The Universal Contour Wrap (UCW) is an award-winning body treatment hailing from UK, with celebrity fans who rely on UCW to help them lose inches off their bodies instantly and look red carpet-ready for major events like the Oscar’s and the Emmy award ceremonies and parties. This is a full body wrap treatment taking around 2 hours and the main ingredients in this treatment is Sea Clay from the Dead Sea, known for its healing and therapeutic properties, so it is rich in minerals that draws oils and toxins to purify and cleanse the skin.
All the rich food that I’ve been eating had stuck onto my hips and them hips didn’t lie… particularly in August when I could no longer fit into a new pair of jeans I’d just bought in July wtf. For months following that, whenever I opened my wardrobe I wanted to burn everything inside because every piece of clothing in there felt tight when I wore it. Timely enough, an opportunity to review the Universal Contour Wrap detox treatment at Phoenix La Beaute came up so I decided to give it a shot. To experience the full benefits of this treatment, a course of 3 to 5 treatments taken at least 7-10 days apart is recommended, so I committed myself to it for six weeks.
After filling out the prerequisite form detailing lifestyle habits, getting weight and measurements taken at particular points of the body, the UCW treatment began with a brisk shower, then sitting inside a multi-spectrum infrared dry sauna for ten minutes to allow the pores on the skin to open up, prepping it for the warm clay wrap.
The therapist systematically wrapped me up layer by layer, body part by body part starting from my legs then moving up to the belly then chest and arms, in strips of bandages that’s been pre-soaked in a warm clay solution. The bandages were wet but not uncomfortable as she wasn’t wrapping it very tightly. I actually found them soothing at first because of the warmth.
But by the time the therapist had moved on to wrapping my midriff area, my legs were starting to feel cold and that brought chills throughout my entire body. I didn’t enjoy this at all as I’m very sensitive to cold. As everyone already knows, I’m a proponent of TCM and holistic therapies so I think this concept of wrapping the body in damp cloth especially when the pores are already flaring open from the prerequisite dry sauna is an express ticket to fung sup (arthritis) town. *frown*
Looking like a mummy, I then stepped into a vinyl suit that’s meant to insulate the warm bandages. The suit frankly didn’t help much to keep me warm. Anyway the next step was to lie down for an hour while the treatment got to work so I took this opportunity to steal a quick nap. I was silently grumbling what’s the use of having all that fat on my body when it failed to keep me warm.
60 minutes later, the therapist came in to wake me up from my nap and remove the bandages. The therapist re-measured me and I received after care instructions. The combination of unique natural clay solution and specialist body wrapping techniques are what create an instant inch loss, firming and body sculpting effect. The clay solution draws out toxins whilst the wrapping technique actively compresses the soft fatty tissues.
After every treatment, the clay solution remains in the pores of the skin and the inch loss will continue for 3 to 4 days. During this time, washing only with tepid water and without soap is recommended. No scrubbing, no sauna, no lotions or other stuff to be applied on skin during this time. Since this is not a water loss treatment, drinking water regularly after a Universal Contour Wrap treatment to enhance detoxification, flushing the toxins from the body, is also recommended.
Before and After measurements, taken during first session:
The program promises a minimum loss of 6″ (15cm) from the first treatment, and this inch-loss is maintained for 30 days. According to the measurements in the picture above, I have lost 6.5″ after the first treatment but I recalculated the numbers at home afterwards, and realized an error. The correct result is 5.3″ loss.
Before I left Phoenix La Beaute, they gave me a glass of fiber and meal replacement drink to speed up the detoxification process. That night I became best friends with my bathroom as I had to go three times. I was unusually tired for the following 24 hours and slept a lot. I felt somewhat less flabby and lighter by the second day, but the fiber drink must had something to do with that more so than the clay wrap.
I was chugging a lot of water daily. The recommended amount to drink is 3 litres of water per day. I usually drink 4 to 5 glasses of water a day, but before anyone starts getting preachy-preachy on the benefits of drinking a minimum of 8 glasses/day, I measured the volume capacity of my drinking glass and it’s 0.5 L per glass so I’d say I’ve been downing easily 2 to 2.5 L daily.
After going for three sessions spread over six weeks, I looked at the recorded numbers. I’m going to be honest here and state that this series of UCW treatments did not work out too well for me. Other people probably have gotten better results, but for me I did not lose a lot of inches or any significant weight from it. My recorded weight loss was just 600 grams during the first session, 500 grams second session, and 300 grams in the last session… to me these numbers are negligible.
A strange thing happened though. At the end of the six weeks, I found myself being able to wear my jeans again. I could fit into them without struggling to get them up my hips and I wasn’t getting much of a muffin top either. This was confirmed when I looked at the measurements at Phoenix La Beaute which indicated that I’ve shrunk a teeny bit in the hips, butt, and thigh areas. So even though I didn’t lose any significant weight, somehow my other pants and clothes were no longer as tight-fitting as before the treatments. Like I said, this is very strange. The UCW didn’t completely let me down after all!
My conclusion: The Universal Contour Wrap is a treatment that complements a healthy lifestyle and diet, but don’t rely on it if the primary objective is weight loss only. If losing weight is your goal, then be prepared to supplement that with a proper meal plan, like the one below suggested by Phoenix La Beaute, and regular exercise.
Available in Singapore exclusively at Phoenix La Beaute, located in Palais Renaissance, Moonberry Blog readers who wish to try the Universal Contour Wrap treatment can take advantage of a special promo code [one-for-one-MB]. T&C: Enjoy a one-for one first time trial session at $98.00++ with a friend. Promo code is valid from 21 September to 29 November 2015.
I’d love to hear about your experience with the UCW and how it works out for you. Good luck!
PS: Thank you, Phoenix La Beaute, for the opportunity to review the UCW.