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Chocolate pedicures: A sweet way to pamper your toes

I have gotten pedicures before, but after hearing about a process known as a chocolate pedicure, I had to skip my traditional one and try it.

There are benefits to using chocolate for pampering, including the fact that it moisturizes and acts as an antioxidant to skin. I opted to go to Spa Moritz in New Tampa and was ecstatic to learn that with my pedicure I would receive a complimentary chocolate martini.

From the outside, Spa Moritz looked like a boring office, but when I walked in I was pleasantly surprised. With the warm-colored walls and the columns framing the entryway, I felt like I had walked into a European spa.

After checking in, I was given a tour of the facilities and the option to change into a robe. To get the full spa experience I had booked a massage as well, so I changed and then went to the tranquility room. However, you don't have to get a massage to experience the room. With the pedicure, guests are permitted to relax in there, as well. In the tranquility room were refreshments — on this particular day it was cupcakes.

On to the manicure-pedicure room. My pedicurist was Jillian, and her personality was awesome. She was funny and personable and easy to talk to. It was like being pampered by an old friend.

The pedicure began with a warm chocolate foot bath. The aroma of the chocolate and the bubbles of the jets in the foot bath melted all of my stress away within minutes. Just as I was beginning to feel the calm come over me, I was presented with my chocolate martini. Delicious. Its smooth texture went down like chocolate milk, and in the bottom of the glass was a piece of chocolate for me to munch on while Jillian scrubbed my feet.

She used a cocoa scrub to wash and exfoliate my tootsies, and then it was time for my mask. I never had a mask on my feet before, but it was extremely moisturizing and felt so nice. The mask was, of course, infused with chocolate.

Following the mask Jillian massaged my feet with chocolate oil and then proceeded to dry my toes and apply nail polish.

My feet have never felt so good. My treatment delighted my senses, to say the least.

— My First Time is a column by Ashley Grant about trying new things in Tampa Bay. Got a suggestion for something she can try? E-mail her at famousashleygrant@gmail.com.

Chocolate pedicure

Where to get it: Spa Moritz, 17401 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa.

Cost: $58 for the 50-minute experience.

Three things I learned

1. Chocolate contains 300 different compounds, some of which can have a significant impact on one's health and beauty.

2. Chocolate re-mineralizes and energizes the skin.

3. For some people, the scent of chocolate has a psychological effect of relaxing your mind and therefore relaxing your body.

Do it again? Absolutely!

Chocolate pedicures: A sweet way to pamper your toes 05/19/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:16pm]

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