WELLNESS

Wrap Your Weight Worries Away

Slim down for the summer in less than an hour

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There are so many things I love about the change of seasons, but getting into a bathing suit is not one of them. I had to endure this seasonal ritual even earlier this year, as I had booked a cruise for the end of April. It was classic PTSD - Pre Trip Stress Disorder - that had me calling Tranquil Waters looking for a body treatment. The Slimming Body Wrap sounded like it could do the trick.

Tranquil Waters is one of the most unique spas I’ve ever been to. The sprawling space, which includes a full service salon, has an impressive list of services. With a focus on results, the spa offers medical-grade peels, anti-aging facials and detoxifying body wraps for those looking for a quick and noticeable fix. If relaxation is the result you’re craving, there’s massage and manicures, too. There’s even Little Rivers, a children’s salon where your mini-me can get a pampered while you are.

With waterfalls, tropical fish and soothing music around me, I already felt like I was far, far away. “It’s a world away from the world,” owner June Ferreira says. Tranquil Waters is indeed a decadent experience, but June points out that it’s an affordable luxury. “Our prices are in line with other salons and spas,” she says. Another way to enjoy more for less is by being on their VIP email list. VIP members receive re-booking and product discounts, complimentary upgrades (like a free hair cut with a full color) and 5% of their spa and salon spending in rewards points.

I was sitting in a serene waiting area when Savannah came out to walk me over to her treatment room. The wrap, she said, would help reduce a few inches for a few days. We talked about my problem areas - thighs, arms and stomach - before getting started with exfoliation. Savannah rubbed a gentle cleanser on my body, then used a loofah glove to rub it off. She applied a glyco-protein serum on next, followed by the moist wrap around the problem areas. The wrap had been soaked in a cocktail of Red Sea kelp, which helps break down cellulite. I laid there, all bundled up yet quite comfortable, for about 20 minutes. I was about to dose off when Savannah returned to unwrap me and finish off with a restructuring cream.

As I was getting dressed, my skin felt firm and smooth. I actually got giddy about trying on some of my summer clothes I had pulled out of storage. Even the bathing suits. As I buttoned the last pair of shorts, it was clear that the wrap had reduced more than a few inches; it had also squashed my summer clothes anxiety.

Tranquil Waters. 1479 Fall River Ave., Seekonk. 508-336-6676.