A manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands performed at home or in a nail salon by a licensed professional nail technician or manicurist. A manicure treatment is not only a treatment for the natural nails but also for the hands. A manicure consists of filing, shaping of the free edge, treatments, massage of the hand and the application of polish. There are also manicure services that are specialities for the hands and feet. For the hands, the soaking of a softening substance and the application of a lotion is a common speciality. When applied to the toenails and feet, this treatment is referred to as a pedicure. The word "manicure" derives from Latin: manus for "hand," cura for "care."
Other nail treatments may include the application of artificial nail tips, acrylics or artificial nail gels. Some manicures can include the painting of pictures or designs on the nails or applying small decals or imitation jewels.
In many areas, manicurists are licensed and follow regulation. Since skin is manipulated and is sometimes trimmed, there is a certain risk of spreading infection when tools are used across many people and, therefore, sanitation is a serious issue.
Manicures began 5000 years ago. In India, henna was used for manicure. The term mehendi, used synonymously for henna, derives from the Sanskrit mehandika. Cixi, the Dowager Empress of China, was known to keep very long naturally-grown nails.
French manicures are manicures designed to resemble natural nails, and are characterized by natural pink base nails with white tips. The tips of the nails are painted white while the rest of the nails are polished in a pink or a suitable nude shade. French manicures may have originated in eighteenth-century Paris and were popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
Benefits of arms and hands massage
For the ones whose daily work involves using their hands, wrists and arms, there will be lot of tension and pain in the hands. This is especially true in case of people who use computer keyboards. For these, arm and hand massage is very useful to relieve the problems that come with the excessive use of their arms and hands. The arm and hand massage can be done within 5-10 minutes and it will soon relax a person and relieve pain in the body.
In fact your arms and hands have many acupressure and reflexology points that are related to various internal organs and parts of the body. When you massage hands, fingers and joints, this will not only relieve problems with arms and hands, but they can also solve many problems like poor blood circulation and arthritis.
The arms and hand massage is very easy to do can be easily done with people of all ages – children, teens and adults. The massage can be done with or without lotion.
Arms and Hand massage can give a soothing and relaxing experience for those looking for instant solutions. With arm and hand massage the effects will be passed onto the chest by ‘reflex action’. So, with this massage it is also possible to reduce other pressure in the neck and head due to nervous and circulatory effects