It’s a Wrap! – Body Wrap Basics

Many of the ingredients used in body wrap spa treatments can be found in your kitchen or herb garden.  Ingredients such as olive oil, butter, honey, salt, rosemary, chamomile, chocolate, and Aloe Vera are, but a few ingredients used to make various types of body wraps.  Many of these body wraps are promoted by spas as stress reducing, relaxing, or moisturizing treatments.  While other body wraps are marketed as; detoxifying, body slimming or a way to control cellulite….these marketing claims may be a stretch.

What Exactly Is a Body Wrap?

Decades ago when body wraps were first offered, they were called herbal wraps and linen sheets were used according to Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder, Inc., an industry group based in New York. “‘Body wraps’ is a term that came to mean more than herbal wraps,”‘ says Ellis, adding that body wraps became popular in the 1980s and 90s.  Now, plastic or thermal blankets have replaced the linen sheets.

Of course, not all spas are the same, but body wraps are often done in a dimly lit room with plenty of candles for ambiance, soothing music with the client on a massage table layered with thermal blankets on the bottom to keep warm.