[Review] The Benefits Of Bust & Womb Care Massage At Chrysalis Spa

 

I am no stranger to massages but getting a Bust Lymphatic Drainage & Tummy Anti-Wind Relief Therapy (Womb Care) massage was a first for me. I arrived at the Chrysalis Spa at Ang Mo Kio Hub level 3, one of the 5 outlets which they have islandwide. And I was warmly greeted by the spa manager who served me some red dates tea promptly after I settled down. I had initially thought of getting a full body massage but decided on the Bust Lymphatic Drainage & Tummy Anti-Wind Relief Therapy (Womb Care) massage eventually because I had not tried anything like this before and I was looking forward to see what benefits I could reap from it.

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When The Boy Falls Sick…

 

All it takes is just one sick child to throw a wench into your plans. I didn’t intend to take leave today but I had to because the boy fell sick again. He has been having the dreaded flu and cough on and off. And after trying western medicine for the longest time, we decided to switch to TCM aka Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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So he was getting better till things took a turn for the worst and here I am, back at the TCM doctors again. Just mere 3 days after our last visit for treatment. But the thing with cough is that it is such a common occurrence especially with little children. The same goes for adults, on the public transport, you can hear and see people coughing away. Even in my office, there are a few who are also afflicted with the dreaded cough. So one of the ways to deal with this is not to make it such a big deal, face it, kids fall sick all the time. Continue reading

My Slimming 101 Experience; Say Hello Again To Flat Tummy

I used to be slim but after having baby Asher, it’s a whole different tale. Add on a hectic lifestyle that includes a full-time job, blogging, managing an online store while at the same time juggling family and a dog. It’s almost impossible to find time for myself, much less to lose weight.

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So when I first learnt about Slimming 101 and their philosophy behind slimming through TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) principles incorporated with European botanicals for losing weight healthily, Delighted!  Can’t wait to try out this wholesome, natural method of losing weight as opposed to consuming pills.

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Slimming 101 uses high-tech weight loss machines combined with “Qi” philosophy and meridian theory. Have a peace of mind knowing that the treatments are approved by a certified Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner. To help you maintain and improve body condition, a slimming diet plan would be incorporated. And you do not need to worry about weight rebound. Some clients even lose up to 16cm and 1kg in one session!

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Slimming 101, is located conveniently at the 4th floor of Funan IT Mall, just a stone’s throw away from Cityhall MRT. Upon reaching the centre, I was greeted by their friendly staff. My weight & body mass was taken and further analyzed by the consultant to decide what was most suitable for me.

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After all these months, I was still 3 kg heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight. At 55kg, I thought that losing that 5kg to reach 50kg would be ideal for me. I guess when it comes to weight, we all like to round down to the lowest number possible.

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However, according to the body mass analyzer, my ideal fat mass was 11kg while my current fat mass is 14kg. Therefore, the ideal and most healthy weight for me was to lose just 3kg. Anything more than that was deemed unhealthy.

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I also learnt from my friendly consultant that Slimming 101’s treatments aids in breaking down visceral fats.

What fat I hear you say? Isn’t all kind of fats the same? I learnt that there are 2 kinds of fats stored in our bodies; visceral fats and subcutaneous fats. If you work out frequently, the fats which you lose are the subcutaneous fats. However, it is very difficult to visceral fats through regular exercise. But fret not as Slimming 101’s treatments are meant to help you lose all the unwanted visceral fats

What exactly are visceral fats? Visceral fat, also known as organ fat packed in between internal organs and torso.

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From my research online I found out that it is almost impossible to lose your Visceral Fat!! Even if you starve yourself or by exercising. This machine can target visceral fat =DD

I was recommended 3 different types of treatment to aid me in my quest for my idea weight. The sauna followed by their signature Meridian Marine Therapy after which, I would have the Bio Lipolysis.

Meridian Marine Therapy includes body scrub and acupressure massage.

The primary function of body scrub is to remove dead skin cells to refresh and even out skin tone for smooth and radiant skin. At Slimming 101, maximum result is delivered with the use of natural ingredient, such as Marine Sea Salt.

The sauna helps to improve blood circulation, flushes out toxins and also help burn calories through sweating.

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After my sweat-out in the sauna, I was ushered into a therapy room to have the Meridian Marine Therapy done. It consisted of a sea salt scrub followed by a wrap. Time to sweat it all out again.

The sea salt scrub 1. Will remove dead skin cells 2. Aids in bringing out the excess water retention under your skin by sweating. With less unwanted water in your body ( not your body fluid ) naturally you will be less swollen and lighter in weight.

On top of that to make sure that every customer is well taken care of , each treatment room had a TV on so I was kept preoccupied with the Korean F4 drama that was being aired and forgotten about the sweating part.

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Once I was done with the wrap, I was given a fresh set of robes and towels to change into after my shower. Looks like the sea salt scrub was not only good for aiding weight loss but it also left my skin feeling silky smooth! After washing up, I had my body measurements taken before I started the Bio Lipolysis treatment.

All I had to do was to lie on a bed and relax while the therapist placed small wire-connected pads around my tummy, thighs and arms. Once the machine was switched on, I could feel a gentle pulsation coming through the pads. This treatment helps you to break down fats without you having to sweat it out in a gym. You can expect enhanced skin tissue elasticity, better blood circulation and strengthened immune system. The Bio-Lipolysis treatment is just like having a Chinese Acupuncture session but without the awful needles or any pain. It’s a non-invasive treatment that is suitable for everyone.

After the treatment session, I had my measurements and weight taken again. The inches loss through this treatment are real and not due to loss of water weight. I lost 300g during the session and was told that it may not be significant but that was because from the start I didn’t have much weight to lose. I think this is a great start for me and I look forward to my 2nd session with Slimming 101. Bye bye flabby tummy & hello washboard flatness!

For now you can get 6 session of meridian therapies for only$28 !! Hurry call and book your appointment now.

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For more information on Slimming 101, please visit their website. They are located at Funan DigitaLife Mall, #04-07. If you have any enquiries, feel free to contact them at 67373 101 or email them at info@slim101.com.sg

Life As A Working Mom

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As a working mom of an active 10 month old, I don’t reallyhave much time to myself. In the day, I’m busy at my full time job. And once I am off work, I try to spend as much time as I can with my little one before he goes to bed. Being a boy, he can be quite a handful. We play together after my dinner and sometimes, if he is in the mood for some reading. We would cuddle together in his play yard and read his favourite board books. Then before you know it, it’s almost close to midnight. I usually just have enough time to shower and pack some orders for my online shop before hitting the sack. What a day, right?

minionsgymSo it’s really no surprise that I don’t have the time or energy to head down to the gym for a workout. And I’m too easily tempted by good food to even start dieting. This isn’t going too well for me since I have put on additional weight during pregnancy and it stayed with me even after I had given birth. At this rate, I’ll probably end up looking like….

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Gloria the Hippo from the movie Madagascar, especially now with my wider hips and thighs. I don’t think I can even wear jeans with confidence like before. And yet, I stay clear off slimming pills because I don’t really think this is a safe method to lose weight.

I am looking for alternative slimming methods which are more natural and healthy. That’s when I stumbled upon an article on Traditional Chinese Medicine and slimming. And no, I’m not referring to slimming through acupuncture because I don’t really fancy having needles all over me in the name of beauty.

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But I won’t mind trying out some other TCM methods which do not require needles or the need to diet. Who would have thought, right? TCM does not just cure ailments but to also lose weight.

According to this Yahoo article, TCM is all about the Qi.

In the view of TCM, weight regulation is not primarily about calorie intake and expenditure. It’s about fortifying, channeling, and sustaining qi. Fortifying qi raises your metabolism, and provides you with an invigorating feeling of well-being.

If the qi in the digestive system is strong, your body will be able to optimally transform the food you eat into energy you can use. Two of the factors that weaken qi are excessive stress and inadequate sleep. Prolonged stress and sleep deprivation raise levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes the body to store, rather than burn, fat. “

Yes, stress and sleep deprivation sounds like me! I would love to try some TCM to fortify my Qi and gain my previous body shape.

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