We are all so busy running around to accomplish work and home tasks—projects, meetings, errands, children, etc. Sometimes, we don’t have time to sit and talk to our spouses. No one just has coffee together anymore. You get up, get dressed, grab a cup, and go. Then you wake up one day and realize that time is slipping away and you need to give attention to your key relationship.

There are several solutions but let me tell you about mine. I know a couple who reads in bed together and I tried it, but I always fall asleep and no conversation takes place. A better idea was for my husband and I to give each other foot massages at night, sometime after dinner (possibly while watching TV), at least once a week. We have gotten into the habit of using this time for some much-needed personal communication. There is a catch. I have gotten used to this ritual and now that my husband is gone on a business trip for an extended period of time, I miss my foot massage!

My husband is a very thoughtful person and I can prove it. Just before he left, I received a package in the mail from an online retailer. I was amazed at the contents: a brand new state-of-the-art foot massager like the ones here. There was a sweet note inside, “I will call you on Facebook every night at the usual time.” Yes, he’s a gem. He promised me that this device is the next best thing so I couldn’t wait to try it out. While I prefer my husband’s hands, the gadget didn’t disappoint.

A good massager has several settings and must be easy to use. This means light weight and easy to store. I love the soft silicone pad that comes with it. There are also several other attachments, some with textures and soft spikes. Someone did their product engineering research and designed this baby to adhere nicely to the contours of the foot. You place in under the toes, on the ball, the underarch, and the heel. There I s a small cylindrical attachment for between the toes. Heaven! When I have been standing a lot or exercising at the gym, this massager is the perfect finish. I have to add that tight shoes make such a machine a must in your life. I wear comfortable styles as a rule, but occasionally go for slim and pointy as the style dictates. If you are a slave to footwear fashion, get yourself a foot massager right away.

Feet can be tender and you don’t want a massager that is too vigorous or intense. Thus, changing settings is ideal. You can start slow and work your way up. Whatever it takes to unwind and soothe those doggies is fine. I like the hand-held model but you can also buy larger units that you stand on. Multiple rotating heads do a superior job. The best massagers come with optional heat. Think about this one for your ski lodge!

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