Paraffin wax is perhaps most well known for its use among cosmetologists for manicures and pedicures. Considered a luxury-type spa treatment by many, it has additional benefits that those who have never tried it might be surprised to learn about. Easily incorporated in massage therapy, spa treatments, and within the medical establishment, paraffin-wax therapy has been used throughout the centuries for the patient's health and well-being, and remains a useful treatment today.
Soften and Smooth Skin
Paraffin-wax therapy removes dead skin cells and moisturises the skin by opening the pores. Typically applied and removed from the face, hands, and feet, it can also be applied to the back or other hairless parts of the body. Although paraffin is only a mild exfoliate--not a hair removal product--it can, and will, pull hair. Areas like legs or male chests are best left untouched unless a lubricating oil is added, or already included, in the paraffin wax.
Because paraffin is applied warm, it can have a soothing effect on painful muscles, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain conditions, and in rehabilitating injuries. Commonly, a treatment is given in the form of what is known as a "paraffin dip." The dip is a process of applying wax through dipping a body part into a warmer container of melted paraffin, then wrapping the part in plastic and covering with a mitt or cloth to retain the heat. Other applications consist of soaking special wax wraps in the melted wax and then applying to the skin, and of spraying or brushing on warmed wax.
Paraffin dips are frequently employed as "add-on" treatments in massage therapy and other spa services. Because of the warming effect of the wax, it is a deeply relaxing addition to many alternative health practices. To increase the benefits of a warm-wax treatment, pure essential oils can be added to further promote deep relaxation through aromatherapy.