I actually love manicures and pedicures, not because of the nail polish (I'm not a fan, either--the non-carcinogenic stuff also tends to flake off really easily) but because of the whole process of exfoliating/buffing, cuticle-cleaning, etc. It feels luxurious and it also makes my hands and feet, which tend to be dry, a whole lot softer. There are some wonderful cuticle creams and glazes that make your nails look shiny and health without all that toxicity.
Gina M is right. A mani and pedi can be extremely relaxing. I've had clients almost fall asleep during a mani. Also, a good nail tech can spot problems that you may not be aware of (i.e. infections, skin diseases, etc.) She cannot diagnose, but will refer you to a physician. Most people do not properly care for their feet (and they take so much abuse). Even men love pedis.
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