If by chance you are reading this and work in the personal care or service industry and afforded the privilege to work one-on-one with your clients; essentially what you are providing for your client is the gift of touch. Human beings are created to be cared for by other human beings.
As a service provider myself I can't begin to tell you how appreciative my clients have been with the services I provide to them. Of course, they want beautiful nails and feet, but mostly; I have realized that being attentive with a great conversation or taking a little more time with the massage portion of their service is what really satisfies the client the most. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to have someone to touch them or speak to them on a daily or weekly basis and sometimes their Nurse, Hairstylist, Manicurist, Massage Therapist or Wellness Therapist is their only form of immediate contact.
There will be a time in our lives where we will eventually need the same attention to detail that we give our client's and knowing this should make you more appreciative to the gift of touch!
Soaking the feet is a wonderful way to relax and the best way to prep the feet right before a pedicure. Why is soaking the feet beneficial?
Our feet are the foundation of our bodies and we should care for them on a daily basis. Soaking the feet at least once per week in warm water will help to soothe achy joints and help remove and soften excess skin build up that can eventually harden and turn into calluses. Adding therapeutic salts like Epsom and Sea Salts are excellent detoxifiers. Adding essential oils to your foot soak water; like Tea Tree, Neem Oil and Lavender will help assist with fungal infections,
Pedicures are popular amongst people of all ages and genders and one of the reasons is because of the foot soaking part of the process. If you've ever had a pedicure before there is no denying that one of the best feelings is putting your feet into the pedi bowl filled with warm bubbly water...the feeling is pure....ahhhh!
Your feet are the foundation of your body. When your feet hurt your whole body hurts and often is a sign that your foundation is not aligned. Foot Injuries, swelling and internal disease can cause discomfort in your feet.
Massage Therapy is a holistic method of providing relief. Foot Massage therapy helps to redistribute fluid and helps with edema. Migraines, stress headaches and insomnia can be alleviated with proper foot massage techniques.
In a society that often reaches for the pill bottle to remedy ailments, one may want to consider a more holistic approach; like foot massage therapy, as a way to help alleviate some of the body’s common aches and pains.
Diabetes is not something to take lightly. As it pertains to foot care, diabetics must particularly pay attention and care for their feet routinely to avoid infections and discomfort.
Blood flow and sensitivity can be greatly reduced in the feet of diabetics and this is why it is important for pedicurist to know proper protocol when servicing diabetic clients.
Due to the lack of sensation in some diabetics, they are less likely to feel pain in their extremities depending on the severity of their condition. When servicing a diabetic client make sure to pay attention to these important factors.
1. Make sure the water is not to hot when preparing a foot bath. Luke warm should suffice.
2.Avoid using anything that will scratch or tear the skin; like scrubs and razor pedi files. Fine textured pedicure scrubs that are less abrasive can be safely used.
3. Use disposable files whenever possible to avoid cross contamination
4. Limit the use of cuticle nippers to lessen the chances of cutting or nicking the client. Only experienced Pedicurist and Nail Techs should use cuticle nippers.
5. Ensure that your implements are cleaned with Bleach or a Hospital Grade disinfectant
6. Wear gloves when doing a pedicure appointment
7. Keep the toenails trimmed short and rounded on the sides
8. For calluses use solvents instead of anything sharp to remove hard skin on the feet, make sure to soak the feet very well in water-this will help the solvent to penetrate better into the the skin for easier removal of calluses.
9. Ensure that the client has information on how to keep their feet clean and well moisturized to help avoid cracks and fissures which can lead to possible infections.
Routine nail trimmings for the elderly or immobile should be done at least every 1-2 weeks depending on how fast the nails grow. Keeping the fingernails trimmed will assist with eliminating the spread of infection and disease.
Finger nails can also be an indicator of what is happening internally in the body and if you are a senior care provider or health care worker, paying attention to the changes in your clients or loved ones fingernails can possibly help prevent any less than desirable conditions.
As a provider, there are some simple things that you can do to keep the fingernails clean.
1. Wash the hands with a warm towel saturated with soapy water.
2. Get a fingernail brush and gently brush underneath the nails to remove any hidden food or debris underneath the nail. Rinse the hands after cleaning with a warm wet towel.
3. Use a stainless steel fingernail clipper and clip the nail to a short sport length or length that's tolerable for the client or your loved one. For jagged, sharp edges on the fingernail, use a soft grit nail file and file the nails smooth. Make sure to never clip the nails to short where it almost touches the skin...you don't want to do that. Never cut the cuticles unless you are a trained Nail Tech or Podiatrist.
4. After you have clipped and cleansed the nails apply a cuticle oil or or moisturizing hand cream/lotion to keep the nails from becoming dehydrated which can lead to splitting and cracking.