Wednesday 7 December 2016

Treatment Trial: Full body detox

Sinead Van Kampen

Published 07/01/2011 | 15:06

Image courtesy of In Vogue salon
Image courtesy of In Vogue salon

Each fortnight Independent Woman investigates what's new and cutting edge in the battle to remain young and beautiful. This week, after hearing we could clear the debris in our systems without the need to fast for two weeks in the Lotus position, we headed off to detox the easy way - a massage and electrically charged foot spa !

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What is it?

A detox package including full body wrap, exfoliation and a lymphatic drainage massage. Said to fight against the fatty bits, eliminate toxins in the skin and reduce water retention, the body treatment is topped with thirty minutes in an Ionic Foot Spa. Part lymph massage and part electro therapy, essential oils and massage are teamed with electrical stimulation to draw the baddies from the body.



What's the process?

The treatment begins with an intensive exfoliation followed by a marine enriched body mask. Once the clay has drawn the toxins a black pepper massage is administered which helps draw impurities from the skin. Problem areas are identified for water retention and further massage targets lymphatic drainage and the break up of fatty deposits.

With the body treatment over feet are bathed in a saline solution and exposed to low electrical stimulation through a foot bath. This helps with fluid loss, increased cell metabolism and improved circulation.

It is also said to boost energy levels.



How does it work?

For skin conditioning there is marine algae, for exfoliation sea salt and for massage a very peppery black pepper balm. Active essential oils are also used and the Basil, Grapefruit and Hyssop is great for getting the blood flowing.



Who's it for?

This one is a bit of a mixed bag. Parts of the treatment address fluid retention, problem fatty deposits and skin that's a bit run down due to the over indulgences of the festive season. If you are looking to kick in the New Year's diet this isn't a bad place to start.



How long does it take?

The body wrap and massage take just over an hour and the foot spa will add on another thirty minutes. Best say two hours all together.

The best bit?

Clear skin, a spring in my step and an insatiable thirst for water in the days following treatment. All signs that the detox had worked it's magic!



Any downsides?

Some of the science seems a bit woolly but we won't split hairs about that. There's also the balm used in the massage. For days afterwards my skin had a rather vague peppery smell.



The benefits...real or imagined?

Considering my previous efforts at Detox had involved bowl after bowl of cabbage soup this one went quite well. Having your body wrapped, your head massaged and your feet soaked is nothing short of a miracle when compared to three days on nothing more than maple syrup water - result!



How much is it?

The Ionic Detox Foot Spa is €40 for 30 minutes and the Aroma Detox is €80 for one hour and fifteen minutes. Both treatments are available at In Vogue, 23 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin . Phone 01 288 8880 to book a treatment.

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