Body wraps are the new “it” treatment at the spas. The celebrities are boasting about it, and your friend down the street is probably talking about how it is her new go to for weight loss. Apparently, they are the new “cure for everything” treatment, or at least that is how they are being advertised. They promise to treat everything from loose skin, toxicity, and even excess weight! So I’m sure your wondering how does this work, and where can I get one?
Body wrapping historically was simply a method of losing weight in certain areas of the body through vasodilation. Ace bandages would be wrapped around your body parts and would cause a quick, and temporary weight loss. Contemporarily, this treatment is a bit more of a complex procedure. It often involves serums, lotions, mud, and or seaweed that are supposed to assist in the weight loss, and toxin release process. Steam and other environmental factors are also used for an added relaxation or harmonizing effects. And instead of wrapping just certain portions of the body, the spas do more of a cocoon/mummy type wrap, where your entire body is completely concealed.
The ideology of body wrapping is based upon two principles: absorption and compacting. The body is wrapped tight, and therefore the heat will open your pores and release moisture and toxins. The clay and other substances that your body was covered in pre-wrap, absorbs the matter being released. The wraps are then in turn compacting the body and in essence sliming it down. So your probably still wondering what is the issue.
Well there really isn’t one. Body wrapping can be great, but lets be clear this is a very temporary option. If you need to fit into a tight little dress for a special occasion a body wrap before would be perfect. If you are trying to lose some weight and keep it off, your better off picking up a gym membership. While these wraps may moisturize, tighten, and firm you skin, it cannot be used as a replacement for good old exercise. Not to mention a gym membership can run you about $50-100 bucks per month. These body wraps cost about $75-500 per session. I don’t know about you but I’ll stick to the treadmill!
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