Paraffin hand and foot treatments are used in spas and salons to lock in moisture. The wax is warm and soothing and your hands and feet will be left feeling soft and supple. If you are using wax for both hands and feet, double the recipe.
·1 block paraffin wax (about 4 oz), you can find this in the canning sections of your local grocery store.
·an ounce of oil
·20 drops of essential oil... lavender is rather nice
·a few drops of olive oil or coconut oil (you will use this to coat your hands)
·a casserole dish, greased with oil
·plastic sandwich bags
The following directions are for a hand treatment, you can also use this treatment on the feet this is what I found in my recent visit to saloon and it was much relaxing.
Melt the paraffin, the ounce of oil, the scented oil in a double boiler. (The double boiler is necessary for safety purposes).
Very carefully pour the wax into the dish and wait until a skin has formed on the top of the wax. When this happens, the temperature should be about right for submerging your hands. Test the wax on your wrist to ensure the temperature is not too hot.
Prepare hands by washing them. Smooth the olive oil or coconut oil (I prefer coconut oil because it smells better) on your hands.
Dip each hand into the wax repeatedly until you have several layers of wax built up.
Have someone help you put on the sandwich bags onto each hand and then relax for about 30 minutes. You can also wrap hands in Saran wrap.For added benefit, place a bath towel over your hands as you wait. (This is a perfect time to watch a half hour of TV.)
To remove wax, simply peel it off starting at the wrist. The wax should come off in large sections. Give yourself a little hand massage and you are done.
Rehabilitation specialists, massage therapists, and the spa industry have endorsed paraffin therapy for its therapeutic properties. Physicians have long known that paraffin therapy is a veritable way to speed healing and soothe muscle and joint pain. In fact, the healing qualities of paraffin wax therapy have been known for centuries.
Along with the use of hydrotherapy, the use of paraffin wax therapy can be traced all the way back to the Roman Empire. In those ancient times, 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 used paraffin wax therapy as a protocol to treat orthopedic 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:
Paraffin therapy is also widely used in the treatment of sports related injuries and other conditions where heat therapy and exercise therapy are needed. One of the overlooked benefits of paraffin therapy is that it soothes and moisturizes the skin, opens pores, increases circulation, and promotes a sense of calm in the patient.
A great way to use this therapy is by using a spot paraffin therapy bath. Using such a modality will enable you to treat specific areas of the body and pinpoint the management of treatment. Not only are such modalities increasingly being used in rehabilitation and therapy clinics, but they are now widely available to the public. Using a paraffin therapy bath is easy and doesn't take very long at all, but there are some guidelines to follow. Be sure to remove all jewelry prior to treatment. Thoroughly wash and dry the area that is to be treated. When conducting a paraffin dip, relax the body part to be treated and immerse it gradually in to the warm paraffin wax. While dipping the area into the paraffin therapy bath, layers of paraffin wax will build up. Allow it to harden. Once the treatment is complete, the wax is peeled off and the area is then ready for massage, stretching, exercise, or additional therapeutic measures.
Paraffin wax occurs naturally as a component of crude mineral oils. Paraffin wax is produced by refining or separating the wax out of the crude mineral oils. It is then purified through boiling and then chilled and pressed through a filter which creates a heavy oil, or paraffin wax. Paraffin has been laboratory tested to be hygienically safe to use. It is colorless, tasteless, odorless, and extremely heavy in molecular structure. Since paraffin is heavy in molecular weight, it increases the blood supply to the area being treated and traps moisture from underlying layers of the skin, resulting in rejuvenated and nourished skin. Paraffin therapy reduces pain and stiffness around joints by removing excess fluid from surrounding tissue while providing lubrication.
Paraffin treatments are not recommended for people with the following conditions: Hypertension, diabetes, varicose veins.
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