Shrinking Violet, Talise Spa, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Now that summer is winding down and bikini season is back in full swing here in the UAE, the extra meal out we enjoyed on holiday in Europe and that brunch we headed to, ‘Because it was just too hot to be doing anything else’ have truly caught up with us. So, naturally when we were offered a quick-fix in the shape of a Shrinking Violet body wrap at Talise Spa, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, we jumped at the chance.

After stepping into the super-sleek spa and fitness centre, we were lead up to a consultation room where our InBody vital statistics were taken and our therapist measured each of our main target areas.

It was then time to begin the wrap. An oil was applied all over the body, before we were wrapped in a robust, cling-film like plastic and left to ‘cook’ on a heated blanket, covered in towels and left to sweat it out for an hour.

Our therapist then explained the science to us. The heat generated from the wrap forces the oil into the skin where the active ingredient is attracted to our fat cells, and it breaks down the fatty acids.

When we were unwrapped after a very relaxing hour of cooking – which even saw us slip off to sleep! – we were re-measured, and in the matter of an hour we’d dropped a wonderful 14cm across our body and, most impressively, a staggering 4cm from our hips. We then stepped on the InBody machine to have the centimetres backed up with more statistics. Overall we lost 1.2kg in the course of the hour we spent snoozing. ‘Oh, it’s just sweat,’ we hear you cry. No doubt that played a part, but the total percentage of body fat had dropped by 1.4 per cent – not too shabby considering we’d done little more than lie flat for 60 minutes. For the rest of the day we were encouraged not to shower or bathe, so that the oils could continue to work their magic. And that was us, 100 per cent hooked on Shrinking Violet.

Shrinking Violet recommend a course of two sessions in 72 hours for a booster loss, and, for prolonged results, follow up with one session a week. Call Talise Spa for more information on timings and pricing on 04 406 8800, or head to