Body Wraps – Spa or At Home?

What’s the real difference between going to a spa and an at home body wrap?

Do It Yourself

By simply searching the phrase “body wraps” in Google or Bing, you are bound to come across many retailers of products you can administer by yourself in the comfort of your own home. With a just a little more effort, you will find extensive reviews of these products.

The most popular of these wraps are sold through It Works representatives and sells for about $25. The wraps are said to tone, firm, and tighten skin in as little as 45 minutes with progressive results in 72 hours. You can place the wrap on problem areas such as your stomach, back, arms, thighs, and chin/neck. However, there is a separate applicator for your face. It is recommended that you consume a lot of water (at least half of your body weight in ounces) while the wrap is on and during the 72 hours that follow. You also are not to eat while using the wrap.

The wrap detoxifies fat cells in your body, essentially causing them to shrink and expel the toxins. Most women claim to have lost two to ten inches with just one application. However, physicians warn that results should be viewed only as temporary and state that each body will react differently to the treatment. One woman reported no results, but was told that this was due to her medical history and the medication she currently was taking for her thyroid condition. According to WebMD, wraps are a great way to kick start a weight loss program, but must be maintained through more treatments or healthy diet and exercise.

One woman goes into detail regarding her experience with the wrap at: Additionally, she has posted pictures of her results. She states that she was wrapped at a party in the tummy and arm area and lost a total of seven inches after three days. She was asked to wear the wrap while sleeping to ensure the least amount of sweating possible. “Tools” used to secure the wrap in place included rubbing alcohol and plastic wrap. The blogger described the wrap to be very cold, but stated that she did feel relaxed.

Spa Treatments

Traditionally, body wraps have been done in spas and were first done with linen cloth. Treatments can cost anywhere from $85 to $125 depending on the spa and what type of treatment you decide upon. While some body wraps focus on promoting relaxation and in depth hydration, others, like their do-it-yourself counterparts, also boast to detoxify, slim, and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Body wraps that use algae, seaweed, mud or clay are treatments to detoxify the body and help to remove toxins through metabolic stimulation. Body wraps that utilize shea butter and rich lotions are hydrating treatments geared towards softening the skin.

The atmosphere of a spa is a little different than that of your house – well maybe. Most spas feature darkened rooms with flickering candles. Soft, calming music plays in the background and probably just a hint of lavender or some other relaxing scent will linger in the air. Some spas will start off with a body scrub. Then, the remedy will be applied to your skin and you will be wrapped in a thermal blanket or plastic to help keep you warm. After about thirty minutes, it is common that you will be asked to rinse and lotion applied. Many recommend going to a spa in which a massage therapist administers the product. Estheticians will apply product to your skin, however, massage therapists often incorporate massage techniques into their application.

Most women report that they greatly enjoy attending spa treatments and feel extremely relaxed after doing a body wrap. Reviews mainly consist of comments on the spas interior, staff, and so forth. However, one review stated that a women on a cruise ship lost 18 inches throughout her body from visiting the ship’s spa. Many consumers recommend that if you are seeking a spa treatment, to go for a high-end spa to help ensure quality service.

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