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					                                                                                                        Tuesday, June 24, 2008            /A21

That’s a WRAP!

❚SPA TREATMENT/Silver ‘space suit’ part
 of the full-body Universal Contour Wrap
experience at Casbah spa in South Surrey

                                                                                         Ground control to Major Tom.”
                                                                                                                              Tom ZILLICH
                                                                                            David Bowie’s song lyrics         Staff reporter
                                                                                         floated through my cranium as I
                                                                                         stared in the mirror.
                                                                                            To be sure, the reflection was more of a man
                                                                                         on a space mission than someone who’d just been
                                                                             body-wrapped at South Surrey’s Casbah spa.
                                                                                The baggy silver getup is designed to keep the body tem-
                                                                             perature normal after getting the Universal Contour Wrap,
                                                                             which has become hugely popular at the spa in recent
                                                                             months. Reason is, the wrap guarantees the loss of at least
                                                                             six inches from the bod. That’s INCH loss, not weight loss,
                                                                             and the reduction could be from anywhere — the ankles, the
                                                                             wrists, abdomen, butt. My first choice: the gut, but no prom-
                                                                                The UCW, as I experienced, is a figure-firming treatment
                                                                             that leaves the skin feeling soft and healthier.
                                                                                But oh, those elasticized bandages!
                                                                                Thirty of them are soaked in some kind of warm, brown
                                                                             mineral/clay water (shhh, it’s proprietary) and then wrapped
                                                                             around the body — head to ankle. The only parts not cov-
                                                                             ered are the feet, hands and face.
                                                                                It’s a tight fit, but kind of
                                                                                                                                                Free session
                                                                             comforting, too, as I lie on the
                                                                             table, once fully wrapped, for a
                                                                                                                         The promise            focuses on
                                                                                                                         is that the
                                                                             Cellcosmet collagen facial and
                                                                             hand massage in the capable care            Universal              pesticide-free
                                                                             of Tove Berg, the attendant.
                                                                                “Some people have trouble with
                                                                                                                         Wrap tones
                                                                             the tightness,” she told me. “It can                                  A free session
                                                                                                                         the skin in a          Thursday (June 26) takes
                                                                             feel a little bit claustrophobic.”          way that can’t
                                                                                At Casbah, the fee is $259 for a                                a closer look at gardening
                                                                             single Universal Contour Wrap ses-
                                                                                                                         be achieved            with the earth in mind.
                                                                                                                         through                   “Eliminating Cosmetic
                                                                             sion. The Now was offered a free
                                                                                                                                                Pesticides in our
                                                                             session to try it out.                      exercise and           Environment” is the title
                                                                                Several of the spa’s clients come        diet alone.            of the event, presented by
                                                                             back every week to get the UCW,             With summer            the Earthwise Society and
                                                                             says Berg, who is trained as a mas-                                Canadian Cancer Society
                                                                                                                         here, it could
                                                                             sage therapist.                                                    at George Mackie Library
                                                                                “But now,” she reports, “most            serve as a great       in North Delta.
                                                                             of my time is doing these wraps.            kick-start for            The event runs from
                                                                             That’s how popular they are.”               the bathing-           7 to 8:30 p.m. at 8440
                                                                                The majority of clients are brides       suit season.           112th Street.
                                                                             and people with immediate plans                                       Come learn “how to
                                                                             for a beach vacation, she added.                                   have a beautiful ecological
                                                                                I was Berg’s first male client for                              garden without the harm-
                                                                             the UCW, which was developed                                       ful effects of cosmetic
                                                                             by Dr. Richard Strem as a way to                                   pesticides on our health
                                                                             purge toxins from the body’s fatty tissues.                        and environment,” reads
                                                                                It’s been a big hit in the U.K. — 1,500 spa locations and       the event notice.
                                                                             counting — and was introduced to Canada by the likes of               The event is sponsored
                                                                             Body Beautiful Canada, a Burnaby-based distributor of spa          in part by the Eco-Action
                                                                                                                                                Community Funding
                                                                                                                                                Program of Environment
                                                                                The UCW is now available at 24 locations in B.C., includ-
                                                                                                                                                Canada and the Delta
                                                                             ing Casbah.                                                        Working Group on
                                                                                The promise is that the wrap tones the skin in a way that       Cosmetic Pesticides. For
                                                                             can’t be achieved through exercise and diet alone.                 full details, call Earthwise
                                                                                With summer here, it could serve as a great kick-start for      at 604-946-9828.
                                                                             the bathing-suit season.
                                                                                “The wrap is a great motivator for clients,” says Body
The Now’s Tom Zillich is suited up for the Universal Contour Wrap at         Beautiful boss Helen Hodgson, “and often inspires them to
Casbah. PHOTO AT TOP: Tove Berg applies one of 30 clay solution-             continue eating more healthily.”
soaked elastic bandages to the arm as part of the two-hour treatment.           For me, that wasn’t the case. In the days following my
                                                                             wrap, I didn’t feel thinner or find my clothes to be looser fit-
                                                   ❚PHOTOS/Sharon Doucette
                                                                             ting, but my skin did feel incredibly soft.
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