Sunday 18 March 2018

Anti-Ageing: The peat body wrap

Library Image. Photo: Getty Images
Library Image. Photo: Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

Each week we, at Independent Woman, investigate what's new and cutting edge in the battle to remain young and beautiful. This week, in a desperate bid to soothe our stressed out selves we decamped to Spirit Spa in the Fitzwilliam Hotel to experience the peat body wrap.

Sounds messy - what is it?

A deeply nourishing treatment which combines the healing benefits of peat with the relaxing benefits of hot stones. Great for skin complaints like eczema and acne as well as the dreaded cellulite, the treatment is administered on a bed of volcanic basalt stones and works by boosting circulation, clearing the lymph and conditioning skin.

Sorry, but isn't peat for the fire?

Peat is full of skin goodies and includes high levels of humic and fulvic acids which are great for skincare. When absorbed deep into the dermal layer these acids are a boon to helping the skins PH balance and are packed with nutrients which help boost circulation and breakdown fatty deposits.

What's the process?

The treatment begins with a selection of hot and cold stones placed at strategic points which aid relaxation. Once you've gotten comfortable tiny stones are placed between your toes and the peat is applied to skin with a brush. Once you've been coated with peat and wrapped in plastic more hot and cold stones are placed on the upper body to balance the chakrah. After twenty minutes the stones are knocked together to create a piezoelectric current which penetrates the skin and helps relax the muscles. Finally the peat is removed with warm cloths and a pure jojoba oil massage is given to finish.

Sorry ... did you say piezoelectric current?

Yes, and it works a charm. The energy of the stones provides a current which runs through the body and aids muscle relaxation. I was a little skeptical but it does seem to work.

What are the benefits?

The treatment is seriously anti-ageing. As peat is such a rich source of minerals like iron, zinc, copper and magnesium it has excellent moisture retaining qualities which help to firm up the skin and improve elasticity. Peat is also hypo-allergenic and a natural anti-inflammatory meaning it's the perfect treatment for skin suffering from minor burns, scars and allergies.

How long does it take?

Best give yourself an hour for this one.

And the best bit?

A treatment of contrasts. Far from being the smelly mud-fest I had dreaded, the combination of mud, essential oils and massage were seriously relaxing while the use of the hot and cold volcanic stones left me really invigorated.

Any downsides?

You may be a little red afterwards ! As the peat and the heat work to boost circulation, areas of skin prone to lymph blockages will be red following the treatment. Especially if your system is run down or a little sluggish.

I'm in ... where to next?

The Peat Body Wrap is priced at €65 and available from Spirit Spa, The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. For more information telephone 01 4787000.

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