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Playing Footsie: Ideas to Make Pedicures More Pleasant

You can change up the layout of the pedicure, add rocks to your massage or "feed" clients' feet.

You love your clients, your clients love you. But what have you done for them lately? The way into your clients’ hearts may very well be through their feet, so make sure you’re making all the right moves. Here we’ve scouted some unique and effective specialty pedicures that are making waves and stealing hearts in the country’s spas and salons.

 <p>Pour some love on me. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the power of touch and all that jazz. Pedicures are soothing by nature, but there are things you can do to make them feel even better &mdash; so don&rsquo;t get complacent. Think warm lotions, interesting textures, gentle massage techniques. There&rsquo;s something about the Beeswax Soak at Chicago&rsquo;s Honey Child Salon and Spa that leaves clients weak in the knees. Feet are exfoliated, moisturized with balms, and slathered in a beeswax mask. It&rsquo;s like a big, warm, sloppy bearhug for the feet &mdash; and who wouldn&rsquo;t love that? The treatment costs $65 and lasts 60 minutes.</p>

<p><strong>Everybody must get stoned. </strong>Trends can be confusing. You don&rsquo;t want to be just like everybody else &mdash; but all your clients are asking for the hot new treatment. What to do? Pick and choose very carefully the trends that you incorporate into your menu. A sure bet: hot stones. Used in nearly every service, hot rocks have a solid grip on the spa industry. Salon 1800 in Chicago has embraced the La Stone Pedicure that spices up their classic pedicure by using warm marble stones to massage tired feet. The&nbsp;treatment costs $55 and lasts 60 minutes.</p>

<p>Feed me. The way to some clients&rsquo; hearts is through their stomachs &mdash; by way of their feet. We&rsquo;re talking food. Delicious, aromatic, comforting food &mdash; slathered on the feet. Think milk, fruit, chocolate, tea, sugar, salt. Take a cue from Polish Nail Emporium in Brooklyn, N.Y., which makes food the star of every specialty manicure and pedicure. One tempting option is the Tooty Fruity pedicure. Fresh fruit is used in every step, our favorite being the use of an orange half packed with salt scrub as an exfoliator. In the end, feet are sweet and toasty &mdash; and there&rsquo;s no guilt about the gazillion calories it took to get them that way. The service lasts 60 minutes and costs $65.</p>

<p>Take a little trip. We&rsquo;re suckers for authenticity and tradition. Real Mexican tamales? I&rsquo;ll take two! Authentic Italian gelato? Give me a double scoop! An honest-togoodness Japanese hand and foot treatment? Sign me up! The Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Health Spa in Santa Fe, N.M., offers the Anma Hand and Foot treatment. Beginning with a foot-bathing ritual with warm pebbles in a wooden tub, the treatment also includes an exfoliation with a loofah. After the foot bathing ritual, hands and feet are treated to anma, traditional Japanese hand pressure massage. The treatment lasts 75 minutes and costs $130.</p>

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