As a beauty boss and lifestyle blogger here in LA, I’m always up to try the newest treatments, gadgets and potions and share it with you guys. Here’s the cool thing about endermologie – it’s not new. In fact, Europeans have been getting this done for over 30 years. But it was new to me, and quite frankly, I was surprised that I hadn’t tried it yet!
Endermologie was originally designed for the treatment of scar tissue and wasn’t really created with an aesthetic purpose in mind. It had been used in physical therapy to help address swelling, bruising and scars. But over time the beauty world took notice as patients noticed a better silhouette and improvement in their cellulite. (Watch this video to learn a little more)
My friend Elena invited me to meet her at The Contour Room in Sherman Oaks and try out endermologie, followed with a Ballancer Pro (BP) session. I had already gotten great results after a series of BP treatments right before the HBO Emmy After Party (read about that here) , so doing it again in conjunction with other body treatments was a no brainer for me. And although it is a bit of a drive from WeHo to Sherman Oaks (everything in LA is judged by how long it will take and which freeways are involved), the fact that it was a direct referral from Elena gave me confidence because I know how serious she is about her body treatments.
I exited the 101 and found the medical center where the Contour Room calls home. I liked that. My first experience with the Ballancer Pro was at a doctor’s office and this medical office location added to my feeling that this was going to be a seriously effective treatment.
Aleks, the owner and master technician (yay! #bosslady), has just moved into this new location. Aleks began her LA endermologie career when she was 3 months pregnant, rented her machine and a small room in a spa which eventually turned into her own treatment suite. I love hearing these stories of women who work hard, pursue their dreams and run their own businesses.
One look at her physique and I was bought in. She is toned and strong, but still totally feminine. After I spoke with her, I realized how passionate and knowledgeable she is about what she does. She’s also a bit of a an engineering nut and she shows off her state-of-the-art machines with the same pride as an LA guy shows off his sportscar.
“With all of the extra technology I have added, I am able to help my clients attain their healthiest body. One that’s balanced, smooth and sculpted without any surgery. I see endermologie as a ‘gym’ for the skin.”
MY FIRST TREATMENT
Even though her studio is based out of a medical center, I was greeted with the spa like scents of aromatherapy upon walking in the door. She walked me back to her endermologie room which was dimly lit and very relaxing, and presented me with my own personal white bodysuit. Yep, you are totally naked during the session and the bodysuit provides you with a bit of coverage and more importantly, protects your skin from the rollers. And don’t worry, that bodysuit is yours to keep and was given to me in a cute little satin pouch.
I then lay on a bed with an infrared technology BioMat underneath me. The mat is made with jade and amethyst stones and also kept me warm during my session. Aleks then started on the treatment and for lack of a better explanation, it kinda feels like your skin is being vacuumed and deep tissue massaged at the same time. It felt REALLY good on my middle back as I spend so much time on my laptop and I am busty – so I hold a lot of my tension in my shoulder blades. I could see why this would be amazing for people with lactic acid and also just circulatory issues. It’s also good for weight loss to prevent loose skin, post-liposuction and for addressing that pesky orange-peel-skin issue known as cellulite. And I love that all of the treatments offered are non-invasive. I felt really relaxed after endermologie, like I had received a deep tissue massage and that all the toxins had been pulled out of my muscles and skin.
Which made it the perfect time to transfer into a Ballancer Pro session. I wore a duster sweater, so I just threw that over my LP bodysuit and walked into another room. After being zipped into the pants (they look like spacepants), the air compression chambers then started doing their squeezing action to get those toxins out of my lymph system. I can see why this combo is so effective. If I had more time, I would have jumped into the Infra Red Sauna cocoon as well (especially after hearing on this Happier in Hollywood podcast that a sauna 4x a week is a great anti-aging strategy).
All in all, I felt completely relaxed after these back to back treatments. I was a little sore, like the good kind you get after a workout. If you are coming from far away, Aleks and her team are really good about designing a protocol that makes sense for you. In fact, I loved that one of her recommendations for her weight-loss clients is to forego some of their treatments and invest in a meal plan instead because yes people, diet is 80% of the battle. I think that speaks volume about her integrity.
So there you go — my first experience with endermologie. Would I do it again? Absolutely. I think that these type of body treatments are so good for you, especially since as some of you may know I am still healing from a hysterectomy (8 weeks out now! Make sure to check with your doctor if you are post-op from anything or have concerns at all). But don’t just take it from me, here are some Contour Room Yelp reviews. ContourRoom.com
Maxine Tatlonghari is the woman behind the Vanity Girl Hollywood brand, bringing you the original Hollywood vanity mirror. She chronicles her beauty boss life in The Vanity Girl Diaries, with a focus on lifestyle, beauty, female founders and philanthropy. She resides in West Hollywood and loves to travel. She was a TrendScout for the Cosmoprof NA 2017 beauty trade show.
This post is sponsored by the Contour Room. All opinions are my own.