I am sitting here looking at my beautiful aquarium, thinking that I should treat myself to a new fish, one that is exotic and colorful and will make me smile. Speaking of treating myself, it is time for my monthly splurge: the best pedicure in town. Getting a pedicure, as well as the long and intense foot massage that is part of the process really helps me stay energized and focused on my schoolwork.
If you have never experienced a full-fledged pedicure/massage, you are in for a surprise. The first time I had one (given as a birthday gift from my mother), I was hooked. I read up all about the benefits here. From that moment on, it became a monthly necessity of life. I wish I could afford to do it weekly, but that schedule will be for another time. Now I am happy enough with what I get. I opt for the extra-long supreme version. No run-of-the-mill session for me. I did say it is a splurge, didn’t I. You owe it to yourself to indulge once in a while, if not more often. I sit, contemplate my recent studies (which happen to be marine biology), and relax until I practically fall asleep. I go home in the best mood possible. The rest of the day and evening float by.
When you get a top-tier pedicure, you can a twenty-minute foot bath in citrus-scented warm water. Then you get a tub of suds to wash away fatigue and stress. After a towel drying, the accoutrements of the trade come out. They clip your toenails, file them into a perfect shape, cut and push down the cuticles, and get rid of rough skin on your heel. This is done by dipping your feet in a hot paraffin bath. Aah! The oil in the wax completely transforms your feet. Now it is time for the in-depth leg and foot massage. Experienced hands know just how hard to knead to produce endorphins. Not one toe is overlooked in the process. My calf muscles are often tense from exercise and they appreciate any attention they can get. After a half-hour (you want more), you are ready for polish. Four coats consist of a base, two layers of color, and a top coat to preserve it all for two weeks or more. I always choose fire engine red. It looks great all year round.
On go the sandals so you can go home without marring a single nail. After an hour, the polish is dry and my feet are ready for any kind of shoes. I like open toe or sandals so I can show off the salon’s handiwork. I count the hours to the next pedicure when it is within a day’s reach. I am so grateful that I have given a small fish tank to the salon with a couple of my favorites. I clean it for them before I sit down. It is a fair trade.