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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

“I’ll Have That Wrapped Up Please!” : Universal Body Contour Wrap Review

The most I have ever pampered myself is getting a pedicure or manicure done at a spa.  I have never ONCE treated myself to a body wrap or even a full body massage (I KNOW!  I AM SO DEPRIVED!!!).  While reading a new pamphlet at my local spa, my mental dialogue went something like this:

“You gotta be joking me?  Lose at least 6″ on my first wrap treatment says this brochure?  Well gosh, I WANT to lose 6″ off this body…now where do I sign up?”

I didn’t know what to expect.  Do I have to get completely nude? Would I see any results like the pamphlet said I would? Are they going to wrap me so tightly that it will be hard for me to breathe?  Will it make me look super sexy in that super-tight dress I want to wear on the weekend?  Just some of my random thoughts going through my mind.
They like to call this the “Universal Contour Wrap or as I like to call it “Mummification” (OH you will see).  The Universal Contour Wrap (UCW) has claims of detoxification, compaction, improved lymphatic drainage, and skin tightening.  NO!  The wrap doesn’t get rid of just water weight.  In fact, in order for the detoxifying process to continue, a client is encouraged to drink TONS of water post-wrap.

If you need more information about this service, check out the official website at http://universalcontourwrap.com
Left: The wrap station..cue scary music (DUN DUN DUNNN). Right: The wraps all hot and ready to placed on this body of mine.

Mariana, the wrap specialist, was my esthetician for the day.  She handed me over some disposable underwear and then instructed for me to get undressed.  After leaving me for a few minutes while I was undressing, she came back gladly with the measurement chart for the FUN PART to begin.  I thought the usual would be measured (hip, waist, chest, thigh, bicep) BUT was surprised to see a whole page full of measurements she needed to do…18 different spots to be exact ACK.
After measuring everything and I mean EVERYTHING, it was finally ”WRAP-TIME”.  All the wrap pieces were heated beforehand in the UCW basin and soaked in the clay-detoxifying formulation.  Mariana wrapped me up but not too tightly (thank goodness) since I am somewhat claustrophobic.  I lost count as to how many wrap pieces were in the basin but there were at least 20+.  No corner was left unturned!  The whole process takes 2 hours (30mins for measuring/wrapping at beginning & end of session, as well as the whole hour of detoxifying).

That’s ME!  Mummification in present day :D
Want to sumo wrestle me?
After all the wraps were secured, I was given a very stylish sauna suit (see right picture) to wear whilst in my 1-hour of detoxifying stage.
I was instructed to lay down on what looked like to me the comfy spa bed, which was then blanketed (with me underneath) with a heated blanket (OOOH so nice!).  
The lights were dim.  The music playing in the room was soothing.  So very zen-like.  It was just the right atmosphere for me to fully relax and be with my own thoughts…err…well that was until I passed out.  
I woke up closer to the end of the session feeling the moisture or “toxins” within the sauna suit.  I was super excited and anxious to see the results. First came off the sauna suit.  Then came the unravelling process, which took 10-15 minutes followed by measurements (another 10 minutes).
Left: Unravelling by the lovely Mariana Right: Robyn (taking the picture) caught this candid of us. We are laughing/staying  STOP because the next step is to take the wraps off my breast area.  LOL
THE RESULTS!
Well take a look for yourself.  The first column are the initial measurements.  The second column are the post-wrap measurements.  The third column displays the differences between the two.
Notes:
Mid-section feels tighter and noticeably slimmer
Total body “tightness”