Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How to Body Wrap to Lose Fat & Inches

Want to lose inches fast? Body wrap treatments are a quick way to lose inches in the belly, abdominal, or stomach area. Body wraps also detoxify, exfoliate and soften skin. Spas offer expensive body wrap treatments. A cheaper alternative is to do it yourself at home. Body wrap kits can be purchased or you can create your own wrap with a simple body wrap recipe.

Whichever route you choose, here are some helpful tips to get the most out of your body wrap experience. Warm your room so that you can lie down comfortably and quietly. Use plastic drop sheets to minimize the mess, one to set your bucket on and another to lie on. Light candles, burn essential oils and play soft relaxation music. Take a warm shower before applying the wrap to open your pores. Drink lots of water before, during, and after the treatment to help flush out toxins. Have a hot bath a couple of days following the treatment to release accumulated toxins. Avoid caffeine, sugar, fried fatty foods, soda and alcohol for the next 48 hours.

Going to the spa and getting a body wrap is simple, just relax. Performing a body wrap at home is relatively simple. If you are using a premixed wrap kit, follow the accompanying instructions. You can also create your own mixture following a body wrap recipe.

If you are using a do-it-yourself recipe, first assemble the necessary ingredients. These vary by wrap, but a common recipe uses green clay, olive oil, sea salt, water and herbs. Measure out 1 cup green clay, 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ cup sea salt and 2 cups water. Select desired herbs from herbs and essential oils, such as sage, lemongrass, rosemary, lavender, grapefruit, ground basil, rose petal powder, ginger root powder, neem powder, rosehip powder, alfalfa leaf powder.

To begin, boil the water and stir in the sea salt until it dissolves. Add the olive oil, green clay and selected herbs and oils. Stir until a paste forms and set the mixture aside to cool. Once the paste is cool enough to handle, apply to the skin using a paintbrush or your hands. Begin application at your ankles and work upwards.
To cover the mixture, you can use either plain towels (keep in mind that the mixture may not completely wash out afterwards) or cut an old sheet into three-inch wide strips. Cover the mixture with slight tension. Leave the wraps for one hour before removing. Take a cool or lukewarm bath to remove the paste.