What are body wraps?
Body wraps have been around for longer than you may think. When body wraps first started to emerge as a health and beauty trend, the body was wrapped in a linen sheet to keep ingredients like rosemary, eucalyptus, butter, clay, or even chocolate close to the body! Today, plastic is used instead of linen sheets.
What should you expect?
Many spas offer their body wrap services in a typical massage room. The atmosphere is often dark but lit with relaxing candles. You'll likely be asked to lay on a massage table as you would for a typical massage, but there will be a thermal blanket on top of the table. On top of the thermal blanket will be the plastic wrap that is used for your treatment and after you are wrapped, you will be topped with towels and a sheet to keep you warm.
A lot of spas choose to start the body wrap experience with an all-over body scrub. This body scrub could be a mud scrub or a fruit scrub. After the fruit scrub, you will be asked to shower to rinse off the scrub. The next step is to apply a thin layer of the wrap products over the body. Most professionals choose to apply small amounts of the wrap product at a time and wrap that part of the body before applying more product to other parts of the body.
When the wrap is complete, your body will be wrapped with your arms at your side. You will then be topped with a heated blanket with enough heat to make you sweat during the session. The typical spa session for a body wrap is about thirty minutes.
After your time in the wrap is complete, you'll rinse off and have lotion applied to your body.
What are the benefits to body wraps?
There are different types of wraps available depending on the benefits that you are looking for. One of the popular reasons that individuals seek out body wraps is to tighten the skin. Specifically, body wraps have been known to help with skin problems such as cellulite and loose skin in general. Body wraps help to bring moisture back to the skin which can help with problems including body wrap for skin tightening
A few things to think about . . .
Before scheduling your appointment for a body wrap, you'll want to think about a few things. One thing to think about is if you are taking any prescription medications. In some cases, prescription medications interact with the ingredients used in the mixture that is applied prior to the wrap itself.
Something else to think about is if you will be comfortable in the “mummy” position for an extended period of time. In order to get the most benefits from the body wrap, you will likely be wrapped fairly tightly with your arms at your sides. You will also likely have heat applied to your body to make you sweat. It is important to think about if your body can handle this before signing up for a wrap as these conditions make some people uncomfortable.