When I heard of body wrap for the first time, I imagined that my body is being wrapped in a food wrapper with ketchup and veggies. No, not that type of wrapping, but more like mummy type of wrapping. In late 1990s, body wraps were popular among celebrities. Nowadays, you can actually find it in salon or spa centers.
Companies promoting body wrap claim the following benefits:
- It detoxifies body and therefore heal various skin problems including acne
- Improve blood circulation
- Alleviate muscle and joint pain
- Reduce cellulite
- Tighten the skin
How Body Wrap Works? (As of What They Believe…)
- The first stage, you choose the substance you want the bandages or wraps to be dipped in. Sea clay, seaweed, herbal, salt, and aloe vera are some of the substance.
- You need to remove your clothes to get wrapped. Normally, you will wear a small top and bottom.
- Once wrapped for between 30 and 45 minutes, body wrap believers claim that your pores begin to open and the detoxification process will take place. Those substances will then “absorb” the impurities. Once these waste is drawn out, they claim that internal water will flow through too.
- In the second stage of the treatment, the bandages come into picture to squeeze your body. Based on a feedback from my female friend, she was wrapped so tightly until she found it hard to breathe. In this an hour process, the empty “spaces” in the small little fat cells in your flabby arms or other parts of the body will be mashed together to create a tighter look. In other words, they believe that you will be squeezed into a more compacted shape with the tight wrap and end up looking thinner.
- Once the bandages are removed, the mud will be wiped roughly off your body. Normally, you will be told not to shower that night to allow the clay solution remains in your skin so that the detox and tightening process will continue.
Companies are coming different body wrap packages such as detox package, firming body wrap package, slimming packages or some other gimmicks to attract customers. Some people actually purchase body wrap materials from the shop or online from Internet like heating pot, mixing bowl and wrapping tools and do it at home.
- Before the treatment starts, the beautician will take measurement of many of your body parts including neckline, upper chest, under bust, waist, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knee, calf, thigh, forearm and wrist. Once the session is over, she does it again to compare “the before and after” effect. She adds up all the lost inches to impress you. Many have claimed that they lost between 5 to 15 inches in total after an hour of body wrap session. They may not realize that they have lost much fluids following such a wrap. Yes, only water. Therefore, instead of using measurement tape to get the diameters, I suggest that they should record the body fat. Losing 1 inch does not mean you lose 1 pound of fat. Inch and fat are two different things.
- Regardless of the type of body wrap substance you choose, whether mineral, herbal, clay or enzyme wraps, scrutinize the ingredients. If you have allergic, you have to be even more careful. If you have open wound, body wrap may be a bad idea.
- Normally, the companies will tell you that you need to get “wrapped” few times a week to maintain the slim look. Probably just like those “stress” ball, you need to get “squeezed” periodically, otherwise you will back to original shape. The issue is that for every treatment, you need to fork out $50 to $100 and imagine one full treatment has 32 treatments. Do the maths, you realize that you may end up paying 1 to 2 years of gym membership.
- It is actually cheaper if you spend hours doing honest and hard work to get rid of body fat. It is no point be a “mummy” for an hour a day covered in a special mud without any long term result. Even if you sweat, what you lose is the water weight and not really the body fat.
Whether you buy the story of “wrap up to melt the pounds”, I leave it to you. For me, body wrap is like wearing a sauna suit which will force you to sweat a lot. Just replace that suit with clay and some salts followed by a “mummified” bandage. Regardless of what type of wrap, herbs or mineral, plastic of clay mud, it does not burn body fat and cannot shrink fat cells. Authority in the US have started to take actions on companies which have made unsupported claims. Therefore, some are changing the tag line from “lose fat” to “lose inches”. Remember, again, “inches” and “fat” are not the same thing.
I do not find body wrap to be harmful to any healthy person. If you are looking for a long term result, I doubt it will work. Even if it really work for some people, you may want to find out whether they just rely on body wrap or they actually also control their diet with regular exercise. If you want to give body wrap a try, by all means, go ahead. Just do not make it as the only tool you use, instead, make it to complement some other approaches you are taking. Body wraps may help, but alone, they are not enough. Body wraps cannot choose healthier food for you to eat or exercise for you. You are the one that make the change. Unless you are ready to make a change on your diet and exercise habit, otherwise, do not waste your time on body wrap.
Category: Weight Loss
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