I find any excuse to garden. I will do it day or night, even if I am already tired from a long, challenging day. The best part is the feeling of relaxation and satisfaction you get after weeding a large planting bed and seeing a pristine expanse before you. I love to prepare the soil and spend hours kneeling to pull out and destroy every last intruder plant. I am usually okay and simply take a hot bath and lounge for a while to rest my back. However, the last time I had a binge outside, my toes were killing me as I had been frozen in an odd crouching position for so long. I hope all this pain will lead to some gain and that the butterflies will once again frequent my garden. The things I do for butterflies!
What saves me are the images that arise in my mind of the planted garden in several months’ time when all the colors are radiant and the blooms promise more flowering ahead. Second best to this flight of imagination is the best foot massager I could find. In fact, they go together. I sit with my stiff toes immersed in warm, swirling water as I doze off in reverie. I bought a foot spa/massager that was highly recommended at https://www.highermassage.com/ with terrific reviews from dozens of happy customers. This is the one, I thought as I pressed the “sale” button. I was not disappointed. The home spa was convenient to use anywhere, could work with or without an electrical outlet, and produced immediate results. By that I mean complete relief.
A good foot spa will keep the water toasty as you indulge in an hour of soaking to alleviate pain. You can and Epson salts, essential oils, citrus fruit cut in slices, or rose petals from the garden. Looks matters as much as feel. Sometimes I put in a small bit of bubble bath and let the suds break up around my toes. More expensive units have jet sprays but I find the expense a bit prohibitive when I can get good results just with the effects of natural water moving in circular motion from a hidden pump. If you can’t get a foot massage, this is a good alternative or have both. This means a trip to the real spa, but so be it. Whatever it takes to restore your body head to toe.
I like having the foot massager/spa handy at home so I can use it at any time—most often it is spontaneously. I also have a small portable electric appliance that you can hold against the sole of your foot while changing the intensity setting. It has an attachment that fits between the toes and a rubberized pad that massages the ball of the foot. Combining the two treatments takes time but is well worth it after the fact. I never regret time spent on my feet after a long session in the garden. It is my reward for a job well done.