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Body Wraps, Day Spas and a Tighter You

Aug 17, 2007
One of the more popular additions to day spas in recent years are what are known as body wraps. Body wraps are designed to help you get the appearance of tighter, firmer skin. They are supposed to be slimming, and they purport to help you achieve lost inches around the waist, hips, and thighs, as well as other parts of the body including the arms and face. There are different kinds of wraps, and you should carefully consider which wrap you take advantage of before choosing to wear one.

Most day spas offer the wraps as part of their treatments. Some of them make use of mud, seaweed, or oils. Others take what amounts to plastic wrap and encase you in it. Some spas have you lie down to nap, while others request that you move about the room in order enhance the effects. Movements around the room are generally small, and you will probably not even break a sweat. Napping, though, can be a very refreshing alternative. Many people get the body wraps for their soothing qualities as well as for their ability to help one give the appearance of slimness.

Wraps to be careful of are mainly those that impede the air exchange through the skin, or those that make you appear slimmer by drawing water out of your body. Both of these things can be harmful to your health. While the effects are rarely long lasting, it is not good for your body to be restricted in this way. Plastic wraps can inhibit the air exchange through your skin, and can cause overheating as well as dehydration. Some ingredients in some wraps draw water out of your body, causing the possibility of dehydration. Before getting a wrap, make sure that your wrap will not dehydrate you.

It is important to note that the effects of a body wrap are not permanent. A body wrap in no way actually helps you lose weight or fat. What they do is help your skin to take on a particular shape, and to help it achieve smoothness and toning. It does not actually do anything to the muscles underneath. So, while a wrap can help you get ready for a special occasion, it will not last. Lasting effects can only be achieved by getting "maintenance wraps" every few weeks. However, the good effects of a body wrap can be enhanced with exercise and a healthy diet. Exercise and diet are the best ways to gain lean muscle and lose weight.

Body wraps are popular with brides-to-be just prior to their wedding day, as well as with men and women going to formal events or reunions. This is because a body wrap can help you look your best, even if it is only temporarily. And they can be soothing. Many people find body wraps comfortable and rejuvenating, even without the slimming effects they give. Results are generally more dramatic for women than for men, even though men can see dramatic results as well.
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