Four Weeks to Drop a Dress Size
(and free treatments to give away!)
by Jane Drury
(Okay you spotted it; this is not me!)
When the invitation came through to trial a course of VIP slimming treatments claiming “to breakdown the most stubborn areas: stomach and waist, breasts, upper arms, back & buttocks, and upper thighs” I had to check my bedroom for a hidden camera; how did they know?! This was mid-November so perfect timing to focus my somewhat short attention span (when it comes to behaving well) and get in shape for the festive season ahead. So the question was..........
Could Clessidra’s talented team of practitioners and top of the range equipment help me drop a dress size in 4 weeks?
I know we shouldn’t think short-term and really should look at gradual changes for a healthier life overall. We all know that. But hey, it was November, party season loomed large and four weeks was just about the right period of time for me to get my head around. I’d deal with long-term later.
Day 1, I reported for my assessment with Gigi, a qualified physiotherapist who has focused her career on sports physiotherapy and as I was to learn, has a real passion for her job and determination to see results. Little did I know, Gigi was going to work me hard over the next few weeks and in a masochistic sort of a way, I was even going to enjoy it! My initial assessment included a body composition analysis and the overall conclusion was:
1. I wasn’t drinking NEARLY ENOUGH water. My poor body was crying out for rehydration which perversely was causing water retention (what I sent down, it held on to...) and the dryness could also be seen in my skin tone. It was easily rectifiable but had to be taken seriously; and
2. My main problem area to target was my tummy, and we would also work in some firming for my hips, thighs, waist and upper arms.
During this four week trial I was not to diet but to eat sensibly. Gigi’s aim was to establish good patterns to be taken on long-term. The biggest change for my diet would be taking on 1.5 – 2.5 litres of water a day, having at best had a glass a day up until that point. I cut out the rubbish but ate normal meals; still had the occasional pizza, pasta etc.
Other than the machines I would be using two or three times a week, it would usually be recommended to take a 45 minute walk on alternate days for cardio-vascular exercise. That would have been easy to follow but in between working, home life and going for these treatments, I just didn’t have time so this really was a true test of the machines only as I didn’t diet, didn’t exercise and all I really changed during the 4 weeks was water intake and treatments:
• 8 * 2 hour sessions of VIP Body Sculpt
• 2 * 1 hour sessions of Fat Melting Ultra Sound
• 2 * 1 hour sessions of LPG lipomassage
VIP Body Sculpting
This is a rapid slimming and body reshaping treatment and the basic building block of the course. Localised areas are targeted by the placements of pads on stubborn areas. The treatment is broken into 4 parts according to the individual needs of the client. A current passes through the pads which engages core muscles and believe me, you may well be lying down throughout all treatments but that doesn’t mean you’re not working for the results; no pain, no gain!
We started off fairly leisurely but within two sessions I was off the beginners’ level and heading for hard core tummy training. I was a little worried about going back for session 3; not sure I’d be up to it, but the levels were agreed together – Gigi always looking to get as much out of it for me as she could but never pushing beyond what I agreed to take on.
VIP Body Sculpt activates your core muscles, twisting and crunching, and just as if you had a personal trainer stood over you, you know you’re doing it. The results were just about immediate; within two sessions I could start to see my tummy flattening. Initially Gigi targeted my tummy and arms for 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes of firming, and then tummy and legs followed by 10 minutes of firming. Latterly, it was tummy, waist and hips, and just firming for my arms, followed by tummy and legs, sculpting and firming.
At the end of each session I was left for 25 minutes on relaxing massage setting, to stimulate my lymphatic drainage system. The idea of stimulating all these muscles and breaking down the fats is then to flush them out and, with drinking all that water also, I was going to be no stranger to the bathroom over the next few weeks either!
Each session I could do that little bit more and what was hard at the beginning would have been a breeze at the end, but by then I was just about at max on the next level up so feeling pretty accomplished and really seeing the difference.
Fat Melting – Ultrasound Cavitations
This is COMPLETE AND UTTER LUXURY! Lose fat Beverley Hills style! The system ‘uses low frequency sound waves that reduce adhesion between cells and then liquefies the fat content which can easily be drained naturally through the body’s waste system’. How completely indulgent to lie down relaxing whilst a therapist rolls an ultrasound massager (same as when you have a baby scan) over your tummy, legs etc.... to break down big lumps of fat into more dissolvable small lumps of fat. And all you have to do is drink LOADS of water before, lie there and be done to, and then flush it all out thereafter. Brilliant!
LPG – Lipomassage – Vacuum Therapy
This non-invasive slimming technique claims to ‘reactivate the removal of fat, prevent and reduce cellulite, reduce orange peel skin, eliminate fluid retention, firm the skin and reshape the body. Through the deep rolling and kneading action of Lipomassage, deep biological responses are triggered, fat release is reactivated and the production of collagen and elastin is stimulated.’
I just tried a couple of these treatments, really to be able to share with you the experience of the machine and start to see a result – which I did after just one session. You wear a kind of all in one body stocking and I have to say I didn’t look anything like this in mine, but it apparently makes the treatment considerably more pleasant. I had heard other reports that this treatment is really painful but honestly, I had no problem with it at all and the therapist cranked up the machine from level 2 to level 8 in session 1, checking all the time that I was comfortable.
Discussing the treatment afterwards with Jacqui McCumiskey, the Spa Manager, apparently some clients find it a little painful, depending on the individual. Generally, the greater the problem, the harder the treatment but I guess, the greater the problem, the more you’d be prepared to put up with to get the result.
Which brings me to:
At the end of the four week period, we ran the body analysis and got the tape measure out again. Regardless of the results on paper, I definitely looked and felt better and the trial was undoubtedly a success. Not surprisingly, I had added muscle, lost fat and reduced water retention and here are my measurement results (and no of course I’m not giving you full before and afters..... ):
Abdomen # 1 minus 2 cm (waist)
Abdomen # 2 minus 1 cm (above waist)
Abdomen # 3 minus 3 cm (tummy)
Hips minus 2 cm
Thigh – Right # 1 minus 2 cm (higher)
Thigh – Right # 2 minus 1 cm (mid)
Thigh – Right # 3 no change (lower)
Thigh – Right # 1 minus 1 cm (higher)
Thigh – Right # 2 minus 1 cm (mid)
Thigh – Right # 3 minus 1 cm (lower)
Arm – Right minus 2 cm
Arm – Left minus 3 cm
Interestingly, this balanced up my right and left arm and leg measurements to be the same.
Well, I think that’s pretty impressive for four weeks and for sure would recommend the treatment for anyone looking to target a particular problem area, or shift stubborn baby weight, or prepare for a big day or like me, just looking for some inspiration to kick start a healthier lifestyle.
WIN! With ExpatWoman....Interested to try one of these treatments for yourself?
We have a choice VIP or LPG to give away to two lucky winners. Choose from:
• 60 minute VIP Body Sculpt
• Two sessions of LPG Lipomassage
For more information about treatments and prices, email Jacqui@Clessidra.ae
Clessidra have also announced a January promotion : 25% discount on their Fat Melting Ultrasound Body Treatment
; perfectly in tune with our New Year New You theme for the month! There’s never been a better time to get started....
Clessidra Med Spa
Healthcare City (in the same building as Moorfields Eye Hospital)
Telephone: 04 423 2663