Paraffin Hand & Foot Treatments

Paraffin treatments for the hands and feet are typically seen as a luxury add-on service, but what most people don’t know is that paraffin has therapeutic benefits as well. If essential oils are added into the paraffin, then that increases the therapeutic benefits the patient will receive.

Paraffin is used quite frequently in spas and nail salons because it helps to soften the skin and cuticles on the hands and feet.


In its natural form, it’s colorless and odorless, making it a perfect addition to anyone with scent sensitivities. Because it’s a natural emollient, it makes the skin soft and supple and continues to add moisture long after the treatment has finished. It also helps to removed dead skin and open pores, making it a fantastic post-sugar foot scrub add-on! All of this combined makes the skin refreshed and feel smoother.

Paraffin also helps to provide pain relief to the sore and overused joints and muscles of the hands and feet. It’s warm – heated to 125 degrees Fahrenheit (51.7 degrees Celsius) – which is comforting in and of itself. Many of my patients with arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis have loved this add-on service because their pain decreased, and they had more mobility and range of motion after the session. It increases blood flow, relaxes the muscles in the hands and feet, decreases joint stiffness, and helps to minimize muscle spasms and inflammation, and can be used to treat sprains.

Paraffin hand and foot treatments may not be suitable for those who are sensitive to heat as it may cause a heat rash, or for those who are sensitive to petroleum products. You should also not receive this treatment if you have numbness in your hands and feet, diabetes, rashes or open sores, or have poor blood circulation.

At my practice in Portland, Oregon, this is an add-on service, so you must already be receiving a massage in order to add this treatment. I use the highest quality paraffin available, and for only $10 you can add a hand or foot treatment – $20 for both – to any massage. The paraffin is left on for at least 10 minutes to allow the product to soak into the deeper layers of tissue. Once removed, I follow up with a lotion for extra skin softening.