Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fight of the Bulges: Stesso

Staying fit has been a challenging task for me ever since I've reached the stage when my metabolism started to slow down. What used to be a few days to lose a couple of pounds now take months paired with 100% dedication and effort. It is even harder now that I'm more active blogging about food and less active in being... well, active. I've considered availing of some slimming treatments and services but reading about how painful it could be and its adverse effects made me back out. It definitely took me a long time before going for it. 

Hello, Stesso.
Stesso has been in the market providing slimming and skin care services since 2012. Established by Lalaine Ambulo, M.D., the clinic gained popularity with its use of the latest non-invasive devices that do not just do the job but also make you feel good. 
Each client is carefully assessed prior to treatment as to be able to offer the best treatment suited for them. Different treatments are also usually combined for better results. 
I told Dr. Lalaine that my main areas of concern are my belly and thighs which are result of endless eating and lack of exercise. She then recommended that I go with Intenso combined with Velafino for my belly and Velafino for my thighs. 
Initial assessment was done at Dr. Lalaine's office but she assessed me again when I got to treatment room for her to see the areas of concern. 
A session lasts for about an hour. Since I had two areas done, I had to stay for 2 hours. 
First area treated was my belly. 
I was told that for treatments to work, it would be best if clients have their sessions done at least 30 minutes after having a meal. It was a good thing that I skipped lunch that day.
We started with Intenso which used a gun-like handset with a small round metal tip that releases acoustic shear waves to shake fat cell membranes. The best thing about this treatment is that it allows the gradual breakdown and release of fat cells without harming the surrounding tissues. The result is a pain-free session! It might just be a bit warm for some. But it was perfectly fine for me. 
Half an hour later, we started with Velafino which uses radio frequency and lymphatic drainage to melt fat cells and improve blood circulation leading to an easy reduction of body fat and tighter, cellulite-free skin. This treatment was absolute love! It was like getting a massage with the handset with roller tip. 
I noticed that they also use this RF monitor to make sure that the temperature stays within 40-42 Celsius, the range needed for the treatment to work. 
I was told that more pressure or higher temperature will not exactly yield better or faster results and it could actually result in bruises or blisters. So don't request your assigned staff to do so. 
I felt energized after the session, something I wasn't really expecting from a slimming treatment. Now I understand why Stesso has a loyal following. 

Though one treatment is not enough to prove if I lost a few inches or bulges as 5 to 10 sessions are required for more visible results, I loved how painless and relaxing the session was. 
Treatments though do not come cheap though but hearing that Stesso has a lot of satisfied clients make me think that you'd get your money's worth. I am definitely happy with how the treatment went but I have yet to find out if it will help me get rid of the stubborn bulges. 

Note: Just like any other treatment, Stesso slimming treatments work best if paired with exercise and proper diet. 

Stesso is located at 2nd Floor, Toyama Group Center, 22 Timog Avenue, Quezon City. You may call them at +63 2 376 9000 or +639 17 578 3776 or email them at info@stesso.com.ph. Clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Best to put in Waze Toyama Group Center instead of Stesso as it will direct you to another place and Google Maps will lead you to its old location.

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