I love the look of my new copper pedicure bowl !, I’m so excited!, the word pedicure has its root in the Latin word ‘pedis’ meaning ‘of the foot’ and ‘cura’ meaning ‘care’.
I agonised over the expense of it, but I want to offer the best reflexology experience I can to my clients, to really spoil them and help them to totally relax and feel pampered offering a time away from the stresses and strains of daily living and that begins with a foot bath in my new bowl, with mineral salts and the wonderful aroma of essential oils.
Copper is known as the ‘healing metal’ due to its extensive health benefits. The health benefits of copper have been known for centuries, the first recorded medical use of copper is found in the Smith Papyrus, one of the oldest books known. The Papyrus is an Egyptian medical text, written between 2600 and 2200 B.C., which records the use of copper to sterilize chest wounds and to sterilize drinking water.
Of particular interest to me is soaking the feet in a copper bowl can help to improve the immune system as well as help with reducing joint pain and inflammation in conditions such as arthritis. Positive and negative magnetic fields created by copper also aid energy flow through the body.
Copper is an essential micro mineral benefiting bone, nerve, and skeletal health.The healing power of copper seeps into the water, when the body absorbs small amounts of copper into the bloodstream it binds together with enzymes, these enzymes assist red blood cell formation which is necessary for the body to repair and heal itself. Copper provides a natural boost to the wellbeing of connective tissue, hair and skin, rejuvenating and soothing.
Also of importance when giving foot therapy is the naturally occurring antibacterial properties of copper effective in killing many germs and bacteria, copper has proven antimicrobial properties.
My bowl weighs approx 5.5lbs (2.5kg). Measures approx 20”(51cm) wide top rim, 14”(35.5cm) wide base and is 8”(20cm) deep.
The bowl is finished with a lacquer to protect the bowl from exposure to air and moisture. Copper will patina ‘antique’ over time, to restore the bowl’s natural beauty and retain the original appearance apply a thin coat of olive oil to the inside of the bowl and let it sit overnight and polish with a soft cloth. Doing so restores the bowl’s natural beauty.
I am looking forward to experimenting and adding hot stones to the bowl this will help to keep water warm longer. The bowl is filled with warm water, 1/2 cup of epsom salt or dead seas salt is added to the water, chosen for their therapeutic benefit to suit, a few drops of essential oil, tea tree, lavender, peppermint or another choice are blended in, a sprinkle of flower petals and you are ready to close your eyes, your body and mind relax as you drift away soothed by peacefull music while your feet soak .