Body wraps have been around for centuries and there’s good reason why this profitable service is continuing to grow in popularity. Wraps are relaxing, non-invasive, and provide holistic benefits including detoxification, anti-aging skin rejuvenation, and cellulite reduction. Read on to discover more about these classic treatments and how to best provide your client with the ultimate body wrap experience that delivers desired results.
By: Jeri Ross, M.P.H.
- Perfect for the client seeking wellness services in a spa environment, body wraps offer holistic health benefits that detoxify the body while also re-mineralizing and nourishing the skin with vitamins and herbal extract nutrients.
2. Select body wrap treatments based on the areas of concern requested by your client. A detoxifying wrap usually involves ingredients that are herbal or clay based such as bentonite that draw out impurities and toxins from the skin. Hydrating wraps provide skin renewing and firming benefits using emollient rich products with natural antioxidants such as pomegranate and bio-peptides that improve skin structure. Cellulite wraps consist of applying stimulating products formulated with fat burning (lipolysis) ingredients such as niacin, caffeine, and carnitine.
3. As spa therapists, it is always beneficial to create innovative add-ons to add value to the service and thereby increasing client loyalty. When your client is comfortably swaddled in their body wrap, you can offer them a cooling eye mask or a soothing scalp massage to further increase their levels of relaxation.
4. The nutrient-rich ingredients of body wraps work most effectively if the skin is properly exfoliated. The first step in your wrap protocol can include dry brushing or manual exfoliation with gentle abrasives such as walnut shells, sea minerals or coffee grounds. Skin exfoliation can also be achieved by a body peel applying an alpha-hydroxy acid such as glycolic acid that can be easily removed with damp towels.
5. Clients need to be informed of body wrap contraindications. It is imperative for practitioners to thoroughly review consent forms. New clients or clients receiving a body wrap for the first time may be unaware that some conditions may prevent treatment. Pregnancy, blood disorders, and epilepsy are all conditions that are contraindicated without a doctor’s note. If you haven’t already done so, include a contradiction list in your spa menu.
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