Algae and seaweed wraps are designed to boost metabolism and enhance skin health. The treatment involves full-body application of seaweed or algae in a foil wrap. Both of these ingredients are rich in vitamins and amino acids, which can be absorbed through the skin. Algae and seaweed wraps are thought to aid in detoxification by causing the body to release toxins through sweat. For optimal results, guests are encouraged to shower before the treatment and refrain from using soap when showering immediately after the treatment has been performed.
Cellulite wraps are designed to reduce the appearance of dimpled skin.
Herbal body wraps envelop the spa guest in heated herb- and oil-soaked cloth or linens designed to heal and detoxify. Also, spa practitioners often use herbal body wraps as a body slimming technique, claiming that the treatment promotes the elimination of fat cells from the lymphatic system. Guests commonly notice that their skin has a smoother and tighter appearance immediately following the treatment. Many spas recommend a regimen of wraps to achieve optimal results.
Mud wraps are known for increasing circulation and removing toxins from the skin, thereby tightening and firming skin texture. Mud is applied to the entire body and is then removed with hot towels after a period that allows the nutrients in the mud to be absorbed by the skin. For maximum benefits, spas often recommend an exfoliating shower or body polish as a precursor to the mud wrap. Muscle relaxation and pain relief are additional benefits that have been associated with the mud body wrap.
These solution-soaked wraps are applied to the skin's surface to promote the release of excess fluids, in order to tighten and contour specific areas of the body.