She giggled and said yes. Two minutes later, it was in my diary. I was going to have my first-ever fat wrap. And if there ever was a bum that needed its fat to be wrapped, it is mine. Plagued by plumpness from a young age (I believe that some of my cellulite is actually older than I am), I’ve always battled with my bum and thighs. So to be offered a somewhat euphemistically named Sculpt Zone wrap (AKA the fat wrap) was a dream come true.
The day arrived and off I went. Upon arrival at Urban Bliss, I was warmly greeted by Lerato and the Sculpt Zone treatment expert, Andrea. The unassuming exterior belies the calm of the venue’s soothing interiors. The spa’s concept is based on being a calm heart in a busy city and the rooms are themed on world capitals.
After changing into a fluffy gown, I was ready for my treatment, which was invented by a company called Phytomer. Andrea started by giving me a good solid scrub-down (salt exfoliation) to remove dead skin cells, which enhances the skin’s ability to absorb the active ingredients in the actual wrap. Once that was done and washed off, the real fun would begin. I was asked to place my bum and thighs onto a space blanket (a metal coated sheet, designed to retain heat) and then the application process kicked off. Andrea was quick to show me the thick, thermal bubbling mud (Thermo Scuplting Wrap), which she applied to my bum, thighs and tummy. It’s self-heating and you can actually feel the clay warming up against your skin. You’re basically wrapped up like a little parcel with the space blanket and then you wait for the magic to happen. It was a brilliant feeling, warm, tingly and not uncomfortable in the slightest. According to the team, the main active ingredient is eight times more potent than caffeine for slimming. It works in conjunction with the self-heating wrap (which helps you detox) to promote contouring and trigger a lipolytic effect. That’s the process whereby fat stored in the cells is broken down. Andrea rubbed my back and neck while we waited, making the time fly. When the countdown timer pinged, I was sad that it was over.
Andrea removed the clay and I jumped in the shower to rinse off the rest. Then it was onto the targeted massage with Contouring Massage Concentrate to promote drainage and reduce the orange-peel effect. The treatment was finished off with a product called Celluli Attack, which further helps with contouring and dimpling.
The result was astounding! I could immediately feel the detoxing effect of the wrap and could see a difference in the shape of my derrière. Both hubby and I were thrilled – many of my dimples had disappeared, as if by magic.
The team from Urban Bliss has a three-day express package (performed over the course of a week) – which is ideal for those times when you need some extra help getting into that little dress or bikini. They also offer a 6-8 wrap package, which, in conjunction with a healthy diet, could help you lose a full dress size in just 4 weeks.
To be honest, I would do this once every couple of months if I could. It worked like a bomb and if a celebrity like Nonhle Thema is anything to go by, this treatment will soon become a firm favourite with every lady in the know.
Go give it a bash! You’ve got nothing to lose, except a few centimeters and some dimples you’d probably be quite chuffed to part with.
By Veronica Botes
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