The Lazy Person’s Guide to Slimming Down

I’ve always believed that a good body comes the old fashioned way – by sweating it out. But due to the progression of time and a general unwillingness to exercise, my interest in alternative weight loss methods has peaked. Here are two spa-related activities that will get you if not quite bikini-perfect, then at least mentally ready to give yourself an extra push this summer. Feeling good in the form of relaxation is guaranteed, and when you’ve finished, you might actually see results you like, too.

Bliss Spa’s “Fatgirl” offerings always made me cringe. Who wants to fess up to that? Then I took a closer look and saw that what these treatments and products are really about is detoxification and circulation. The Soho spa uses dry brushing, the application of firming grapefruit essential oils, a seaweed mask, a heated wrap, and a rubdown with something called the Love Handler, all followed by the FatGirl Slim or Sleep cream, depending on the time of day.

Bliss’ DIY Fatgirl cream promises to reduce the appearance of cellulite, energize the skin, and visibly reduce the appearance of excess fluid retention. A set of two 6oz jars of the cream is on sale now for $42.00 from $58.

For something a little more alternative, The Three Jewels yoga and meditation center in New York City is hosting a Detox and Weight control acupuncture and herbal medicine day. Licensed acupuncturists Judy Joo and Lai San Leung will be giving one hour session that aim to improve digestion and increase your metabolic rate, burn calories faster, strengthen colon motility, improved kidney functions to excrete waste, and improve circulation to help power muscles for optimum performance. $30.00 for a one hour session this Saturday from 11am to 6pm at The Three Jewel. There’s a free ½ hour Qi Gong class at 11am that will teach how to trim and tone with traditional Chinese exercises.

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