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the Ionithermie Cheek Lift treatment at Formby Hall in Southport.

The Treatment: Ionithermie Cheek Lift

What spa treatment takes only 75 minutes, yet is the gluteal equivalent of 800 squats? Introducing the celebrated Ionithermie Cheek Lift. Butt facials have come a long way since they bust on the scene in 2007. These days, it's not just about how baby smooth your backside is, but how girlishly high. The Spa at Formby Hall, a gloriously posh retreat just outside Liverpool, offers this sought-after treatment. Easily the quickest way to rejuvenate a droopy derriere, this treatment tones muscles while smoothing away the dimples of cellulite - and can result in an immediate inch-loss effect. The therapist covers my bottom with a thermal clay and algae mask, and after 30 minutes of rhythmic electrical pulses rippling through my lower regions, the hardened clay cast is peeled off. The effect isn't exactly bring-on-the-hot-pants, but it is visible.

The Benefits

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Ionithermie's active ingredients of ivy, bile extract, seaweed and amino acids work to break down and disperse cellulite. The fucus algae activates sweat glands with a strong detoxifying action while the laminaria algae (a very rich source of iodine to stimulate the thyroid gland) boosts metabolism. A conductive thermal clay masque transmits stimuli over the entire area while promoting warmth and relaxation. Cypress pine essential oils in the masque increase circulation, act as a natural diuretic and balance the hormones for an emotional lift.

The Spa

Set amongst 200 acres of parkland just a skip away from lively Liverpool, Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa offers a sanctuary from the distractions of daily life, a hushed oasis of tranquillity and consummate professionalism. It's the nearly rabid attention to detail that's most striking, the consider-it-done service that's discretion itself.

The Basics Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa on Southport Old Road; Formby; Southport ;; 01-704-875-699; $92

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