If you dream about stepping out with smooth, tight, glowing skin all over your body, you can't go wrong with an herbal body wrap.
Body wraps use different compounds like algae or seaweed, mud or clay or shea butter and other rich oils or lotions to hydrate the body, soften the skin and even remove toxins and impurities.
Some solutions go as far as stimulating your metabolism, helping it to flush out impurities even faster.
There is a body wrap for almost every taste:
In fact, there are more varieties of body wraps than you could possibly imagine.
Still, whatever a wrap is made of, all herbal wrap treatments follow the same basic principal. During a body wrap, your entire body is covered with a solution made from a variety of herbs and beneficial elements.
It is then tightly wrapped and kept warm to help those compounds penetrate deeply into your skin. During the period you remain wrapped, you sweat, clearing toxins and other unwanted elements from your body.
After some time passes, your body is unwrapped, the solution is rinsed off, and you are left with clean, firm, glowing skin.
Body wraps have supposedly been around since Cleopatra's day. There has been evidence of ancient cultures using wrapping to detoxify the body in ancient Egypt and China, along with many other ancient civilizations.
In more recent times, body wrapping gained popularity as a weight loss method. People would wrap themselves in plastic wrap or Ace bandages – sometimes on their own, without the help of a skilled technician – to try to slim their bodies down.
Herbal wraps have gained popularity along with the current spa craze, as people search for new and effective ways to improve their health, appearance and well-being.
But unlike the ace bandage and plastic wraps of old, these wraps are luxurious and comfortable, with soothing aromas penetrating the skin and plenty of spa-style pampering.
Better still, the herbs and compounds used in today's herbal wraps help to nourish, hydrate and smooth the skin while toning and tightening it, as well as ridding the body of toxins.
And yes, wrapping is still an effective tool for weight loss. Just remember to put back the fluids you lose by drinking plenty of water.
Traditionally, body wrapping has been used to tighten and tone the skin, and help stimulate the body to rid itself of trapped toxins, excess fat and lymph fluids.
After your arrival, you will be taken to a private room where you will be able to undress and cover yourself with a robe or towel. You can wear a bathing suit if you wish – it's entirely up to you!
Your therapist will arrive and begin by exfoliating your skin with a dry brush, removing surface impurities and preparing your skin to receive its treatment of beneficial herbs and nutrients.
At this point, the wrapping begins. Your entire body will be wrapped with herbally infused linen fabric.
You will be bundled up like caterpillar in a cocoon – no doubt waiting to emerge as a smooth and beautiful butterfly! You will wait for several minutes while your "metamorphosis" takes place.
Then you will be unwrapped and treated to a relaxing Swedish massage.
Please be sure to let your therapist know if you experience any discomfort or worry about being left alone. If you are claustrophobic, you may want to try a different treatment as the wrap is quite close and tight. However, for most people, it's a truly wonderful experience.
"Body wraps are all-natural, most often containing a mixture of herbs and minerals designed to beautify the skin. Essential oils and sea salts may also be used in daily spa body wrap treatments, seeking to help tone and soften the skin, and help rid you of those unwanted inches. Results may be realized immediately. But toxins and interstitial fluids eventually re-accumulate, so regular body wraps may provide better long-term benefits."