With all this hand washing, there is a loss of natural oil from the skin. Make sure to rehydrate by drinking plenty of water and using a good hand cream. Paraffin wax machines used on a monthly basis help restore moisture and heal cracks in the skin.
Using Wax on the Hands
These machines are designed to fit a hand or a foot, singly, into the basin. Clear bars of paraffin wax are melted in the well of this machine, creating a hot bath. Once the wax has changed from boiling to warm, you can dip your hand in completely and then lift it out. The warm wax will form a coating around the entire hand.
This process is repeated three to five times, until a firm wax glove is formed. Dip the other hand as well. The wax forms a protective coating that encourages the oils of the skin to the surface, helping to mend dry skin and cracks. Keep the wax gloves on for close to ten minutes. Once you peel the wax off, a moisturizing cream will reinforce the work of the paraffin. Hands treated in this way feel soft and renewed.
Overuse of the wax can leach all the moisture from the hands, which can lead to breakdown of the protective outer layer of skin. The recommended time between treatments is approximately three weeks to a month. If you decide to use paraffin, make sure you adhere to the guidelines provided on the package.
Using Wax on the Feet
A great use of the paraffin treatment is to apply it to the feet you are working on. Do not soak the receiver's feet in the machine, but rather dip a disposable towel in the hot wax and drape it around the foot that is not being worked on. When you finish with the first foot and are ready to begin on the other, use another disposable sheet dipped in the hot wax to cover the foot you have completed.
Giving is easier than getting. To sit and receive requires an element of trust. For many people it is very hard to let go of the control, to relax enough to feel safe. Reflexology provides an environment that nurtures, developing a new memory of harmony and balance.
Tissue works well, too. After it is dipped in the wax, place it directly on the foot. Your receiver will love the feeling the hot wax generates as it actually permeates throughout the foot. The heat felt in the foot will spread up into the body giving an added feeling of comfort and contentment. It's fun to pamper people, especially since people these days are so busy they forget to take time for themselves.