Clearly I need to set up some sort of regular day to type up entries, because it’s been waaaay too long…my bad 😡 I’ve been ridiculously tired lately, partially because of the hour long drive to/from school, but also because I haven’t been falling asleep til 6 or 7 in the morning. Yaaay, sleep issues!
Honestly, things have been sort of boring lately. We spent what felt like a very, very long time on the anatomy chapter in our books. While I realize it’s important to know (to a point), I also really don’t care. I probably shouldn’t be typing this publicly, but…yeah. I don’t care about anatomy whatsoever. It’s really boring and I can never remember all the names of the muscles/bones. Why should I care, honestly??
Apparently I cared enough, because I ended up passing my anatomy test by one point. HA HA HA
Right after the boredom of anatomy, we got into doing body wraps. Apparently that’s its own separate certification – meaning it’s not included for when we’re at the end of the program and take the test to get certified as estheticians. It sort of makes me wonder why we have to do it at all, because honestly…I don’t really like it.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, it feels nice. You get to be all wrapped up in a nice little cocoon for quite some time. If people hadn’t been talking to me the whole time, I probably would’ve fallen asleep.
We call that blue/silver thing a NASA blanket. It feels very plastic-y, but it helps trap heat, which is why the experience is so relaxing~
Giving them, though…I don’t know. It’s weird to me. The first body wrap I gave was to a friend I’ve known since high school, and she was completely cool with me scrubbing her while she was basically half-naked. I’m honestly not sure how I’d feel about giving one to someone I don’t know. Oddly enough, facials feel a little less personal to me. Maybe because you’re focusing on one area instead of all of them? Who knows. Or maybe I’m just a weirdo who has issues with touching people.
Another reason I don’t really like them is because they’re bullshit – at least, the compression/inch loss ones are. There are definitely benefits to getting your body exfoliated and moisturized – I’m not denying that. And like I said, it does feel very nice and it’s awesomely indulgent.
But inch loss? Yeah, no.
Estheticians are not medically trained. I’m not going to have fancy letters or a fancy title once I’m certified. We basically work on the surface, though our tools/training and whatnot can help your skin way better than just washing your face at home can do.
With an “inch loss” body wrap, all you’re really losing is water weight. During the wrap process, you’re, well, wrapped up in a bunch of compression bandages (basically Ace bandages) and lay there for up to an hour in the NASA blanket. It’s like a more intense version of laying around wearing Spanx and sweating for a couple of hours.
But after you start eating/drinking normally after the treatment? Yeah, those inches are gonna come back – unless you have the process done daily or something.
The compression does help with certain medical issues (but it’s no cure/prevention/whatever) and it can help you look your best for a special event, like a wedding or whatever. But it’s not a weight loss solution and doesn’t have any sort of permanent, lasting effect. You’ll see some improvement, but it’s not like I’m performing miracles here.
You forgot her arms, stock photo!
I think it’s partially because I know that the “inch loss” sort of body wraps are crap that I don’t particularly like giving any kind of body wraps. It just feels really awkward to me. I’d much rather work on faces and give people confidence that way, instead of with false claims.
I really can’t wait until we move on to something else. I’m sooo ready for it. I’m dying to learn about brow/lash tinting…hopefully soon!