Paraffin wax has a very high heat capacity, meaning it is able to absorb and retain a great amount of heat. A paraffin wax spa takes advantage of paraffin’s heat-retaining capacity in a simple process called heat transfer. In technical terms, heat is transferred to the core of the affected area as paraffin goes through a phase change. As it melts, the paraffin becomes a liquid and is able to retain more heat. Then, when a hand, foot, or other area is dipped into the heated bath, the phase of the paraffin that surrounds the dipped area quickly changes into a solid. The heat that is given off is called the heat of fusion.
More simply, the heat that goes into melting the paraffin comes out when it solidifies into a comforting paraffin coating, thus transferring the heat into the affected limb. Another way to look at it is the paraffin is the medium that transfers heat from the Therabath to the painful area.
At the same time, the heat from the paraffin opens pores and increases circulation in the skin. This is why paraffin is so beneficial to skin, leaving skin softened and more radiant. See more information on paraffin treatment hygiene.
Wax heat therapy provides intensive moisture therapy that nourishes skin and cuticles while penetrating heat increases circulation, eases aching joints, relaxes stiff muscles, and leaves skin radiant and healthy looking.
Fast-acting, drug-free heat therapy
- Proven effective to soothe pain and stiffness
- Effective on arthritis, inflammation, joint stiffness, muscle spasms, dry cracked skin, and more
- Versatile, safe, and easy to use
Paraffin Wax Treatment Tips
For Chronic Arthritis Joint Pain, Relaxed Muscles, and Increased Circulation
- Maximize the heat benefit by applying more layers of paraffin. The more layers of paraffin applied, the longer the heat will last. For maximum effect, we recommend 10 to 15 layers.
- Prolong the treatment by using the plastic liners and insulated mitts and boots (for hands and feet), or plastic and an insulated wrap (for other areas).
For Very Dry, Cracked Skin
- Prior to applying the paraffin, apply a light coat of nongreasy hydrating cream. Rub extra lotion into cuticles and dry patches. If desired, apply additional lotion after the paraffin treatment too.
- Apply at least five layers of paraffin.
- Enhance the softening effects of the paraffin by using the plastic liners and insulated mitts and boots, helping to increase circulation to the skin and absorb additional moisture from the lotion.
For Use in Therapeutic Massage
- Paraffin treatments on clients’ hands, feet, elbows, etc., are a beneficial addition to any type of therapeutic massage.
- Paraffin can be used by the practitioner to warm hands prior to providing massage services, and afterwards to ease stiff, tired hands and to relieve dryness from repeated hand washing.
For Use Prior to Exercise or Physical Therapy and to Increase Range of Motion
- Follow the suggestions for relief from chronic joint pain, etc.
- For Tired, Work-weary Hands
- Follow the suggestions for relief from chronic joint pain and relief from dry skin.