Paraffin Wax Therapy
Paraffin wax is produced by refining the wax out of crude mineral oils. It is then purified through boiling and then chilled and pressed through a filter which creates a heavy oil, or paraffin wax. Peppermint essential oil is added to the paraffin wax treatments to provide the added benefit of aromatherapy.
Paraffin is recommended to assist with arthritis/joint stiffness, bursitis, eczema, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, overworked/fatigued muscles, tendonitis, scar tissue, inflammation, muscle spasms and dry skin.
The paraffin wax is heated in a bath, which is a small electrical appliance that regulates the heat at which the wax is melted. The foot and ankle is dipped into the melted wax, and quickly removed. The exposure of the melted wax to the air causes the wax to harden. The foot and ankle are dipped three times. The foot is then place inside a plastic bag before wearing a cotton bootie to further insulate the heat. The hardened wax works as an insulator, sealing in the heat from the wax, as well as the heat generated from the body. The heat encapsulated by the wax, can have a softening effect on dry, chapped and rough skin and improve blood circulation. It can also reduce pain and stiffness around joints by removing excess fluid from surrounding tissue while providing lubrication. It can also have a calming effect.
The paraffin treatment averages 20 minutes. The hardened wax is peeled away. A peppermint hot towel is used to remove waxy residue. The treatment is then followed by a peppermint lotion foot massage.
Paraffin treatments are not recommended for people with peripheral vascular disease, open wounds, allergies, hypertension and diabetes.