APR 2017

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[ 74 ] • DAYSPA • april 2017 work fl ow by Kevin Harmon © GETTY IMAGES Feet First Aside from the hands, no other part of a spa worker's body is neglected more than their feet. Here's a manual for optimum foot health. pril Scott enjoys the versatility of her job at a busy Chicago neighborhood day spa. She likes the fact that her spa is a fast-paced operation and that she sees a wide variety of customers eager for her hand- and foot-pampering services, from refl exology sessions to manicures and pedicures. Her own feet, however, sometimes sing a diff erent tune. "I do a lot of walking, a lot of sitting for long periods and a lot of running outside of work," says Scott, a twentysomething former elementary school teacher. "I've experienced quite a bit of foot and ankle pain, and I hate to admit it, but it's already starting to slow me down. It's my own fault that I haven't taken better care of my feet." Scott has already had to miss several days of work and cancel nail and refl exology appointments when the pain has become too much to bear. She tried taking a break from running, but found it diffi cult as it's the only consistent exercise she gets. "People who work in the spa industry should be aware of what's going on with their feet and see a specialist at least once a year to monitor changes," says Chicago-based podiatrist Angela Borish. "It's important to maintain foot health—there's nothing more miserable than having foot and ankle pain when you're trying to work." There's no doubt about it: Performing manicures, pedicures, facials and other skincare treatments can be very taxing on spa workers who are standing all day long. The livelihood and productivity of many massage therapists and estheticians depend upon proper foot care. "Busy spa industry professionals have to look at taking care of their feet as an investment in their future," adds Borish.

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