Spa Treatments for Weight Loss, Slimming Treatments

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By Jessica, June 5, 2011

Spa Treatments for Weight Loss, Slimming Treatments

You’ve been watching what you eat, slaving at the gym, and trying all manner of gag-inducing maple syrup and cayenne pepper miracle fixes – so why won’t those last few pounds just shift it already? Unfortunately there may be even more stubborn factors at work than you had previously imagined: the presence of toxins in the body, sluggish digestion and fluid retention can all inhibit weight loss and cause a bloated appearance. The good news is that a little pampering could be exactly what you need. Below are some of the spa treatments available in Ireland that can lend a helping hand with your weight loss programme.

Body Wraps
Nearly all body wrap treatments will have some slimming or fluid retention reducing results, but there are a number available specifically for weight loss. The Slimming and Sculpting Wraps at French Beauty Day Spa in Dublin incorporate massage and peel treatments to help define contours and streamline your figure, while Buff Day Spa, also in Dublin, promises visible inch loss with lasting results from their Universal Contour Wrap.

Abdominal Massage
Massaging the abdominal region is said to cleanse the colon, promote healthy digestion and reduce the fluid retention that can cause a bloated appearance. A less invasive alternative to colonic irrigation or hydrotherapy, abdominal massage is incorporated into a number of weight loss treatments at spas around the country. Try the Elemis Body Sculpting Cellulite {amp}amp; Colon Therapy at Spirit Health {amp}amp; Beauty in Waterford or in Solas Croí Eco Spa in Wexford.

Lymphatic Drainage
Most forms of massage will stimulate the flow of lymph throughout the body, resulting in more efficient elimination of waste and toxins and a reduction in skin swelling. This form of massage uses very light pressure and long gentle strokes and is also said to boost metabolism. Senses Day Spa in Dublin has a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, while many other massage and body treatments in spas around the country include a short lymphatic treatment.

Hot Treatments
Hot spa treatments will open pores and allow for the easy elimination of toxins, as well as helping the body to burn calories. Heat can also make body fat water soluble, meaning it is broken down more easily when at high temperatures. The easiest way to incorporate a hot treatment into your spa visit is to spend some time in the sauna or steam room – a simple step that can help boost the weight loss process and detoxify the body.

Electric Muscle Stimulation
Probably the least pampering of weight loss spa treatments, electrical stimulation is becoming increasingly popular in Irish spas. Using electrical currents or lasers, fat is broken down and the way the body processes fat is said to be permanently changed. Usually a course of treatments is recommended for optimum results and the process is pain-free. One such treatment, Futura Pro, is available from Revas Spa in Co. Limerick.

Is this the first proper destination spa in Africa? With 18 treatment rooms, you can check in for every weight loss option available over your stay. Take on a 14-day detox programme for a heavy-hitting reset, all of which is underpinned by cutting-edge bio-energy healing, which uses electromagnetic waveforms to neutralise distressing patterns in the body.

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So there you are, sitting at your desk, bored, thinking of biscuits. Or a big, hot gingerbread latte, with extra whipped cream. Or maybe, what you’ll make for dinner. And in the winter time, it’s probably not a big, crisp salad you’re planning.

Winter is the time of the year we’re less likely to go outside and move our bodies and more likely to sit indoors and overeat. Our bodies crave warm, filling food, and this, combined with inactivity, can lead to some serious weight gain.

Some people go to extreme measures, skipping meals for days on end or exercising to extremes. Let me say two words about that: not. sustainable. The healthiest way to get back into shape for good is to reshape your eating and fitness habits completely.

If you know a bit about which superfoods to eat in which quantities, have a good workout routine and how much energy your body actually needs based on its size and energy output, great! You should be able to drop some kilos on your own. Others, however, may need a bit of expert education to help them understand how a permanently better body is realistically achievable.

And why not get that education in a stunning setting? From the majesty of the mountains in Canada’s Whistler resort to the lush jungles of the Philippines, we’ve found some gorgeous weight loss resorts with highly effective programs in place, run by well-trained, knowledgeable staff who are guaranteed to help you reveal a slimmer you.

This Canadian resort is stunning, and from May to November, women-yes, only women – can benefit not only from its incredible scenery, but also a weight loss retreat than can run up to eight whole weeks. The boot-camp based program includes alpine hiking in the world-class luxury resort, indoor workouts in their five star hotel Health Club, and a dietary regime that’s dreamed up by three time Canadian Trainer of the Year, Cat Smiley, who founded the program. The plant based diet meals are  based on her nutrition book, The Planet Friendly Diet. Nutritional education, cooking classes, and  private health consultations are all held in luxurious suites here, complete with housekeeping and concierge.

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We’ve already featured this extraordinary resort in Eluxe, highlighting its eco-friendliness. But did you know staying here can also help you lose weight? Their weight management program takes into consideration that weight gain may not be solely determined by physical factors, but also mental ones such as stress. Lefay’s diet  programme aims to address both the body and mind through the use of Chinese medicine over the course of a 5 day stay. You will have several  nutrition consultations throughout the treatment, which will determine the best diet for you. You can also opt for personal trainer sessions, hydrotherapy, reflexology treatments and massages. When you exit the Lefay Resort at the end of your stay, both body and mind will feel rejuvenated.

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If you want a top-notch Ayurvedic Slimming Programme, the treatment in India’s Somatheeram Retreat will be just your cup of Masala Tea! Keep in mind you’ll have to dedicate almost a month of your time – 28 days to be exact – to this programme, but it will be well worth the commitment. Ayurveda is the oldest known form of healthcare in the world, and four weeks of an Ayurvedic vegetarian diet plan, matched with yoga classes, herbal juices, and steam baths will set you anew. Not only will you be able to fit into your tight dresses but all every imaginable toxin will be expelled from your body.

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The Ayurvedic theme but with a change of scenery,  this Austrian resort offers spectacular views of the Tyrolean mountains. The Sonnhof Resort’s Shiva Shakti Energy Garden of the Five Elements will soothe your soul and their ‘Ayur-detox’ programme will make you drop those extra pounds. The specific diet here combines  modern nutritional science with the ancient wisdom  of traditional Indian dietary forms, targeting your body with the foods it most needs, according to your Ayurvedic dosha. Massages and other targeted detox spa treatments are also designed to help you expel waste materials from your body. Finally, one-to-one yoga or Qigong classes are available to help you get in tune with your body.

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Nutritionist Amanda Hamilton has developed a Life Changing Weight Loss Retreat at Spain’s stunning resort, Shanti-Som. Food here is based on a spa cuisine menu that is matched to your metabolism to optimise healthy weight loss. Eating as much as you like, you’re guaranteed to lose weight none the less, as all meals are centred around what your body really needs, depending on your physical makeup, lifestyle and age. Forget about quick body fixes: this is a program that you can take home with you and use for life. You’ll also enjoy just the right amount of exercise with daily hikes and some inclusive sessions with a personal trainer to leave you feeling invigorated and fitter.

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Capri is always a lovely place to visit, and the Capri Palace offers yet another great reason to head to this gorgeous Italian island. Their Remise En Forme retreat combines weight-loss with pampering treatments to make the whole process much more enjoyable. Your stay will only last 4-nights, yet rest assured that the effective treatments included in this programme will be enough to get you motivated and on the right track to losing weight. A daily dietetic lunch or dinner will ensure you are getting adequate nutrition that’s also low in calories, whilst combined spa treatments will encourage weight-loss through lymph-draining massages, for example. Of course, there are also  daily fitness activities, including ecological walks and yoga sessions,  too.

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Fairytale England comes alive at this stunning spa, which was once the home of Lord Tennyson. Set in 47 lush acres of verdant countryside, Grayshott specialises in restructuring your gut for weight loss and better overall health. Your stay begins with a body composition analysis, followed by a nutritional consultation and personal training session, after which you’re given a bespoke, long-term diet and fitness plan to take home and implement for life, optimally. But it’s not all hard work – tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, wonderful spa massages and other treatments and hydrotherapy baths await.

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The Thai Absolute Sanctuary takes a highly holistic approach to achieving weight loss. Your diet here will be healthy, maintainable and sustainable, addressing your physical, mental and emotional needs. The 7-Day treatment includes an initial wellness consultation with a Bio Impedance Analysis, emotional therapies such as hypnotherapy and reiki, along with cleansing therapies to help eliminate any physical blockages. The Pevonia slimming treatments are centred around a green coffee concentrate known for its fat burning properties so the body gets a little kick start to dropping the pounds. Since losing weight isn’t only about vanity but also health, the programme includes a variety of personalised fitness sessions including cardiovascular exercises, fit ball, endurance and resistance training to help raise your activity levels. Last but not least, you will be bequeathed with a balanced diet routine before you leave: the Absolute Sanctuary offers a class to ensure that you are equipped with all the tools you’ll to carry on eating healthily at home.

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Understanding your body is the first step to reaching your best personal shape. Epic  Sana, set in the hypnagogic Portuguese Algarve, is a prime fitness retreat that features wellness coaching, slimming meals and nonsurgical cosmetic anti-ageing. The expert advice and tailor-made meal plans will help you achieve your weight management goals in the course of 6 days. Three hours of your day will be dedicated to workouts, which include military training, cycling, TRX, cardio circuit, BTT, stretching and cardio boxing.  The aim is to learn to push your limits, while obtaining your target weight. In addition, you can combine this holistic approach with transdermal mesotherapy sessions that will help to reshape your body using  needle free therapy to treat both cellulite and resistant fat.

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The Farm at San Benito in the Philippines is one of Eluxe’s favourite weight-loss retreats for its exceptionally sustainable approach. Holistic health consultations, nutritional microscopy, psycho-emotional clearing and colonic hydrotherapy are just a few of the treatments that compose your detox diet stay. As this programme is about creating sustainable changes, so you won’t leave without receiving long-term recommendations from the experts about how to keep up your progress so you can continue to benefit from your retreat long after it has ended. The personalised diet treatment for your specific body type will ensure the very best results, not only addressing the physical aspects of weight-loss, but also the emotional issues  related to weight-management.

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If you’re seeking bodily rejuvenation in the USA, the Miraval Resort {amp}amp; Spa will find you the right nutrition and exercise plan to fit your lifestyle. The retreat’s Mindful Weight Management offers an integrative approach where guests can benefit from up-to-date information about nutrition and exercise physiology whilst recognising the importance of overall health issues, emotional eating patterns, and lifestyle habits to help you create an effective strategy for success. Over the course of your 4 night stay, you may take advantage of the unlimited access to the daily fitness and yoga classes, as well as cookery classes, adventure activities, and consultations with the resort’s experts to devise a personal fitness plan, diet plan, and address any emotional issues that you may be struggling with.

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Six nights at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland will utterly transform you. This is one of the best medical spas in Europe, and its weight loss programme is designed to help  you attain your optimum body weight through diet and exercise. You’ll work with your personal trainer, be given a healthy diet from the ‘Cuisine Equilibree’, enjoy several body spa treatments, and all of this with constant medical supervision. During this retreat you will learn how to maintain and optimise your weight now and in the future. Apart from the weight loss program, you may opt to enjoy the Wellbeing {amp}amp; Thermal Spa, Tamina Thermal Spa, the fitness centres, and incredible exclusive activities offered by the Grand Resort, including staying in their winter igloos, should weather allow it.

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7. Spain: Aguas de Ibiza Weight-Loss

Spa Treatments for Weight Loss, Slimming Treatments
Holistic spa therapies at
 Aguas de Ibiza

Soak up the sunshine on a fitness holiday as you shape-up amongst pine scented trails and salty coastal paths in the beautiful harbour of Santa Eulalia in Ibiza.

Focus your fitness goals on this weight loss holiday with intensive one-on-one trainings and excursions in picturesque settings, whilst leaving plenty of time for restorative spa indulgences. Begin with a comprehensive medical consultation to design your personal diet plan.


More information: Aguaz de Ibiza Weight-Loss

A refreshing hike at Red Mountain Resort

Eat clean and train dirty on a weight loss break in the stunning Red Mountains of Southern Utah. Explore your stunning surroundings with daily morning hikes and outdoor fitness classes, including cardio strength circuits and Tai Chi.

Awaken your senses on this rejuvenating spa break with luxury treatments, from a body contouring wrap to a canyon warm stone massage. Learn how healthy eating can transform your lifestyle with a personal nutrition consultation and ‘Eat Well, Feel Well’ healthy cooking demonstrations.

More information: View Red Mountain Resort

Talk to one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 397 8891 or contact us here to discuss tailor-making your perfect weight loss holiday.

Acupressure

It’s true, many spas out there offer specialized massages to kicks tart the metabolism and decrease the appetite. The result? Weight loss! This Eastern practice focuses on stimulating specific pressure points on the body that influence physical processes related to your weight.

Body Wraps

With a selection of clays, herbs, oils, and salts available, body wraps can be a terrific way to target a certain area of your body. Whether you are battling the bulge of your muffin top, or wanting to eliminate unsightly cellulite, there’s a wrap for you.

How do these treatments work? The skin of the target area is scrubbed and exfoliated to open the pores. Then the skin is slathered with pastes and creams and then wrapped. Clients typically lie on a hot table or in a sauna-like room while the wrap does its work.

Body-Contouring Treatments That Can Make Fat Vanish

Ever notice how you go to the spa to relax—but picking your treatment can cause some serious anxiety? Should you go for the massage you really want—or for a body wrap/painless laser/steam room that promises to help melt away a few pounds? We decided to find out if those alleged fat-zapping services really work or if you should just go for the full-body massage. First, some of the most popular options options:

Cool Sculpting
This treatment involves a cooling applicator that removes pudge in specific areas—think: your love handles, stomach rolls, or back fat—by freezing fat cells beneath your skin, says Brigitte Zeitlin, M.P.H., R.D., a nutritionist at B Nutritious. For an average of $1,700 a session, you’ll leave an hour later looking the same, but with dying fat cells that could help make you 20 percent trimmer two months down the road.

Vela Shape II
This is a massage paired with radiofrequency and infrared light that shrinks fat from your buns, thighs, upper arms, and abs. In just 20 to 40 minutes, you can «lose» almost an inch from each region, with results that reportedly last up to three months. The procedure costs anywhere from $300 to $600 a session, depending on the area of the body you’re focusing on and the spa you’re going to.

Slimming Body Wrap
Perhaps the most «spa-like» experience is a treatment in which you’re bandaged in mineral-soaked cloths and covered with a heated blanket. The promise? You’ll lose six to 20 inches from various body measurements in your first $200-plus, one-hour wrap. There is a catch, though: The procedure mostly just dehydrates you, so when you catch up on your H2O in a day or two, you’ll add the inches right back on. 

Okay, So Are They Really As Great as They Sound?
«Quick-fix spa methods, like laser and heat therapy, are appealing to people because they see fast results without much effort,» says Alissa Rumsey, R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They’re also less invasive than, say, liposuction or gastric bypass surgery. «On the surface, they seem much easier than changing eating and exercising behaviors.»

Key phrase? «On the surface.» Because when you dig deeper, you find that those quick-fix, super fast results don’t always yield lasting weight loss. «Long-term results are up to the individual,» says Rumsey. «In order to maintain that new shape, you need to eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly.»

Those who don’t may see the pounds pack back on, and quickly. And they may not return in the same place. For example, with Cool Sculpting, you may shave fat off your thighs only to see it show up months later in your face.

«My biggest qualm with these spa treatments is that they do nothing to help change behavior, which is the key to long-term weight loss success,» says Rumsey. «These treatments can fool people into thinking that they don’t need to make any lifestyle changes in order to lose weight.»

Know Before You Go
If you decide you’d still like to give laser or spa treatment weight loss a try—with the added resolution of eating healthfully and exercising regularly, of course!—here’s one last word of warning: «Women should take caution with high heat and excessive sweating as it can pose a risk for dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and even stress the heart,» says Nicole Silber, R.D., of Middleberg Nutrition. «While the laser treatments may remove some of the fat tissue, without eating right the fat tissue is bound to return.»

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Jillian KramerJillian Kramer is a freelance journalist whose work has published in Food {amp}amp; Wine, Travel Leisure, Martha Stewart Living, SELF, and more.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

202-942-2700

The treatment: Contouring Marine Cellulite Treatment

How it works: An aesthetician massages an algae mask over the thighs, lower abs, and buttocks to help drain bloated lymph nodes. After the mask is rinsed, the aesthetician performs a second deep-tissue, lymphatic-drainage massage. Skin appears smoother for three days, but no body treatment at a spa will make cellulite disappear permanently.

Cost: $160

Do Slimming Spa Treatments Work?

slimming-spa-treatmentsGetty ImagesYou’ve seen them in spa brochures and on websites: those wraps, massages, and high-tech gizmos designed to shrink inches, reduce cellulite, and blast pounds while you lie there in a lavender-scented room. No knives, no drugs—just seemingly quick fixes, with a price tag. While you’re dubious, a part of you has wondered, Could they help me? So we investigated trendy newfangled treatments, asking doctors to weigh in. Read this before you drop a bundle to lose an inch.

Electrostimulation

The claim: Jolt away flab!

The deal: A technician attaches electrodes to your wobbly bits (sometimes covered in a mineral-rich clay) and flicks a switch, sending a mild current that feels like tingling. The revved-up circulation and muscle contraction supposedly reshape your belly, whittle inches and smooth cellulite. Typically, you’d get several 30- to 90-minute treatments (at $100 to $300 a session) over a few weeks. Kate Upton is reportedly a fan.

So does it work? Not for weight loss (though it is effective for rehab after an injury). If you lose any inches, it’s only because you sweat like a pig, so don’t expect results to last more than a day or two. «There is no scientifically supported reason why electrostimulation would contribute to weight or inch loss,» says Anthony Youn, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Troy, Michigan. «It would be much more effective to stimulate muscles the old-fashioned way and work out.» The FDA’s stance on electrostimulation treatments for dropping pounds: «Muscle stimulators are misbranded when any of the following claims are made: girth reduction, loss of inches, weight reduction, cellulite removal, bust development, body shaping and contouring, and spot reducing.» Yeah, not exactly a ringing endorsement.

RELATED: Myths and Facts About Cellulite

Slimming body wrap

The claim: Squeeze out inches!

The deal: You lie on a heated table or in a heated room. First you’re scrubbed with an exfoliant. Next, you’re slathered with creams and wrapped in elastic bandages, mummy-style. In some cases, you do light exercise while wrapped. The reasoning behind the $150-ish procedure: Exfoliation opens pores, and the heat and creams containing dehydrators like algae, salt, and caffeine produce sweat, helping excess fluid make a hasty exit. Tight bandage wrapping supposedly reduces swelling too.

So does it work? Yes, but blink and you’ll miss it: You sweat off water weight. «That’s why wraps are so popular before big Hollywood events and weddings,» Dr. Youn says. «By the time the effects wear off, the event is over and no one is the wiser!» Tyra Banks got one on camera—and was measured to have lost 9 inches overall in her arms, midsection, butt, and legs. If your goal is fat loss, however, don’t bother. As Ronald Sha, MD, medical director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, North Carolina, says, «Wraps are a complete waste of money—you’ll lose water and electrolytes, but not fat.»

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Vacuum/laser therapy

The claim: Suck and zap away flab!

The deal: A technician runs a suction device with rollers over bulges; this is often combined with heat from lasers, infrared light or radiofrequency. (VelaShape, SmoothShapes and Endermologie are popular brands.) How spas bill it: The heat melts subcutaneous fat, the suction increases circulation to flush away fluid and liberated fat and the rollers stretch out fibrous tissue and smooth dimples. You’ll pay $100 to $200 per 30- to 60-minute session. Kim Kardashian famously got her rear sucked on Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

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So does it work? Yes, if done right. «The suction and rollers temporarily smooth fat and overlying skin,» Dr. Youn says, «but unless they’re combined with heat from a laser or radiofrequency, which can be uncomfortable, fat volume will stay the same.»

Lymphatic drainage massage

The claim: Rub off inches!

The deal: A trained therapist uses wavelike strokes on your entire body or specific trouble spots, for $80 to $120 an hour. It promises to be a Roto-Rooter for clogged lymph nodes. Once fluid starts flowing, it purportedly sweeps up cellular waste, toxins and excess fluid trapped between cells, moving them into the bloodstream and ultimately the toilet. Once the swelling goes down, you’re trimmer.

So does it work? Nope, unless it’s done to alleviate post-op swelling. «It’s totally ineffective for weight loss and completely useless for fat loss,» Dr. Sha says.

Bottom (and belly and thigh) line: If spending $200 to temporarily lose a bit of water weight sounds like a bargain, go for it. Just don’t bank on a miracle. «By and large, quick fixes overpromise and underdeliver,» says Mark Hyman, MD, founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. Why not spend your spa cash on an always sublime hot stone massage?

Jacuzzi vs. Sauna
Does one give a bigger calorie burn? We boil it down for you.

Wet heat: Doing a hard-boiled egg impression in a Jacuzzi will raise your core temperature and improve circulation, but it actually melts only a few extra calories. A 150-pound person hanging out in a hot tub burns about 36 calories in 20 minutes. That same person will burn about 31 calories in 20 minutes sitting on her butt watching TV.

Dry heat: A sauna will make you sweaty, all right—just don’t be fooled. It may yield a slightly larger calorie burn than a Jacuzzi, depending on how high the temperature is, but the amount is negligible, says Pamela Peeke, MD, author of The Hunger Fix. In a nutshell: «Both saunas and Jacuzzis are great for relaxing. You can melt away stress, just not pounds.»

3 Ways to Avoid a Medi-Spa Mishap

Show up in good health: If you’re suffering from a cold, fever or chronic medical condition, don’t get a treatment. Given that your body is in defense mode, you want to avoid putting it under any extra pressure.

Skip the pre-spa cocktail: Beg off the Bloody Mary at brunch if you’re heading to an appointment. Says Youn, «These treatments are dehydrating, and alcohol can make you even more light-headed.»

Be nosy: When you book your reser-vation, ask three questions: «How many times has the technician perfomed this procedure?,» «How much training has she had?» and «Are there any potential risks?»

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