Rotating the Foot
Hold the right foot by cupping the ankle with the left hand and firmly gripping the toes with the right hand. The left hand will provide support, keeping the foot steady as the right hand does the turning. The right hand is folded over the toes so that as you turn the foot, this hand can guide the movement. Using the right hand, rotate three turns clockwise and three turns counterclockwise.
The foot will actually move from the ankle — the turning hand is holding the foot straight and tall as the ankle is gently rotated. The left hand is cupping the back of the heel and ankle. The rotation is slow and defined, and you are assessing as you move the ankle. Check with the receiver to gauge the degree of rotation.
The range of motion in the foot, especially the ankle area, might be limited. The cause of limited range might be an old injury, chronic joint-related issues like arthritis, or some other systemic condition that may affect movement. Do the best you can — that will be good enough.
With this movement you begin to actually feel and see the foot, ankle, and even the leg sink down and relax. You have allowed the ankle to be at rest, not having to actively support all the movement.
Always keep contact with the foot being worked on. One hand will support and provide leverage while the other performs the working movements. By staying connected to the feet the receiver feels a deep sense of safety, further allowing for relaxation.