Why Paraffin Treatments?

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Why Paraffin Treatments?
Paraffin wax treatments for the hands and feet help aching muscles as well as arthritis. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Paraffin treatments are therapeutic hot wax treatments that have been utilised for many centuries. The Romans were one of the first civilisations to use paraffin treatments. The British also used paraffin treatments to help soldiers with orthopaedic problems during World War I. A paraffin wax treatment applies hot wax to aching body parts. The wax forms a heated coating around the skin, which eventually hardens before being peeled away. Paraffin wax treatments provide many benefits for the skin, circulation and common ailments.


Paraffin wax treatments are versatile, providing a variety of options. Paraffin treatments are found almost anywhere, including spas, massage therapist offices and rehabilitation centres. Paraffin treatments are used on many body parts, including hands, feet, knees, elbows and ankles. Paraffin wax is also available for facial treatments. Paraffin facials are often combined with clay and aloe for added exfoliation. Essential oils are sometimes added to paraffin wax treatments to provide the added benefit of aromatherapy.


Paraffin treatments are safe and natural. Paraffin wax is derived from crude mineral oil and refined to make a heavy, colourless, odourless wax that is hygienic and hypoallergenic. Paraffin wax does not react adversely with other substances, however, paraffin treatments are not recommended for those with diabetes, varicose veins or hypertension.

Skin Benefits

Paraffin wax treatments nourish and rejuvenate the skin by opening the pores and trapping moisture. For this reason, paraffin wax treatments are used to help those with eczema and psoriasis. It is also used to repair scar tissue. A paraffin wax facial hydrates and stimulates the production of new skin, thereby giving the face a natural glow.

Improving Conditions

Paraffin treatments are used to improve many conditions and common ailments. It is used to soothe aching joints and muscles associated with conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, fibromyalgia and fibrosis. It is also used to treat stiff joints, tendinitis, muscle spasms, muscle fatigue and other sports related injuries such as tennis elbow.

Stimulating Circulation

Due to the dense molecular structure of paraffin wax, it sits heavily on the skin. Areas treated with paraffin wax benefit due to increased blood flow, which reduces pain and stiffness. Paraffin wax treatments reduce fluid retention, thereby decreasing inflammation.

Budget Friendly

Paraffin wax treatments fit a variety of budgets. If a professional treatment at a spa or massage therapist's office is too expensive, save money by purchasing a do-it-yourself paraffin wax kit. At-home treatments are able to be conducted daily, or on an as-needed basis.

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