WASHINGTON — There were waiting lists and lines at Just For You Day, held for ladies 18 and older at Senior and Family Services on Friday, but they moved quickly and no one seemed to mind.
Women chatted, browsed jewelry and makeup booths, and enjoyed refreshments at the free event - in between paraffin hand dips, manicures and chair massages. More than 150 women of all ages showed up to be pampered and learn about the ladies-only Fitness For You facility.
“I came because it’s my birthday,” said Feleacia Pottorff, who brought a friend along. “I’m 18.
“It’s pretty cool. I like it.”
The young mother of a new infant was ready to be pampered for her birthday. Following a hot paraffin hand dip, she was getting a manicure and a massage.
“I told another girl ‘You’re young. Start now and take care of yourself,’” Debbie Wilson told Pottorff as she sloughed the hardened paraffin off her hands.
Wilson, an instructor and fitness assistant with Fitness For You, was performing the hot paraffin hand dips with the assistance of her mother-in-law, Jeanie Wilson. Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteers Betty Huelsman, Sheila O ‘Maley and Chris Peter used nail polish in bright, Valentine-inspired colors to give free manicures.
And Kim Bowling, an independent massage therapist, and Lesia Lopez, a massage therapist with Smooth You Med Spa & Boutique, gave a steady stream of ladies chair massages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“It’s very interesting, and a lot of the things are relaxing,” said Betty Norris of Washington. “It gives ladies a chance to put themselves first for a change. I keep running into people I know.”
Others, like Pottorff, brought friends with them. Co-workers Linda Wise and Chrissy Hunt of Washington and Sandy Robinson of Vincennes were enjoying manicures together.