It’s a Wrap! – Body Wrap Basics

Many of the ingredients used in body wrap spa treatments can be found in your kitchen or herb garden.  Ingredients such as olive oil, butter, honey, salt, rosemary, chamomile, chocolate, and Aloe Vera are, but a few ingredients used to make various types of body wraps.  Many of these body wraps are promoted by spas as stress reducing, relaxing, or moisturizing treatments.  While other body wraps are marketed as; detoxifying, body slimming or a way to control cellulite….these marketing claims may be a stretch.

What Exactly Is a Body Wrap?

Decades ago when body wraps were first offered, they were called herbal wraps and linen sheets were used according to Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder, Inc., an industry group based in New York. “‘Body wraps’ is a term that came to mean more than herbal wraps,”‘ says Ellis, adding that body wraps became popular in the 1980s and 90s.  Now, plastic or thermal blankets have replaced the linen sheets.

Of course, not all spas are the same, but body wraps are often done in a dimly lit room with plenty of candles for ambiance, soothing music with the client on a massage table layered with thermal blankets on the bottom to keep warm.

The body wrap procedure starts with a body scrub that is rinsed off before applying the wrap products.  The wrap products are applied  in thin layers wrapping body parts systematically.  Once you are entirely wrapped, an electric thermal blanket is pulled over you.  The heat from the blanket is typically hot enough to make you sweat for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes of wrap time, you are cooled down, slowly.

After your cool down period, the final step is to rinse and apply lotion.  Many clients find the procedure to be relaxing with smooth skin as the outcome.