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Good Foot Tickling

Feet tend to feature prominently in tickling for relaxation. This is hardly surprising. Many people like having their feet tickled and a good tickle can also be like a massage. So we have dedicated a section of this site specifically to tickling feet.

The problem is of course that preferences and ticklish spots will vary widely between individuals. The best we can do is give you some advice which is bound to be useful in some way.

When tickling for relaxation, try focusing on the feet for at least a few minutes. But don’t make this a whole lot of 15 second tickles. Most people find they like having at least a couple of minutes devoted to just going over the feet.

When tickling feet, you generally should start off lightly stroking areas like under the toes, the side of the foot, on top of the toes, and the back of the heel. Do this until you have the ticklee laughing as much as they are likely to from that specific action. This will of course depend on how ticklish they are.

Unless you have something special planned, we recommend that feet are tickled bare. They will be more ticklish, and there are many more varied ways of tickling bare feet. A lot of what constitutes good foot tickling is in the subtle touches and strokes, most of which would be lost if the feet aren’t bare. The only exception to this that we recommend is the tip found in the “Tickling Tips” section, where you gradually remove their socks. This will often make the feet more ticklish, but it depends on the person.

         Once they reach that point you can move on to tickling the arches, soles and tips of toes. The only reason for this order is that certain areas like under the toes tend to be inaccessible to anything but a delicate touch, which becomes impractical as the tickling becomes more intense. At this stage you want to be doing heavy strokes and the ticklee should be laughing quite obviously. Don’t forget to notice, and if necessary ask, what the ticklee likes and where they are most ticklish.

1.      The ends and pads of the toes.

2.      Underneath the joints of the toes.

3.      In between the toes.

4.      On top of the toes.

5.      The ball of the foot, especially where the toes meet it.

6.      Underneath the arch (the curved bit on the inside).

7.      Directly on the side of the foot, where the top meets the sole.

8.      The ankles and, on some people, the top of the foot.

9.      The middle of the sole.

10.  The fairly sensitive area where the sole meets the heel.

11.  The back of the heel.


Now let’s have a quick look at positions to tickle feet, concentrating on those that minimise movement of the feet but are comfortable for the ticklee. One very simple but effective position is very similar to a headlock – the feet are held under the arm of ticklee, with the tickler facing away from the person they are tickling. The ticklee can be sitting or lying on their back if they want their feet pointing up, or lying on their stomach if they want their feet pointing down. The advantage with this position is that it is simple, but the disadvantage is that the tickler can’t see the ticklee.

However, this position can be modified to fix that problem. The tickler sits facing the person they are tickling with one foot under their arm (you’ll find two a bit uncomfortable in this position). The tickler uses their other hand to reach around behind them and tickle the foot. The disadvantage is that it’s not very comfortable for the ticklee to have both feet held under one arm like this – and since the tickler needs one arm free to tickle, this leaves a leg free. You need to be very sure the tickler is not going to get kicked in the face if you use this position!

Other positions include the one mentioned in the “Tickling Tips” section, where the feet are hanging over the end of a bed, and the one described in “Introducing Someone to Tickling”. In this position, the ticklee is lying on their stomach, and the tickler kneels over their legs. Ticklee’s lower calves go on top of the tickler’s calves, and then the tickler lowers their body until their thighs are holding the ticklee’s legs in place. 

In any position where the two feet are going to be right next to each other, consider crossing them over at the ankles. This exposes the arches of the feet which are often some of the most ticklish spots, and the spots people most enjoy being tickled. 

Once the ticklee is laughing about as intensely as you think they are likely to, stay at that level for at least a minute. Helping them reach that level and then dropping away immediately will not do much good. It’s the laughter and touch that releases endorphins in the brain, so if they are willing, you might tickle their feet at that level for several minutes. They will certainly feel good after it.

Anyway, once you or the ticklee feels it’s time to stop or to move on to another area, begin gradually slowing it down. Don’t finish off feet (or any other area) by going from extreme tickling to nothing. Before stopping completely, go back to the delicate tickling you started with, hold for 15-20 seconds minimum, and then finish.

Then, importantly, discuss! Find out what was good and not so good, so next time will be even better.