Hot wax hand dips.
That takes me back to my first job when I left school in 1981. I
worked at the hospital in the physiotherapy department. They had a
large tank of thermostatically-controlled hot wax that was used for
such therapy. The physiotherapists (I think you call them physical
therapists in the States?) would hold their clinics for patients
with hand and foot injuries, with the wax dips at the start, then it
was wrapped to keep the heat in for a while, then exercises once the
wax had been peeled off. The used balls of wax were put into a large
water boiler - the sort used to boil large quantities of water for
making tea and coffee when catering to large groups of people (it
was of course never used for drinks, but kept specifically in the wax
therapy room for this purpose). The wax would obviously melt and
float to the top of the water and it would be switched off last
thing before the department closed for the day.
My first job everyday was to remove the large disc of wax from the
top of the boiler, up-end it and scrape off the top centimeter or so
of wax which contained hair, dead skin and the odd toe/finger nail -
yuk, yuk, yuk!!! I hope none of you are eating when you read this!
Once I got down to completely clean wax, the disc was put back into
the hot wax tank and would slowly melt and replenish the tank.
Disgusting story aside - the hot wax therapy that Jennifer describes
is indeed a very pleasant and invigorating experience that leaves
your joints much more free so that you can exercise them, and your
skin beautifully soft. Try it, you’ll like it.