This Slimming French Body Wrap Burns 3,000 Calories


A good amount of distrust is advisable when it comes to quick-fix weight loss solutions. Promises of losing a dress size in a day are ludicrous—and if achieved, downright unhealthy. But what if a treatment’s main purpose is to flush the body of unwanted toxins, which in turn is likely to shave off a few inches from your physique, albeit temporarily? Enter the Sudatonic, a four-part body wrap treatment developed by a one Dr. Yves Loones in Paris in the late ‘90s. Once only a French girl’s secret to bikini season, the treatment recently became available to New Yorkers at a charmingly tiny spa called Daphne.

Hidden in plain view on a busy street in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood, Daphne is one of only a few establishments in the city to conduct all of its treatments using cult French brand, Biologique Recherche. The Sudantonic wrap, one of its most popular treatments in the hotter months, uses three of the brand’s most potent products—each of which smell significantly better than its best-selling, Lotion P50.

To begin the treatment, a cream containing a unique blend of essential oils, vitamins, minerals, and marine ingredients is applied to the entirety of the body to boost circulation and kickstart the body into losing more calories. Immediately following that, a second cream targeted at reducing fat is layered on top. This cream works in tandem with a heavy infrared blanket, which envelopes the body like a sleeping bag, leaving just enough room for the top of the shoulders and head to breathe.

Here’s where the real detoxification process happens and the heavy-duty calorie-burning begins: Left wrapped in the blanket, the infrared stimulates the sweat glands to cleanse the body of accumulated toxins and waste. Subcutaneous fat becomes water soluble at 110-degrees Fahrenheit, so the hotter the body becomes under the blanket, the more fat is released. Cellulite—which can be compared to a gel-like substance made up of fat, water, and waste trapped in little pockets under the skin—also starts to shift.

Following around 20 to 30 minutes sweating it out under the infrared blanket, (and a short, soothing scalp massage to distract from the heat), the body is toweled down, before a third cream to seal in the active ingredients from the previous two and keep the detoxification process ticking over for the next six hours is smoothed in. On average, the treatment burns somewhere in the region of 1,500 to 3,000 calories—a significant amount for sure, but one that can easily be negated by a single, large portion of macaroni and cheese.

Gratifying immediate results following a Sudatonic include smoother, tighter skin, but to ensure its full range of benefits including a boosted metabolic rate, Daphne advises avoiding heavy meals, coffee, sugar, alcohol, and showering for a minimum of six hours post-treatment. A light salad or smoothie is preferable, as is downing water regularly to help flush out any further unwanted toxins. For those looking to incorporate the Sudantonic as part of a larger weight loss program, its recommended to book in a treatment every other week in addition to amping up your diet and exercise routine.

To book a treatment at Daphne, email or visit the spa at 375, Broome Street in New York City.


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