If you recognize the importance of providing the proper pampering and care for your feet but feel guilt over the time you spend at the spa, there is a hot new solution. It is known as the express nail service.
Express spa services including pedicures, have never been more popular. They offer a great way to save time but still experience the best for your feet that the spa world can offer.
If you're in a hurry, and many people are, you can sign up for an express pedicure in many spas and salons. To be sure, call and ask if they offer a special streamlined or express pedicure option.
Some spas will offer a two-fer meaning that you can get a manicure and pedicure at the same time by two different spa techs and be back on the street in less than 45 minutes.
Other spas will custom design an express package to fit your needs. You might have a pedicure, manicure and mini-facial all at the same time. Or you can layer services by having a manicure and pedicure with aromatherapy oils added to the soaking tubs or to the mini-facial mask.
When in doubt, ask and you will probably receive.
Maximize The Express Experience
Rather than frantically jetting and out of the spa for your express pedicure treatments, consider using the following options to make your visit as stress free as possible:
1. Buy a series of pedicure sessions.
Many spas will offer you a deal when you commit to a set of pre-paid treatments. Not only does this save you money on your service, it speeds up check in/check out transit times.
Some spas or nail salons will even automatically deduct a session from your account when you book your appointment. This eliminates all pesky paperwork and fumbling for cash or credit cards.
2. Before arriving for your appointment deposit your estimated tip in a sealed envelop that can be easily reached.
If you know and trust the nail techs you may wish to include a tip with your prepaid treatment deal. This will eliminate the digging for tip dollars as you sprint from the spa or salon. 3. Dress appropriately.
Avoid wearing binding clothes such as tight skirts or pants that prohibit your ability to easily slip your feet into the appropriate soaking tubs. Consider the shoe options and if you can't work with spa flip flops, bring your own open toed sandals.
4. Make prior arrangements for refreshments
Some spas that offer express services will make arrangements to have a light and nail friendly lunch or snack available for you to enjoy during your treatment. Other will also make arrangements to have liquid refreshment available from coffee and tea to bubbly. Always inquire and express your desires in advance.
5. Maximize your downtime
Whether you wish hook up to your cell earpiece or load up your CD player and close your eyes for some meditation time, ask in advance what is appropriate. Obviously some tasks are limited because your hands and/or nails may be occupied.
6. Consider all Express options
Since time is obviously a concern, try to prepare so that every possible time waster is eliminated. If you have a special brand and hue of polish your prefer, call ahead to arrange the availability of your designed product. If parking is an issue at your chosen spa, ask about valet services. Some spas, for an extra fee, will even pick you up and take you back to your office.
Consider your needs for speed carefully and plan. This will help your express treatments go off without a hitch.
Express Nail Spas
Some spas that are famous for hand and feet nail quickies include:
Ashland, Oregon The Blue Giraffe 51 Water Street 541-488-3335
This gorgeous spa offers a variety of pedicure treats including a French Pedicure, Gentlemen's Pedicure and a Foot Pamper without polish. Call in advance to arrange for custom or express services.
Boston, Mass G Spa 35 Newbury St 617- 267-4772
Famous for the G Spa "beauty bar" that was designed for express style manicures, pedicures and facials done individually, or all at one, in a type of "mnage-a-spa" atmosphere. Burnsville, Minnesota Spectrums Of...Salon Spa 2552 Horizon Drive 952-890-6012 Mini-manicures in 30 minutes and express polish change in 15 minutes for approximately $10.00 (Call for current price quotes).
Chesterfield, Mo (near St. Louis) American Image Salon & Spa 13385 Olive Boulevard Woodchase Plaza 314- 878-5210
Their express pedicure includes soak, file & polish done in 30 minutes. Spend 15 minutes more and have a fabulous express foot reflexology treatment added on.
Dallas, Texas Grand Spa International Village on the Parkway (Beltline at the Tollway) 5100 Beltline Road, Suite 620 972-392-9393
Gorgeous full service day spa in chic North Dallas that even has a private entry/exit for VIPs that want a top secret express visit.
Jacksonville, Florida Anthony & Sandra Spa 1936 San Marco Blvd 904-398-9777
This European Day Spa and salon transports their customers back into a time when civility, beauty and tranquility were the highpoints. However, they understand the pressures of modern times and offer an express manicure or pedicure treatment. Lunch may be arranged if multiple services are performed.
Los Angeles, California Brentwood Nail Design 11677 San Vicente Blvd 310-826-9998
Nail specific experts that offer express pedicure that takes approximately 35 minutes and costs approximately $20.00.
San Francisco, California Mani Pedi 1447 20th Street 415-401-6264
At a charge of $1 per minute, you can custom build your own Pedi (feet) or Mani (hands) express nail treatment of your dreams. This chic nail boutique offers all sorts of nail pampering along with some excellent tanning services. Seattle, Washington Spa Del Lago 1929 43rd Ave E Ste100 206-322-5246
This gorgeous spa offers a mind numbing array of pampering services including a mini facial and nail polish changes. Ask about building your own mini pedicure.
Vancouver, Canada Absolute Spa Vancouver International Airport 604-273-4772
Located in the airport terminal for between flight express pedicure services.
Other Express Spa Treats
Many spas not only offer express pedicure options, they provide a wide range of fun, exciting and innovative time-saving spa options.
At Robert Andrew, The Salon & Spa in Gambrills, Maryland, they give new meaning to express pampering with the Single or Double Espresso express packages. The Single is a combo manicure, pedicure and facial performed in 90 minutes.
The Double means that the service is provided for two people in the couples suite. Lunch is optional and can be included as part of the package.
For more info call The Robert Andres - The Salon & Spa at 301-262-3844.
Express pedicures are a guaranteed way to take care of yourself yet maximize the time and energy required. If you love the advantage of a quick foot fix, then consider exploring other express spa options that will keep you looking and feeling beautiful in a timely fashion.