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All About Body Wraps - Are they a scam?

Updated on August 15, 2008

Body Wraps

Many people wonder if body wraps are real or if they are a scam.  Below is a compilation of articles and information to that end.

Decide for yourself.



What is a Body Wrap?

Do they really work?

History of Body Wraps

Body wraps have been around for thousands of years, dating all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. Body wraps at that time were utilized in body sculpting practices and primarily worked to stimulate circulation. Over the past 3 decades, with the increase in science in the cosmetic industry, many people are curious if body wraps can really be used to rid the body of fat. Body wraps have become one of the hottest cosmetic tools in the world and are becoming increasingly popular in the salon and spa industries.

Different Types of Body Wraps

There are essentially two different types of body wraps on the market today. Both types employing a large emphasis on moisturizing and conditioning the skin. However, the primary function of the two types is widely different. The first type of body wrap, creates inch loss primarily through water elimination. These water elimination wraps are very useful for a big event, where a person would like to look their best for a short period of time, but the inch loss is strictly temporary. This technique is similar to that which could be obtained through excessive sweating during exercise or time spent in a sauna. The second type of body wrap creates inch loss by helping the lymphatic system to rid the body of stored toxins which were introduced to the body through poor dieting, the environment, and pollutants. These wraps stimulate a process called lymphatic drainage, where toxins and fatty acids from your cells are released into the capillaries and eliminated along with the body's waste. Drinking large quantities of water during this type of body wrap is common to help facilitate the detoxification and fat loss. Although the results of this type of wrap may not be immediately as drastic, the inch loss obtained from this type is often permanent.

The shape, size, and ingredients used in the body wraps can vary tremendously. Some helpful things to consider when shopping for a body wrap are:

List of Ingredients -- all natural is always best for skin sensitivity

Topical Inclusion -- always easier if the ointment comes pre-applied and not separate from the wrap

Application Technique -- convenient if you can apply within privacy of your own home


The basic understanding by many industry experts, is that fat loss can be facilitated through a body wrap regiment, however, the majority of wraps available today are simply diuretics that remove excess water weight. Many industry experts also agree that body wraps should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise program to achieve true results. Simply using a body wrap will not keep the inches off, if diet and/or exercise regiments do not change.

Body Wrap Basics

A body wrap is a health treatment that assists you in toning and tightening your body, moisturizing your skin, decreasing excess water weight from your body, improving your circulation and detoxifying your body in as little as one hour. In general, body wraps are intended to improve the elasiticity and appearance of your skin by helping to lessen the body of excess fluids and toxins. These treatments are usually available in spas for the reduction of cellulite and the relief of stress of everyday life.

Body wraps are employed in two distinct stages. The pores of the body become opened and fluids are extracted and/or absorbed by the wrap, this is the first stage. Once the fluids are extracted from the body, empty pockets are left between the cells that when squeezed together, enable the body to become thinner and leaner. Body wrap treatments can typically be used on the abdomen, legs, arms, and neck. The desired body part is wrapped with the treatment. The treatment then absorbs and helps to remove excess body fluids and toxins. The treatments ultimately allows the shedding of harmful toxins, and aides in the metabolizing of fat.

It is recommended to shower with warm water before applying the wrap, as this further opens the pores of the body and aides in better absorption of the body wrap. Most wraps are allowed to actively remain on for half an hour to an entire day before being washed off. It is always good to drink lots of water before and after the body wrap treatment. This will aide in flushing the toxins out of the body. It is also advisable to refrain from the intake of caffeine, soda drinks; sugar and alcohol for 48 hours after the body wrap treatment, to experience the best results. Body wraps are as popular as ever with spa-goers. The body wrap is used in spas for a variety of reasons, such as, soothing aches and pains, elminating toxins and fat, and reducing the presence of cellulite etc. Body wrap treatments leaves the skin glowing and the body looking sleeker and more healthy.

There are various types of body wraps available that are designed for different types of bodies and skin types. There is a wide range to choose from, including, muds, aromatherapy oils, herbs, algae, herbal, and mineral thermal wraps, aloe vera, infrared body wraps and many others. The type of wrap selected for treatment will depend majorily upon what the desired result is e.g. skin moisturizing, weight loss, etc...

Body wraps contain an all-natural mixture of herbs and minerals intended to beautify the skin. Essential oils sea salts, and other ingredients are used in daily spa body wrap treatments. These items work to tone and soften the skin. Effecst of the initial treatment are often visible immediately. Toxins and inter tissue fluids sooner or later may re-accumulate if proper dieting is not maintained, so regular body wrap treatments are a good practice to maintain. Another greatly desired side effect of some body wrap treatments is often weight loss due to the lymphatic drainage and increased lipolytic activity.

The many benefits of body wrap treatment include body contouring, detoxification, boosting of the lymphatic system and metabolism, inch loss, weight loss, skin tightening, and skin softening.

The main purpose of using a body wrap is to tone and tighten the skin - as an alternative to liposuction. In the course of this action, blood circulation is improved and the body is detoxified. Often, those suffering from other conditions, e.g. constipation patients find that a body wrap helps mobilize fat so as that it can be removed from the body naturally.

Weight Loss - How Body Wraps Fit In..

Isn't it odd how many people seem lose weight in their sleep, yet some people can be marathoners, yet still only maintain their current size? Maybe this is something you can change...

Get your Heart Rate Up!

Your heart is a muscle and just like all the rest, it needs it exercise. And, when your heart is being helped from some good exercise, it reciprocates by helping you to lose weight quickly!

Many people work out to get a sweat going or run hard on the treadmill for a short amount of time and then wonder why they have a hard time with losing weight quickly. If you know anything about the way your heart works, you'll know that your heart rate needs to be within it's target zone to be burning fat. And, by the time those 10-15 minutes are up on the old treadmill, you've just barely gotten your heart warmed up.

But, how do you know what your target heart rate zone is? You can dedicate a lot of time to figuring this out using elaborate formulas and tests, but there is an easier way. It's called a 'talk test'. Try having a normal conversation during your exercise activity. If you can speak clearly, without any difficulties, you're doing great and are probably in the 50 to 80 percent target heart range. This is a tremendous fat burning zone, and will enable you to lose weight quickly.

If you are having problems speaking while exercising, you are probably exercising too vigorously. If that is the case, you should bring the intensity down a notch, and prolong your exercise. That will enable you to last longer and burn more calories!

Detox Your Body!

We come into contact with toxins every day in our air, our food, our homes, and even our own bodies. Our bodies begin to produce more and more toxins as our stress, anxiety, and fear levels increase. Our bodies are naturally able to detoxify themselves using our kidneys, liver, lymphatic system, and skin, but these systems can't always handle all the toxins we throw at them. And, when this happens, our bodies resort to storing these toxins in our joints and fat cells.

There are some common, obvious symptoms that your body might be holding on to too many toxins. These symptoms include: headaches, feeling "off balance", skin and gastro-intestinal problems, insomnia, depression, and most importantly, weight gain!

Detoxification is the most important step in the treatment of obesity and enabling yourself to lose weight quickly. These toxins are being stored in your fatty tissues and joints, and the greater your problem with obesity is, the more toxic your system is.

Following a good detoxification program can produce fabulous results. There are several great programs out there, including body wrap treatments, juice diets, and more. And, in practicing one of these programs, you will become healthier, look and feel younger, and have more energy!

Hydrate, Hydrate, then Hydrate Some More!

When you are properly hydrated, your muscles can feel the difference. They will contract more easily, and your workouts will be drastically more effective. And, you'll be left with great muscle tone and you'll be on your way to rapid weight loss!

You've been hearing this since you were a little kid. Drink water! It will do wonders for your looks, it will flush out impurities in your skin, and give you a clear, vibrant, glowing complexion. Even skin that begins to sag with aging can become taut and tight when the skin cells are properly hydrated.

So, drinking 8 glasses of water a day is too hard? Really? It's only 2 qts of water. I know dozens of people who drink that much soda in one day. Make the effort to drink the water, and it will pay off in multiples.

When you are drinking the amount of water that your body desires, you will notice a decrease in appetite, and you will become a healthier and leaner new you!

Adding Body Wraps to your Business

The Market

Tanning and day spa business owners are constantly faced with changing customer demands that affect their business choices. What can the tanning industry do to prepare for these changes and the inevitable peaks and valleys of the seasons? What services could be added to a tanning or day spa that could improve their customer loyalty, and keep their income steady throughout the year? In an industry where the customer is looking for solutions to help them look younger and feel better, what else can be offered?

Profit Potential

The profit potential for adding body wraps to tanning and spa salons is enormous for the average business owner. The price a customer pays for the body wrap service can vary greatly throughout different parts of the country. On average, a single body wrapping session can range from $30 to $150. A small to medium sized salon or spa can easily average 20 wraps per week once the business is established. Using an average price of $55 dollars per wrap, a salon owner could expect to generate an additional $50,000+ annually. Tanning salons and day spa's which utilize body wraps to their full potential can easily double their earnings.

Special Case Profit Potential

If you are in the position to add such a service to your spa or salon, be on the lookout for a special profit possibility. A small number of body wrap wholesalers offer a generous referral program for salons and spas whom have others retailers within their realm of influence. Some marketing programs will pay as much as a 15% commission on the net sales of those salons or spas you might refer, and you could be guaranteed that percentage for life! This income opportunity is tremendous, because it builds off the principles of network marketing, yet, paradoxically is utilized in a business to business hierarchy. If you are so lucky as to find an opportunity such as this one, join immediately.

How to Choose a Body Wrap Supplier

The initial investment to get started in the body wrap and spa services can range from as little as $35 dollars to over $10,000, depending on the type of body wrap used, space, equipment, supplies, and whether or not training is necessary. Many business owners don't do their research when choosing a body wrap supplier and it can be a costly mistake. When looking for the correct business be sure to find answers to the following questions:

1) Is the product reputable?

You should be able to do a simple internet search of the company or product name to see if others are having success using it or not. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure that no complaints have been submitted.

2) Are there inventory requirements?

Some wholesalers will require you to carry their items in bulk inventory, but if you do your research, you will find that not all do. Find the wholesalers who allow you to order at will, so that you don't get stuck holding the bill should something unexpected go wrong.

3) Does the wholesaler pay referrals?

There are some wholesalers who implement marketing programs for their vendors. These programs can pay huge dividends for the business owner who has the opportunity to refer others. Look and pay special attention to this aspect of the body wrapping industry, as it could mean the difference between success and failure.

The Wrap Up

Body wraps have been around for thousands of years, dating back to the Ancient Egyptians. They are a proven, powerful, product that can be implemented in tanning salons, day spas, or massage therapy clinics. But, if you are going to use them, do your research. Don't pay thousands for a product that is not worth it. Make your dollars by presenting the product well, using your business sense, and utilizing great service.


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