We Try It: Ionithermie Spa Treatments

October 10, 2013 | By | 10 Comments

When someone tells me I can lose four to eight inches off my thighs and all I have to do is lay there, well, I’m all ears. So when I first began hearing about Ionithermie cellulite reduction treatments on cruise lines a couple of years ago, I couldn’t help but pay attention. According to spa claims, Ionithermie detoxifies the body at a cellular level, which results in smoother, more toned-looking skin.
It took a few cruises (and some extra pounds) before I was willing to take the plunge. Why the heck not? At $159 per treatment, it wasn’t crazy pricey. If it actually worked, it would be a downright bargain. And if it didn’t, my curiosity would at least be satisfied.
So when I was on Norwegian Jewel earlier this year, I signed up for one treatment. – despite the receptionist’s disapproval.. “You know, one treatment really isn’t enough,” she said, trying to be helpful.
“I think I’ll just start with one and see how it goes,” I answered (I don’t know what other passengers do, but I expected to see results before forking over another $240).. She smiled but shook her head as if I were making a grave mistake.
The next day I stood in a treatment room as a 20-something spa therapist explained the process to me. First I would be measured, then slathered with a special algae and wrapped in plastic with electrodes stuck to me, left to bake. At the end of this, I could expect to lose an inch off each thigh, maybe. The four to eight inches that’s touted in the brochure? That only comes after a minimum of three sessions.
An inch isn’t so bad. I’ll gladly take an inch of my thighs without doing 200 squats!
Measurement time: I am not a thin woman. I can barely stand to undress in the privacy of my bedroom all alone, so standing spread eagled while the specialist took my measurements wasn’t entirely comfortable… to put it mildly. She was sweet, though, and treated the whole thing in a matter-of-fact manner; no judgement.
Nonetheless, I was glad when it was algae time. I don’t know what makes the algae used in this process any different from the green slime you find on a stagnant pond, but the therapist told me it had detoxifying qualities and would help me shed toxins and unnecessary water. Sounded good to me.
After my thighs were covered in the green goop, I hopped up on the table where four electrodes were applied to my legs (two each). Plastic was then wrapped around my legs and the specialist left the room for some 30 minutes.
Now, I’ve had electric stimulation at my chiropractor’s but this felt nothing like that. Instead of a constant, pleasant buzz, the electrodes intermittently activated, causing my leg muscles to clench. It feels like you are tensing your muscles, and yet you’re not doing anything. It’s not painful or uncomfortable; it’s just weird and not at all relaxing.
Thirty minutes later, my Ionithermie therapist returned, removed the electrodes and rinsed down my legs. Then she measured me again.
A half inch.
That’s what she told me I’d lost on each leg.
I guess I have to believe her, but my pants didn’t feel any looser and my thighs definitely didn’t look any more toned.
In the end, I’m glad I satisfied my curiosity, but I won’t be doing it again. I would have had better results spending the 45 minutes in the gym.


    10 Responses to “We Try It: Ionithermie Spa Treatments”

    1. Brian
      October 10th, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

      I have some snake oil to sell you. Only $100 a bottle. It has amazing hydrolyzing properties, flushing your system of unhealthy toxins and cleansing your system for better digestion. Oh, the ingredients? Just water.

    2. Sandy
      September 12th, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

      I went in the carnival dream I was in for 14 in a week I saw a dramatic change my therapist stayed with me the whole time she was a hoot! She was from South Africa she measured me from the front and made sure I understood everything, Cloe was the best honestly, I am so confident and I want to do Ionithermie every cruise I go on! I lost a lot of inches but more importantly than that I just feel better about myself

    3. Janusz
      October 9th, 2014 @ 2:21 am

      after using the stuff I lost 15 pounds and my waist went from 36 to 32

    4. Cindy K.
      October 19th, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

      I just did the ionithermie on Carnival Conquest. My therapist was Margo from South Africa, and she was extremely knowledgeable. She made me feel at ease since it is a little humbling standing in front of a mirror in tiny underwear getting measured. She explained the whole process and stayed in the room with me the entire treatment. There was not any “green algae goop” used like some people mentioned in previous comments. She used ampoules that were glass viles containing ingredients such as red algae (the viles are mostly a clear liquid). A grey colored clay mixture was applied before adding the electrodes to the desired area. After the 30 minute session, I was measured again and given my results. I had lost an overall total of 8 inches, but what really showed me results was that I had been retaining so much fluid in my feet and legs that I didn’t have ankles, and it definitely had gone down after one treatment. For the remainder of the day I had gone to the bathroom numerous times, letting me know that my body was trying to eliminate the build up of fluid. I signed up for two more treatments, and even my husband noticed a difference in my legs and stomach. I loved the ionithermie, and believe that it can help jump start the circulation & metabolism. I only wish I could find a place close to home that offered this treatment. I will do it again the next time I go on another cruise!

    5. Stacey
      December 16th, 2014 @ 10:21 am

      A few weeks ago I was on the Carnival Dream and absolutely lived the therapist Cloe!! She is awesome! As we speak, I am on the Carnival Sunshine doing another round of Ionithermie…I act find the electrodes very relaxing…lol

    6. Stacey
      December 16th, 2014 @ 10:22 am

      Oh yeah…this therapist on the Sunshine is nice enough, but she is no Cloe!! Will have to find out what ship Cloe is on for my next booking!!

    7. Faye
      December 24th, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

      My sister and I both had the treatment on our last cruse neither one of us will do it again. We bought the 300$plus kit and was told we would keep seeing results. Not so, you only see results if you have the machine. Will not do this again. Save your money !!!

    8. Sandra
      February 21st, 2015 @ 7:54 pm

      I just returned from a cruise on carnival victory and had two treatments. Giovanna was my spa therapist and she was absolutely wonderful!! Very informative and pleasant to visi with. The only time she left the room was to book my other spa services. After first treatment the measurements showed 8 inch decrease from my abdomen down my thighs. The next day I could see a change in the appearance of the skin on my inner thighs. Much smoother looking. After my second treatment there was 10 inches total lost. I can see a tell my upper abdomen is smaller and my thighs look even better. I wish this treatment was available close to me cause I would definitely do again.

    9. Daphne
      February 23rd, 2015 @ 7:49 pm

      Chloe on the Dream is AMAZING…great personality and I loved the treatment. I lost 9 inches, and even better felt so good afterwards!

    10. Heather
      March 1st, 2015 @ 11:07 am

      you only lose some water the first day. the fat reduction and change to your circulation and local metabolism takes over a month. I let all my cellulite in one go but it did take a full month to see the result. I had six sessions over ten days on a cruise a few years ago since i get on cruises rarely. It got my middle aged legs back to my twenties except for the veins. I went to France to learn how to do it, to bring it in as a business. it makes really good sense medically once you hear how it works. But definitely allow time. I do not have such a business now so every now and then I will have to cruise just to get the ionithermie. The effects can last over a year if you are a clean eater that it not loading alcohol and rubbish back in. You will balloon up again.

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