My previous post about Endermologie® inadvertently started a series of posts about different treatments and procedures that are available to aid in cellulite reduction. In this post we will cover a somewhat controversial treatment known as Ionithermie.
Ionithermie has often been mistakenly spelled "Lonithermie", due to fact that the capital "I" at the beginning of the word can be mistaken for a lower-case "L". Regardless of the spelling, Ionithermie has been touted as a remarkably effective way to reduce the appearance of cellulite, improve muscle tone, and increase the elasticity of the skin. Invented over a quarter of a century ago by a French biochemist, the treatment is heralded as an excellent way to detoxify the body and increase metabolic activity. Whether these claims can hold up to the scrutiny of such watchdog organizations as the FDA remains to be seen; nothing conclusive has been published as of yet.
The Ionithermie Detox Treatment
Ionithermie is categorized as a "cosmeceutical" treatment, although the FDA does not formally recognize such a category. Proponents of Ionithermie claim that the strength of the treatment lies in the detoxification methods that are used in the procedure. Treatments are performed by certified Ionithermie therapists (who would've guessed). A small hand-held machine known as an ionic massager is used which transmits low-level amounts of Galvanic and Faradic electrical currents (a whole other article) to the skin through a conductive aromatic clay that is applied to the skin. This thermal clay (as it is also known) is made up of varying all-natural compounds, which can include organic freeze-dried vegetable extracts, ribonucleic acid, micronized algae, guarana, seaweed, and others. The electrical stimulus passes through the thermal clay, causing the skin to absorb the nutrients that are in the clay. The Galvanic current provides positive and negative ions that assist in "pushing" the nutrients from the organic clay into the treated area of the skin, while the Faradic current is used to stimulate the muscles and tissue in the affected area as well.
The different ingredients in the organic clay compound basically "seep" into the skin by way of the gentle Galvanic and Faradic electric currents in a process known as "electrophoresis", and immediately they begin to detoxify the treated area, stimulating blood and lymph circulation. My previous post about setting the stage for cellulite reduction through maintaining a healthy circulatory system bears repeating once again, as even in Ionithermie the treatment is designed to encourage better lymphatic drainage and more efficient blood circulation. As the various all-natural substances enter into the layers of skin below the epidermis, the fatty tissue is broken up in a process known as lipolysis. This is believed to be a key factor in reducing cellulite, and increasing the smooth appearance of the areas of the skin that are most affected by cellulite. The main areas of treatment are the hips, thighs, buttocks, knees, arms, and bust.
Benefits of Ionithermie
It is important to note that the primary benefit promoted by Ionithermie enthusiasts is that of detoxification. The organic materials that comprise the thermal clay are lauded for their ability to remove toxins in the human system, as well as replenish much-needed minerals into the system.
Another benefit is loss of inches. Clinical studies have shown results of up to 8 inches of loss per treatment, although the average documented loss is around 4.5 inches. While these results have been clinically proven, the FDA has not yet endorsed or approved the practice of Ionithermie.
Many people also report an improvement in the smoothness and consistency of their skin after repeated Ionithermie treatments. Others report a feeling of relaxation as well.
The average Ionithermie treatment session lasts about 30 minutes, and it is usually recommended that a person receive a repeated series of treatments if they have more advanced stages of cellulite formation. The primary place to get the treatment performed is at any spa that offers the more sophisticated types of cosmeceutical treatments. The average price for a session is between $130 to $170 dollars, usually with a per-treatment discount if you buy multiple blocks of sessions at one time.
Potential Side Effects of Ionithermie
There are only a few minor side effects associated with receiving Ionithermie treatments, and they include redness or sensitivity of the areas of skin that were treated. Since everyone's skin is different, and some people's skin is more sensitive than others, the same exact treatment may affect two different people (and varying skin types) two totally different ways.
My hope is that this post has given you a good introduction into Ionithermie, another popular method of cellulite reduction. Stay tuned for more posts about various cellulite treatments in the coming weeks.