Our feet take a beating every day, that’s why they deserve good care and attention. There is nothing better for feet than a relaxing soak in a foot spa. In this article, we will share valuable information about choosing which footspa is right for you. We will also provide step-by-step instructions on how to use a home foot spa. Read on to learn more.
Things to keep in mind when choosing a home foot spa
There are foot spas available today with a wide variety of features. Prices also vary greatly, so there is something to suit every budget and need. When seeking the best foot spa for you, be sure to read customer reviews and look carefully at the benefits and features of each type of spa you are considering.
Look for these features specifically:
A good foot spa will include a heating unit to keep the water warm for a nice long soak. An excellent foot spa will be able to heat up the water to the required temperature.
Easy on/off switch
The best foot spas have waterproof controls that can be operated by toe-touch. You don’t really want to bend over too often when having a relaxing foot bath.
Easy to drain
It is much easier to empty a spa that has its own drain than one you must tip or bail. Yes, you can do it in both ways but it’s much more convenient to use the built-in drain.
Pumice stone, brush and roller massager attachments are a delight for overworked feet.
Some spas include an aromatherapy dispenser which can add a whole new dimension to your experience when you add your own essential oils.
Bubbles & jets
For an authentic spa experience, the massaging action of water jets and bubbles is an absolute must! Fortunately, most of the home foot spas currently on the market have this as a standard feature.
Some spas have a built in splash guard and some have a removable one. Either way, this is essential to prevent water damage to your flooring and potentially dangerous, slippery spills.
Ease of cleaning
Be sure the spa you choose is easy to clean. Those with removable parts are generally easier to get completely clean.
Determine whether or not the spa you choose will be easy for you to lift and move about (both empty and filled with water).
Compatibility with foot care products
Some spas can be used with bath salts, soaks, oils and soaps and some cannot. Be sure that the one you choose is compatible with your favourite foot care products.
More is not necessarily better
Carefully evaluate foot spas that come with lots of pedicure attachments and extras. If these items are high quality, they represent an excellent value. If not, they may be driving the price of the spa up unnecessarily.
If possible, listen to the spa you are considering before purchasing. A noisy motor can ruin your relaxing experience. This is one quality that is very subjective and you cannot trust to reviewer feedback as most foot spas seem to have an equal number of “noisy/quiet” reviews.
Compatibility with medical conditions
If you have diabetes or a circulatory disorder, be sure the spa you want is safe for you. Consult the manufacturer and your doctor before you use it.
Any spa you purchase should have a solid warranty. Two or three years is standard. Be sure to read and understand the warranty as soon as you receive your product.
Does the spa fit?
No matter how many functions and attachments a spa may have, if it does not fit your feet it will not help you. Be sure the spa you choose can accommodate your foot size.
Using your home foot spa step-by-step
Once you have decided which footspa to buy and brought your purchase home, follow these steps for a relaxing, rejuvenating experience.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions. This will save you trial and error and frustration when using your spa for the first time.
- Set your foot spa up in a comfortable area. You’ll need a comfortable chair or sofa to sit on. Lay a towel on the floor and place your foot spa on it. Fill it to the fill line with water that is just slightly warmer than you want. Even with the heating element, it will cool some. This is especially true when you use the bubble feature of your spa.
- Settle yourself in with some books, magazines, nice music or viewing and maybe a glass of wine. Select the functions you want to use and just relax and soak your feet for a minimum of 15 minutes.
- When you are ready, enjoy using any massage or other attachments that may have come with your foot spa.
- Give yourself a nice pedicure. If you have chosen a foot spa that has a pumice stone attachment, use that to remove hard skin from your feet. If not, you can use a hand-held pumice stone.
- At this point, you may wish to soak a while longer or dry your feet. If you dry your feet, be sure to use a moisturiser and take the opportunity to clip your toenails while they are nice and soft.
- If your foot spa has a foot rest (sometimes the splash guard doubles as a foot rest) and you want to paint your toenails, just place your feet on the foot rest and finish up your pedicure.
- Tidy up! No matter which footspa you choose, it’s important to take good care of it. Be sure to unplug your spa, empty it and rinse it soon after use. Hand dry it and allow it to air dry for several hours before storing it away. This will prevent growth of germs and bacteria and lengthen the functional life of your spa.
When you take good care of your feet, your overall health will benefit. Follow the advice presented here to make a smart investment in your health with just the right foot spa.