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Would you like to lose inches off your thighs without even setting a foot inside the gym?

Although it sounds too good to be true, there is a whole range of treatments now available that claim to do just that. We put the latest innovations to the test. See what our testers thought of:

Shrinking Sheer Bliss Treatment
A manual lymphatic drainage massage combined with Shrinking Violet Slimming Solution.

Number of treatments:
Six.

How does it work?
Clinically proven Shrinking Violet professional body oil combined with manual lymphatic drainage This form of repetitive massage encourages the lymph glands to work more efficiently at flushing out excess fluid and toxins. Shrinking Violets active ingredients target fat cells to shrink those inches, slim, firm and tone with fat busting ingredients. Each course of treatments is complemented by a course of home care Shrinking Violet Body Oil and a diet plan.

Is it permanent?

Yes, if you stick to a healthy, low-fat diet after the treatment. Top-ups are recommended but are not essential.

Cost:
£60 per one-hour treatment.

Contact:
Tibby Olivier for your nearest spa / salon- Tel: 0161 327 0007

Tester:
Sarah Brooke, 24, an account manager from Kensington.

Problem area:
Bottom and hips. I have wide hips, which I hate, and a really big bottom that makes me feel self-conscious.

I was more than willing to give the Shrinking Sheer Bliss Treatment a go. My only fear was that I would end up bruised.

In fact, the massages weren’t in the least painful. The therapist started with a gentle detox therapy combination of exfoliation, massage and lymphatic drainage techniques which helps drain excess fluid from the body to improve overall functioning of the lymphatic (immune) system. Using circular hand movements to release toxins and bacteria from the body.

The whole experience was soothing.

After my first session, I felt a bit sick, I had a headache and kept needing to go to the toilet. The therapist explained that this was simply the toxins making their way out of my body. By the next day, these symptoms had gone and I started feeling better and better. I think I need to drink more water.

TOTAL INCH LOSS:
Waist – 3in Hips – 4in Thighs – 8in

Sarah’s verdict:
Having the massages and seeing the inches drop off has really inspired me to stick to a sensible eating plan. After six weeks, I have gone down a dress size.

I never expected the treatments to work this well. Anything that makes me feel this good and helps me to keep on top of my diet is definitely worth the investment.

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