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.