Manicures, Facials, Massages, etc.

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  1. orangetea

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    Has anyone else never gotten a manicure, pedicure, facial, or massage? Or anything else similar to that?

    I was raised to think that spending money on things like these is too extravagant so I have never done this. My sister just came over and we were just talking about how she had also never gotten any of these done. Even for prom, my friends and I did hair and nails for each other...

    I don't know if I'm just weird about this but besides the spending money on it, I hate it when people are doing things for me. It makes me uncomfortable, especially when older people are doing it.
     
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    Me! One of my friends out here is a massage therapist and she's constantly telling me to go get one even if it's not in her office. I've been thinking about looking into something that would just be neck/shoulders...I carry SO much tension there and it often feels sore. I just can't imagine spending that much money on it. They always have groupons around here for massages, but they're only for brand new customers. Part of me is afraid I'd be hooked into then paying full price for more if I really like it, lol. It's definitely not something I could afford to do regularly...even once a month would be a stretch.

    As far as manicures, I don't even bother to paint my own fingernails anymore because I work so much with my hands that they get messed up very quickly. I like having my toenails painted, but wouldn't want someone touching my feet so I do my own. I have no desire whatsoever to get a facial.
     
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    I thought I was the only one!!

    Orangetea, I was raised the same way as you, to view it as too extravagant. I don't care if other people want to do it, but I don't really like to spend money on stuff like that.

    Like waterfall, I really hate having nail polish on my fingernails because it just chips off quickly. I sometimes paint my toenails, but I will NEVER get a pedicure - I really hate having my feet touched. I've never understood people getting foot rubs, etc. My feet are just insanely ticklish and I can't handle it.

    Massages - no way. My husband will sometimes give me a LIGHT massage, but I have a very low tolerance and don't like them much. I never have. I remember my friends always wanted to rub my shoulders in high school (one of them is now a massage therapist, lol) and I just hated it. All my other friends loved it.

    I can't see myself spending time at a spa - that is not my idea of fun.

    I live in southern California, and these things are VERY normal here. I've always felt like kind of a freak because I don't like stuff like this. Nice to know I'm not alone. ;)
     
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    I've never gotten a massage or facial even though I would love to at some point.

    I get pedicures regularly. I get ingrown toenails & my nail lady is an expert at getting them out. Plus, they have a huge color selection and for $22 I consider it $$ well spent.

    I do my own manicures because I feel they look better when I do them myself but occasionally I will get one when I get a pedicure.
     
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    I had a manicure when I was sixteen. That's it.

    The idea of others "serving" me in that way, especially through messages and pedicures, is extremely uncomfortable. I could do a manicure again, but I'm not at all interested. I can't imagine trying the rest.
     
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    I love facials and pedicures. Massages are great, but it does take me a little while to feel comfortable. I've gotten a couple of massages and facials. Definitely not part of my beauty routine. I hate getting my nails done. I will occasionally grow them out and do them myself.
     
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    I love manicures and pedicures.

    I understand why people wouldn't feel the same though. There's not much to show for the amount of money you spend on a mani/pedi. Especially if painted nails aren't your thing. To me, it's just like paying for any other experience.

    Also, I can't paint my nails by myself too well. When I use my left hand, the fingers on my right hand always look like I just dumped the bottle of nail polish on them! Either I get the help, or it looks like I painted my nails in the dark.

    I've never gotten a massage or facial, though I want to.
     
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    I get manicures and pedicures when I have time. I have sensory issues with nail files/buffers and just can't do it myself. It's all I can do to let someone else do it for me. I got a lot of massages when I was pregnant because I had terrible sciatic nerve pain. I luuuuuv them. I would love to start getting them again when we recover from the financial apocalypse of this move.
     
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    I get a mani about every two weeks. Rarely a pedi.

    I'll get a massage about two times per year. Rarely a facial as my skin is very sensitive to new products.
     
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    I go for a pedicure once a year, usually at the beginning of summer. I didn't go this year and missed it!

    I go for a massage once a month. It's covered by my health insurance policy, so it's not a huge expense. It makes a big difference in my overall stress and health.
     
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    Nice!:thumb:
     
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    I get my nails done once in a blue moon as a treat. Maybe once or twice a year outside of very special events. I like the massage part best! I also view it as an unnecessary luxury, and my polish chips too fast to do it regularly anyway. I've been thinking about getting a gel manicure to last through my shuffling papers at work.

    I love massages, but I feel weird about strangers touching me so I don't get professional ones. I just have to convince BF to give them to me. :D I don't think a gentle back or hand massage from an SO is going to be damaging. Too ticklish for anywhere else!
     
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    I just got a gel manicure for the first time two weeks ago. It still looks good on the tips (no chips) and is shiny, but it is growing out too much. I play the ukulele a lot during class and that didn't even mess them up. I'm going back to get it removed tomorrow just because of how much they're growing out. I got hot pink, so it's pretty noticeable.

    I've had a massage once, but didn't really like it. It was fine during, but I felt lightheaded after. I've never had a facial.
     
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    One mani/pedi - my daughter wanted to treat me for Mother's Day. I actually enjoyed them, but can't stand polish, I found out.

    I am getting my husband a massage package for his birthday because he likes to split wood and haul dirt, etc, and his shoulders have been bothering him.
     
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    I wear solar (a type of acrylic) nails and they must be redone every three weeks so I get a mani/pedi every three weeks
     
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    I've never had a mani/pedi, massage, or facial, either.

    No desire for a facial as my complexion is pretty good and I'm fine with my skin care routine at home.

    I carry a lot of stress in my shoulders, so I'd probably love a massage! Just never thought about or took the time to think about getting one.

    As for the mani/pedis....I don't paint my fingernails often even myself because I am OCD about them chipping. When they start chipping, I want it gone. I do paint my toenails and touch them up whenever they chip. It's not as noticeable if the polish isn't perfect on my feet. The reason I don't want to get them done in a nail salon is partly the expense and partly the fact that I don't like the idea of the tools being used on other people's hands/feet as well.
     
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    I've had a few (maybe 3 or 4) manicures over the past two years here in CR. Mostly to try to make "girl time" with friends. On my own, I just don't care.

    I also had one massage while I went to visit a friend in Philly, again- for "girl time". It was a freaking beautiful day out and all I could think was "I WISH I WAS OUTSIDE"
     
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    I have had manicures, pedicures, and massages. I have never paid for them myself. I have paid for them with gift certificates I received as gifts for Christmas, Mother's Day, and my birthday.

    I get a massage every month during the school year. My massage therapist is the best. She listens to what is bothering me and sets time aside to make sure she targets the problem. She is not that expensive compared to others in the area. With tax she charges $42.00. The only place close to her price is $55.00 an hour plus tax. I went to this person twice and was not impressed because I received the exact same massage both times even though I expressed some concern about a pain/stiffness in my shoulder blade area.

    My massage therapist offers a deal where you buy so may gift certificates and you get one free. You can use the certificates for yourself or give them as gifts to others. This makes my husband's life easy when it comes to shopping for me!:lol:

    My massage therapist also barters with people. She has a client that cleans for her in exchange for massages. Her hairdresser also receives massages in exchange for hair cuts. She also purchased a hot tub from a client by giving her a certain number of massages. I really wish she had a child that needed tutored.
     
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    I get manicures regularly, I just got one yesterday. I have an issue with others touching me so a manicure is all I can handle. I don't get a pedicure and a massage would be miserable for me. But I love having my nails look good!

    Question for those that don't like others waiting on them (which is understandable)...what about haircuts? How is that different? Aren't they technically waiting on you also?
     
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    I love all of them! I don't get them a lot, but I wish I could!
     
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    I just re-read this and was afraid it sounded mean. I was just curious:)
     
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    Sue, I'm not one of those people but maybe it's because you can paint your own nails but you can't cut your own hair?
     
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    I don't like manicures and pedicures from salons. I do my own.

    I get a massage once a month before my back adjustment. Just been doing that about a year.
     
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    I've gotten a handful of mani/pedis over the years. I don't ever get fake nails and I don't always like the way they shape my natural nails, so that's why I don't get manis more often.

    Back in the day after a bad car accident my doctor ordered quite a few massages as part of my treatment. My hospital/clinic had a medical massage office, so that's where I went. Those massages were amazing! I am planning to start getting them again because I think that my insurance covers them. My insurance does cover something like 20 chiropractic visits per year, so I've started doing that as well. The first time I went I couldn't believe the difference it made in how my body felt.
     
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    Hate that, too. It doesn't seem as servant-like, but I'm still generally uncomfortable. My husband cut my hair for years for this reason.
     
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    I love getting my nails done, but can't afford it as much as I would like. In the summer, I get pedicures about every three weeks. During the winter, when only my husband sees my feet, I do my own pedicures. I have to be really careful with products because I am allergic or sensitive to so many things, so I tend to go to the same place. I get gel manicures when I can afford to, and do my own when I can't.

    I love getting massages, and my mom and my husband often give me gift certificates for different holidays. I have one I need to use now, but I can only ever get a male masseuse when I can go, so I keep putting it off. I don't think my husband would like me to use the present he gave me to have some man massaging me. (I would feel different if it were prescribed by a doctor as a medical treatment.)

    I've never gotten a facial because there are only about three products I've ever found that don't irritate my sensitive skin, so I just stay away from them.

    There are Lush spas opening soon in New York and Philadelphia, and I hope I get to visit one ever. The treatments sound amazing, and I know I trust the products they use there!
     
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    I have diabetes and my doctor always checks my feet. Last time she asked if I go to a podiatrist. My answer? "No, I go to 'Nails by Cindy'". They're just as good.

    Love my pedicures. I consider them a medical necessity. With color.
     
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    I've had one manicure ever - for my wedding, and I went to a beauty school so it was only $10 or so.

    I've had two pedicures. Every summer I say I want one, but I'd rather spend the money on other stuff, and my toenails are usually disgusting from running and I don't want anyone to have to touch them!

    My mom bought me a massage in high school when I first injured my shoulder. I absolutely hated it. Everytime I say I want to try another one, my dh reminds me that I hate to be touched. Oh... Yeah.
     
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    On the rare occasion that I go, I specify the shape I want! I don't like the standard square shape either.
     
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    I was raised the same way and I've never had any either...with my job at a grocery store a manicure would never last long, so I just can't justify the expense. I've thought about getting pedicures for summer, but haven't yet, maybe next year...

    I would love to get a facial at some point, but am nervous of unexpected results as one time I ended up with chemical burns and bad swelling from a face cleanser. And I've always hated any kind of shoulder rubs or back rubs, so I don't really think that it would be worth it for me.
     
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    I have been told by my doctor (and had heard this previously) not to get pedicures because of my diabetes. Is he wrong I wonder?
     
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    You should let the person doing your pedicure that you have diabetes. I always let them know that I have high blood pressure, which can cause circulation issues. It just means they are more gentle, and careful not to cut you. But, if your doctor tells you not to, then I would listen to him.
     
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    There is no cutting of cuticles with my pedis. They provide a wonderful leg massage, trim the nails really well in a safe way. Also, they would be the first to notice any small cuts on toes or feet. I guess you'd want to be sure that you trust the salon. I've watched my nail salon disinfect the basin after each use, so I'm comfortable with that.
     
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    It's good to know that I could get a pedicure if I wanted to, I always thought they were strictly off limits. The dr. that told me not do wasn't my endocrinologist, but my CF doctor. He probably was just saying that because he had heard it. I hate my feet though, so I don't think I will get one anytime soon:)
     
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    I never have gotten anything like that. I too feel a little uncomfortable, especially to have a pedicure or massage (though I would love to have enough guts to get a massage).
     
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    I can count the # of manis & pedis I've gotten on 2 hands. Massages just never interested me & I never got a facial because my skin was always so sensitive that most products broke me out.
     
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    I didn't think it sounded 'mean'. :love:
    A large part of our economy is service industry jobs. Car mechanics, waiters, hotel workers, house cleaners, lawn maintenance, pool service workers, hair stylists, cosmetologists, photographers, massage technicians, nail salon workers....In 2012, such service jobs accounted for more than 79% of the United States' GDP. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_sector_composition
    Maybe it's the intimacy of the body contact aspect of manis, massages that make some uncomfortable?
     
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    The only time I've had a massage is when a parent brought her spa company to school during teacher appreciation week. Clothes on, 10 min. massage, back, neck, head, hands, arms. I could barely walk after that.

    I can do my own nails, one color. I admit that my daughter's nails look very nice. She has them done on a regular basis. I just don't want to get started.

    I have a hard enough time finding the time to get my hair done. I've taken to doing my own roots as I don't remember to call to make the appointment and the next thing I know we're having pictures taken at school!

    I really should take more time for myself. I just don't like spending money needlessly. Now that I'm not in the classroom, I find myself caring more about how I look.
     
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    That's part of it. Especially because I would rather work ten hours in the hot field than touch ANYONE's feet for thirty minutes. Because I find it so repulsive, I could never be comfortable with someone doing it for me just because it's relaxing or enjoyable. That's how my "servant" problem comes into play.
     
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    I hate getting haircuts also, but I see it as more of a necessity while the others are things that don't really need to be done. There is no way I can cut my own hair, and it needs to be cut. My hair is extremely fine and gets stringy and completely unmanageable if I try to grow it past my shoulders. I usually wait until it's absolutely driving me nuts before I start thinking about going to get it cut, and then I finally do it about a week later. I don't like the entire experience. I end up getting it cut about once every 2-3 months.
     

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