BODY SCRUB

BODY TREATMENT

BODY WRAP

Even experienced spa-goers don't understand body wraps.  Different body wraps serve different purposes, and it's important to understand the difference between detox, hydrating and slimming wraps for the desired the experience and expected results. First, body wraps always start with some kind of exfoliation for maximum product penetration. 

Detox wraps use a variety of products such as algae, seaweed, mud, clay or gel to help rid the body of toxins.  When the product is applied to the body, it's called a Body Mask. Then you are wrapped in plastic and covered with a blanket for about 20 minutes, which is the body wrap.  These products work by stimulating your circulation, drawing out impurities, and giving the body minerals it might be missing.  Afterwards, the body mask is removed and lotion is applied.

 Hydrating body wraps use creams and gels to soften, soothe and hydrate the skin.  Again, it's important to get a body scrub beforehand so the rich cream doesn't sit on the outermost dead skin cells. Generally, with a hydrating wrap, the therapist applies the  body cream.  The cream is absorbed into the skin for hydration and is not washed off.

Slimming wraps are a labor-intensive specialty that aren't found everywhere. For a slimming wrap, each limb is tightly wrapped in Ace bandages that have been soaked in a high-concentration mineral solution to detox and remineralize the body.  You look a little bit like the mummy once you're wrapped. You are measured before and after so you can tell how many inches you lost.  

A body scrub is a popular body treatment that is basically a facial for the body: it exfoliates and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and soft.  A body scrub is done with an abrasive material -- usually sea salt or  sugar -- mixed with some kind of massage oil and an aromatic like essential oils. If the scrub uses salt, it might be called a salt scrub, salt glow or sea salt scrub.

The scrub is followed by an application of high-quality lotion or cream that leaves your skin hydrated.  This is not technically a massage because body treatments can be performed by estheticians, who are only licensed to work on skin, not the underlying muscle tissue (unless they are giving massage to the face, neck, and shoulders.)  A body scrub is a popular body treatment that is basically a facial for the body: it exfoliates and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and soft.  A body scrub is usually done with sea salt or  sugar -- mixed with some kind of massage oil and an aromatic like essential oils. If the scrub uses salt, it might be called a salt scrub, salt glow or sea salt scrub.