4 Important Benefits of Manicures and Pedicures

For those not in the know, manicures and pedicures often fall into the category of ‘pampering.’ Although it’s often very enjoyable to have your nails done there are some good reasons why this should be more than just the occasional luxury experience. There are actually a number of benefits to regularly investing in manicures and pedicures and they go much further than just aesthetics.

1. Ongoing nail health

A manicure or pedicure provides a deep clean for your nails, as well as ensuring that they look great. This is an important part of positive nail health, as both our hands and feet go through a lot on a daily basis. Regular manicures and pedicures ensure the removal of dead skill cells, which is an essential part of encouraging new skin cell growth. New skin cells are key for nails that are strong and healthy. Regular manicures and pedicures also help to make sure that your nails don’t get into a poor condition, for example being plagued by fungal infections. If you’re keen to protect your nail health on an ongoing basis, manicures and pedicures have an important role to play.

2. A circulation boost

The process of having a manicure or pedicure usually involves a massage, either to the hands or feet (or both). Massage is a fast and effective way to boost circulation, which can be especially slow and sluggish during the winter months. Poor circulation can result in cold or numbness in hands or feet, as well as swelling or joint pain. The effect of the massage is to increase blood flow around the body to improve joint mobility and help to reduce swelling and pain.

3. Ensuring good condition

Our hands and feet can be exposed to some fairly harsh environments and experiences. Whether it’s walking long distances in uncomfortable shoes or withstanding extreme weather conditions, such as snow and ice, it’s easy to forget that these parts of our bodies need some care and attention too. Regularly scheduling manicures and pedicures will ensure that nails are in good condition and the skin on hands and feet is well cared for and soft. This can help to avoid a number of issues, from cracked hands through to painful calluses on feet.

4. The de-stress element

Manicures and pedicures are incredibly relaxing. Aside from the blissful effects of the massage, this is also a great way to set aside time that is just for you. Whether you need time to think, want to read or just sit with a coffee while your nails are done, the experience provides plenty of opportunity to take a few minutes out from a busy life, sit back and relax. Plus, the impact of taking care of your nails, both in terms of aesthetics and contentment, can make you feel good long after you finish the appointment.

These are just some of the benefits of having regular manicures and pedicures – there is a lot more to the experience than just a great finish.

What Is an Aesthetic Practitioner?

If you want to work in the UK beauty industry, the role of Aesthetic Practitioner could be ideal. This is a sector that has been expanding at a fast pace and there are a vast range of different opportunities today for anyone who is looking to train in this area. Working as an Aesthetic Practitioner could mean starting out with a big sector employer or setting up on your own and developing your own client base. As more and more consumers are booking this type of treatment, the demand for Aesthetic Practitioners is only likely to increase.

What does it mean to be an Aesthetic Practitioner?

This is a role that is primarily within the Medi-spa Sector. It is focused on skin and skin health, understanding how the skin functions and the options and treatments that are available to help clients improve and optimise their skin. This could involve a range of different practices including:

  • Chemical peels
  • Micro needling
  • Blemish removal
  • Dermal rollers

Training is required for anyone who is looking to enter the industry as an Aesthetic Practitioner. This is essential when it comes to understanding the remedial aesthetic practices that are common in the Medi-spa sector and which help customers to develop and maintain skin health.

The field of Aesthetics

The range of non-surgical cosmetic treatments available is constantly expanding, making this an exciting industry to be involved in. Aesthetics is all about the application of the latest science and technology to help achieve aesthetic improvements for clients. The techniques required tend to be more complex than those involved in beauty therapy but there are also opportunities to develop a niche set of skills and become a specialist in a specific area of Aesthetics, such as skin peeling or laser re surfacing. Training in the field of aesthetics will often include an understanding of anatomy and physiology, as well as the risks and benefits of the treatments that are involved.

Working as an Aesthetic Practitioner

As a trained Aesthetic Practitioner there are many opportunities to find the ideal role to suit you within the beauty industry. Ongoing innovation in the field also means that you can be at the cutting edge of beauty and continuously developing existing skills and talents, adapting as new developments are made. Continued professional development is important in this field, as change is frequent and customers expect practitioners to be up to date with the latest insights, knowledge and risks.

The benefits of working as an Aesthetic Practitioner

  • The opportunity to train and specialise
  • An industry currently experiencing impressive growth
  • Work in a way that suits your lifestyle, whether for yourself or an employer
  • Ongoing development ensures job satisfaction and opportunities to grow your skill set and business
  • A range of courses and training options available

If a career in beauty is for you and you’re interested in skin and skin health, becoming an Aesthetic Practitioner could be a great move. It offers an exciting career in an expanding industry and many opportunities to grow.



LCBT are proud to present a selection of wellness events from our partners and wellbeing experts Aromatherapy Associates.

Join us on the following dates to learn about how you can introduce aromatherapy into your life:

Thursday 24th January 2019 -  Aromatherapy for re-energising

Essential oils have the ability to lift the mood and enhance our productivity discover easy ways of recharging during the 4 o’clock slump

Thursday 2nd May 2019 – Wellbeing through Aromatherapy

Ever wondered how aromatherapy products work? This workshop dissects some of our most coveted blends to explain the benefits of each pure essential oil.

Thursday 26th September 2019 -  Aromatherapy for Sleep & Relaxation

Good sleep is crucial to physical, mental and emotional health. Discover how to use essential oils to induce the perfect night’s sleep


To book your place on any of these talks, please email salon@lcbt.co.uk or call 0207 208 1302.

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Jing Advance Massage Workshop

LCBT and JING will be hosting a workshop on Advance massage and the Level 6 Clinical massage courses. This will give you a taster in to what ACMT is and the next steps on booking a course.

Workshop Date: Friday 25th May from 1pm to 4pm

Cost of workshop: £10

Fix in Six! Getting results with advanced clinical massage

Learn how to achieve lasting results in reducing your clients’ pain within 1-6 weekly sessions. Incorporate Myofascial Release, trigger point therapy, sports massage skills, deep tissue and Eastern Techniques to successfully treat conditions such as low back pain, rotator cuff injury, RSI and herniated disc in 1 to 6 sessions. A must for the massage therapist serious about their career!

Appropriate for all levels **(bring towels + oil please)

Jing Advanced Massage and Training is a hands-on & on-line massage training school, that has been revolutionising the massage industry in the UK since 2003. Developed by celebrated teachers and authors, Rachel Fairweather, BA, AOS, LMT, and Meghan S. Mari, BA, MA LMT, it is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence.
Jing based in Brighton, offers the UK’s only degree level course, the award winning 3 year BTEC level 6 Professional Diploma in Advanced Clinical & Sports massage, as well as over 30 CPD/CEU courses to both local and global therapists alike. Creating massage experts in the treatment of specific pain conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine, fibromyalgia, and low back pain.

To book on Please contact Cherie on 020 72081312 or Short.Courses@lcbt.co.uk

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Inner City Retreats at LCBT with Terrence the Teacher delivering a highly popular talk on Mindfulness and how you can be more mindful in your everyday life.

When the Apprentices completed their Level 3 Management Apprenticeship, Benefit decided to celebrate! The Apprentices had their achievements recognised at Benefit’s Annual Passport party, this was held at the National Space Centre in Leicester!

After the ceremony and champagne reception, the apprentices were whisked away in a pink hummer limo and taken to Champney Springs for the evening. Here they celebrated with an evening meal, overnight accommodation and relaxing treatments in the spa.


Inner City Retreats at LCBT with Terrence the Teacher delivering a highly popular talk on Mindfulness and how you can be more mindful in your everyday life.

On Saturday morning LCBT hosted another Inner City retreat with celebrity loved mindfulness coach Terrence the Teacher.

Terrence taught clients some easy breathing and meditation exercises to integrate in to everyday practice and to help promote sleep, calm and wellness. Terrence’s technique are perfect for London living where you are busy and on the go and don’t have time to spend long periods meditating every day.

Clients also enjoyed a luxurious facial or Aromatherapy Associates massage in the LCBT salon for a true inner city retreat experience.

Terrence will be hosting another mindfulness session on Saturday the 25th November, costing just £55pp. Terrence will deliver his popular talk on Mindfulness and how you can be more mindful in your everyday. Each "retreater" will receive a treatment of their choice; either a Dermalogica or Yon Ka luxury facial, or an OPI mani pedi (gel nails available).

To find out more call our Salon on 0207 208 1302 or email Salon@lcbt.co.uk.

Inner City Retreats at LCBT with Terrence the Teacher delivering a highly popular talk on Mindfulness and how you can be more mindful in your everyday life.


Inner City Retreats at LCBT with Terrence the Teacher delivering a highly popular talk on Mindfulness and how you can be more mindful in your everyday life.

Working alongside world renowned and celebrity-loved mindfulness coach Terrence the Teacher, we have developed various Inner City Retreats coming to LCBT over the next few months.

"Finding Happiness has always been a goal for most of us. The reality is that it has eluded most of us for a very long time. Going from one place to another, attaining objects, achieving goals to finding love, making friends and various relationship. Like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, always just always out of our reach.

Mindfulness could just have the answers. The definition says, to focus in the present moment, on purpose, non-judgementally. The principal being to just be present, right here, right now. So instead of trying to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, to JUST APPRECIATE AND ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THE RAINBOW. Right in that moment being happy for that experience.

As a technique Mindfulness could change your life forever. Proven to change the brain which meant change how you experience life in general. Happiness, relaxation, focus, enhanced creativity, boosted immunity and even pain management are known benefits from the practice.

All you would have to do is breathe. Yes, you heard me correctly. Breathing is the main ingredient to this almost magical opportunity. Simple and always available. Curious??? Join us on the 25th of November and come see for yourself.

Now, take a deep breath and make that decision. Mindfulness changed my life and I would like to share it with you.

Looking forward to connecting with you soon."

Terrence the Teacher

The next Inner City Retreat will be held at LCBT on Saturday 25th November, costing just £55pp. Terrence will deliver a popular talk on Mindfulness and how you can be more mindful in your everyday. Each "retreater" will receive a treatment of their choice; either a Dermalogica or Yon Ka luxury facial, or an OPI mani pedi (gel nails available).

To find out more call our Salon on 0207 208 1300 or email Salon@lcbt.co.uk.

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After a full day of browsing and shopping why not take some relaxing time out to treat yourself to a free treatment at our Pamper Lounge?

The Pamper Lounge is new to the Ideal Home Show and is running in association with the London College of Beauty Therapy. We will be there for the duration of the event, offering free treatments for all, and head over to our stand in the Style section, between 24th March – 9th April to receive a free treatment from our Pamper Lounge.

Men if your other half has been testing your ability to carry as many shopping bags as possible we will be offering free massages to relieve that strain!



For Her

  • File and Polish
  • File and Buff
  • Make-Up, one of the following: Eyes, Lips or Cheeks
  • Hair Styling Bar, one of the following: Tongs, Braids, Plaits. Dry Styling

For Him

  • MAN-icures: file, buff and hand massage
  • Hair Styling Bar: Re-Style
  • Massage: Back, Neck & Shoulders

We will also be doing a give-away for entry tickets to the Ideal Home Show so make sure you check out our social media pages for your chance to win a free ticket!

The event offers our students studying to become Beauty Therapists, Hairdressers and Make-Up Artists the chance to apply their skills gained in college to real clients! If you are considering a career in the Beauty, Make-Up, Hairdressing or Fitness industry we welcome any questions you may have.

We hope to see you there!