Your Feet Are in Good Hands

In Information and Edification, Services, Wellness by simplyblissed

You can’t help yourself. The daffodils are blooming early and it’s the warmest spring on record since the 1940’s. You simply have to put on your sandals! Then you think to yourself as you look down, “Hmm, time for a pedicure!”

You have almost as many choices for where to have a pedicure as there are polish color choices! The key is choosing a place that is going to do a great pedi all while keeping your toes safe!

So, what’s the big deal when it comes to safety and pedicures? Isn’t it just painting your toe nails a pretty color? When you’re at home, sure, it might be as simple as removing old polish and applying a new color, but a professional pedicure is a whole other ball game.

A basic professional pedicure includes the following: taking care of the skin (smoothing out callouses and rough areas), grooming the cuticles and properly filing each nail, all while taking care that it’s done in a way so that ingrown nails, which are very painful, don’t form. A clean environment with sanitary tools is imperative at each step along the way.

Let’s talk for a moment about bubbles. Some salons offer plumbed and jetted tubs with bubbles for your feet, just like little Jacuzzi’s. They do look so relaxing. STOP! Before putting your precious toes into one of these, please consider the following warnings:

“These are a breeding ground for mycobacterium (which can produce boils), warts, MRSA, athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, HPV and swine flu virus. All of those issues thrive in a warm, wet environment.” says Dr. Dennis Shavelson, a New York city based podiatrist. Dr. Jackie Sutera, also a New York based podiatrist says, “Whatever you do at a pedicure salon, do not let the pedicurist turn on the bubbles in the foot baths. The jets in the whirlpool bath can harbor bacteria and fungus,” Sutera estimates that she sees about 10 to 12 patients a week that come in with fungal or viral infections, like warts and athlete’s foot, caused by buildup in whirlpool foot baths used during most pedicures.”

At Simply Blissed your health and safety is our highest priority, that’s why you won’t find any jetted tubs here. Our Nail Technicians are, of course, board certified and practice their trade with exceptional professionalism and dedication. All non-disposable implements are cleaned and sanitized according to the State Board Standards of Oregon, which are one of the highest in the nation.

Here, your bliss begins when you walk in the door. We invite your neck and shoulders to melt with a heated neck wrap while you enjoy a cup of hot tea or infused water. Your service begins as you ascend onto an elevated and luxurious leather sofa. Your feet are then lovingly placed in a beautiful and locally hand-crafted porcelain bowl filled with perfectly heated water, river rocks and essential oils. The sofa then reclines to a nearly horizontal position for your massage and polish application. Can you say, bliss?

So, go ahead, dust those sandals off. The sun is ready to shine on your freshly polished and cared for toes and you’re ready to play in the garden!  You know you’ve made an informed choice and guarded your health.

Your feet are in good hands at Simply Blissed…

Dianna Barham, Public Relations, Simply Blissed