Slimming body wraps are a sought-after service at spas and salons but can be pricey. A slimming body wrap can be done in two ways: applying a substance to the skin and then wrapping the body first with cellophane or plastic and then with elastic bandages, or when the wraps themselves are soaked in a substance and applied to the body with a protective suit worn on top. Heat is often a factor, as the warmth facilitates release of excess body water through sweat. Some spas include exercises to enhance the slimming effects of the wrap.
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the sea salt and stir until the salt is dissolved. Add the clay, which can be purchased at a health food or beauty supply store. Spa-quality therapeutic clay is alkaline and helps draw impurities and excess water from the body. Now add olive oil and, if desired, an essential oil. Stir well and set the mixture aside to cool slightly.
Take a hot shower, which will open pores, allowing more water to be released and letting the clay mixture's nutrients refresh and renew skin. Pat your body dry with a towel rather than rubbing.
Apply the warm clay mixture to your body, particularly in trouble spots such as the abdomen or legs. Working with the clay can be messy, so apply in the bathroom or even the kitchen, if privacy permits, since these room are easy to clean up.
Wrap plastic wrap loosely but securely around the clay mixture after it is applied to the body. This helps trap body heat to promote the release of excess water weight, and it also holds on the messy clay mixture while letting the body wrap work.
Wrap the clay-treated areas of the body with elastic bandages or towels, layering over the plastic wrap. If you use elastic bandages, avoid wrapping as tightly as you would for an injury; instead, wrap loosely -- just tight enough not to slip off.
Leave the body wrapped for 45 minutes up to 90 minutes, as time permits. For trouble spots, light exercises can be performed to heat the muscles under the fat, making the wrap more effective. Perform a set of 10 to 20 repetitions, then go on to the next exercise and do another set. Take a break before repeating.
Remove the wraps or towels and place directly in a basket or laundry bin. Allow them to dry enough to shake off excess clay into a trash bag. Washing the towels with the clay residue still on them might clog your washing machine or drain. Remove the plastic wrap and throw away.
Take a warm shower, rinsing off the clay as you massage your trouble spots using with your fingertips in mall circular motions with only light pressure . Do not scrub your skin. Pat dry with a towel.
Exercise increases effectiveness. Try squats, leg lifts, calf raises and hamstring curls. These increase the wrap's benefits in challenging lower-body areas. Abdominal crunches, while standing or sitting, will focus on front and side abs when your midsection is a trouble area. For arms, try bicep curls, tricep extensions and lateral raises, with or without using light weights (2-3 pounds).