Thursday, 4 December 2014

Paraffin Wax Treatments

Paraffin Wax FinchleySomething that I don't hear much about is the paraffin wax treatment.  This is something that was included in my manicure course in college however I do believe that you can book in to various places around the country on a one day course to learn the treatment, the application and the benefits of it.  Although I do understand that at this point in December salons get extremely busy with Christmas appointments, however the paraffin wax treatment is perfect for the colder months.  They are warming, they provide a great deal of moisture to dry, cracked skin and clients with arthritis will particularly benefit the most during this time period as the cold weather heightens their symptoms. 

I wanted to highlight the benefits of this treatment today as I returned back from my friend's house with my heater and I really saw the benefits that she received from it.  She's had rheumatoid arthritis since she was two years old and received this treatment through her school.  This stopped aged sixteen and she was unaware that she could have continued having it done with a beauty therapist. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, paraffin wax is a luxurious treatment that is intended to moisturise, soften the skin, increases circulation, and promotes a sense of calm in the client.  It's typically an optional extra when booking a manicure or pedicure however you could offer it as a standard alone treatment with a hand and arm massage.
 
Paraffin wax is not like the arm or hot wax that is used for hair removal on the face and body which is much more viscous and bonds to the skin. Paraffin wax is a softer wax because of the paraffin oil component.  As it’s a soft wax, it melts at a lower temperature, so this means that the skin can be treated with the wax without causing burning or blistering.  During paraffin wax treatments, wax is painted onto the client’s hands or feet several times to create a thick layer.  The hands or feet are then wrapped in plastic, or some other non-absorbent material and left to 'soak' in the layer of wax for up to 30 minutes (I was also trained to put my clients hands in the heated mitts or boots.)  Once the skin has been allowed to soak in the wax and the layer has hardened, it can be pulled off in one solid piece. Because the wax is soft and contains oil, it does not become very stiff and does not adhere to the skin.  After the paraffin wax treatment the skin is left deeply hydrated and soft.

The History of Paraffin Wax Therapy
The use of paraffin wax therapy can be traced all the way back to the Roman Empire.  The Romans would pour hot waxes on the body in preparation for massage therapy. Later the French embraced paraffin therapy by melting paraffin wax and spreading it on wounds to accelerate healing.  In World War I, the British army used paraffin wax therapy as a protocol to treat orthopaedic disorders in military hospitals.

In modern times, paraffin therapy is quite common and widely used to aid in the treatment of conditions such as the following:
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Eczema
  • Fibromyalgia   
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Overworked/Fatigued Muscles
  • Psoriasis
  • Scar Tissue
  • Stiff Joints
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow
This is a treatment offered in hospitals, usually in a plain format however in beauty essential oils are added to give a feeling close to aromatherapy.  I haven't heard of many salons offering it or much talk about it so if you have a heater, get it sanitised and plugged in and ready to go as an add on treatment - it's fantastic!  It would also be a brilliant gift voucher option for a client who perhaps wants to treat a family member to a lower priced gift (If I do it as a stand alone treatment I would generally charge £10) which is also an excellent way of gaining a potential new client!

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