Originally a body wrap was a treatment where Ace bandages or saran wrap was tightly wrapped around the body to cause quick temporary weight loss through vasodilation. Now a body wrap is more likely to be treatment where you're slathered with a body mask made of seaweed, mud, clay, lotion or potent botanical ingredients depending on the treatment, then wrapped for about 20 minutes to keep you warm. Later the product is rinsed off. The body wrap usually ends with application of lotion of some type. This treatment is sometimes called a body cocoon, body mask, or body treatment.
Benefits of a Body Wraps; Body wraps that use algae, mud or clay are detox treatments that help rid the body of toxins through metabolic stimulation. Body wraps using Shea Butter and rich lotions are hydrating treatments geared toward softening the skin. Body wraps utilizing other ingredients are typically formulated to aide in weight reduction.