How long is the actual time that you're wrapped?
50 Minutes is the actual session time. Do expect to be here about 60-65 minutes total with machine warm up, changing time and wrapping and unwrapping. It works out to be a great little getaway - our specially set up room features a big LCD Flat screen high definition TV with a DVD player and surround speakers. You can also bring a book with you or your mp3/ipod music player with your music choice. The whole experience will be extremely effective and actually fun.
What parts of my body does the Formostar work on?
There are several variations that are available. For most women, the special silicone bandages are wrapped around the thighs, hips, abdomen, and arms. For men, the usual configuration is thighs, abdomen, chest, and arms. If you feel that your arms don't need much toning up, the calves can be wrapped instead. We also have the ability to individually 'turn up the heat' on certain areas that you may want extra attention on.
How much weight will I lose from doing this?
This is a very vague question and the answer will greatly depend on you. Generally, the more you have to lose, the faster and more dramatic the weight loss. Some don't experience much weight loss at all but rather lose inches or dress sizes. If you are extremely physically fit and don't have much to lose - you'll experience much increased muscle tone. Some of the comments from already physically fit customers around the country who have done this were "I haven't seen my abs look like this in years!" and "This is really making my muscles stand out!" In fact the more physically active you are in your life, the greater the benefit you will achieve from Formostar. On the other hand, we can't control what you do after your wrap and if you go home and pack down a large pizza with a dozen chicken wings, you will negate most of your results. Ideally, you want to do this with a balanced exercise and eating program. Now if you lead a very sedentary lifestyle without much physical activity at all, you will still benefit tremendously from Formostar - it's just that your results will not be quite as dramatic.
The rule of thumb for most people is 6 sessions = 1 clothing size (dress size) lost but again, there are many variables at work there.
How & Why Does Formostar Far Infrared Body Wrap Work?
Far infrared energy (FIR) is a part of the natural light spectrum minus the UV element. The Formostar Far Infrared Body Wrap has been designed to output energy in the 5.6 to 25 micron FIR band also peaking around the 9.4 micron level to achieve maximum effectiveness. When FIR energy penetrates through the skin it transforms from light energy to heat energy and elevates the temperature of the subcutaneous layers. The body's absorption of this energy simulates a workout, burning up to 900 to 1400 calories in a 50 minute session providing body shaping and detoxification.
Isn't it just water weight that I lose after the session?
I remember those body wrap commercials from 5 years ago that promised that we'd lose 3" on our first visit! We remember these commercial quite well and obviously you don't hear them any more. That was all water weight so even though the inch loss was dramatic, everything would be gained back as soon as the client drank or ate. With Formostar, we actually encourage you to bring a bottle of water and keep yourself hydrated during and after the session. The water is actually one of your best friends to fitness as it is extremely effective in flushing the toxins from your body and helps reduce toxic buildup. It is recommended that drinking water before, during and after a session allows the body to stay hydrated and replaces body fluids that have been sweated out during the session. With Formostar, the weight loss is achieved slower but it is definitely permanent - again barring you going home and eating pizza every night!
I have arthritis or back pain and I actually go tanning in your beds because the heat helps me feel better. Will this be as effective?
Absolutely times Ten! The reason that you find relief in tanning beds is due to the infrared heat generated from the UV producing lamps. However, the infrared energy that you receive from a tanning bed is only a fraction of what you'll receive from the Formostar. Many arthritis patients swear by the Formostar and find immense relief from pain. In fact, any type of joint or muscle pain is very effectively treated with the Formostar - and I can tell you this from personal experience in just the last week! Of course we're not doctors and wouldn't dream of prescribing medical advice so please seek advice from you doctor if you have any debilitating physical ailments. There is a very good chance, however, that your doctor is quite familiar with the benefits of infrared and will send you right down to us!
How often can I do the Formostar?
This is going to depend on your lifestyle. If you're very physically active - meaning lots of walking, jogging, working out, or any competitive sports - you can do the Formostar as often as every 2 days. You preferably want to do this right BEFORE a work out as this will help burn the most dramatic amount of calories (plus you'll look much more defined!) If you don't engage in much physical activity, then you'll need to skip 2-3 days between sessions. Upon reaching goal weight, you may go on a maintenance only schedule which for most people will be 2-4 times a month or as needed. You will find that the Formostar will greatly improve your sense of well being so you'll want to continue to use it even if you become Ms. America/ Mr. Universe.
What if I want to tan on the same day as doing the Formostar?
Due to the fact that both the tanning bed AND the Formostar give off infrared heat, it's quite possible to receive a burn or heat rash if doing both on the same day. Due to this fact, tanning and doing the Formostar on the same day is not recommended - especially if you're fair skinned and prone to burning. Of course tanning the previous or the next day is perfectly fine.
What do you recommend I wear when I come in to do the Formostar?
Since you will sweat, it's best to not wear any super nice clothing; instead, wear sweats and a sweatshirt (sleeves past elbow) - since we don't want the silicone bandages to be applied directly to skin.