A Beverly Hills Pedicure with Oprah’s Personal Pedicurist and “Footnanny”
“Ok, take a deep breath out” my stomach collapses like a deflated balloon, as she holds my tiny feet in her soft but strong hands. At this point of my treatment, my body is in a state of complete relaxation, yet my senses are awakened and stimulated. This isn’t your average strip mall pedicure you squeeze into your day; this is a luxurious experience…this is “wellness beyond a pedicure.”
Nestled inside of Anastasia Beverly Hills Salon is the beautifully cozy Footnanny Nail Spa. I was introduced to the charismatic and professional Gloria L. Williams, the Creator and CEO of footnanny.com; Licensed Nail Technician, Spa Consultant and Certified Reflexologist.
The Dia Diaries was provided the opportunity to experience the Footnanny’s extraordinary treatment, but first we discussed her inspiration, technique and the Footnanny Brand!
Gloria: When I was younger my mother would take me along with her to visit people that were ill. She always believed that if you rubbed special ointments on their feet or limbs that it would help them get better and in most cases, it did! So I believe what I do today is inspired by what I was taught at a young age.
TDD: You service an array of clients but we’d love to know how you became Oprah’s personal Footnanny?
Gloria: I use to work for the Harpo Studios Spa in Chicago. It was a phenomenal environment with like-minded individuals that felt like a family. I was eventually provided the opportunity to service Ms. Winfrey, which was fantastic but as a professional, it’s something I never revealed. One day I was doing her feet and wearing my Footnanny shirt and she decided to create a video and tweet about her experience with the Footnanny, which was beneficial to the development of my brand.
TDD: How long have you been in the industry and did you feel there was a void in foot care?
Gloria: I’ve been in the industry over 25 years. I believe that pedicurist don’t spend enough time on their client’s feet. So I decided to create Footnanny 2000, which is comprised of a 2000 stroke count (I also offer Footnanny 5000 for my private clients.) As a certified reflexologist, I target other areas of my client’s body by the pressure points on their feet. Sometimes if someone has problems conceiving, I work with their reproductive organ areas by helping them relax those muscles in their feet. I’ve had an ecstatic client that said “I don’t know WHAT you did…but I’m pregnant!”
TDD: Wow, that’s incredible!! Please don’t touch that area on my feet! Tell us more about the Footnanny process?
Gloria: Well Footnanny begins where the pedicure ends! The Footnanny treatment consists of Reflexology, Reiki and Thai.
TDD: Tell us about the signature Footnanny Creams you offer
Gloria: I wanted to provide my clients with an array of scents as well as creams specific to their needs. I chose the Tea Tree scent because it’s a natural antifungal, Lavender scent because it’s soothing (the guys love that best,) Chocolate scent makes people feel good, Peppermint scent for sweaty feet and an energy booster and finally the unscented is for clients that want the same results without the added aromatherapy. The creams contain soy, shea and cocoa butter and I decided to work with compounds because they aren’t greasy. So although it’s rich in texture, it’s light and includes vitamins.
Finally, Gloria ends her elite Footnanny treatment by painting your toes with top of the line nail lacquer. Without a doubt, The Footnanny Nail Spa is a place to luxuriate and should undoubtedly get added to your weekly list of indulgences.
Chandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury Extensions.