Of late, our office has been nothing but treat-infested. Starting with the SLmag Philly cheesesteak competition (results here), followed by the holiday onslaught of glutton-giving treats that you can’t resist, such as Icelandic chocolate (yes, Caputo’s you’re deliciously evil), caramel-coated popcorn, and most recently, ranking our locally-baked favorite pumpkin pies. Holy mackerel, my jeans are feeling tight and the mother-of-all holiday months, December is still in front of us.

It’s not just the gaining weight thing (although very valid), it’s feeling bloated and sluggish, and wanting to sleep and never wake up. For detoxing or ridding the body of the blahs, there is a list of remedies one could try, like, sipping on a cup of water with lemon juice, or a dilution of apple cider vinegar. How about a nice glass of organic green juice or steeping a teabag of milk thistle? All good things to consider.

“Wrapping” vs. “Rapping”

We love a good homophone, don’t you? If you’re brave enough to try a detox wrap, you may wish to rap a rhyme at a local open mic, like this one at Wise Guys Comedy Club.

While we were writing an article about the Soulstice Day Spa, owner Nicki Luck mentioned a favorite service, their M’Lis Body Contour Wraps, “created from a wellness brand in Utah, beyond the weight loss and detoxifying benefits of the M’Lis full-body contouring wrap, the skin looks so much better and tighter after a session—“It’s an incredible pick-me-up.” While you’re all wrapped tight, she suggests to bring along some headphones, take a nap, or add a rejuvenating spa-facial to go along with it.

They offered a full-body wrap session and, feeling a tad sluggish of late, I said, “Why yes, thank you.” Visiting their Fort Union location, Clarissa, who is also a massage therapist, fully explained the procedure prior to wrapping me up. A pre-measurement was followed by preliminary papaya body exfoliation. The M’Lis body contour wrap is a proprietary blend of niacin (a common form of vitamin B3 used for detoxing) and cinnamon. Once applied the active ingredients slowly absorb into the skin, feeling tingly and warm, and it turned my skin bright red but didn’t hurt like a sunburn. Then using a more industrial type of cellophane, she wrapped sections of my body like a mummy, legs, midsection and arms. For 40 minutes I laid on a spa bed, under a warm blanket, and while bundled, Clarissa kept me company by giving me a wonderfully relaxing foot massage.

Once cut out from my body contouring wrappings, I felt great, somewhat revitalized and— even more exciting—my post measurements showed results. My waist and abs post-wrap were a full half-inch smaller (oh heck yeah!). And for the value, the cost of the body contour wrap at Soulstice Day Spa is about the same as the average body spa treatment or massage—and, that’s a wrap.

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