thenownewspaper.com 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.”
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
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
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
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-
ting, but my skin did feel incredibly soft.
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