Cost: The prom­ise:

Friday - - Spa Reviews -

Dh650 for 75 min­utes.

Great for smooth­ing stub­born cellulite while tight­en­ing the skin. Tai­lored to each client’s needs, this com­pre­hen­sive slim­ming treat­ment in­cor­po­rates lym­phatic mas­sage as well as tap­ping and rolling move­ments to re­duce fluid re­ten­tion in the legs and stom­ach. Fol­low­ing a mas­sage, Chi­nese black – known for their an­tiox­i­dant and anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties. It’s also good for cir­cu­la­tion, which would help with lym­phatic drainage. Dur­ing the mas­sage, which was firm, but not painful, she also flicked and pum­melled my love han­dles, thighs, stom­ach, up­per arms and but­tocks, to break down fat. The Chi­nese suc­tion cups came out next. They looked like the cups made fa­mous by Gwyneth Pal­trow, but th­ese had a suc­tion pump at­tached, which could be ad­justed to give a light or firm ‘suck­ing’ mo­tion on my prob­lem ar­eas. It was un­com­fort­able, es­pe­cially on the tops of my arms (bingo wings begone!) but bear­able on the top of my legs as it at­tacked my cellulite.

“No pain no gain,” I told my­self. After around 15 min­utes the suc­tion cups had done their work (don’t worry, they don’t leave any marks), and I was then basted in more tea oil, and cov­ered in a foil wrap and hot tow­els to sweat out tox­ins and fat cells. It was re­lax­ing be­ing co­cooned in the wrap, while my ther­a­pist gave me a scalp mas­sage, and it wasn’t long be­fore I fell asleep. Af­ter­wards I took a shower, and Ny­oman mas­saged in a tea body lo­tion. I left with the soft­est skin ever, smelling great and to­tally re­laxed. Bliss!

This treat­ment has an av­er­age of 25 per cent weight loss after just one treat­ment, but one ses­sion a week for six to 12 weeks is rec­om­mended for a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence. Ob­vi­ously it’s more ef­fec­tive if you diet and ex­er­cise too, but I had a din­ner out with fam­ily that night and yet the next morn­ing found I had lost a kilo. I hadn’t mea­sured my­self be­fore the mas­sage but my clothes have def­i­nitely felt looser since. I’m book­ing in for a ses­sion a week now up un­til Christ­mas to get my­self in shape, as it re­ally does work.

Call 04 436 7424, email spa. dubaima­rina@thead­dress.com or visit www.thead­dress.com.

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