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.