FEELING GUILTY ABOUT indulging in manicures and pedicures? Don’t! These spa services may actually be an investment in your health.
Many manicures and pedicures include massage of the hands and feet, which can encourage blood flow and moisturizing treatments to improve the condition of dry, cracked cuticles and skin. But these spa services aren’t reserved for women alone. The therapeutic spa service may offer health benefits for everyone.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, customized pedicures recommended by a podiatrist may help improve circulation in the feet of individuals living with diabetes.
If you see the same manicurist regularly, he or she may notice if something unusual is affecting the health of your hands and feet, such as an ingrown nail or skin irritation that may require medical treatment.
Manicures and pedicures also can be effective ways to reduce chronic stress, and this relaxation may pay dividends in terms of overall health. By reducing tension, you may also reduce your likelihood of stress-related conditions such as digestive complications and insomnia.