When people want to lose weight, they want to lose it quickly. Many spas offer body wraps that supposedly help you shed pounds in hours as well as detoxify your body and get rid of unwanted cellulite. But is this treatment just too good to be true or does it really work?
A body wrap is basically a way to build up body heat, which makes you sweat and, in turn, lose weight. Before the process begins, you'll be measured and weighed. Then you'll change into disposable underwear or a bathing suit bottom if preferred. Your skin may be exfoliated or dampened beforehand, depending on the type of wrap you choose. A substance such as mud or clay may be applied to the skin before it is wrapped in heated bandages or thermal blankets. You'll be left to rest and relax for about an hour. Then you'll be unwrapped, rinsed, moisturized and weighed and measured again so you can see the final results for yourself.
Body wraps come in different varieties, depending on what you area you want to target. These are some of the different types of wraps that may be offered at your local spa:
Before you book your appointment, be aware that wraps are not recommended for everyone. If you suffer from the following conditions, you shouldn't get a body wrap:
Additionally, pregnant woman are advised to stay away from body wraps and people on medication should not get an herbal wrap as the herbs used may interfere with their medication. People with sensitive skin should stay away from wraps that use fragrances since they can irritate the skin.
Body wraps at the spa can be pretty pricey, costing anywhere from $60 to $200, depending on the spa and the wrap that you choose. If you want to save a few dollars, you can always try an at-home wrap.
At the spa, linen sheets are typically used as the wrap, but at home you can use towels or blankets. You can make your own mixture of oils, herbs or whatever you prefer to use. Wrap yourself and relax for an hour before taking a shower.
The million-dollar question is: Do body wraps work or are they just a gimmick? Here's the answer to your question:
While body wraps may not be the weight loss answer you were looking for, they do have some benefits. But if you want to lose weight, you'll have to stick to the old-fashioned remedy: diet and exercise.