Beautiful feet with a deluxe pedicure or an express tidy up. Great way to look pretty, or for hens party, girls weekend or get readyPedicure
for you wedding with your bridal party. Professional beauty therapists that come to wherever you are across Australia.
One hour treatments – $110 each ($95 members)
Complete hand rejuvenation with this luxurious manicure, aromatherapy exfoliation, steamed hot towels, hand and arm massage.
One hour handspa
An aromatic foot ritual to nourish and hydrate even the most tired feet. Includes scented foot soak, exfoliating foot scrub, foot massage, deluxe pedicure.
One hour indulgent pedispa
Express Manicure and Express Pedicure
Half Hour Express Manicure and Pedicures – $60 each, minimum booking of two
Express Manicure – $60
Express Pedicure – $60
Also as part of our beauty packages…
The Ultimate 4 hour Beauty Package – $395 ($380 members)
- Two exquisite full body aromatherapy massages with essential oils, choose from any of our styles
- Foot reflexology massage to rejuvenate your feet
- Warm lime and peppermint foot soak and foot scrub
- Green Clay and Cucumber Organic cleansing face mask, hot steamed towels, head and face massage
- Indulgent handspa or pedispa, massage, exfoliation, polish
- Antiageing collagen face mask to reduce wrinkles and nourish the skin
- Indian Head Massage with scented oils
- Large gift wrapped box of Ripple products including peppermint foot soak, relaxation bath salts, aromatherapy massage oil and scented soap
3 hour Beauty Package- $295 ($280 members)
- Aromatherapy, exquisite full body massage with essential oils
- Reflexology massage to rejuvenate your feet
- Foot scrub and peppermint scented warm foot soak
- Organic green clay face mask, hot steamed towels, head and face massage
- Express pedicure or manicure
- Collagen anti ageing face mask to reduce wrinkles and signs of ageing
- Indian Head Massage with scented oils
- Beautifully gift wrapped box of Ripple products
2 Hour Beauty – $195 ($180 members)
- Aromatheraphy full body massage with essential oils
- Reflexology foot massage
- Lush warm foot soak with peppermint and lime
- Cleansing organic green clay face mask, hot steamed towels, head massage
- Express pedicure or manicure
Pedicure and Pedispa
Ripple loves all beauty treatments, but one of the most necessary ones is the old-fashioned pedicure. The word literally meansPedicure
“foot care” in Latin, and that’s exactly what we need on a regular basis – we spend all day walking around on our feet and keeping them locked up inside artificial shoes, then promptly forget about them when we finally sit down! All that stress and effort really builds up in the feet and can leave them damaged or untidy, requiring a pedicure to restore them to their natural beauty.
History of Pedicure
Most beauty treatments have a surprisingly long and rich history, and pedicures are no exception. The first recorded pedicure treatments occurred in ancient China, around 3000BC. There, the colour of your nails was used to indicate your status in the social hierarchy, with “royal colours” like black and red being reserved for the truly powerful. The ancient Egyptians also had a similar practice, reserving red for the royals – Cleopatra allegedly used a deep red, while Nefertiti chose a bright rugby. Next time you paint your toenails red, we bet you’ll remember that tidbit!
Pedicure also had some more obscure practices; in both ancient Rome and Egypt, it is said that generals in the army would paint their toenails to match their lip colour before a fight – the decoration indicated their status but would also have served as a ritual to psychologically ready them for the battle itself. In ancient Babylon, the wealthy classes would even use tools made of solid goal to perform their pedicures… probably just to feel even fancier!
Evolution of Pedicure
Although we’re sure these ancient civilizations had beautiful feet, we’re also kind of glad that pedicure continued to develop over the next few thousand years. Today, most quality foot care packages aren’t just a nail tidy up… a great foot treatment will usually include:
- Pedicure – Well, of course! A pedicure fixes up your nails and tidies up the skin on your feet, which can be misaligned or worn by all the work you put them through in a week… particularly if you’re an active person!
- Foot Soak – This will soften your feet back up again, which rejuvenates them and restores them to working condition. At Ripple, we also scent these foot soaks for different purposes… hot feet might demand a “cool” scent from peppermint or aloe vera, or if you want your feet to smell great again, we might use pine or eucalyptus oil instead.
- Dead Skin Removal – Dying or tough skin can build up on our feet over time, leaving them hard to the touch and generally unpleasant. This can be helpful for protecting them, but it’s also a nice feeling to restore them to their natural, smooth condition every now and then! Removing this skin might be done with a pumice stone or other professional beauty element, depending on your individual needs.
- Moisturisation – If your skin is particularly dry, or you even just want to boost your skin’s healthy moisture and plumpness, a good pedispa treatment will moisturise your feet again. There are few more wonderful feelings than well nourished and newly hydrated feet!
- Massage – When most people think “massage”, it’s larger parts of our body like our back or shoulders that usually come to mind… even though it’s our feet doing most of the work taking us around everywhere! A top quality pedispa will make sure to massage your feet as well, as firmly or lightly as you require (and depending on how ticklish you are!) to literally get you back on your feet again.
You might want as much foot care as possible, or only a pedicure to freshen your feet back up again. As long as you’re consciously paying attention to your feet’s needs every now and then, the rest is up to you!
Other Foot Treatments
At Ripple, we also keep an eye out for any new or unusual beauty treatments that we or our clients might be interested in… here are a few funky ones we’ve found!
- Paraffin – Some day spas offer paraffin wax services, which will cover your feet (or hands) with very thin and harmless layers of wax. Don’t think of this as a “waxing” which will tear your hair off – rather, the purpose is to revitalise those areas and make them soft again.
- Summer Oasis – This is a New York City treatment we read about, where the foot soak is given a distinctly refreshing vibe… using peppermint essential oil, mint leaves, and even sliced cucumber!
- Margarita – Going in the opposite direction, a Margarita pedicure aims to really perk you back up and bring back some alertness. These typically involve a salt exfoliation, and lime-based beauty products (including the scented foot soak and the moisturizer). Some outlets will even include fresh limes in the foot soak itself.
Foot Soaking Tips
Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to give yourself a pedicure at home… but one tip we can all take away is to soak our feet more often to relax them and re hydrate them. Here are a few of our favourite tips for starting this practice at home, with a large bowl or even a foot soaker you can pick up from a department store…
- Build an Oil Collection – You don’t need much essential oil to properly scent a foot soak (often, a few drops will do)… but you will be in different moods when you feel like a soak! Slowly collect a range of essential oils and tailor your foot soak to your physical and emotional needs at the time. We love citrus essential oils as a go-to base for a foot soak, but you should expand and see what you like!
- Use Your Environment – The great advantage about starting foot soaks at home (instead of at a traditional day spa outlet) is that you’ve got full control over what you see and hear during the soak! You can choose to gaze out the window and meditate, or stick the television on to unwind at the same time. Even better – you don’t need to get up and walk back to the car afterwards! (This also applies to any mobile beauty services, such as those Ripple offers.)
- Moisturise After – After a good foot soak, your feet are particularly open to rehydration and protection. Consider picking up some moisturising cream and applying it after a foot soak (although give them a little time to dry and unwrinkle first!) to keep them healthy through the week.
Your feet are just as important as any other part of your body – take care of them!
A pedicure is not simply the pursuit of vanity. A proper one should include a foot soak, a nail trim, which prevents in-growing toenails, and the removal of hard skin and calluses which could, if left, lead to corns. ?Cuticles should be pushed down, not cut, and feet and calves massaged with cream or oil if skin is particularly dry. ?An olive oil base is especially nourishing. ?Painted nails look shiniest and last longest if they get a clear undercoat, two coats of colour and a clear top coat. ?Polish should take at least 15 minutes to dry
For hot feet cool them down with peppermint or aloe vera gel rub.
For tired feet vegetable oil spiked with clove oil. ?Best oils to use are avocado, olive and sesame.
For smelly feet dip them in warm water laced with pine, tea tree and eucalyptus oils.
For a great detox 10 minutes in warm water with two tablespoons of rock salt. ?Follow with an oil massage.
Let your feet breathe whenever you can!