Paraffin Wax Bath Treatment Explained

By: Diana Lihou, RMT , May 08, 2015
Paraffin Wax Bath Treatment Explained, Diana Lihou RMT

What is a Paraffin Wax Bath? 

Pamper yourself with this new massage technique

Paraffin wax in this case is actually mixed with oil, to provide a smooth and pliable texture when heated in a paraffin wax bath. It provides penetrating heat that soothes pain and stiffness.

Paraffin Wax baths are recommended if you have: 

  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Sports Injuries
  • Dry and/or Cracked Skin.
  • Most commonly it is used on the hands or feet.

How does paraffin heat therapy work?

Paraffin wax has a very high “heat capacity,” meaning it is able to absorb and retain a great amount of heat. The paraffin wax bath takes advantage of paraffin’s heat-retaining capacity in a simple process called “heat transfer.” Very simply, the heat that goes into melting the paraffin is released when it solidifies into a custom-fitted, warm “glove,” thus transferring the heat deep into the affected joint or area. Each dip in a paraffin wax bath delivers a layer of fast-acting heat therapy.

Diana is a massage therapist at Hands on Health Massage Therapy in Ottawa. She is a graduate from Sault College’s three year intensive Massage Therapy program, and has been an upstanding member of the College of Massage Therapists since completing her provincial examinations after graduation in 1999. Diana’s foundation of massage therapy is set in her Swedish massage techniques, but she has taken post graduate courses to expand her knowledge to include myofascial release & Structural Myofascial Therapy, Hot Stone massage, infant massage instruction, Reiki and ethics and client relations. After enjoying eight fulfilling years of work at Greenbank Massage Therapy she felt it was time to expand her wings and start her own clinic. Finding the perfect location and setting up the clinic with her own personnel touch renewed her passion for massage therapy. She conducts her practice with professionalism and compassion for her clients and it shows in her high client retention rate.