A manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands performed at home or in a nail salon. When the same is applied to the toenails and feet, the treatment is referred to as a pedicure. This short and sweet treatment between regular manicures and pedicures begins with a relaxing soak, and cuticle maintenance. Your nails are then shaped, buffed and polished to perfection. During any manicure or pedicure, you receive a relaxing massage of the hands and feet. This helps to improve blood circulation and improves mobility for the joints. With regular manicures and pedicures, the chances of your nails developing fungi and other infections are reduced. Generally, a professional manicure will last from one to two weeks, depending on how fast your nails grow and your lifestyle.