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Treatment table; Sweet sensation.

Byline: Malcolm Akers

This month I have chocolate, pomegranate and cherries for you.

I have not switched to investigating food and drink (although that does sound tempting) but an exotic body wrap, the latest variation of this popular form of therapy which has arrived at UK spas.

There are body wraps that focus on slimming and toning your body, hydrating the skin, relaxing and soothing the muscles, and even ones that focus on cellulite reduction. The one thing that is shared across all body wraps is the mummification of the body in a warm, soothing blanket.

After a cup of peppermint tea, I undressed and put on some disposable underwear. The treatment then started with a gentle cranberry and pomegranate body exfoliation - bursting with antioxidants which help to brighten and smooth the skin. I was then covered in a chocolate and cherry mask and wrapped in a large thermal blanket. After being left to chill for 25 minutes, my treatment concluded with a naseberry body lotion.

I was intrigued by the naseberry and wondered if it was a made up fruit. It does exist, however, and is a popular white flesh fruit in South America and the Caribbean.

Key benefits of body wraps include relaxed muscles, detoxifying, temporary inch loss and multiple skin improvements including firming, hydrating and cleansing.

I felt invigorated, was impressed with the toning of my body and surprised with the amount of sweat that I generated - expelling all those impurities and toxins. I also felt compelled and motivated to increase my exercise regime. If you are looking for something to kick-start a diet or healthy lifestyle - a body wrap is for you.

The treatment lasts an hour and costs pounds 40. Two top tips for you - have a shower just before your treatment - it will maximise the effects of the treatment - and ensure the spa has some music for you to chill to while away the minutes while you enjoy your wrap (or take your own music).

Malcolm Akers is Marketing Manager for Solace Spa, Edgbaston
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Oct 13, 2011
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