Treatment How-to: The Ultimate Foot-saver Treatment

This treatment cleanses, exfoliates and deeply nourishes tired feet, and may easily be incorporated into traditional pedicure services.

Cost: $45

Duration: 30 minutes

Contraindications: Examine the foot area for open cuts; sores; abrasions; foot injuries and sprains; infectious diseases, such as tinea pedis (athlete’s foot) or onychomycosis (fungal infection of the nail); and verrucas (plantar warts). For medical conditions or diseases that impact the circulation, such as high blood pressure, varicose veins, diabetes, cancer, lymph node removal and even pregnancy, protect yourself and your practice by getting written permission from the client’s physician. In the case of oncology care, pregnancy massage or if performing reflexology, specialized training is critical.

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Step 1: Cleanse the feet using a steamed towel customized with a purifying aromatherapy blend. Wipe each foot with an antibacterial wipe, making sure to get in between and around the toes. Dry body-brush the feet and lower legs.

Step 2: Examine the feet for clues of any possible contraindications—use your hands and your vision to observe, documenting your findings on the client’s chart.

Step 3: Exfoliate the feet with the paste. Massage over the feet and lower legs concentrating on rough, calloused areas. Remove with warm water, an unscented foaming body wash and buffing cloth. Finish with a steamed towel customized with a purifying aromatherapy blend—aromatherapy is defined as products containing genuine essential oils and botanicals, not artificial perfumes. Dry the feet with a clean towel. Optional: Any exfoliant can be used here, including an oil-based hydroxy acid combo, a mask type of exfoliant or foaming body scrub.

Step 4: Press a small amount of a professional-strength aromatherapy treatment oil to the feet and lower leg extremities. Follow with a pre-warmed nourishing body cream applied to the feet and legs. (Tip: Dispense cream into a cup and store in your hot towel cabbie.) Cover the other foot with a towel foot bootie. Complete your customized foot and lower leg massage or reflexology movements on both feet for 10–15 minutes.

Step 5: Apply a generous pump of a hydrating body cream to the feet and lower leg extremities, either dipping the client’s feet into warm paraffin or applying warm paraffin with a body brush from a body pack bowl. Place client’s feet into plastic liners and towel foot bootie for 3–5 minutes.

Step 6: Remove the paraffin liners and foot booties and, with a dry towel, and wipe the bottoms of the feet to prevent slipping. Massage in any residue and finish with an application of SPF. Assist your client into her sandals or shoes, and finish with prescriptive retailing.