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After spending a couple of years trying to get rid of my cellulite (I'm 36 yrs. old with cellulite on my upper thighs), I did quite a bit of research on infrared bodywraps and decided to share my experience after booking a session of 6 wraps.
At the time of my research (July 2007), there were two main infrared bodywrap machines advertised - Formostar and Thermajet. As much more information existed on the Formostar wrap, I decided to move forward with it. The claim is that the bodywrap burns up to 1,200 calories for the hour that you have the wrap on using infrared heat which comes from silicone-like wraps that are fastened around your body. The energy from the heat warms up the subcutaneous body fat to 100 degrees, at which point it begins to melt, dissolving cellulite. The body's absorption of this energy simulates a workout, burning up to 900 to 1400 calories in a 60 minute session providing body shaping and detoxification.
The website made some claims that seemed beyond far fetched to me, e.g. <<After six sessions her husband lost 17 inches and 16 ½ pounds.>>.... but... hey, by this point, there was no turning back. The logic of how the infrared heat affects body fat seemed to make sense to me. I decided to go for it.
I purchased 6 wraps at a price of $220 for the package at a Salon in South Denver, Colorado. I weighed myself, took "before" pictures, measurements and, as recommended on the Formostar website, started a fitness and diet plan at the same time (my food plan was 1,300 calories a day and my workouts 5 days a week).
Wrap 1 - 60 mins: I was lightly clothed, as the wrap goes around your clothes, not bare skin. The lights were dimmed and I had the chance of either relaxing music or the TV. I chose music. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that my body underwent a workout of some kind. I was absolutely drenched with sweat - and felt like I was hallucinating with heat exhaustion during the last 10 mins. Aside from the heat, the experience was pleasant. I drank a good 40 oz of water during the wrap, which you are told to do before, during and after the wrap. I was excited, and after doing a 50 min workout at the gym (recommended to help the effects of the wrap), rushed home to see if I looked any different, or if my measurements had changed. Absolutely nothing. No magical changes in inches - no visible changes. But... it was only the first wrap, and 2 days later I had the 2nd scheduled.
Wrap 2 - 60 mins: Same as above, except that I had fallen off a ladder the previous day and my lower back was really stiff. The heat from the wrap totally dissolved the pain - that was a wonderful surprise after I stood up from the wrap. I felt like my back had fully healed. An unexpected surprise! I went to the gym, then rushed home. Absolutely no change. Hmmm.
Wrap 3 - 60 mins: Same as above. Absolutely no change.
RESULTS: Fast forward to wrap 6. The following day from wrap 6, I took my "after" pictures, weighed myself and took measurements. 1. Absolutely NO difference WHATSOEVER in my cellulite. Nothing, nada, zip - not one bit.
2. I had lost 5lbs, but as I was on 1,300 calories a day, and working out 5 days a week on an elliptical (buring 600 calories at a time), I attribute this to my workout, not the bodywrap.
3. 1/2 inch of my waist, and negligible off everywhere else.
CONCLUSION: Well, I followed the instructions to the finest detail and my cellulite remains unchanged. It was a waste of $210. I did do more research on why my back had felt better and discovered that for individuals with arthritis or other specific body soreness/stiffness around the mid section, it can do wonders. It did for my back, so no argument there.
I can appreciate the detail that this person took for her own experience, but I have to say that this has not been my experience at all. I started using infrared body wraps to detox my body and to combat muscle soreness. I used to get headaches almost every day. Not only did the body wraps help to alleviate my pain, but I have lost 18 pounds so far and my cellulite is much smoother than it was before. Overall, my skin is clear and softer as well. For all of it's benefits, it is well worth it to me.
Question...I had an infrared wrap treatment for the first time yesterday and felt very awkward when I was leaving because I didn't know if I should leave a tip. No one really did anything. Just turned it on and checked on me periodically. Didn't know whether to leave a tip or not?? Any suggestions?
Hmm sorry to hear about your bad experience with Formostar.. I actually experienced some cellulite reduction and weight loss using the Slim It Infrared Body Wrap. Infrared Heating seems relatively new to the fitness world, but I think as people learn about all of the great benefits of Infrared Heat, consumers will be more apt to give it a try.
Yeeeaaaahhh, I too am sorry to hear about your sad outcome. I am over forty and started having a family fairly late - 34 years old. While the weight came off, I experienced some skin-flab, back fat and cellulite. I went to a local tanning spa and did the Formostar Infrared Body Wrap. After my month of going every other day for the full four weeks, my skin was NOTICEABLY tighter, cellulite GONE, back fat GONE and it continued to tighten thereafter for about another two to three weeks. I lost pounds, inches and dimples. I did not workout, or do any diet, I just went and sweat my little batooties off. They did sell me an Amino Acid spray that I saturated myself with prior to the wrap and that had an awesome softening affect on my skin also. It ABSOLUTELY worked for me. I have recently had a new baby and I am waiting patiently to stop nursing to begin another miraculous month. Furthermore ALL to whom I recommended to go, also had phenomenal results. Again, I'm sorry it did not work for you.
I live in Marietta, GA and bought two $29 deals for Formastar wraps at a place called Solar Dimensions. When I walked through the door (before I even had the first wrap), the sales people were trying to sell me on a package deal. They also told me the only way I would experience true results, I needed to buy a special cream. Since a tiny cup of it was $11 and I really wanted this to work, I bought the bottle at $104 (including the tax). I was told at least 6 sessions are needed for any results to be seen, so I bought a 3 month package with my credit card being charged each month (around $150 a month). All in all I will have spent somewhere around $600 for this. After my 2nd session, I was told I need to drink 80 ounces of water a day. At my 3rd session, when I told the woman I haven't noticed any results, I was told I need to work out after each session for 30 minutes. Well, if a person goes from not working out to working out 2 to 3 times a week, the person is sure to lose weight. If this same person also goes from drinking hardly any water each day to drinking a stagering 80 ounces, of course he/she will lose weight!! What a rip-off.
I also spent about $250 on Formostar, and no it would not work on cellulite, I'm not sure if it claims that it does. However, for overall health infrared wraps are the best! My husband has severe pains all over his body from Hep C. We just bought a infrared wrap, and he feels fantastic! I have used it once so far and my skin is soft, I sweat and can out feeling relaxed and refreshed. We paid $475 for ours and I am extremely happy. I will start with the measuring tape today, but I don't have a scale yet. There is more to infrared that just weight loss or water loss. The benefits can be better than any antidepressant (after checking with your doctor) Drink lots of water before, during if you can and after. I am sold!
My daughter works at a tanning salon that offers this and before she could wrap people she had to get certified..basically studied the info on it and then took a test. I think what people and what the general public who are interested in this are reading into the wording that is offered on the pamphlet's too much. In front of me is one of Formostar's pamphlets..it says, *Stimulates weight loss and that it increases your metabolic rate* people must be confusing the word "stimulating" to *removing* weight. It also says *Diminishes the appearance of cellulite* again..it doesn't say it gets rid of it. Consumer's need to be more aware I think of what they are reading and what is being said to them and not hearing what they want to hear. Also, if you know you need to drink more water and to work out and you will lose weight then that is your own silliness to be buying into something you didn't think you were going to have to do anything to lose weight..for that I suggest you get liposuction. I personally started using it because I have fibromyalgia and it is making my muscles and joints feel 80% better than if I were not using it..I think it's wonderful and where my daughter works they offer 5 sessions for 150.00..I go once a week and wasn't made to sign up for anything else, you can't beat that..I don't get the relief I do from thermal wraps anywhere else and trust me I have tried everything from massage to acupuncture to prescription drugs.
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