Between folks there remains lots of disagreement about the industry surrounding body wrapping. You might also be wondering if all or any of them are effective; and/or are they harmless enough for you yet effective too? Ahead of getting one you should arm yourself with the facts…
THE HISTORY OF WRAPS
You may or may not have known that body wraps have been around for a long time, probably longer than you would imagine. They can help to detox and heal your body. They also help you get rid of fat and also tighten and soften the skin. With the significant increase in science in the cosmetic industry over the recent years, body wraps are now on top of the list of spa treatments. They offer cosmetic and therapeutic benefits for your entire body.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND WRAPS
Below the skin, there are a couple layers of fat. In each layer of fat, there are single fat cells that are surrounded by interstitial fluid. This fluid can build up in excess within and between the cells due to a lack of exercise, aging, diets high in salt and sugar, and a build up of toxins. Body wraps contain ingredients created to take out these excess fluids and toxins while restoring nutrients to the body.
GETTING FAMILIAR WITH TOXINS
Toxins are chemicals that get into the body through thing we encounter everyday like air, food, drinks and even products we put on our body. Our bodies are designed to flush these toxins out through the liver and kidneys. But the amount we take in is much greater than what our bodies can process, so the excess toxins get stored in the interstitial fluid where they then get absorbed by the surrounding fat cells.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF WRAPS
You may not have realized that there are so many types of body wraps you can get, but there actually are a few basic ones. All of these types mainly focus on providing moisture to and helping the skin. Although they all share the same main goal, the basic function of each wrap type is significantly different. Since they’re all alike in a way, it may be difficult to decipher which is the best for you.
Pampering Wraps: They’re along the lines of a hyped up massage where a sort of mud, cream or oil is applied to the body. Then, you’re wrapped in a nice, warm blanket and left to relax in a dark room while listening to soft music. This type of wrap is great for moisturizing the skin and helping you to de-stress.
Dehydration Wraps: This type of wrap creates a small amount of inch loss and weight loss mostly through water elimination. These water elimination wraps are helpful for women who tend to preserve fluid and feel bloated much of the time. The results are comparable to those which could be obtained through unnecessary exercise or time spent in a sauna. You will feel better for a short period of time, and the inch and weight loss is only temporary (2 or 3 days).
Experts say that a large majority of body wraps on the market are the dehydration wrap, so make sure to always ask what kinds of wraps a spa offers, ask what the instructions for after the wraps are regarding fluid intake, and how long the results can be expected to last. An easy way to identify a dehydration wrap is there will be no guarantee regarding inch loss or longevity for the results.
Hydration Wraps: Inch loss is achieved with this kind of wrap with a few ways. Taking toxins out of your body is the first way. Toxins are taken out along with your waste. Drinking a lot of water after this wrap will help to kick out the toxins. This kind of wrap also helps to get rid of the unnecessary fluids by removing them from your pores. This results in inch loss and a noticeable difference. There are no claims of weight loss simply because based on a person this cannot be promised. This is because the product is taken to nourish your body. Most people don’t drink nearly enough water and our bodies are never hydrated enough; this type of body wrap helps us feel revitalized and energized. Though the results of this of body wrap vary from person, the differences are normally permanent. This wrap is common amongst people because most of us lack the hydration we need or want, and feel this is the easiest way to achieve it. While this is somewhat true, drinking water and avoiding certain activities after will play a big role as well
STAGES OF A BODY WRAP
There are two main stages. These would be absorbing and compacting. For absorption, you put a liquid on your body.. The efficiency of the wrap is determined by the ingredients used.
Compaction is squeezing the tissues together after the toxins and interstitial fluid have been extracted. Once the fluids have been taken out, there are empty spaces between the fat cells. If you don’t use compression of some sort, after removing the toxins and excess fluids, the fat would be very relaxed and limp. This is not a pretty picture! In order to avoid this, and to squeeze the fat cells back together again for a smaller appearance, a tight wrap is used. Most people are familiar with the old body wraps that use plastic wrap to create sweating.
BODY SHAPING/BODY SHAPERS
What were once known as girdles, are making a huge come-back these days, but we now call them “body shapers.” What you can do to increase your inch loss results and uphold your new shape even longer, is to purchase a body shaper and wear it every day for about a week after you get a wrap. As your body continues to eliminate toxins, you will observe additional inch loss and body toning if you wear a firm body shaper. These are not always expensive. For a woman; one that goes from mid-calf to just under the breasts is the best f