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Am I to round/big to go and do spa like things....

(19 Posts)
shinybaubles Mon 12-Nov-12 13:11:27

Have decided to totally change my eating habits, and never diet a gain, I have about 25 kilos to loose and have lost 6 so far, I have started to update my wardrobe and really want to start feeling good about myself again. So have been considering a haircut, leg waxing, peidcures etc....but is it ok for a rounder size 16/18 person like me to go and get my legs waxed etc...or am I just too fat...blush, I am feeilng a bit uncomfortable at the thought that the beautician may laugh at me or think oh she's so fat etc....and advice ...

Pagwatch Mon 12-Nov-12 13:13:59

Dear god, have you been to a spa?

Are you believing the adverts of waif like women wafting around in dressing gowns and full make up greeting pedicures on their already perfect feet?

Spas are like a changing room. All shapes and sizes, ages and types.

I promise you.

shinybaubles Mon 12-Nov-12 13:23:46

Er yes I do probably believe the ads - I am entirely lacking in self confidence and working really hard to fix this, and I haven't been in a changing room in years..blush . I am also going on a short break in the sun in a few weeks so trying to look a bit like I belong, although I will still be a bit of a beached whale.

shinybaubles Mon 12-Nov-12 13:26:44

Is it really ok to get my legs waxed, as I would really love to have it done hmm apart from the pain of course.

Pagwatch Mon 12-Nov-12 13:27:49

Then does the rest of my post help?

The last time I went to a spa I took my 78 year old mother who is a size 18. She had a massage. I am 50. I go fairly often.
No one cares what you look like.
People either don't care because they are having a nice time and couldn't care less what anyone else does/looks like.
Or they don't care because they are too busy worrying what they look like.
But either way, they don't care.

Pagwatch Mon 12-Nov-12 13:28:30

Yes. Of course it is.

Have a lovely time.

BiBiBroccoli Mon 12-Nov-12 13:29:28

don't be daft - there isn't some sort of body scanner at the door which sends a spa into lockdown if you're not a size 8!

Therapists are used to seeing all shapes and sizes and trust me, they will not be batting an eyelid at a size 16/18.

Well done on your weight loss so far and enjoy your pampering without worrying too much

Hopefully Mon 12-Nov-12 13:29:38

Of course you can go! You will be surrounded by all sorts, and the beautician will have seen every single body type you can imagine. Nobody will give you a second glance.

I am envy

LtheWife Mon 12-Nov-12 13:30:42

Beauticians, just like their clients, come in all shapes and sizes. And just like doctors they see people of all shapes sizes in various states of undress on a daily basis without so much as batting an eyelid, it's their job and in most cases they're very professional about what they do.

Of my beautician friends (some of whom are bigger than you) I've never heard one of them comment on a clients size. They might pass comment (outside of the treatment room) about clients who appear to have forgotten to shower in a while, but never about their size and they would never dream of saying anything derogatory within ear shot of a client.

Put your fears to one side and go enjoy some pampering!

tipp2chicago Mon 12-Nov-12 13:31:21

I am a size 18-20 and I had my bikini line waxed at 39 weeks pregnant. Nobody batted an eyelid. Does that help?

R2PeePoo Mon 12-Nov-12 13:33:23

When you have your legs waxed its a service YOU are paying for so YOU call the shots.

If the beautician makes you feel uncomfortable, don't go back, find a different one. If they are rude, then they are in the wrong job (and you should have a gentle word with the manager - along the lines of "love the salon, not very keen on the service").

Any good business wants return customers ie. happy customers. If they have rude staff they won't achieve that. As a paying customer you have as much right as anyone to be there.

Don't forget they will be doing lots and lots of leg waxes every day (and bums, and armpits etc), you will just be one in a long line of women in all shapes and sizes that they have seen that day.

WaitingForMe Mon 12-Nov-12 13:35:17

People that do that kind of work are just different. My uncle is a chiropodist and to get his required hours he spend weekend after weekend at old people's homes tending to feet that hadn't been looked at in years. That to me is about as unappealing as a job gets but he genuinely is completely unphased by manky feet.

Not that I'm saying there is anything wrong with the way you look but I don't think you work in a spa if you're funny about people's bodies. I remember one massage where the therapist gleefully pointed out I had some blackheads on my back before humming to herself as she squeezed them hmm

shinybaubles Mon 12-Nov-12 13:43:06

Thankyou all for the support will start making some appointments, the problem was I did use to do all these things but was younger and very fit, trying to be fit again, but I know it will take a while, and would like to look as good as I can in the process.

ujjayi Mon 12-Nov-12 14:00:20

You may find that if you just go with it, relax and enjoy, that it actually helps boost your self esteem in the long term - particularly as you say it is something you used to do. Please don't let this stop you. You are not saying "sod it, I am staying the size I am because there is nothing I can do". Rather, you are actively seeking to make positive changes and I see no reason why beauty treatments needn't be part of that.

I trained as an aromatherapist and there was a range of shapes & sizes of trainee therapists....ditto the clients. It never bothered me - I just enjoyed working with people and helping them with whatever their reason for treatment was.

The only time I have ever felt a little queasy about touching someone is when they have been less than diligent with their personal hygiene, and even then a good therapist has ways of dealing with it tactfully to make it appear part of the treatment!

shinybaubles Mon 12-Nov-12 14:21:44

Thankyou ujjayi - you are right there is everything wrong with my size, and I just want to be fit and healthy, and feel good again - it's an all over approach I am taking rather than a crash diet.
I will be brave and venture into the world of beauty and grooming, thanks for all the tips on hygiene i am very over zealous in that area.

TigerFeet Mon 12-Nov-12 14:28:13

I went on a spa day earlier this year, I'm knackered and flabby and a size 18. I had a full body massage, facial & manicure. I also spent a good hour in the pool and some time in the sauna & steam room.

No-one batted an eyelid.

I had a lovely day.

Go, relax, enjoy. No-one's judging you smile

iloveeverton Mon 12-Nov-12 15:04:30

Go and enjoy it. I do alot of massage in my job and it never crosses my mind.

Then again I had a hollywood wax last week if you want to know about feeling ashamed! (girl who did it was great though- we spant whole time talking about our dogs!)

shinybaubles Tue 13-Nov-12 13:28:09

Can I just say thanks for all the support. I have managed today, haircut, manicure and eyebrow wax....and have booked next week for more waxing.

OldCatLady Tue 13-Nov-12 14:25:41

Oh sweetie, this made me so sad reading your first post. But I. So glad you did go and get stuff done and are going back for more smile

My mum used to be in beauty, she once massaged a mans back with hair that was 6 inches long, she though nothing of it, i was horriffied! But believe me, they see everything, and don't bat an eyelid!

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