Celebrities Love This Stomach Flattening Treatment: Everything You Need To Know
She was nicknamed 'The Body' by Time magazine in 1989, so when Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson revealed the ‘secret’ behind her still-enviably flat stomach in an Instagram post last year we went straight into a deep dive.
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“Love @sheilamsperez lymph day,” said The Body. “Combined with (her own) @welleco super elixir and super gut booster it’s a winning trio.” She added that the aforementioned Perez (a massage therapist specialising in lymphatic drainage) has developed a method called the Miracle Touch – “although not sure “touch “ is really the word because we nickname her the lady torture” said the supe - and that her hands and method are magical for shifting lymph and body sculpting.
Sharing before and after photos, the 55-year-old said she relies on a lymphatic drainage treatment by Perez on a weekly basis if she can, and she’s not alone. Perez massaged Shakira and J Lo daily in the five days leading up to the Super Bowl, and celebrity fans like Macpherson, Cindy Crawford and Sharon Stone aren’t above sharing their considerable love for her on the socials.
How does it work?
Her exclusive method combines lymphatic drainage techniques with ‘body modelling’ massage, which delivers benefits including body shaping, slimming and detoxification plus cellulite reduction. Lymphatic drainage is a rhythmical massage treatment performed to stimulate the circulation of lymph fluid around the body, rapidly speeding up the removal of wastes and toxins with effective results that can be seen in the very first session.
So you ask: how can I submit my own wobbly bits to the Sheila Perez Method? In Auckland actually, where beauty therapist Nicky Watkins offers it exclusively in her Ponsonby clinic called My Beauty Room. Just two minutes’ walk from Ponsonby Road in the Vinegar Lane development, it’s where Nicky works wonders on pigmentation, acne, anti-ageing and the like, as well as delivers major results with the Sheila Perez Method. After learning about the method online, Nicky eventually travelled to the US to train with Perez, and to prove herself worthy of passing on the benefits of her famous Method to Kiwi clients. “It is a game changer,” she tells me before I strip off and submit to her magic hands, “it detoxifies the body, eliminates accumulated fluid, activates the immune system, combats cellulite and stimulates bowel function. Results can be seen during the first session and you’ll feel healthier on the inside and look amazing on the outside.”
If you’re considering a treatment, Nicky recommends beginning with weekly sessions, building towards a maintenance programme, and the before and after pictures on her Instagram are impressive. At $300 a session it isn’t cheap, but if you’re looking to take change in your body seriously without surgery then it’s a very real option.
What's the verdict?
So how did it feel? After an hour of deep, targeted massage all over my body (including my stomach), I have to say it’s not the most relaxing way to spend time but yep, it was effective. I felt light and filled with energy for the rest of the day, and have to say my skinny jeans felt pretty damn comfortable when I put them on that night. After a few days naturally I was back to my usual self, but it did make me stop and think about what I was putting into my body to keep the good feels flowing. It’s definitely about more than just dropping a few cms before a red carpet event, although that is definitely a possibility if that’s what you’re looking for. It has been said that people come to lymphatic massage to get a better body and then discover the inner benefits, and I can definitely see that as a valid side effect. At $300 a session it won’t be on my weekly radar sadly, but if you can afford it, I say go forth and be sculpted.
Have you tried any non-invasive weight loss or shaping treatments like this before, or would you?