Pure Hand & Body Liquid Soap
- Exfoliator, such as our Salty Sea Scrub
- Cuticle Oil, such as our A Lovely Pot of Coconuts
- Hand and Foot Balm, such as our Vitamin Sea Balm
- (Optional) Botanical Steam, such as our Botanical Facial Steam
Step 1: Add 1 or 2 pinches of the Botanical Facial Steam to large bowl and add warm water. The aromatic blend of blue cornflower, cardamom, orange peel, rosehip and rosemary will fill the room. Start your deeply relaxing sensory experience, as you inhale the gentle aromas. Find somewhere comfortable to settle and place your feet into the bowl. (You could also add a teaspoon of SBH Blooming Bath & Shower Oil for a luxurious milky soak). Leave your feet in the bowl to soak while you’re doing the ‘hand ritual’ below, to cleanse and soften your feet for 10-20 minutes.
Step 2: Start the hand ritual by filling your medium bowl with warm water. Add a couple pumps of SBH Pure Hand & Body Soap to the palms and cleanse the hands using gentle circular motions. Wash off into the bowl and dry with a towel. The Olive Oil, Glycerin and Seaweed will leave the hands feeling clean and hydrated.
Step 3: Add about half a teaspoon of SBH Salty Sea Scrub to the palms. Take a mindful moment here and inhale the gentle aromas with three deep breaths to calm the mind. Gently exfoliate the hands using circular motions, focusing on any dry areas. Soak off using the bowl of water and dry with a towel. Move the medium bowl of water away to create a space as it’s no longer needed.
Step 4: Apply a small amount of SBH A Lovely Pot of Coconuts to the cuticles and massage to soften. No fancy tools here, just use another nail or tips of your fingers to tease back the cuticle from the nail plate. Tamed cuticles are important to achieve healthy nail growth, they can become dry and split, which can then lead to infection. Our Coconut Oil is naturally anti bacterial and super moisturising perfect for the job!
Step 5: Time for a hand massage! Take a cranberry-sized amount of SBH Vitamin Sea Balm and warm through the palms. Take a moment to inhale the aromas and set your intention, calm you mind and prepare to massage. This beautifully rich balm harnesses five of nature’s most powerful moisturising and repairing ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Soya Bean Oil, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. With abundance of natural antioxidants and vitamins to nourish, protect and revitalise dull, dry skin.
- Starting with your left hand and arm, use your palm to stroke your forearm from the wrist to the elbow and back again. The aim here is to warm your muscles and start to stimulate the blood flow. Repeat 3 times.
- Using your thumb to thumb walk the outer (posterior) side of your forearm from wrist to your elbow. Repeat 3 times.
- Turning the hand over, working in the inner (anterior) side of your forearm. Thumb walk from wrist to elbow using a moderate pressure. Repeat 3 times.
- Use your thumb and forefinger — or your thumb and all your fingers — to press in a circular or back-and-forth motion, slowly moving up your hand and forearm.
- Use your palm to stroke from your wrist to your fingertips on both sides of your hand. Do this at least 3 times. Use moderate pressure.
- Press and hold the fingerpad of the thumb. This is a reflex point for the pituitary gland. The Pituitary gland is “The Master Gland”. It overlooks all other glands and senses the body's needs and sends signals to different organs and glands throughout the body to regulate their function and maintain healthy activity. Hold here and take 3 deep breaths.
- Press your thumb in a circular motion with moderate pressure all around the back of your hand and then your palm. Continue pressure with your thumb along both sides of each finger. Use your thumb to massage the area between your thumb and forefinger.
- At the end of each finger give a gentle pull to create a stretch and space between the joints.
- Using your right thumb underneath and your right index finger on top, with a gentle pressure to follow the space between the metacarpals, the bones that follow your fingers. From your knuckles to your wrist. Repeat 3 times.
- Stroke the whole of the left hand and palm 3 times, pause take a deep breath and finish.
- Repeat all of the above steps on the right hand and arm! Each arm should take around 5-10 minutes
Once you’ve finished massaging both hands, continue with your foot ritual…
Step 1: Remove both feet from the large water bowl and towel dry.
Step 2: Add a couple pumps of SBH Pure Hand & Body Soap to the feet and cleanse the hands using gentle circular motions. Wash off into the bowl and dry with a towel.
Step 3: When both feet are dry, add about half a teaspoon of SBH Salty Sea Scrub to the feet. Gently exfoliate the feet using circular motions, especially focusing on dry cracked heels! Buff away dead skin cells revealing soft and supple soles! Rinse off using the water and towel dry. Move the medium bowl of water away to create a space as it’s no longer needed.
Step 4: Apply a small amount of SBH A Lovely Pot of Coconuts to the cuticles and massage to soften. If it is difficult to reach your own feet, just try your best to tease the cuticle back from the nail plate. Don’t worry too much if you struggle to reach, our coconut oil will work beautifully to soften and hydrate the cuticles anyway!
Step 5: And now it’s time to massage! Take a generous amount of Vitamin Sea Balm and warm through the palms.
- Working on one foot at a time, in a comfortable position for you. Start by applying balm to the lower leg and foot in gentle stroking motions using the palms of the hands. Working upwards from the tips of the toes to the knee. Repeat 3 times.
- Using your fingers and thumb working from the ankle upwards towards the back of the knee. In small circular motions around the size of a 50p, to gently ‘pinch’ the calf muscle. Repeat 3 times.
- Slide back down towards the ankle, using the thumbs give a little stretch to the Achilles tendon. Stretch here for 3 deep breaths.
- Working on the front of the ankle, circle upwards around the two ‘balls’ that make up your ankle joint. Repeat 3 times
- With both thumbs on the top of the foot near the toes, perform upwards circular movements over the top of the foot towards ankle. And gently slide back down. Repeat 3 times.
- With thumbs still at the top of the foot near the toes, gently stretch each toe with a gentle pull.
- Apply a pressure at the tip of each toe using your thumb and index finger.
- Now working on the sole of the foot, use the fingers to find any areas of tension with small circular movements at a moderate pressure. Take as long as you want here, whatever feels good for you.
- To finish, take a moment to find your solar plexus reflexology point. Found on the sole of the foot, if you draw an imaginary line from the second toe down, below the ball of the foot, right within that hollow area. It can also be found if you gently squeeze the top of the foot inward. You should find a little dimple space. Apply a moderate pressure here and take 3 deep meditative breaths. The solar plexus is the central point for the breath and by stimulating can help to improve sleep patterns and relieve stress and anxiety.
- Repeat all of the above steps on the other foot to complete your massage!
You’re all done! Hopefully feeling calm and your skin feeling soft, supple and beautifully fragranced. I like to pop some socks on now and let the balm sink deeply into the skin. Otherwise, just be careful as your feet will be a little slippery.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your hand and foot ritual, please use some caution when self-massaging. This massage therapy is not recommended for anyone who has high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, varicose veins, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, decreased pain sensitivity, recent wounds, areas of weakened or inflamed skin, tumours or metal implants, or who has recently undergone chemotherapy, radiation or surgery, or is on medication that thins the blood.
See you next week!
Loooove Hannah x