Ayanna Spa

Harpers Bazaar: A new take on the classic body wrap - 15/05/2013

Ayanna Spa's Lumafirm® Firm & Glow Body Wrap aims to both tighten and brighten the skin through a combined full body massage and body wrap.

What they say: This next generation body wrap, developed by Pevonia, includes a Body Elixir and Massage Gel that benefits from 26 all- natural ingredients including Collagen, Soy Protein, and Vitamin C. Pevonia has worked with top Estheticians to develop this alcohol and paraben free product, perfect for the most sensitive of skin. The treatment starts with the application of a body elixir and then a heat activated micro release massage gel, followed by the wrap and finishes with application of the Lumafirm body firm and glow moisturizer. After one treatment, the skin should be left nourished, brightened and tightened, however, full effects are seen after a course of treatments.

What we say: The staff at Ayanna are both enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I quite liked how my masseuse walked bare foot through the west London spa, completing my Zen fantasy. During the typical body wrap, after being wrapped up tightly in multiple creams and plastic, the masseuse leaves the room while you shower to remove the residue from the treatment. This can be most disruptive, as the atmosphere of tranquil music and deep tissue massage can leave one almost catatonic. Ayanna, however, have found a way to minimize this disruption. After the wrap sets, the masseuse uses warm towels to cleanse the skin, creating a seamless spa experience, free from any distractions (or the need to move what so ever). As a rosacea sufferer, my usually hyper sensitive skin was not only free from irritation, but actually calmed by this lemon scented concoction. The entire treatment took just over an hour, and the take home moisturizer and carefully selected samples helped in prolonging the benefits.

Good for: Anyone who would like to both experience the relaxation of a massage while benefitting from the effects of a body wrap. And if you are as lazy as I am during such treatments, this shower free option is for you.

Results: The next day my skin was left feeling fresh and rejuvenated without the icky residue some of my previous treatments have left behind. After showering, my skin tends to be void of any trace of moisture. However, I found this wrap left me not needing my usual hefty dollop of body cream.

Need to Know: When preparing for someone to massage your tummy it is best to have a light lunch and leave the belly gurgles to a minimum. I would also advise shaving your legs a day before the treatment to capitalize on the full effects of the treatment.

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