September 12, 2005
THE GLAMOROUS LIFEAs some of you know or are in the process of knowing,I am a pampered,slightly spoiled,kinda girl that's very high maintenance.I was brought up to enjoy the finer things in life and I wanna pass on some of that finer way of living on to you.So I will start a weekly column called Glamorous Life,where we will cover the basics of luxurious living.
Yesterday after the DKNY show at fashion week here in NYC, I was treated to a gift bag that was stuffed with spa treatments and gift certificates to some luxurious spas.Now I know that everyone cannot afford to get spa treatments every week in this day and time.But I do have some at home suggestions:
THE BODY WRAP
The body wrap is one of my favorite things to treat myself to at a spa.Depending on what your need is,there is a body wrap for you,from skin issues to losing a few inches to get into some jeans real quick for that fab party.For those of you that don't have the dough to be spending at a spa here is an at home treatment for you.
WHAT ARE BODY WRAPS?
Body wraps (bodywrap) can help in healing of skin problems, tone and tighten the skin, improve circulation, alleviate muscle and joint pain, treat acne, detoxify the body and help mobilize fat so it can be eliminated from the body naturally.You do not need any special equipment other than a mixing bowl, heating pot and wrapping sheets like thin towels. It is safe to do a wrap every day or even multiple wraps in one day to quicken the effects.
How Body Wraps work for Weight Loss?
Body wraps work in two stages: absorption and squeezing (compaction).In the absorption stage you apply a substance on your body by cloth "bandages" or "wraps". Once the pores of skin are opened, the fluids are "extracted" or "absorbed" by the substance and the bandage. So, in order to get the most "inch loss" and "detoxification a good absorbent is needed There are several options: sea clay, seaweed, herbal, mineral and aloe vera. The effect of the wrap is determined by the ingredients used. The sea clay leaves the skin feeling dry for a day or so after the wrap. A rule of thumb is: the more absorbent the product, the more inch loss will be obtained, but the drier the skin will feel for a day or two following a body wrap. Squeezing is simply compacting the tissues together after the "interstitial fluid" has been extracted. Once the fluids have been extracted, there are empty "pockets" between the cells. So if somehow we can squeeze them closer together, the end result should be a thinner and leaner looking body. If you can hold the body's cells in this shape for a very short time, the body's cells begin to "re-adhere" themselves to hold the new shape. The body bandages and wraps squeeze the body part and squeezing together the empty "pockets".
This is how the body wrap works. The bandages are the 2nd step of the process, and the bandages may be of many different materials. Some wrap providers use "Ace" type bandages that are less coarse and are not as strong, while other providers use terry cloth, or just soft cotton cloth with no elastic. Each wrap provider will choose their wrap cloth depending on what they wish to accomplish. Most likely, you will perspire when getting a body wrap anyway, but you should drink lots of water before, during, and after the body wrap.
Body wraps are not just a water weight loss. You can drink water before, during and after the wrap and not worry about the inches coming back.
Body Wrap Ingredients
A simple body wrap can be a mixture of a clay and some salt. A more complex wrap contains herbs, essential oils and nutritive ingredients. The exact proportions of ingredients are not important but the repeated use will be useful. You can add a small amount of nutrition oil (upto 2 tablespoons) if your skin is too dry.
SALT: Sea Salt, Epsom
Herbs: Alfalfa Leaf Powder, Calendula, Powder, Chamomile Flower Powder, Fennel Seed Powder, Ginger Root Powder, Lavender Buds Powder, Neem Powder, Parsley Powder, Rose Petal Powder, Rosehip, Powder, St. Johns Wort
Wetting Agents: Apple Cider Vinegar or Glycerin (add equal amount of distill water), Whole Milk Powder or Butter Milk Powder (Add water to make a thick cream).
Essential Oils: Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Basil.
Tips for Body Wrap
Take a warm shower before applying wrap. This will open the pores. Drink lots of water both before and after your wrap. That will help in flushing out the toxins and dislodged fat. Keep a glass of water nearby so you can sip while you relax. Try to avoid caffeine, sugar, fried fatty foods, and soda drinks.
How to Apply a Body Wrap?
Warm approximately half a gallon (64 oz ) of distilled water in a stainless steel vessel for an amount of time that will not cause any danger of burns and add all of the ingredients. Mix well and allow the mixture to cool until it is comfortable to touch. Choose a warm room so that the wrap does not get cool quickly. Dip sheets in the mixture, one at a time and wrap your body starting from your ankles. Let the wrap be there for one hour. Take a cool or warm bath afterwards. Take a hot bath on the second or third day after a wrap to help open the pores and release accumulated toxins from the skin.
Note: Repeated use of the body wrap should show you results