Top Day Spa Slim & Detox Treatment London UK: Review Ionithermie Slimming Cellulite Therapy Amida Spa Harbour Club


At the Amida Spa in the Notting Hill Harbour Club the Ionethermie treatment’s claim to slim, tone, detox, rid the body of water retention and reduce the appearance of cellulite whilst the supine slimmer engages in what is comfortingly called passive exercise – sounds like finding water in the desert!

Ionethermie was invented by the French Biochemist Olivier Foche in1979. According to the Head Office in France over two hundred thousand slimming treatments are performed annually in beauty salons worldwide and on cruise ships, where it is especially popular with its wealthy and captive audience.

Parts of the Body You Can Slim and Trim

Losing belly fat, which is elegantly called the tummy trim in the Ionitherme brochure and quoted as “a firm favourite amongst the celebs” is the slimming treatment chosen for this review. Other parts of the body which can also targeted for toning, slimming and lifting are hip and thigh, butt; coyly called a cheek lift, breasts and arms.

The initial consultation involves finding out the slimmers suitability for their chosen treatment. Women who are pregnant or are breast-feeding and males and females who have metal pins or plates in the areas to be treated are some of the contra-indications that preclude them from having the therapy.

How Ionithermie Slimming Therapy Works

The slimming therapy involves covering the area to be treated with a thermal clay containing algae, Four electrical toning pads are then placed on the specific muscles and with a click of a switch the machine sends two electrical stimuli to firm and tone the skin and muscle tissue whilst improving circulation. The therapy lasts thirty minutes and to quote the Ionithermie brochure “results are visible after just one session– your skin is smoother; firmer; tighter and the appearance of cellulite is reduced.”

First Slimming Session at the Amida Spa

After being measured it’s time to don the thong.Then the skin is prepped with toner, the body brushed to improve circulation, the clay applied and the four pads put in place. Magdalena, the delightful and pretty young therapist, reaches for the control and it’s takeoff! Like a young Nintendo enthusiast she presses buttons on the consul to increase the currents causing the stomach muscles to jerk and the fat judder like a Mexican Bean. It seems that “passive exercise” is a contradiction in terms!

Post session measurements are taken and though there is a an inch reduction mostly due to water loss, looking in the mirror at “Quatermass”, it is definitely still quite a mess! No matter, there are five more treatments to go. As a parting shot the therapist points out the don’ts for the next 24 hours, which include no hot baths and vigorous exercise. Having never indulged in the latter this will not be difficult.

Dos are to drink plenty of water, exfolliate and exercise in between sessions and be sure to keep to a heathy diet avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

Ionithermie, Diet and Exercise Gives Best Results

The next couple of weeks are spent living, breathing and boring thin fat-freef friends with blow-by-blow accounts of each stage of the therapy. However despite the fact that dinner invitations and telephone calls have dwindled, each treatment yields a pleasing improvement helped along by disciplined exercise and nutritious eating. The therapists are realists and make no bones about the fact that to get best results Ionetherme and the slimmer have to work together.

The last session over, the moment of truth has arrived. Final measurements show that in only two weeks and six sessions there is an overall loss of nearly five inches and the stomach is firmer and smoother. From personal experience Ionitherme combined with a healthy diet and exercise is a success! In this case “The proof of the pudding is in the not eating!”

Clinical Proof That Ionithermie Works

A clinical study to evaluate the effects of Ionithermie on patients was performed on ten female by Gustavo Leibaschoff MD and Juliana Melamed MD. Each subject had ten sessions twice a week. An average weight loss of six pounds in each subject was recorded after the series of treatments and the average inch loss per person was 4.6 inches in treated areas.

Results showed that 100 percent of participants were pleased with the body contour changes and that their clothes were not as tight in areas that had been treated as compared to before the treatment. They also noted a smoother skin surface.

How to Detox Your Handbag: The Handbag Diet — A Practical New Year Resolution for Your Purse


Having survived the festive season, it’s that time again when good intentions manifest themselves in the form of New Year resolutions. For many women this involves some kind of diet regime, vowing to give up something that makes them feel fat or unhealthy.

Enter the handbag diet, which will not only make life easier but improve your health. For the woman who is tired of fighting to find things in her purse or suffers from back and shoulder pain, there has never been a better time to detox her handbag.

Big Bags – Big Problems?

According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the average British woman carries around a handbag weighing the equivalent of 5 bags of sugar – around 2.5 kilos. Continued use can be damaging both to the back and shoulders, causing posture problems and long-term skeletal and muscular damage. Doctors consider the ideal maximum “healthy” weight of a woman’s purse to be no more than 1 kilo, or 2.2lb.

Our increasing reliance on gadgets is driving up not only the load but the size of our bags. The bigger the bag, the more weighty it is likely to be, not to mention the time spent rifling through clutter in search of car keys, lipstick, cell phone, Ipod and the like.

How to Detox Your Handbag

Detoxing your handbag involves clearing out all the useless, outdated and unnecessarily overweight clutter, which has been aquired during the course of the weeks and months.

This includes blitzing your purse/wallet and make-up bag, organizing your address book and sorting out your key chain to a manageable and less weighty proportion.

Clearing Out Your Handbag

Whether you use one handbag for all occasions or a number of bags to match outfits, empty the contents out to reveal all the unwanted junk and clutter of past days and weeks.

Decide which should be essential and non essential items and cull those that are unnecessary and add extra bulk and weight. Once you have done this it is much easier to declutter your bag on a daily/weekly basis.

In addition to the high tech gadgetry, essential items are likely to include a wallet, make-up bag, keys and address or notebook.

Organizing Your Purse/Wallet

Choose a purse/wallet that does the job and no more. Compact enough to store notes, drivers license, credit cards etc, free from unwanted receipts and to the paper. The change compartment that can be emptied out every couple of days to remove excess loose change, which is adding weight and bulk.

Clearing Out Your Cosmetic Bag

Keep cosmetics in your make-up bag to the bare essentials for the day. This usually means carrying what is required to retouch your lipstick, foundation, blusher when needed, rather than mountains of extras.

Addressing Your Address Book

Whilst it is likely that contact details will be stored in a mobile phone, there is also an argument for keeping a written record, as those who have lost their phone or had it stolen will attest. However, a heavyweight book adds unnecessary bulk, a mini organizer is preferable, to transfer essential phone numbers etc.

Kick Out Unnecessary Keys

Hefty keychains and unnecessary keys have to go – all add to the weight of the bag. Slimlining a keychain so that is carries only keys that are used on a regular basis will reduce weight. Store other keys, used only occasionally, in a container.

Maintaing the Handbag Diet

Once you have invested time and energy in a handbag detox it is important to keep it on a healthy diet. Don’t allow your bag to become cluttered again. Make a point of tidying your purse on a regular basis and removing unnecessary items.

Just because a bag is big does not mean it has to be filled. Whilst oversized bags are highly fashionable, bulky ones can ruin the look of an outfit and spoil your silhouette. Keep bag weight to a minimum and your body will love you for it. By carrying out a regular handbag detox, not only are you less likely to damage your posture but also your style.