Nineteen days till Christmas Eve, but who’s counting? I used to have a client who always, always, always had all of her shopping finished and wrapped by the first of December each year! Her holiday cards were finished, too!
I’m not like that…not even close. I assume that not many people are. ( I hope to hell I’m not missing something here, and I’m really just a slacker?) I’m still thinking about small luxury gifts for my sisters. They take care of kids, jobs, husbands and homes all year long. I want to take care of them. They put everyone else before themselves. My Mom was that way. Her mother was probably that way, too.
I’m not like that, either. Not even close! A while ago I realized that the things some women consider a luxury, a good deep-tissue massage for example, are my necessity. It’s part of the “take care of yourself first, in order to take care of others” school of thought that I bring up all of the time. I’m talking about a skillful massage (not a rub-a-dub mall massage) that increases flexibility, eases knotted muscles, stimulates lymphatic drainage, improves circulation and diminishes pain associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Of course, my line of work demands this kind of body-work. I stand all day, bend over a shampoo bowl many times, I have my arms raised while I’m cutting, and then when I’m wielding a blow-dryer. All in my mission to bring out everyone’s beauty!
And none of that is a complaint. Seriously, I’d rather stand all day, than sit all day. Sitting for any length of time makes my mid-back hurt, my shoulders and neck get tense, and my butt go numb! Oh, yours feels that way too???? See, you NEED that massage…and here you thought it was a luxury!
For some women, a manicure isn’t a luxury…it’s a necessity. They work with clients, using their hands to point out information and selling points. Or they are in a position where having one’s appearance polished from head-to-toe includes finger-tips, too! My father was the first man I knew that “‘put the ‘man’ into manicure!” He wore suits and ties to work every day (he was an Interior Designer) and had a manicure, with his nails buffed, every other week! I loved that he was stylish enough to do that! Are you in a sales career? Are you a professional business-woman? You NEED a manicure too! We can do lots of things to our face to diminish what time has done, but there is very little we can do for our hands. They say, “The hands always give a woman’s age away.” To offset this, I use my facial cleansers and moisturizing creams on them in the evening. Keeping them neatly shaped, well-moisturized and professionally manicured can help them lie about your age just a little bit!
Pedicures should also go from our ‘luxury list’ onto our ‘necessity list’ because a good nail technician can inform you about any problems she sees with your feet (how many of you can easily look at the bottoms and sides of your feet?). They can help prevent ingrown toenails, diminish callouses before they become a problem, and stimulate all of the reflexology points on your feet. A good warm soak and massage can ease pain and increase circulation. Plus, you leave with sexy feet and toenails! I always feel like I’m floating on Cloud 9 after a therapeutic pedicure! But wait, there’s more! There is still one luxury left out there…a ‘fish pedicure’ where little fish nibble all of the dead skin off of your feet and toes! Seriously!
So, that simplifies my gift-giving for all of my sisters…now that massages, manicures and pedicures are off of the “luxury list” and on the “necessity list.” Instead, I will go look at delicious, moisturizing lipsticks (I love both Nars & Laura Mercier) or beautiful nail laquer by Chanel (so fashionable)and Zoya (because it’s formaldehyde-free) which are my current faves! I’ll find them each a new color to ring in the holiday season. Talk about luxury!
P.S. – I see Traci Collins, our massage therapist extraordinaire. And Mie (Me-yay) our nail professional, is as delightful as she is talented! Check with our front desk at Bella Salon for holiday specials: 512.474.5999