Want a wonderful foreplay strategy with health benefits? Try a foot massage. A good foot rub helps the mind and body because…

  • It elevates oxytocin levels—the hormones that make you feel fuzzy and warm. This is the same hormone a mother’s brain secretes during breastfeeding.
  • It causes arousal, because the foot contains sexual nerves of its own.
  • It stimulates lymphatic drainage, helping remove waste from your system.

How to do it:1. Clean up. To make your partner comfy, clean the feet with a shallow basin of water or warm washcloth.2. Use a scented lavender lotion, which is perceived as an aphrodisiac.3. Rub the whole foot. The foot is seen as a metaphor in reflexology (which shares some philosophical roots with acupuncture). For instance, the big toe’s seen as the top of the head. The sensitive area at the toe base represents the neck. The inner sole, the belly, and the outer sole, the spine. Spend time on the area bothering your partner.4. Work your way up. We store tension in our ankles. Move the foot passively to relax the joint. Start with the heel and push upward to the leg. Pull it down and work side to side. On the bottoms, use firm pressure with your thumbs. It’ll be ticklish if it’s too light. Use slow, deep pressure and work the foot between the toes. Pull each toe for 10 seconds. Rub the calves from ankle to knee. The feet and calves are the farthest from the heart. Because they fight gravity, it’s hard for them to move lymphatic waste.QUIZ: Sexual Satisfaction