Body Contour Spa- fancy slimming minus the exercise? The read on!

Location: Basement 2, Connaught Apartments, Lantana road off Rhapta Road

Are you one of those people who love food and can never say no to that extra slice of pizza or cookie?  And are you also that person who suffers guiltily afterwards kicking yourself for eating it as it has gone straight to your hips?

Well fret not my dear, I have somewhat found our solution to that dilemma. Losing weight has always been a personal struggle of mine, in fact my weight has yo-yoed worse that Sarah Ferguson’s!

So imagine my glee when I heard of a spa that promises to burn off your fat without any exercise? Of course It sounded a bit dodgy but nonetheless exciting so off I went with my extra 7 kilos on my bottom and thighs and pen to find out what it was all about!

I had heard of Body Contour in the past as friends had frequented the branch in Hurlingham so I wasn’t too frightened about the ‘slimming side’ to it.  Founded by Irene Githua, who is neither a nutritionist nor a beautician, it boasts the most amazing slimming technologies. Irene herself had struggled to lose her excess 20 kgs that dieting and exercising couldn’t until she discovered treatments like electro-therapy and cavitation. That inspired Body Contour and the rest was Stone Age.

At ‘Body Contour’ slimming spa a scientific method to slimming is used combining modern technology, relaxing body treatments and an easy to follow diet. Treatments are designed to help with poor blood circulation, sluggish digestive systems, poor metabolism, cellulite, fluid retention and poor skin conditions.

Of course all of this sounded very rosy as the lovely Leah told me at the reception but it was all new and very daunting to me. I mean sure I would lose tons of excess baggage on my body but it was still scientific hocus pocus. Leahya patiently explained to me that my first procedure- Non-invasive liposuction was not an operation but an ultrasound method of using low frequency airwaves to break up fat cells to eliminate them.

She then handed me over to Angela Kagendo who was meant to treat me. I have to admit I nearly fainted when I saw the machine! It reminded me of an ECG machine and I nearly turned around and walked out until I remembered the bag of chips I had had for breakfast that would take me two hours to burn off at the gym. I timidly got onto the bed shaking in apprehension.

Angela talked me through every step as she squeezed gooey liquid onto my belly and showed me a tiny object that was meant to reduce my tummy fat. I nearly fainted in relief at how useless it looked until it started vibrating around my tummy.

It was a very unique sensation, sort of ticklish but not painful at all. Angela moved and turned me around passing the device around my belly as ultrasound waves squished my fat cells. I immediately began to feel it working as my tummy started embarrassingly to release gas. I turned various colours of the rainbow as Angela nonchalantly shrugged it off stating that that was meant to happen as it showed the technology was working.

That was amazing and felt pretty darn good minus the gas release!

No sooner as that was done than we quickly prepped for the electro-therapy session. That was the frightening machine with monitors dangling from a machine that I presumed were meant to attach to my body.

But the promise of “1 session of electro-therapy is equivalent to a 12 hour work-out, 1200 sit-ups and 1200 sit ups and 1200 leg-lifts” had me excited. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t about to sacrifice myself as a guinea pig to lose weight through scientific mumbo jumbo. I did my research on line and learnt that these treatments were quite common and safe with nearly no side effects. In fact in Europe and America they were quite common -i remember watching  an episode of Real housewives of Atlanta (Kim got it) where they tried it out.

So  electro therapy works in this manner. When you exercise, natural impulses cause your muscles to contract and relax. The electro therapy machine safely and effectively stimulates these natural impulses to make the muscles contract and relax, similar to normal exercise.

Despite all of this I was still scared of ‘the octopus machine’ as I like to refer to it thanks to its many wires and gadgets. But turns out there was nothing to be scared about.

Once again Angela calmly told me what she was doing. First, tight bands were placed around my arms, tummy, love handle areas and thighs. Then she put gooey liquid on the flat surfaces of the wires and placed them where the bands were and slowly turned up the machine step by step. First my tummy started to contract, then the muscles relaxed and vibrated as currents of electricity passed through my body.

It was frightening but apparently quite normal! It initially began as a ticklish sensation and as the machine was cranked up it felt like I was doing the jitterburg whilst laying in my bed-a very weird sensation. Through the vibration I felt my muscles contracting and relaxing during the 40 minute session just like I would have if I were at the gym. Very cool!!

Strangely after that I felt exhausted. So I was relieved when Angela lead me down to the steam to relax. Once my pores were steamed opened I was lead for my full body scrub conducted with Slimming salt. Not only was the dead skin exfoliated but the slimming salts were meant to reduce water retention and increase blood circulation.

Sauna

My tummy was then wrapped in sea clay, mummified and I was lead to the sauna suit to sweat away excess water and toxins. The point of the spot clay wrap is to tackle the one ‘spot’ on your body that is difficult to lose the inches off. This is the point where I literally dozed off for a few minutes and felt totally relaxed.

Sauna suit

It was a thoroughly memorable experience and Irene believes after weeks of these treatments 1 can indeed lose the kilos. I certainly lost an inch after all the water I sweated out and it got me motivated to start being healthy (ask Irene for her wonderful eating plan). Plus if Irene can lose all her excess pounds through this then its good enough for me.

Highlights are certainly the service, unique treatments and the clean showers! I am going to keep trying the treatments out and will keep u posted.

Jacaranda Hotel makes a come back!

I remember spending every Sunday of my childhood by the Jacaranda Hotel pool as my siblings and I splashed each other silly, learnt how to swim new strokes, accomplished our first handstands and pigged out on chips as our parents enjoyed a drink or two.

So it was with fondness I always remembered this grand hotel, yet had forgotten to visit- just like a best friend from primary school you promised to be BFFs with but kind of forgot to be in touch with.

So when my cousins from Canada opted to stay there for a weekend on holiday and invited me to join them it was with glee I accepted. I felt like the prodigal daughter returning from a quest as I entered the lovely foyer.

The wonderful guest relations manager, Felistas immediately came to our assistance helped us locate our rooms and took us on a fantastic tour as reception rolled out the welcome wagon in our rooms.

Much had charmingly changed as we took a tour of the grounds and the new pool. For instance the pool is now heated, the changing rooms are jazzy and there’s a stunning bar where we could now make new memories sipping cocktails as we played truth or dare (despite our age some games still never get old).

Then came an amazing surprise. Jacaranda Hotel now has a state of the art Gym and a beautiful Spa. I gaped at the high quality equipment, buffed up fitness instructors and the sophisticated gadgets allotted in every nook and cranny. My cousin J, the living breathing gym, immediately began to pump some Iron!

From there we moved to the spa and my knotted muscles began to groan in excitement as the soft, earthy colours, the scent of candles and herbs and various treatments intoxicated us with promises of relaxation. I knew I would be here most of the weekend as I spotted treatments like aquarelle facials, hot stone massages and Pambo body scrubs. Bliss.

All this while the bubbly Felistas chatted away to us like we were old friends and staff stopped to inquire about our well being.

A cold towel was placed in our hands after the tour to cool us down and then we headed to the newly refurbished rooms.

I was surprised how tasteful, new and charming they were. The rooms had wonderful showers, satellite TV, a ceiling fan and a mini bar making it quite cozy.

There are restaurants and bars to unwind for a drink or meal and food is excellent. The buffet was mouth watering with varieties of salads, cheese, dessert, fruit, meat, vegetarian dishes heaped on groaning tables. I loved that there was always options between meat- beef, chicken, fish filled up buffet trays. Salads were aplenty and desserts always decadent. There is also an option of an a- la carte menu for those whose tummies aren’t buffet friendly.

Service was always excellent and members of the staff constantly made us feel like treasured, pampered guests.

Our favourite moments were the sundowners at the spacious Safari Bar and the Gazebo bar by the poolside. Plus the Pizza Garden was a mere hop and skip away when we craved some entertainment and pizza.

My cousins also loved the fact that Jacaranda Hotel was located in Westlands as getting to the City Centre and Ngong was easy, fast and convenient.

At the end Jacaranda hotel is truly a home away from home, is a great place for the weary to unwind and is perfect for those conferences, weddings and business lunches.

5 Stars

(more Pics on the way)

Pub in The Star-24th June.

Hurrah, George is single again!

America’s number one bachelor is back on the market.  George Clooney and Italian model and actress Elisabetta Canalishave called it quits after two years of dating.

In a joint statement made on Wednesday (June 22nd), Clooney and Canalis said, “We are not together anymore. It’s very difficult and very personal, and we hope everyone can respect our privacy.”

The couple had their last public outing in May to celebrate Clooney’s 50th birthday.

In 1989, Clooney had tied the knot with American actress Talia Balsam. Their marriage ended in 1993.

Clooney has publicly said he will never marry again.

There’s hope ladies!!

Reggie Bush dating Kim K look alike-how low will he go…

It’s a classic case of when clones attack (in relationships).

Do you remember that one girl from the Old Navy commercials, Melissa Molinaro, who everyone thought was a dead ringer for Kim Kardashian?

Well, now Molinaro is being linked to Kim’s ex-boyfriend Reggie Bush in a series of gossip blog posts.

We did some digging and discovered that reports of the two hanging out together are…

MORE: What’s Up With Old Navy’s Kim Fauxdashian?

So true!

Reggie Bush, Melissa Molinaro twitter.com

While reps aren’t commenting, a twitpic reveals that Bush attended Molinaro’s birthday bash at Beverly Hills’ Boa Steakhouse earlier this month!

Are we the only ones who find this a little odd?

We understand that moving on after such a long and public relationship is hard, but dating your ex’s clone is not usually the healthiest way to do it.

Oh, who are we to judge?  Maybe she’s different.

New Miss USA!!

Alyssa Campanella, a 21-year-old redhead representing California, was named Miss USA at the annual beauty pageant in Las Vegas this week.

The full-time model, who was born and raised in New Jersey which she represented at the Miss Teen USA contest in 2007, was considered among the favorites by pageant experts. She will represent the United States at the Miss Universe pageant to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 12.

Campanella was crowned by incumbent Miss USA, Rima Fakih, a Lebanese-born Muslim who was the first Arab-American to hold the title.

Check her out:

Beyonce’s mum is a diva!

Beyonce might not be a diva but her mum sure is!

Reports say that Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles acted like a diva on the set of Beyonce’s new video “Best Thing I Never Had.”

According to sources, the video was shot last week in New York and the four assistants that Tina had following her around were told to call her “Miss Tina.”

Her diva behavior really came out while a “prom scene” was being filmed and Tina reportedly, “flipped out on the camera guys for making Beyonce stand near the extras for too long” because there was too much conversation going on between takes. Tina was reportedly “worried” the lowly extras would talk to her daughter.

Beyonce wasn’t bothered at all and was slightly peeved at her mamma.

Bet she was wishing like her song, her mama was the best thing she never had.

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield dating?

So have you heard the latest celebrity romance rumor?

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are more than just friendly costars in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot.

If this is true, I am so loving them as a couple.

The two have apparently really got some chemistry on and off the set and Andrew can’t stop gushing about her!

They get an ‘easy A’ from me for being a couple!

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