Yesterday after work I went to have my first Infrared Body Wrap. What in the dickens is an Infrared Body Wrap you want to know?
Well, let me tell you. A month or so ago the Groupon for the day in Smalltown, VA was for 3 Infrared Body Wraps. I hadn't a clue what they were, but I bought one. I'm on this kick where I'm willing to try anything to lose 10lbs. Other than exercise, of course :)
Anyway, I showed up last night for my first wrap. Basically, the woman asked me to stand on a vibrating board for 15 minutes. She encouraged me to do exercises like this while on the vibrating board:
I declined, and just stood there. Apparently doing exercises on this sucker will intesify the workout. Personally, I felt pretty dizzy just standing on the thing. After my lake weekend injury I decided standing was probably best.
After the 15 minutes were up, she took me into another room where she wrapped me up in a cocoon of sorts. Mind you, I was wearing socks (thanks mrs.mfc!), long yoga pants and a long sleeve t-shirt as instructed.
I crawled up on the table, and she got to work. She wasn't up to taking a picture of me, but this is pretty much how I looked:
Then, she starts shoving something up my nose. I jerked and said "ummm...WHAT is that?" She informed me that it was a nasal cannula. "AND...." I asked. It seems that 100% pure oxygen blasting up your nose during your Infrared Body Wrap will increase the results. Who knew? So I settled back down, and tried to relax while she stuck the tube into my nostrils.
Now, Bebe (oh, did I mention that my wrap specialist was called Bebe? no? well, she was) had also instructed me to bring a change of clothes because I would be so "sweaty" that I wouldn't want to leave in the clothes from the wrap. WHAT?!?!? Being the compliant person I am, I brought another set of yoga pants and another sports bra and another t-shirt.
20 minutes into the wrap I'm thinking "gee, this feels like I'm laying on my couch under a nice warm blanket. very nice and relaxing. why in the world do people perspire so much during this process? they must be very hot natured."
25 minutes into the wrap I moved my hand over to my leg to scratch. GAHHHH.... what was going on? Had I gone to the bathroom unknowingly? Had something from the wrap leaked? My leg was soaked. I felt my stomach. BLECH! It was soaked too. By the time I reached 40 minutes my hair and face were soaked too. What in the world?
So, as it turns out...this infrared thingy works from the inside out. It heats up your core temperature, and your body thinks it's exercising. Did you read that? YOUR BODY THINKS IT'S EXERCISING. Thank you God. You did hear my prayers :) So, I'm laying there having a bit of a nap, with a hose up my nose, and my body thinks I'm exercising. Fabulous.
Overall, I'd say it was a pretty good experience. I'm going back Friday morning for my second treatment. Then, back again on Tuesday for my final treatment. Bebe recommends that you come 2 times per week until they reach their goal weight. She initially did it 3 times per week, and she lost 12lbs. I'm wondering if I can find 3 days per week that I can make time to be wrapped in a cocoon, knowing I'll have to have a shower immediately after. I'm only going for 10lbs, but 12lbs would do :)
Bebe also says that we shouldn't worry about weight loss. We should only worry about our percentage of body fat. Tell that to my J.Crew summer chinos that are hanging in the closet!
Come to think of it...she never did tell me what my percent of body fat was. Maybe that's a good thing...