Chocolate Massages Gain in Popularity
Chocolate lovers have always had a unique view of the world. They probably think Willy Wonka had the right idea with his world of edible treats and chocolate flowing river. Now, they have a new trend to embrace as the season of chocolate has arrived at spas nationwide.
Chocolate seems to be the rage at many spas as facials, massages, scrubs and wraps are popping up on many spa menus. The retail areas in many spas also report that their chocolate products are the biggest sellers. Part of this phenomenon might be due to recent claims that many of the chocolate treatments offer a slimming effect. While there have been no studies offering proof of such evidence, the chocolate does seem to make people feel better and have softer skin - and the wonderful aroma alone would be worth a try.
Some spa ads claim that the chocolate treatments slim the body, but some experts find that hard to believe. "That's not even close to true unless it's some sort of dehydration effect that would take place if it were chocolate or Crisco," said Susan Nitzke, a professor or nutritional sciences at the University of Wisconsin Extension. While there is no scientific evidence that chocolate shrinks fat, this hasn't deterred people from flocking to spas to try it out nonetheless.
While chocolate might not shrink fat, it does exfoliate and moisturize-and it smells heavenly. So, what can it hurt to try? Follow the example of a chocolate lover and indulge in the latest spa trend. Indulge in some chocolate pampering.
"Chocolate massages are the rage in spas," by Patricia Simms. January 21, 2006. www.madison.com.
Updated: February 8, 2006