TOTAL BODY CONCEPT

Specialised Skin Care & Day Spa

Skin Therapy

Total Body Concept offers specialised skin and body treatments to reverse ageing, prevent further damage and maintain a young, healthy, glowing complexion.

These treatments are delivered by our skilled, highly trained therapists, each of whom holds an international qualification.

 

Our treatments make generous use of specialised cosmeceutical products from Resultime by Collin Paris and Ultraceuticals. We invest in the most up-to-date technology available anywhere in the world (including IPL) to achieve excellence in skin treatment results.

 

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Specialised Treatments

Laser Excel V
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Laser Genesis
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IPL - PHOTOREJUVENATION
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IPL - HAIR REMOVAL
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ResurFX 1565nm Fibre Laser
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Nd:YAG 1064nm Laser
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ClearLight Acne Therapy
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Photodynamic Therapy
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Microdermabrasion
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Ultra Skin Needling
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Infrared Sauna
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Reiki
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Hypnotherapy
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Technology

Cutera Excel V
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Lumenis M22 Technology
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Sonophoresis
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Visia - Digital Skin Analysis
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Laser Excel V

A new approach to treating vascular and benign pigmented conditions.
Now men and women alike are making unsightly facial and leg veins a thing of the past. With the most advanced technology, Excel V laser can safely and effectively treat a wide range of vascular and benign pigmented conditions on men and women of all skin tones.

What is Excel V?
Is the most advanced aesthetic technology that combines two powerfully precise lasers to target and eliminate vascular concerns (redness, unsightly veins) and benign pigmented lesions (age spots, sun spots, discolouration) on the face and body.

What does Excel V Treat?
Nearly twenty unique aesthetic and dermatologic skin concerns. The most common excel V treatments include rosacea, facial and leg veins, age/brown spots and acne scars.

How does Excel V work?
Your therapist will select one of excel V's two lasers and customise the treatment settings to target the colour and depth of your skin concern. Most treatments are finished in just a few minutes.

What are the benefits of Excel V?
For most procedures excel V provides quick treatments with best results within just a few days. Most procedures only take 5 to 10 minutes but some take up to 45 minutes.

How many treatments are required?
Most treatments require only one or two treatment sessions. The number of treatments will vary based on your condition. Your excel V provider will discuss a customised treatment plan during your consultation.

Is the treatment painful?
Treatments can feel similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Depending on the procedure, a cooling treatment tip will be in contact with the skin to protect and provide comfort to the area. A topical anesthetic is also available, if required, to improve your treatment experience.

Are there any side effects or any downtime?
Redness and/or swelling can be expected following treatment and will resolve within a few days. Treated brown spots will darken and slough off within 3 to 6 days. For full face treatments, swelling will peak 24 to 48 hours post treatment and usually resolves within a few days. Typically, you can wear make-up and return to normal activities immediately. Your provider may recommend a topical steroid to reduce swelling as needed.

 

 

Laser Genesis

Laser Genesis skin therapy stimulates natural processes to promote vibrant and healthy looking skin in men and women. Now you can have a more youthful appearance by treating conditions that are typically associated with aging and sun damage.

What is Laser Genesis?
Is a breakthrough laser treatment that stimulates the skin's natural processes to reverse the signs of aging and sun damage and promote a vibrant, healthy looking complexion.

How does Laser Genesis work?
Micro-pulses of laser energy activate collagen remodeling to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and target unwanted brown spots and facial redness. Although the individual treatment results are subtle the overall effect of a treatment series can be quite dramatic.

What are the benefits of Laser Genesis?
It helps restore your skin's youthful glow and appearance by improving common concerns like facial redness, brown spots and fine lines and wrinkles. With quick treatments and no downtime Laser Genesis can fit into your busy schedule and is considered the perfect lunchtime procedure by many patients.

What can be treated?
Is an ideal treatment for the face and neck and other areas of the body with noticeable signs of aging, sun damage or scarring.

How many treatments are required?
A series of four to six treatments are recommended to achieve an optimal outcome and ongoing maintenance treatments are encouraged to sustain results over time. Your therapist will discuss a treatment plan during your consultation.

What does Laser Genesis feel like?
You will experience a gentle warming of your skin's surface during the procedure. Patients often describe the treatment as relaxing and therapeutic.

What are possible side effects?
You may notice a slight redness which will resolve within a few hours. Apply sunscreen and makeup, and return to your normal daily activities immediately.

 

IPL - PHOTOREJUVENATION

Total Body Concept uses Lumenis M22 Intense Pulsed Light

M22 IPL technology is a treatment breakthrough to correct a variety of skin conditions including signs of photo-ageing, pigmentation and vascular lesions. The treatment is safe, non-invasive with no interruption to your busy lifestyle.

A course of treatments is recommended for excellent long-term results.


Frequently Asked Questions


What proof do you have that Quantum IPL actually works?
Lumenis IPL, (Intense Pulsed Light), technology was approved by the American FDA in February 2000. It was cleared for the treatment of All Skin Types. (Limited to skin types I to V.)

Numerous independent case studies have been undertaken that support the findings of the FDA and reinforce the safety and effectiveness of the technology. These case studies and related articles are available for viewing at Total Body Concept.

Lumenis invented the IPL (A Registered Trademark) technology and have been treating clients around the world since 1994. They are the international gold standard leaders in IPL technology consistently providing results that surpass clients expectations.

What is IPL?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology is a treatment breakthrough that can correct a variety of benign skin conditions, such as facial skin imperfections, the signs of aging, birthmarks, unwanted hair, unsightly small veins, and other blemishes. It offers a safe, non-invasive solution that can be tailored to your individual condition and skin type, providing superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction. This new procedure is called Photorejuvenation.

How is the Photorejuvenation procedure performed?
A cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and you may be given dark glasses to protect your eyes from the bright light. The smooth glass surface of the IPL hand piece is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light are applied. You may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band. An anaesthetic cream may be used, but is seldom required. Treatment is generally administered in a series of procedures that provides excellent long-term results, minimal adverse effects and high satisfaction. Each treatment takes about 20 minutes.

Why are multiple treatments necessary?
Depending on the number of conditions you are treating, and the severity of the individual problem, a series of  treatment sessions may be recommended. You can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities. By dividing the full programme into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk - and, it preserves the wonderful "no downtime" feature that people appreciate so much.

How do other treatments compare to Photorejuvenation?
While there are lasers that treat red spots, other lasers that treat brown sun spots, and yet others that are used for resurfacing facial skin, no other technology provides the long-term improvement of complexion and texture that the IPL Photorejuvenation programme does, all without the slightest interruption in your busy lifestyle.

What conditions can Photorejuvenation treat?


Imperfections from Sun Damage and Photo-aging.
Enlarged pores, dull complexions and other facial imperfections or abnormalities can detract from your well being and appearance, no matter how healthy and young you feel. IPL technology improves both the superficial and deeper skin layers and rejuvenates the skin while at the same time delivering beneficial thermal energy to deep tissue. After a series of treatments, you can see a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation and the appearance of smoother, revitalised skin. The same treatment can be used effectively on the neck, the chest and the hands.

Benign Vascular Lesions and Capillaries.
The face has an extensive network of veins and tiny blood vessels called capillaries. Over time, aging, trauma, sun exposure, and certain lifestyle factors cause a number of them to break appearing as red streaks or blotches on the face.
IPL therapy can eliminate damaged veins and capillaries by removing virtually all traces of these unsightly blemishes.

Symptoms of Rosacea.
Rosacea is a skin aliment that leaves people red-faced from dilated blood vessels and chronic flushing. Rosacea can also cause pimples and/or blisters on the nose and cheeks.
For women and men, IPL can successfully treat dilated blood vessels and redness without injuring the surrounding healthy skin, while greatly reducing the episodes of flushing with long-term effectiveness.

IPL - HAIR REMOVAL

Intense Pulsed Light Hair Removal

Lumenis IPL was the first photoepilation technology proven and given FDA approval to treat unwanted hair safely on any skin type and to provide long-term permanent hair reduction.

A course of treatments is required. The number of treatments needed is dependent on individual factors including skin type and hair colour.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does IPL Photoepilation work?

Highly controlled flashes of light are selectively absorbed by hair-filled follicles lying below the surface of the skin. The absorbed light heats the hair, which damages or destroys the regrowth potential of the follicle. All without damaging the surrounding tissue.

What proof do you have that M22 IPL actually works?

Lumenis IPL, (Intense Pulsed Light), technology was approved by the American FDA in February 2000. It was cleared for both Permanent Hair Reduction, based on 76% reduction @ 12 months and 84% reduction @ 24 months after multiple treatments were completed, and for All Skin Types. (Limited to skin types I to V.)

Numerous independent case studies have been undertaken that support the findings of the FDA and reinforce the safety and effectiveness of the technology. These case studies and related articles are available for viewing at Total Body Concept.

Lumenis invented the IPL (A Registered Trademark) technology and have been treating clients around the world since 1994. They are the international gold standard leaders in IPL technology consistently providing results that surpass clients expectations.

Is it right for you?

More advanced than even lasers, IPL is the first photoepilation technology proven to treat unwanted hair safely. In order to ensure the best outcome, you may be asked about your medical history and skin type in order to estimate the results you should expect from your customised treatment programme.

What happens during a treatment?

It begins by trimming away the hair above the skin. You may be asked to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from bright light. Next, a cold gel (similar to ultrasound gel) may be spread over the treatment area. The IPL hand piece is then applied to your skin and pulses of light begin disabling your unwanted hair. When the gel is removed, much of the hair is wiped off with it. The remaining hair in the treated areas falls out over the next week or two.

What does the treatment feel like?

Each pulse of light feels like a slight sting or pinch, similar to the snap of a rubber band. No local anaesthesia is required and most people tolerate the treatment well.

Can all hair be treated?

IPL's unique design offers you customised treatment according to your hair colour, texture and body location. Most hair with at least some pigment in it can be treated effectively.

Are there any possible side effects?

Side effects are rare. You may experience some slight reddening or local swelling at the treatment site, but this typically goes away within hours. On rare occasions, some blistering or bruising may occur, but typically resolves quickly. Also, the skin can become darker or lighter following treatment, but will generally return to normal within a few weeks. Limiting sun exposure before and after each treatment will minimise the risk of complications. Following the treatment, you can generally return to work and resume all regular activities immediately.

What kind of results would I expect?

IPL technology has been proven to create a permanent reduction in the number of regrowing hairs following each treatment in most skin types. The number of treatments required depends on several factors related to your specific kind of hair and skin. A customised treatment programme will be designed for you along with an estimate of how many treatments you may need in order to meet your expectations.

ResurFX 1565nm Fibre Laser

For the treatment of Acne Scars, Surgical Scars, Stretch Marks, Lines around the eyes and skin resurfacing.

M22 ResurFX is a fibre laser and is the only true fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing technology available. It uses a very advanced CoolScan scanner for non-sequential scanning and continuous cooling for safety and protection of the skin.

How it works.
The CoolScan scanner delivers up to 500 fractional spots per square centimetre into the treatment area. This creates up to 500 microscopic thermal wounds each surrounded by untreated tissue. The untreated tissue acts as a barrier to infection and as a reservoir for rapid wound-healing of the treated tissue. The stratum corneum (outermost layer of the epidermis) remains intact so barrier function is maintained.

What you can expect.
Some redness and swelling may occur that will be temporary and the treatment result will become apparent over the following 4 to 5 weeks.
Three to five treatments may be required for optimal results depending on the condition being treated.

Nd:YAG 1064nm Laser

For the treatment of Vascular Lesions, Leg Veins, Superficial Wrinkles and Birth Marks.

M22 Nd:YAG is a 1064nm laser with Multiple-Sequential Pulsing, to protect the epidermis, SapphireCool to provide continuous contact cooling for client comfort and two spot sizes to ensure precise treatment.

How it works
Light energy is pulsed into the skin and this elevates the blood temperature to cause coagulation. The heat from the coagulated blood is then conducted into the inner lining of the vessel walls causing the vessel to collapse.

ClearLight Acne Therapy

Acne is one of the most common and stubborn skin problems. Regardless of skin type or lifestyle, approximately 80% of the population will suffer from acne at some point in their lives. Yet many patients fail to respond adequately to current treatment options and others develop problematic side effects. Further, the cost and duration of acne treatment with topical medications and oral antibiotics make standard therapy far from ideal.

Now, a novel device called the ClearLight Acne PhotoClearingTM (APCTM) technology offers a new tool designed to clear moderate inflammatory acne without drugs, side effects, patient discomfort, photosensitivity or downtime. ClearLight uses a high-intensity, enhanced, narrow band light source (405-420 nm).

The treatment is painless and doesn't require any recuperation time. To be effective a course of eight 30-minute treatments, twice a week for four weeks, is required.

A course of eight treatments costs $480.00.

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic Acne Therapy is a new procedure that treats all types of acne from mild to severe and cystic acne. The procedure combines high-intensity blue light, ClearLight, and a special light-activated topical photosensitising agent called Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA). ALA is a substance that occurs naturally in the body. It is a precursor for haemoglobin synthesis meaning that your body wouldn't be able to make red blood cells to carry oxygen without ALA.

How does it work?

The ALA, a clear odourless solution, is applied to your skin and left on for 30 to 60 minutes. The ALA is selectively absorbed by the active acne cells and the sebaceous glands, it is not retained by normal tissue, making them photosensitive. The ALA is then activated with the ClearLight, within 405nm to 420nm wavelengths, that destroys the photosensitised cells and the acne bacteria. The procedure will also reduce the size of the sebaceous oil glands, inhibiting sebum production and minimising pore size. This combined interaction of the solution and the light is termed "photodynamic therapy."

What results can I expect?

Photodynamic Therapy has revolutionised the way that acne is treated with the acne starting to clear after the first treatment. Most patients generally need three treatments to have the optimal outcome and can expect a long-term clearance of active acne. Although the side effects are minimal and temporary you will have some redness and possibly some swelling and/or peeling that improves to normal within a week. The redness can be covered with Ultraceuticals Mineral Makeup available from Total Body Concept. After each treatment you must avoid sun exposure the following day as the treatment makes your skin photosensitive for 24 hours.

A Photodynamic Acne Therapy treatment costs $260.00 or a course of three treatments costs $720.00.

Prior to Photodynamic Acne Therapy the best available treatment option for resistant and cystic acne was Roacutane. However, with Roacutane there are many systemic* side effects including birth defects, liver abnormalities, mood depression and virtually all patients get dryness and night vision changes.

*Systemic treatments are any medications that are taken orally, injected or infused that affect the entire body system. PDT Acne Treatment provides a viable alternative to all types of acne treatment without having negative systemic effects.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical exfoliation technique to remove dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin. It is a mechanical process using a diamond head to exfoliate together with a vacuum to remove the dead skin cells leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth.

The treatment helps to improve irregularities on the surface of the skin and to reduce fine lines, pigmentation marks and shallow acne scars.

The process also accelerates the regeneration of new skin cells, stimulates the production of collagen and strengthens elastin, effectively pumping the skin out and revealing fresher, healthier and younger looking skin.

Microdermabrasion can treat any of the following conditions:
Ageing and sun damaged skin
Some acne scarring and acne
Pigmentation marks
Dry & dull skin
Fine lines
Enlarged and clogged pores

The treatment is virtually painless and doesn't require any recuperation time.

Best results are achieved with a course of six, 30-minute, treatments spaced 7 to 10 days apart.

Individual treatments cost $92.00 and a course of six, you only pay for five, costs $460.00.

Ultra Skin Needling

Ultra Skin Needling is a skin rejuvenation treatment that helps to restore and accelerate the skin's own regeneration of collagen and elastin through a natural healing process. Ultra fine, medical grade stainless steel needles are passed vertically across the skin creating multiple skin channels that induce a wound healing response. Designed to stimulate skin regeneration to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture, plump and firm giving an overall more youthful and glowing appearance. This treatment can also assist in breaking down existing scar tissue and encourage further healing of acne scars and help repair stretch marks and surgical scars.

What is Skin Needling?
Ultra Skin Needling is a skin rejuvenation treatment that helps to support the skin's regeneration of collagen and elastin through a natural healing process.

Ultra fine, medical grade stainless steel needles are passed vertically across the skin creating multiple surface skin channels.

This treatment is designed to support skin regeneration to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture, plump and firm giving an overall more youthful and glowing appearance.

This treatment can also support the healing of acne scars and improve the appearance of stretch marks and surgical scars.

How does Skin Needling work?
Each of the thousands of tiny puncture wounds induces the release of growth factors that begin the process of wound healing. These factors stimulate new collagen and elastin growth in the surrounding skin. New collagen and elastin production is the goal of all skin resurfacing and rejuvenation treatments.

Once initiated, new collagen production can continue for up to 12 months, resulting in an improvement in skin firmness and texture and a softening and lifting of scars and wrinkles.

Why should I try Ultra Medical Skin Needling?
Skin needling is the ultimate form of skin rejuvenation.

Clinically tested to refine skin texture, reduces appearance of acne scarring and stretch marks.

Less downtime compared to Laser and some peels.

The skin needling system is refined enough for use around all facial contours including delicate areas such as under the eyelids.

Excellent for most skin types, compatible with all Fitzpatrick skin classifications.

Why should I choose the Ultraceuticals Medical Skin Needling system?
The Ultra Medical Needling System offers adjustable needle length and speed allowing the technician to develop a specialised program for your skin concerns.

Ultraceuticals needling pen uses vertical insertion which is far more preferable to other dermal rollers on the market, as there is no risk of the skin being torn during the needling process.

How soon can I expect results?
This depends on what you are treating and how often you perform treatments. Most patients will see progress within a few days and the process of skin improvement can continue for months after treatments.

Infrared Sauna

What is Infrared
Infrared is the invisible band of light we perceive as heat. Most of the energy produced by the sun is in the infrared segment of the spectrum and is a healing and beneficial part of the sun's energy.

Infrared rays don't heat the air but heat what they hit through a process called conversion.

The infrared is divided into 3 segments by wavelengths, measured in microns;

Near Infrared: 0.76~1.5 microns
Middle Infrared: 1.5~5.6 microns
Far Infrared: 5.6~1000 microns

Only far infrared, as used in our sauna, penetrates organic substances such as the human body to provide safe, effective and uniform heat to your body.

How Does the Infrared Sauna Benefit Us?
Infrared rays provide a deep and gentle heating effect in the muscle tissues and internal organs without undue burden to our heart. To cope with this heat the pores of our skin open and we perspire therefore discharging waste products like toxins, sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and the potentially carcinogenic heavy metals like zinc, lead, nickel, cadmium, etc. This profuse perspiration deeply cleanses the skin and helps shed any old skin cells leaving it glowing with improved tone, elasticity, texture and colour.The deep penetrating heat also stimulates the heart to increase blood circulation to intensify metabolism and to help infections to heal more quickly.

Cardiovascular Conditioning
While the moisture on the surface of the skin evaporates and thus cools the body, a number of other changes occur in the body to release the heat as quickly as possible. The heart beats harder and faster, pumping more blood through the dilated blood vessels, thus achieving the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise.

Weight Control
Our body expends energy to produce sweat (1 gm sweat requires 0.586 kcal). A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off up to 1000gms or more in a sauna session, the equivalent to running 10-15 kms. While this weight loss can be regained by re-hydration with water, the calories consumed will not. The sauna is therefore a tool for those who don't exercise and those who can't exercise yet want an effective weight control and fitness program, along with the benefits that regular exercise brings.

Is Far Infrared Safe
Far infrared light is part of the spectrum of natural sunlight. When you go out in the sun you can feel the warm heat on you. This is due to the effect of far infrared. The harmful rays from the sun are at the opposite end of the spectrum, ultraviolet light (UV light).

Unlike UV light, far infrared is completely safe to use. You could be exposed to it for hours and your skin would never burn. The only effects you would notice are the gentle heating of the body as the rays penetrate the tissues.

Infrared is used in the healthcare system due to it being safe and effective. Premature babies in hospital are kept warm by exposure to infrared lamps. Some physiotherapists also use infrared machines to help tissue healing and recovery from injury.

Infrared Saunas Vs. Traditional Saunas
Traditional saunas use hot stones and steam and operate at temperatures of around 76-88 degrees C. Infrared saunas emit radiant heat that warms the user directly penetrating up to 45mm into the body and results in the normal sweating that occurs in a traditional sauna but at a temperature usually between 30-50 degrees C.

In this gentle and deep penetrating heat you will sweat 2-3 times more than in a traditional sauna whilst in a much more comfortable and relaxing temperature. This means that in the infrared sauna toxins and stored fats will be removed much more effectively than in the traditional sauna.

Health Benefits of Infrared Sauna

Removes Toxins and Mineral Waste
Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins and waste. Daily sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals (lead, mercury, zinc, nickel, cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulphuric acid and cholesterol.

Burns calories and controls weight
As you relax in the gentle heat of the Infrared sauna, your body is actually hard at work, producing sweat, pumping blood and burning calories. In a single sauna session you may burn as many calories as you would rowing or jogging for 30 minutes, so you lose weight not just water.

Clears Cellulite
Infrared saunas help clear ugly cellulite and because the radiant heat of the Infrared sauna warms three times as deeply as traditional saunas it is significantly more effective at doing so.

Relieves Pain
The deep heat of the Infrared sauna helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles so they recover faster. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm allowing for greater flexibility and range of motion.

Eases joint Pain and Stiffness
Radiant heat therapy is used to treat patients suffering from many forms of arthritis. In addition, it has been proven effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other muscular-skeletal ailments. Much of the stiffness aches and soreness that comes with aging is reduced or eliminated.

Improves the Immune System
The sauna's deep heat raises your body temperature inducing an artificial fever. As it works to combat the "fever," your body's immune system is strengthened. Combined with the elimination of toxins and wastes produced by the intense sweating your overall health and resistance to disease is increased.

Increases Blood Circulation and Strengthens the Cardiovascular System
As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder pumping blood at a greater rate to boost circulation, supplying the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops, for improved overall cardiovascular fitness. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.

Relaxation (Reduces Stress and Fatigue)
Perhaps the most immediate relief the Infrared sauna offers is simple relaxation, as it melts away the stresses and tensions of everyday life. Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of the Infrared sauna gives you an overall massaging effect, soothing jangled nerves and knotted muscles. You'll feel rejuvenated and renewed, restored in both body and mind.

Improves Skin
The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes in the Infrared sauna carries off deeply imbedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Increased circulation draws your skin's own natural nutrients to the surface. You'll see improved tone, elasticity, texture and fresh colour.

Reiki

What is REIKI?
The word REI-KI (ray-kee) translates to mean Universal Life Energy. Many cultures and religions have always been aware of the existence of this basic life-force energy. The Chinese call it "Chi", the Hindus "Prana", and the Christians "Christ-Light".

How Does It Work?
Ki (Life-Force) nourishes the cells and organs of our body, supporting them in their vital functions. As well it nourishes other areas of ourselves; such as the mental (mind), emotional, and spiritual bodies.

Our blood is channelled through our physical body via the pathways of our heart, arteries and veins. So too is Ki force channelled via "pathways" known as Chakras, Meridians and Nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called an "Aura".

The balance, amount and quality of our Ki is influenced by a variety of things: air quality, food, stress, hereditary factors, environmental conditions, or simply by our negative feelings or thoughts. These create blockages to our natural flow of energy. When this flow is blocked, we become less vitalised and so feel depressed, run-down and fatigued. This can result in a state of dis-ease within the body which can then become a Physical disease or illness.

Reiki heals by flowing through affected parts of our energy field and charging it with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in, and around, the problem area causing the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life-force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

Reiki adjusts itself to create this healing effect and every experience is individual. Most commonly felt during a treatment is a sense of peace and relaxation, often including a feeling of security and being enclosed in a fine sheath of energy.

Where is it from?
The ancient healing method of Reiki was rediscovered over 150 years ago by Dr. Mikao Usui. His quest to find out how Jesus Christ and Buddha brought about healings took over 28 years. His research into ancient Buddhist sutras, expanded by prolonged meditation, gave him the keys to Reiki healing. This method has been passed down from Reiki Master to Reiki Master ever since.

Benefits of Reiki ...

Feels Great: Reiki produces such phenomenal relaxation that most people almost float out of their session. Reiki vitalises and rejuvenates the body, mind and spirit. Reiki is best scheduled into a less hectic part of the day, so that it's benefits can be really enjoyed.

Universal Effects: Reiki is so non-invasive and gentle that even animals and plants have been shown to respond very powerfully to it. Children especially benefit from Reiki and seem to be able to welcome it as a natural healing force.

Medically Proven: Scientific studies have shown that receiving Reiki causes brainwaves to slow to the very valuable meditation level of 8-10 Hz. Reiki raises the oxygen levels in the blood by 30%, which stimulates and cleanses the whole system. Balances the bodies energies Loosens blocked energy Promotes a state of total relaxation Cleanses the body of toxins Supports the bodies natural ability to heal itself Functions on ALL levels - mental, emotional, spiritual and physical Re-establishes spiritual equilibrium and mental well-being Increases the vibrational frequency of the body

Ways to Experience Reiki ..
Reiki is usually channelled through the hands of the Reiki practitioner. Every person has the potential to channel Reiki. All that is usually required is fine tuning the body, heart and mind by a qualified Reiki Master, like fine tuning your T.V. for better reception.

Reiki Treatments: A treatment involves a Reiki practitioner laying their hands on a person, in various positions, to channel Reiki energy. Reiki energy flows through clothes, towels, plaster casts, etc. Reiki is great for easing physical pain, emotional turmoil, and accelerating all forms of healing.

Reiki Level 1: "Empower Yourself":A weekend seminar designed to introduce and attune you to Reiki. After this weekend you can channel Reiki to yourself and give treatments to others. Discover the power that lays dormant within you.

Reiki Level 2: "Express Yourself":Another weekend course where the Reiki symbols are introduced that expand upon the understanding of energy. The concept of Absent Healing is also demonstrated. This level is concerned with the expressing of energy to the outside world.

Heart Attunement: These are available, on an appointment basis, to give a kick start to your energy system and enhance any other treatments, Reiki or otherwise. If the heart is in balance, then the healing soon follows.

Debbie McGregor of Total Body Concept is a highly qualified Reiki Master. She has been using Reiki for many years and has successfully incorporated Reiki into the treatment regime at Total Body Concept.
To enquire about Reiki Level 1 and Reiki Level 2 please contact the spa for a consultation with Debbie.

Hypnotherapy

What is Hypnotherapy?
It is a form of therapy that relaxes the conscious mind allowing access to the subconscious mind to facilitate desired change in your life. In this state of relaxation the subconscious mind is open to positive suggestions while the conscious mind is still completely aware.

What can it be used for?
The treatment of stress, headaches, emotional issues, childbirth, fertility problems, frigidity, impotence, relationship issues, shyness, anxiety, lack of confidence, depression, past-life regression, motivation, stuttering, poor memory, pre-surgery anxiety, goal setting, grief, sports motivation, fears and phobias, nervous tension, to stop smoking, aid concentration for studying, weight loss, addiction, pain management, nail biting, bed wetting, sleeping problems.

How does it work?
The Hypnotic State is the optimum state for making changes in your life. The doorway between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind is opened, memories become easily accessible, and new information can be stored without resistance. In the Hypnotic State you are experiencing without questioning, without critical judgement or analysis, rendering you open to positive suggestion. You cannot be forced into hypnotherapy, neither can outcomes be forced. For example someone who wants to give up smoking, but is not dedicated, cannot be forced into quitting. However, with commitment, hypnotherapy can achieve positive, amazing results.

The Conscious Mind
The conscious mind, which accounts for 10% of our mind, is working right now as you are reading this. It is that part of you that is aware of what is going on right now. Choices and decisions are made by the conscious mind.

The conscious mind is logical and analytical and it is where we spend most of our time. It basically performs four functions.

The conscious mind analyses and is a problem-solver by evaluating whatever concern, situation or issue has its attention The conscious mind makes decisions that we often think are automatic, but in reality engage a part of our conscious mind. The conscious mind exercises what we call will power. Will Power seldom lasts, does it? You mean well, but conscious intent fails and the old behaviour reoccurs. The conscious mind also is the place of working memory. It is the memory we use every day to function.

Where we all live however, is in the level below this level of awareness, the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind accounts for the other 90%.

Conscious decisions are influenced by the data stored in our subconscious mind.

The Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind, which accounts for 90% of our mind, can be compared to a computer in that it stores the data for all the experiences we have ever had.

One of the most important functions of the subconscious mind is that it automatically controls our bodily functions; breathing, heart beating, eyes blinking, the immune system and organs, muscles, bones and tissues from the cellular level to its inter-relatedness as a whole body functioning.

The subconscious mind is creative, intuitive, irrational, and emotional.

Being irrational can work for you or against you.

Because it's illogical it can make you into anything you want to be, i.e, rich, famous, slender, happy. It can also keep you stuck in negative behaviour. It contains your values, your core beliefs about your self, every thought you have ever had, every word that has ever been said to you, every experience you have ever had.

Just like a computer operates only on it's programming, so does your subconscious mind. Also like a computer, your subconscious mind can be reprogrammed.

We are constantly reprogramming our subconscious mind through our experiences and self-talk. If our internal dialogue is saying we are fat, a smoker, a success, a failure, then that is what we become.

This programming has been placed in there from many sources and it must operate on this programming.

For an appointment with Debbie who is a qualified clinical hypnotherapist please call the clinic on 377 5430.

Cutera Excel V

Voted the "Best Laser Device in the World" in 2015.

The Cutera Excel V is a dual wavelength (532nm and 1064nm) laser system that can be used with two interchangeable handpieces.

The CoolView (532nm/1064nm) handpiece with sapphire cooling window is for the treatment of benign vascular, cutaneous and pigmented lesions.
*For benign vascular lesion treatments, laser light is absorbed by hemoglobin in the veins, and the heat produced causes photocoagulation. Heat is transferred to the vessel wall which ultimately destroys the vessels and prevents recanalization.
*For benign pigmented lesion treatments, the laser light is absorbed by superficial melanin in the lesion. Pigmented cells are denatured, darken, rise to the surface and flake off over a couple of weeks.

The Genesis V (1064nm) non-ablative skin therapy handpiece is for the treatment of wrinkles, rosacea/diffuse redness, scar reduction and Poikiloderma of Civatte.
*The genesis V handpiece treats wrinkles and diffuse redness (non-ablative skin therapy) by gently heating the dermis with the 1064nm wavelength and microsecond pulses, which preferentially heat very fine vasculature.

 

Lumenis M22 Technology

We have invested in the most up to date and effective technology available anywhere in the world. Our Lumenis M22 includes Intense Pulsed Light, Nd:YAG 1064nm Laser and ResurFX 1565nm laser is recognised as the world leader.

Lumenis invented and trade marked the IPL technology and have been treating clients since 1994 and were the first to receive American FDA approval in February 2000.

Intense Pulsed Light includes:
Optimal Pulse Technology and Multiple Sequential Pulsing for consistent, effective and safe treatments.

SapphireCool light guides to provide continuous contact cooling for client comfort.
Two light guides for treatment of small and large areas.
Universal hand piece with six expert filters for treatment accuracy  and safety.

Nd:YAG 1064nm Laser includes:
Multiple-Sequential Pulsing to protect the epidermis for treatment safety.
SapphireCool light guides to provide continuous contact cooling for client comfort.
Two sizes of light guides for efficient and accurate treatments.

ResurFX 1565nm Fibre Laser includes:
True fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing with minimal downtime.
CoolScan non-sequential scanning for controlled treatment delivery and tissue protection.
Continuous contact cooling for comfort and safety.

Conditions that we can now treat include:
Telangiectasia
Rosacea
Vascular Lesions
Birth Marks
Angiomas
Leg Veins
Hyperpigmentation
Freckles
Dyschromia
Acne Scars
Surgical Scars
Melasma
Stretch Marks
Periorbital and Superficial Wrinkles
Hair Removal

We recommend a no obligation consultation to assess your individual concerns and to discuss costs.

Why M22 IPL
There are many different brands of Intense Pulsed Light machines and they are NOT all created equal. There is a huge variation in the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of various machines. It is a case of "caveat emptor" or let the buyer beware.
Before making a decision to proceed with IPL treatments many crucial factors need to be considered. To assist you with this we outline what we are able to offer, what to look for and what questions to ask.
We did extensive research ourselves before purchasing Lumenis M22 and after seeing the results we are convinced that we made the correct decision.

Reputation & Quality
Lumenis, the manufacturer of our M22 machine, invented and trade marked the IPL technology and have been treating clients around the world since 1994. They received American FDA approval for IPL in February 2000 and are recognised as the international gold standard leaders in IPL technology. Numerous independent case studies have been undertaken that support the findings of the FDA and reinforce the safety and effectiveness of the technology.

(All other Intense Pulsed Light machines are simply copies of the Lumenis technology. Some are of a reasonable quality, some are very poor but none have the experience, the "track record" the proven history of quality to match Lumenis.)

FDA Approval
Lumenis Intense Pulsed Light technology was approved by the American FDA in February 2000. It was cleared for both Permanent Hair Reduction, based on 76% reduction @ 12 months and 84% reduction @ 24 months after multiple treatments were completed, and for All Skin Types. (Limited to skin types I to V.)

(Other machines do not necessarily have FDA approval and often quote hair reduction percentages from six weeks to six months after the completion of treatments. This time period is much to short to give any confidence of permanence.)

Clinical Studies
We are able to show numerous independent clinical case studies that confirm permanence of both hair removal and photorejuvenation and also confirming efficiency, effectiveness and safety of our M22 machine.

(Other operators are often unable to show independent studies so you are reliant on their own in house information and marketing material that has limited credibility without independent validation)

Powerful, effective and safe
M22 is a medical grade machine that uses Optimal Pulse Technology and Multiple Sequential Pulsing and six expert filters to treat different skin conditions and skin types so that it does the job it is designed for quickly and efficiently without the risk of damaging surrounding tissue.

(Some competitor machines have a maximum capacity as low as 11 Joules per square centimetre. It is very likely that a low energy machine will not destroy the hair follicle but will simply stun hairs into the "Telogen" or dormant phase of the hair growth cycle. After a period of time, probably four to six months, the hairs will return to "Anagen" or growth phase and will of course grow back)

(Ironically a low energy machine is likely to present a greater risk if, to make up for the low energy, the light pulse is lengthened in an attempt to achieve permanence as this will also increase the risk of damaging surrounding tissue)

(Most other IPL systems have only one treatment head to cover various treatment options and don't have the ability to make adjustments to the wavelength or pulse type therefore compromising on the effectiveness and safety of the treatment)

Predictably consistent treatments
The M22 uses Multiple Sequential Pulsing to protect the epidermis, has computerised recalibration capability so that the fluence, (Joules per square centimetre) is consistent and at full power throughout the life of the treatment head.

(Other machines use only one pulse so risk of tissue damage is higher and without recalibration the age of the treatment head could be a factor in the effectiveness of the treatment. Like a sun bed tube, the older the tube the weaker the treatment.)

Built in cooling
The M22 has SapphireCool light guides to provide continuous contact cooling for client safety and comfort.

(Some competitor machines do not have built in cooling so the treatment is not as pain free as it should be and the risk of burning, blistering, scarring and bruising is greatly increased.)

Treatment price
The Lumenis technology is very expensive and accordingly this is reflected in the treatment price but importantly you will receive excellent results and value for money. We offer payment options and course discounts to help in this regard.

(Be prepared for price variations if comparing prices with different treatment providers. From our own research of competitors it is clear that a cheaper price is usually a reflection of machine quality and effectiveness. Unfortunately some providers are charging high prices for inferior machines so again it is important to do your homework before purchasing.)

Total Body Concept IPL History
Total Body Concept originally purchased the Quantum IPL in March 2004. We upgarded to the All in One M22 in July 2013. Our treatments are overseen by a Registered Nurse and all of our operators are internationally trained and hold approved operator certificates from the supplier. We have provided many thousands of individual treatments making our operators the most experienced in Christchurch if not New Zealand.

Getting Started
We invite you to call us for a no obligation consultation. This will allow us to assess your areas of concern, provide you with an indication of the results that you can expect and discuss treatment charges and payment options.This consultation is also your opportunity to look at the technology, to view before and after photographs of previous treatments, review case studies if you wish and to satisfy yourself that Total Body Concept can meet your expectations.

We are confident that if you decide to have your treatments with us you will be impressed by our professionalism and delighted with the results.

Sonophoresis

The History of Sonophoresis

Ultrasound has been used since the 70's to enhance penetration through the skin. In the mid 1990's extensive research was conducted to find alternative delivery systems to injections and oral medications. A number of these studies focused on facilitating transdermal permeability of various medicinal substances (e.g., insulin) by low frequency (20-25Khz) sonophoresis (LFS).

During clinical evaluation of the effectiveness of sonophoresis experiments demonstrated that a significant fraction (~30%) of the intercellular lipids of the stratum corneum were displaced or removed during the application of low-frequency sonophoresis, increasing the skins permeability by up to 800%.

It was this initial research that provided the data for the sonic frequency, safe power output levels and the design of the sonicator heads to develop the devices currently used.

What is it.

Sonophoresis is a process that exponentially increases the absorption of topical compounds (transdermal delivery) into the epidermis and dermis of the skin. Sonophoresis occurs because ultrasound waves stimulate micro-vibrations within the skin epidermis and increase the overall kinetic energy of molecules making up topical agents.

How Ultraceuticals Sonophoresis Works.

Deep penetration of active ingredients for longer lasting results.
Ultraceuticals UltraSonophoresis Skin Workouts allow for intense transdermal penetration of active ingredients to improve the skin's overall appearance.
The skin is very effective at providing a barrier to external compounds, primarily through lipids (oils) between skin cells. Disruption of the lipid barrier by ultrasound vibration helps in transdermal delivery. In a short period of time the skin can receive much more than is possible without this method.
Low frequency sonophoresis infuses Vitamin C and A into the skin by momentarily creating little spaces in the skin, allowing a greater penetration of applied product. The deep vitamin infusion assists in lightening abnormal skin pigmentation and helps promote the production of collagen, which smoothes the skin and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Benefits

Increased skin suppleness and glow
Skin appearance rapidly improves
Quick results for healthier skin
Revitalises skin's appearance and stimulates new cell growth
Excellent companion treatment following peel or Microdermabrasion
No down time, visible results

Visia - Digital Skin Analysis

The Visia Digital Skin Analysis System makes it possible for the first time to scan your skin and record surface and subsurface skin conditions such as;

Spots (pigmentation, freckles, vascular lesions)
Wrinkles
Pores
Evenness (colour variation in the skin tone)
Porphyrins (evidence of bacteria lodged in the pores)
UV spots (subsurface sun damage)

The skin analysis takes 10 to 15 minutes and involves taking two digital images, one natural and one ultra-violet, in the specially designed Visia booth. The images are then analysed using an advanced computer program that compares your personal skin characteristics to those of a database of other people of your sex, age and ethnicity.

The results are then reviewed and discussed with you by our therapist who will make recommendations on how to improve the appearance of your skin and/or how to preserve its appearance or prevent further decline. The recommendations may include in spa treatments and/or the use of professional home care products.

At the completion of the analysis and consultation we will give you a printed report to take home with you that contains your full colour images and your personalised skin care recommendations.

We invite you to book for your Visia Skin Analysis so that you can objectively establish the current condition of your skin and allow us to help you with skin care options to maintain the health and appearance of your skin.

About Us

Total Body Concept, purpose build in 2010, is a results focused spa right in the centre of Christchurch. We use Ultraceuticals and Collin Paris professional skin care products and our aim is to maintain healthy skin, prevent premature ageing and to reverse sun damage.

With warm and private rooms, subdued lighting and soothing music to help you relax we also strive to make your visit a wonderful experience.

We offer the full range of skin and body therapy treatments.

We have invested in the most up to date and effective technology available anywhere in the world. This includes;
Lumenis M22 that includes IPL, Nd:YAG laser and ResurFX laser to reverse the signs of ageing including Pigmented and Vascular Lesions, to treat Acne Scars, Stretch Marks, Wrinkles and for permanent hair removal.

Photodynamic Acne Therapy is a new procedure that treats all types of acne from mild to severe and cystic acne.
The procedure combines high-intensity blue light, ClearLight, and a special light activated topical photosensitising agent called Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA).
The ALA is applied to the skin and is selectively absorbed by the active acne cells and the sebaceous glands making them photosensitive. The ALA is then activated with the ClearLight that destroys the photosensitised cells and the acne bacteria.
Most patients generally need three treatments to have the optimal outcome and can expect a long-term clearance of active acne.

Visia Computerised Digital Skin Analysis to scan your skin and record surface and subsurface skin conditions such as spots, wrinkles, pores, evenness, porphyrins and UV spots.

Microdermabrasion
, non-surgical exfoliation to improve irregularities on the surface of the skin and to reduce fine lines, pigmentation marks and shallow acne scars.

Sonophoresis
, ultrasound for deep penetration of active ingredients for longer lasting results.

Gift Certificates, for that special person in your life, can be purchased from the spa, over the telephone using your credit card or purchased and printed online.

Gift Certificates

Our Gift Certificates, for that special person in your life, are available for any of our listed treatments and packages or for a dollar amount.

Gift Certificates can be purchased and printed online. They can also be purchased by visiting the spa or over the telephone using your credit card.

Appointments

Appointments can be made between 9am - 8pm weekdays and 9am - 5pm Saturdays.

We recommend that you book your appointment well in advance to ensure a time that suits your requirements. Once made we ask that you give your appointment a high priority and on your first visit plan to arrive at the clinic approximately 10 minutes before the appointment time so that you can relax and complete your new client profile.

Payment types. 
We accept cash, eftpos and all credit cards.

Treatment times
We appreciate that your time is valuable to you. We have included times beside each treatment to give you an indication of the total time that you will need to allow for your visit.

Concessions

When you pre purchase six treatments you only pay for five, saving you 16.66%.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you need to change or cancel your appointment!

Two hours notice is required for appointments of less than one hour.
24 hours notice required for appointments over one hour and less than two hours.
48 hours notice required for appointments of two hours or longer.

In fairness to all clients if you fail to meet your appointment or cancel within the above times a fee amounting to 50% of the treatment cost will be charged. 

Our answer phone is available 24 hours for appointments & cancellations.

Testimonials

We appreciate testimonials from our clients. Here are just a few.

It was Great!
No problems, had a really lovely lady who attended to my needs. Would recommend this beautician to everyone.
Sylvia.C

Awesome experience....So relaxing.
Awesome service, really helpful and informative as well as a relaxing experience.
Nadiya.K

Very enjoyable, professional and relaxing experience.
Thoroughly enjoyed my facial and back massage. Very pleasant environment, professional staff and felt very pampered. Will definitely be repeating the experience!
Bronwyn.R

Total indulgence for the skin!
One very relaxing and indulgent morning. Service was excellent, the staff were so friendly and put me at ease immediately. Yes it did exceed my expectations.
Lydia.H

Thoroughly relaxing.
I had a fabulous facial. It was so relaxing and energising. Wish I was able to do it more regularly. Quality was exceptional from the beautician, once she had established my expectations, she delivered top service.
Mandy.F

Very relaxing and enjoyable.
Will definitely go back. Great skin advice and friendly helpful staff.
Sheree.M

Experience was brilliant.
Service was very good, friendly and the experience was extremely enjoyable.
Alison.B

Lovely :-)
The experience was very relaxing and enjoyable. Quality of service was very professional. The staff were very welcoming.
Rachel.R

Very Relaxing.
Total Body Concept made it very relaxing. They didn't rush me out the door to see their next client. They treated me as a person not a number. Their customer service was very very good. I will go back.
Melanie.B

Fantastic.
I had a fantastic time. My therapist was amazing. She really went out of her way to put me at ease to ensure I had the best experience.
Suzanne.T

Great.
I just loved the experience and have never done anything like this for me before. I felt very self conscious but my therapist put me at ease.
Margaret.H

Brill experience loved having 3 1/2 hours to myself no kids.
It was a great time being pampered and not having to lift a finger to do it myself. The service given to me was first rate. It was excellent.
Jackie.M

Very relaxing - Perfect present from the UK.
This was a present from the UK and makes a change from the usual small package or DVD bought on-line. The experience was fantastic, the staff were great and not invasive. This was a first time facial for me and I think I now have the bug. I felt fantastic for the rest of the weekend. Thanks
Fiona.M

Enjoyable Experience.
Left feeling relaxed to enjoy the rest of my day.
Helen.S