The Body Ballancer review and effective ways to get rid of bloat
Regardless of weight, I’ve always been one of those people with a marsupial pouch – you know that perpetually visible layer of fat and/ or bloat around the abdomen? Then there are times that I generally feel horrible and puffy everywhere, even though I know it’s just water retention, it’s uncomfortable and far from pleasant.
Recently I discovered that there’s a machine for that. Yes, you can literally lie in a bed, your lower body caressed by the kneading motion of compressed air and after 30-45 minutes, come out feeling and looking lighter. This contraption that resembles the love child of a sumo suit and a massage chair is The Body Ballancer, and it’s effective in beating bloat by promoting healthy circulation of fluid through the lymphatic system. Don’t worry, I kind of had to get my head around that too (obviously was not a fan of biology at school). In simple terms, it’s similar to the body’s cardiovascular network and works alongside it to absorb nutrients and help the body get rid of waste and toxins.
For something with such an impact, the process is really quite simple and unlike most other treatments I’ve tried – this one doesn’t hurt at all. Renee Lapino at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic strapped me into the machine and I started off with a five minute warm up. Imagine an extremely mild leg massage that gently and evenly runs up and down your lower half. To my surprise, the pressure didn’t get much firmer. I was actually expecting a disconcerting blood pressure machine kind of grip, instead I could have fallen asleep right there. According to Renee, a 45 minute session tucked into one of these air suits is equivalent to three lymphatic massages at a spa. Shame there were no essential oils and a remix of waterfalls and xylophones for ambience.
At first I was a little apprehensive about the Body Ballancer, I mean, it’s too good to be true that something which looks like an advanced relaxation lounger can actually have a huge impact. These were the results: I try my best to work out three to four times a week, so most of the time there’s somewhere on my body that’s a little achey. Coming out of CSC, my leg muscles felt so relaxed and refreshed, as if they’d just woken from a deep satisfying sleep. And the next morning, when I looked in the mirror, I noticed that the muscle tone was so visible. I could actually see the difference that my workouts were making!
Because the lymphatic system extends all over your body – think about the places that are most prone to bloating, from your fingers all the way to your feet – lymphatic drainage is beneficial to every organ in your body. Personally, I suffer from a form of IBS affects how bloated I look. The Body Ballancer is a good supplement to a cleaner diet if you have bad gut health. Consider that the small intestine has the largest collection of lymphatic vessels and the advantage stimulating healthy drainage has on this area! Literally, researching this has been a huge GCSE science refresher for me and it’s all falling into place (excuse my slow moment, I was way more of a humanities kinda gal). So if you’re headed to a beach getaway this summer and actually want all that time spent working out to be visible – book one of these before you get on that plane.
Here’s another crazy fact to throw at you. Lemon water is not acidic when it means your digestive system. It actually alkalises the acid in your stomach, so if you bloat in between meals because of acid build up, it’s the perfect remedy to treat yourself at home. In the mornings I make a pitcher of warm lemon water as part of my routine and now it’s nearly summer and I keep finding myself with flavoured tea cravings, I throw in a few drops of chlorophyll and some green tea for a fancy anti-oxidant kick.