Self-Care Challenge (Day 15): Getting a Pedicure

Nail Polish, salonAh, the blissful pedicure…it’s like a facial for feet. 

Unless you can’t stand the idea of someone touching your feet, then you’ve probably experienced at least one pedicure in your lifetime. But if it wasn’t great, I highly recommended trying it again. I’ve had countless pedicures in at least 5 different states and it’s fascinating to see how different the experiences can be. Some salons keep it simple: soak, file, moisturize, massage and polish; while others have elaborate menus of “deluxe” services, which can include exfoliation, paraffin wax treatments, or other specialty massage options. One salon in Long Beach charges by the minute for massages so clients can customize the experience.

While I’m sure most podiatrists shudder at the thought of people lining up for assembly-line foot baths, nail spas have become quite popular over the years…as popular as coffee shops, it seems. Like restaurants, it’s important to seek out salons that are clean and follow sanitary procedures. Additional precautions should be taken for certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, so talking with your doctor is a good idea. The APMA website also has a list of pedicure do’s and don’ts.  

Pedicures aren’t just for people who want pretty toes either. Men and women alike are treating themselves on a routine basis. Why? Because it’s a fast, inexpensive way to slow down for a few minutes and relax. Whether you read a book, skim through magazines, or simply sit back and enjoy the respite, it offers an escape from the busyness of life.

Plus, it’s hard not to smile at some of the salon names. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Tip & Toe Paradise
  • Tipytoes
  • Bed of Nails
  • Get Nailed!
  • Get Tipsy Nail Salon
  • Cute-icles
  • Hammer & Nails
  • Betterfingers

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