Gaia + Manthus

Last week I accompanied a friend to a little spa in Higienopolis. She was getting what she thought was a massage special (Sao Paulo has a “spa week” just like NYC!) I had planned on getting a much needed manicure. Neither of those intentions worked out.

Instead, somehow, we both signed up for Gaia + Manthus. This is, as it was explained to us, a fat reducing technique. One only available in Brazil. And it was on special. You know how I’m a sucker for a sale.

I suppose the driving force behind my decision was that the next day I had to squeeze myself into a suit that I hadn’t worn for three years to give a presentation to a crowd of business professionals. After all the weight gain I have experienced since moving to Sao Paulo two years ago, I could use any help I could get.

The spa is really lovely. Very serene and everyone is super nice. They even provide you with a pair of underwear, because I think they don’t want you to show up for your service without.

 

Luckily I brought my own.

Once inside the workroom, the specialist forced me to choose which area of my body I wanted her to try and fix. This was a difficult decision, but I went with the stomach, the most horrifying in recent developments. I never had a problem with my stomach, even when I was pregnant it never got very big. But apparently the kicker for my body to go out of whack is pão de queijo and caipirinhas.

Ok, so I didn’t think this process through. When someone is “breaking down the fat” in a part of your body, it doesn’t feel nice. It feels very-uncomfortable/verging-on-painful. I’m not sure what I expected, but I definitely didn’t expect to be worked over with a sucking/pinching machine. And halfway through this process is when she told me it would take about 10 sessions to see any real effect. What?!

 

That was just step one. Step two was to have her massage for 30 minutes that territory that I dread to have masseuse work on. Yes, that’s right. You guessed it. My stomach.

During this experience I decided it would be less painful to stop eating bread and go back to running than going through nine more sessions. And cheaper.

But it is good to know there is an alternative.

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18 Responses to Gaia + Manthus

  1. Kristin says:

    Let me introduce you to my trainer Leandro. Much less painful.

  2. April says:

    That actually sounds quite painful… I would prefer an old school massage! Where do you find information on this Spa Week?!

  3. It is easier to eat less than this treatment. Sheesh…pinching sucking massaging!

    I’m still al little chubby from grad school…hoping to lose it soon.

  4. “When someone is “breaking down the fat” in a part of your body, it doesn’t feel nice. It feels very-uncomfortable/verging-on-painful. I’m not sure what I expected, but I definitely didn’t expect to be worked over with a sucking/pinching machine.”

    Oh how I miss the days when getting your ass kicked did not require heavy financing.

  5. nina says:

    I am a big girl, I think my bone structure is a size nine. I looked a stick skinny girls all my life and wonder, why, why, why? Although I am more comfortable with my body, my post pregnancy weight is not a happy sight. It happened before, it just takes me FOREVER to lose it. I think bread is such a problem for me, I always had choices in the US to avoid carbs. I don’t like animal products, so there’s meat or bread (for food on the go or out). I used to go to the spa for monthly face treatment, I loved them. The owner always wanted do the same treatment as you. I never tried it but I would rather eat right and exercise. The fat will just come back if you don’t change.

  6. “When someone is “breaking down the fat” in a part of your body, it doesn’t feel nice. It feels very-uncomfortable/verging-on-painful. I’m not sure what I expected, but I definitely didn’t expect to be worked over with a sucking/pinching machine.”

    Oh how I miss the days when getting your ass kicked did not require heavy financing.

  7. anna says:

    you have to do a “massagem modeladora” …its way more pleasant and it works well if you do it regularly.

  8. Veronica Morris says:

    Hello ladies. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist in America. We have a growing Brazilian population in our area. It has been brought to my attention that this type of service is desired. I have learned most of the techniques from youtube and training vids but I have a few questions and am wondering if anyone would be kind enough to answer them.

    1, Massagem modeladora always starts with lymphatic drainage and includes deep sculpting massage for the abdomen, buttocks and thighs. Is a cellulite wrap always included or offered as an additional service?

    2, How long should each of these services last?

    3. how much should I charge for them?

    Thanks in advance for any advice…Veronica

  9. Becca says:

    hey there! i am all too familiar with the pao de queijo/capirinha issue, having suffered the same fate myself! have you heard about coolsculpting, also know as zeltiq? i am a dermatologist in nyc and i am SO impressed with the results we have been seeing – 20% fat loss per session, and pain-free! nothing short of miraculous if you ask me! i have heard from some girlfriends in SP that there are several derms there who do it for about the same price as in nyc.

    • Sounds just way too good to be true.

      • Becca says:

        I know! Sorry, I didn’t mean to sound like an advertisement for it or anything, it’s just that I am always skeptical of these “quick fixes” but have been blown away by the results from this machine in particular and wanted to share in case people find it helpful. Plus the science behind it is solid. Anyway, I love reading your blog, you have given me a lot of comfort as I am considering a move to SP myself, so thank you for sharing your experiences and being an inspiration!

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