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MoniK in Cluj October 25, 2011

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Asa cum va spuneam am fost intr-o mini vacanta de o saptamana la Cluj. Nu se putea ca in aceasta vacanta sa nu incerc si eu salonul de remodelare corporala MoniK, recomandat de multe ori de Sigina pe blogul ei. Programarea am facut-o cu mult timp in urma din Bergen prin telefon. Atunci nu stiam exact ce sa imi aleg din oferta lor mai ales ca stateam asa putin in Cluj si nici procedeele/tehnicile nu imi erau familiare pentru ca nu le-am incercat niciodata. Dar cred ca a fost cel mai bine asa, pentru ca in momentul in care am ajuns acolo am avut parte de o evaluare a d-nei doctor Mihaela Muresan, cu care m-am imprietenit intre timp si careia ii spun de atunci simplu Miki, iar ea mi-a facut un program special pentru corpul si nevoile mele :). Dar sa le iau in ordine.

Salonul MoniK este plasat in Zorilor la adresa Republicii 105, putin mai jos de Sigma langa clinica medicala Hiperdia. Salonul este plasat intr-o casuta micuta, draguta si cocheta care iti atrage atentia din departare, fiind micuta seamana cu o casa din povesti sau cu o casuta de-a piticilor. Miki mi-a spus mai apoi ca exact asa o stie si lumea: “casuta piticilor”. Mi-a fost un pic greu sa gasesc un loc de parcare prin zona pentru ca era super aglomerat, in final am parcat in curtea centrului Sigma si am platit la final perioada de parcare, fara sa ma mai stresez ca imi expira tichetul si ca primesc amenda.

Ajunsa cu 5 minute intarziere la salonul MoniK ma astepta deja Miki care mi-a aratat unde sa ma dezbrac, sa imi inchid lucrurile intr-un dulapior si sa iau cheia cu mine, am primit halat de matase, papuci si chiloti de unica folosinta. Am urcat apoi la etaj, intr-o camera de tratament, unde Miki m-a examinat din cap pana in picioare si mi-a spus ce anume mi s-ar potrivi si ce nu, si mai ales de ce da si de ce nu :). A fost o examinare ca la medic, ea notand totul in fisa mea personala: istoria bolilor, daca am alergii, implanturi metalice, varice, greutate, inaltime, etc. Cred ca a fost pentru prima data in viata mea cand am simtit ca cineva isi da interesul sa ma ajute si sa imi gaseasca cele mai bune metode de slabire fara sa imi fie afectata sanatatea. Am ramas uimita ca are un ochi de specialist si foarte repede a observat ca am muschii la picioare dezvoltati, nu stiu de ce pentru ca nu am facut nici gimnastica nici alte sporturi de performanta, si mai mult ca venele de la picioare sunt foarte pronuntate. Asa ca mi-a recomandat sa nu fac niciodata bai fierbinti, sauna, sa nu fac tratamente corporale care incalzesc zona picioarelor pentru ca astfel venele se dilata si mai tare, devin si mai pronuntate si in final duc la varice. Asta cred ca e foarte util atat pentru mine, cat si pentru alte persoane care au venele pronuntate, vizibile si cu multe ramificatii.

Astfel am convenit sa facem urmatoarele pe parcursul a 3 zile (marti, miercuri si sambata):

Ziua 1:

– Ultralipo pentru abdomen si solduri;

– Lifting corporal pe tot corpul;

– Micro-curatarea fetei.

Ziua 2:

– Electrostimulare pentru musculatura;

–  Tratament cosmetic pentru fata.

Ziua 3:

– Ultralipo pentru abdomen si solduri;

– Lifting corporal pe tot corpul;

– 30 minute masaj terapeutic pentru spatele meu in pioneze.

Deci va dati seama deja ca am fost de mai multe ori la salonul MoniK, unde am incercat tot felul de chestii.

1. Sedinta de Ultralipo: se efectueaza pe tot corpul si contine mai multe etape:

a) Inmuierea: la mine s-a facut cu 2 tipuri de crema. O crema cu efect de incalzire pentru abdomen si solduri, si crema crio sau cu efect de racire pentru venele de pe picioare. Astfel pe abdomen si solduri, dupa ce a fost aplicata crema, am fost infasurata cu o folie de plastic acoperita cu ceva centura legata la un aparat care a incalzit toata zona timp de 30 minute. In acelasi timp, Miki a aplicat crema crio pe picioare de jos pana sus apoi le-a infasurat cu benzi elastice umezite in prealabil foarte bine cu apa. A fost interesant sa simti foarte cald la burta si spate, si frig de gheata la picioare… nici nu stiam care senzatie sa zic ca a “durut” mai tare… Oricum, astfel infasurata, de la gat in jos, am arata ca un cocon care astepta sa se transforme in fluture :).

b) Spargerea: bulelor de grasime a fost facuta tot de Miki cu un aparat special cu unde acustice. Aceste unde traverseaza tesutul adipos si fac sa creasca presiunea in celulele de grasime, bulele incep sa se umfle si apoi se sparg. Pentru a realiza acest proces e nevoie de un abdomen cu pielea moale, iar pielea trebuie sa fie foarte bine inmuiata in prealabil. Undele acustice in momentul in care traverseaza tesutul adipos se transmit prin organism si il auzi in urechi ca pe un sunet ascutit. Nu pot sa zic ca e placut, dar nici nu a deranjat, cred ca si daca ti-ai pune tampoane in urechi tot ai auzi acel sunetul, dar ce pot face… daca am mancat ciocolata si alte prostii…

c) Limfodrenajul: a fost efectuat tot de Miki, cu un aparat care are 2 role si vacuum. Limfodrenajul se efectueaza cu un anumit set de miscari si rotiri ale aparatului. Eu l-am numit “aspirator” pentru ca aspira ca naiba 🙂 de bine… si Miki a stiut exact pe unde sa il poarte, cum sa il miste si cat de tare sa apese. In unele zone mai sensibile a durut un pic, dar nu insuportabil… Pentru ca miscarile sunt foarte energice si vacumuul aspira pielea foarte puternic, Miki mi-a dat un costum de protectie. Costumul este foarte mulat pe corp, iti acopera corpul de la gat in jos si este asemanator cu costumele balerinilor, un fel de ciorap imens de 70 deni :). Am o poza cu costumul pe mine, dar nu o pun pe blog niciodata in viata asta 🙂

2. Lifting-ul corporal: la mine a fost facut pe zonele inmuiate, tot cu “aspiratorul”, dar cu alt gen de miscari si mult mai dese. Miki zicea ceva de genul “secunda si miscarea” deci ritmul e foarte alert, durerea asa si asa, dar cred ca oricine suporta asa ceva. La final m-am simtit foarte bine, cred ca a fost cel mai bun masaj din viata mea 🙂

3. Electrostimulare: se face cu niste electrozi inveliti in niste benzi. Electrozii se leaga la un aparat, iar Miki a fost super draguta si m-a lasat sa reglez singura intensitatea impulsurilor. Electrozii sunt in pereche (2 cate 2), iar la mine a folosit cred ca (nu mai tin minte exact) 6 sau 7 perechi de electrozi, deci 12 sau 14 in total. Electrozii au fost aplicati pe corp, in diferite puncte, folosind un gel special, cred ca similar cu cel de la ecograf. Aceasta procedura a durat 45 de minute, si credeti-ma ca am facut o gramada de abdomene in perioada aceasta.

4. Tratamentul pentru curatarea fetei: a fost efectuat de Bianca, o fata extraordinara, deosebita, prietenoasa, buna si foarte talentata in ceea ce face. Ea mi-a curatat fata cu un aparat special cu vacuum si ceva ce semana cu o foaie de smirghel fina, il aplica pe fata din loc in loc si indeparta celulele moarte de la suprafata. Cred ca se numea micro-abraziune sau ceva de genul. Oricum a fost extraordinar de bine si mi-a lasat fata foarte fina la final. Dupa aceea a urmat tratamentul obisnuit pentru curatarea tenului cu aburi si scos punctele negre, aplicare de masti si creme hidratante profesioniste de la Bruno Vassari precum si o masca cu ulei de argan pentru a-mi hidrata pielea foarte bine. La final am cumparat o lotiune hidratanta si calmanta pentru fata, o crema contur pentru ochi cu vitamine, un tonic fara alcool si un demachiant pentru fata si ochi de la Bruno Vassari le voi testa si acasa si voi scrie curand despre ele aici pe blog.

5. Masajul pentru spate: a durat 30 minute si a fost efectuat de o alta domnisoara kiropractor, am uitat cum o cheama, dar a fost extraordinar de bun, m-a relaxat si a insistat pe zonele unde chiar aveam nevoie. A avut un talent extraordinar sa gaseasca toate punctele mele cu dureri si sa le maseze. A fost un masaj de nota 10. De asemenea, mi-a dat sfaturi utile si bune pentru a-mi proteja spatele pe viitor, o adevarata profesionista.

Concluzii finale: Salonul MoniK din Cluj este realmente un centru de remodelare corporala, dotat cu aparate perfomante de ultima generatie (www.rowe.ro), cu specialisti gata sa te examineze si sa iti recomande exact ceea ce ti se potriveste si de ce ai avea nevoie, cu atmosfera calda si primitoare. Incearca sa iti ofere aboslut tot de ce ai nevoie (muzica preferata, accesorii pt par, spuma, fixativ, incarcatoare pentru diferite mobile sau laptop-uri, etc). Eu, asa cum am declarat nu stiu nimic despre chestiile astea de frumusete, sunt la inceput de drum, dar faptul ca la MoniK ai la dispozitie un medic care realmente m-a consultat, s-a ocupat de mine si mi-a facut un tratment personalizat a contat enorm. Sa nu mai spun ca Miki este o gazda extraordinar de primitoare, te simti acolo ca si acasa sau ca si intr-o familie, mi-a explicat fiecare aparat ce e si cum functioneaza, de ce mi s-ar potrivi un aparat si de ce nu mi-l recomanda pe altul, ce fel de creme sa folosesc pentru a estompa venele, etc. Faptul ca ai la dispozitie un expert a contat foarte mult pentru mine si am sa incerc sa tin cont de toate sfaturile primite in viitor. De exemplu, la unele centre spa te duci, iti alegi din meniul lor tot felul de chestii de care ai auzit sau despre care ai citit ca ar fi bune si TU crezi ca ti s-ar potrivi si tie. Am ajuns la concluzia ca nu e asa, ar trebui sa ai un expert sa te examineze si sa iti recomande anumite proceduri care sa corespunda cu conformatia trupului tau sau cu ce nevoi personale are fiecare dintre noi. Apoi, bineinteles ca poti incerca si alte centre spa, dar macar stii ce sa alegi si stii ce se potriveste organismului tau si mai ales de ce. Pentru mine asta inseamna foarte mult si cred ca este extraordinar de important.

Pot sa va mai spun ca inainte de a pleca la ultima mea sedinta de la MoniK l-am rugat pe tata sa imi faca inca o gaura la cureaua de la blugi pentru ca imi erau largi :). Acum sa nu va asteptati la minunile secolului si sa nu credeti ca mancati pana nu mai puteti, iar apoi sa mergeti la Miki si va face trup de clepsidra… nu. Cred ca la un centru precum MoniK, anumite depozite de grasime, depuse in timp, in diferite zone pot fi remodelate, re-aranjate si eliminate in timp. Dar fara a adauga si o dieta corepunzatoare si un program de exercitii cred ca sunt bani aruncati pe fereastra. Eu mi-am dorit un impuls, ceva sa inceapa rapid, dar de acum inainte trebuie sa am si eu grija cat mananc, mai ales ciocolata :). Asa cum i-am spus si lui Miki “de acum inainte, de fiecare data cand voi manca o bucatica de ciocolata, am sa ma gandesc la ea, ce efort a depus pentru mine…”

Preturile nu le mai tin minte exact, cred ca in prima zi am platit in jur de 250 RON/ 60 euro /500 NOK, in a doua zi am platit mai mult pentru ca am cumparat produsele de la Bruno Vassari approx. 400 RON/95 euro /800 NOK si in ultima zi am platit 150 RON/ 40 euro/ 300 NOK. Total: 800 RON/195 euro/ 1600 NOK.

Centrul de remodelare corporala MoniK primeste din partea mea 5 flori de crin, iar Miki jos palaria pentru ceea ce ai facut acolo. Cred ca este un centru de remodelare corporala care a inceput de la zero si care a ajuns departe. Are servicii exceptionale si de calitate cu personal extra-calificat. Si cred ca este asa cum a spus si Miki “aici nu trebuie sa iti placa… aici trebuie sa nu te deranjeze nimic…” Si exact asa e!English version

Like I said, I went for a mini holiday to Cluj for a week. The holiday could not go by without me trying the body remodelling salon MoniK which was recommended several times by Sigina on her blog. I made my appointment a long time ago by phone from Bergen. At that time I did not know what to choose from their offer, especially since I was to stay for just a few days in Cluj, and I was not very familiar with their procedures/techniques simply because I never tried them. But I think it was for the better this way, because at the moment I got there I was able to talk and get evaluated first by Doctor Mihaela Muresan, with whom I befriended in the meantime and who I simply call Miki now, and she made a special program for my body and my needs :). But let me take all in due order.

The MoniK salon is placed in the Zorilor neighbourhood at the address Republicii street 105, a small distance down the street from Sigma centre, next to the medical clinic Hiperdia. The salon is placed in a small, nice and fancy house, which captures your attention from a distance, being small it looks more like house from the story-book or with a dwarf house. Miki told me later on that this is exactly how the house is known “the dwarf house”. It was a bit difficult to find parking place in the area since it was very crowded. I finally parked at the Sigma Centre and had to pay my parking time at the end, so I did not have to stress about getting a ticket.

Having arrived at the MoniK salon 5 minutes late, Miki was already waiting for me and she showed me where to undress, to lock my stuff in a cabinet and take the key from the lock with me. I got a silk robe, slippers and single use underwear. Then I went upstairs, to a treatment room, where Miki examined me from head to toe and told me what would suit me and what not, and most importantly why or why not :). It was very much like a doctor examination, she started a personal file and took notes about: medical history, allergies, metallic implants, varicose veins, weight, height and so on. I think it was for the first time in my life when I felt that someone is really interested in helping me and finding the best methods to lose weight without affecting my health. I was amazed by the fact that she had a very good specialist eye and she quickly noticed that I had some overdeveloped muscles in my lower legs. I really don’t know why that is since I never did gymnastics or professional sporting activities. Moreover, my leg veins were very highlighted. So she recommended that I should never take hot baths, sauna or follow body treatments that use heat on the legs, because in this way the veins will get even more dilated and thus I would get varicose veins. This was very useful for me to know and also for people with enhanced, more visible and ramified veins.

So we agreed on the following procedure along 3 days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday):

Day 1:

– Ultralipo for the body and hips;

– Full body lifting;

– Facial micro-cleansing.

Day 2:

– Muscular electrostimulation;

– Facial cosmetic treatment.

Day 3:

– Ultralipo for the body and hips;

– Full body lifting;

– 30 minutes therapeutic massage for my aching back.

So you can imagine that I went several times at the MoniK salon and tried all kinds of different things.

1. The Ultralipo session: this applies to the whole body and has several steps:

a) Softening: this was done in my case with two types of creams. One with a warming effect for the body and hips, and a cryo-cream with a cooling effect for the veins in the legs. So, my abdomen and hips were wrapped in a plastic foil after the cream was applied, cover also by a belt which was connected to a device to heat up the covered area for about 30 minutes. At the same time, Miki applied the cryo-cream on my legs, from down and up, and then wrapped them well and tight with elastic bands, initially moistened in water. It was interesting to feel very warm on the belly and back, and ice cold on the legs… I could not say which sensation “hurt” more… Anyway, being wrapped like this, from the neck down, I looked like a cocoon waiting to get transformed in a butterfly :).

b) Breaking up: the fat bubbles was done by Miki with a special device with sound waves. These waves go through the adipose tissue and create pressure in the fat cells, the bubbles start to swell and then break. To achieve this it is necessary to have an abdomen with smooth skin, and the skin has to be well moistened preliminarily. The sound waves were transmitted across the body after they get passed the adipose tissue, and it can get to the ears as a sharp sound. I cannot say that it is pleasant, but it was not a nuisance, I guess that having some cotton buffers in the ears you would still hear the sound, but what can I do… if I ate chocolate and other stuff…

c) Lymph drainage: was done by Miki with a device with 2 rollers and vacuum. The lymph drainage is done with a certain set of moves and twists of the device. I called it “vacuum cleaner” because it sucks the air in like mad :)… and Miki knew exactly where to use it, how to handle it and how much pressure to apply. In more sensitive areas it hurt a little, but it was not unbearable. Because the moves are very energetic and the vacuum sucks the skin in very intensely, Miki gave me protection costume. This costume is very tight on the skin, covers the whole body from the neck down and it resembles a ballerina costume, some sort of giant lady socks of 70 den :). I have a picture with me in it, but I will never put it on the blog, not in this life at least :).

2. The body lifting: in my case it was on the moistened areas, also with the “vacuum cleaner”, but with different kinds of moves and much more frequent. Miki said something like “one move each second”, so the rate was quite alert, reasonably painful, but anybody can bear it. In the end I felt very well, it was maybe the best massage in my life:).

3. The electrostimulation: is done with electrodes covered in some bands. The electrodes are connected at a device and Miki was very nice and allowed me to adjust the intensity of the pulses by myself. The electrodes come in pairs (2 by 2), and for me I guess she used (I don’t remember exactly) 6 or 7 pairs, so about 12 or 14 in total. The electrodes were applied on the body, in different spots, using some kind of special gel, similarly I guess to the one used at ultrasounds. This procedure took about 45 minutes, and believe me I did a whole lot of abs in this time :).

4. Facial cleansing treatment: this one was done by Bianca, a extraordinary and special girl, very nice and gifted in what she does. She cleaned my face with a special vacuum device and something that resembled with an extremely fine abrasive paper. She applied the device from one place to the other and removed the dead cells from the surface. I guess it was called micro-abrasion or something like that. Anyway it went extraordinary well and left my face very smooth and fine in the end. After this came the usual treatment for cleaning the complexion with steam and removing black spots, applying masks and professional hydrating creams from Bruno Vassari as well as an argan oil mask to hydrate the skin well. In the end, I bought a hydrating and calming lotion for sensitive skin, a vitamin eye contour cream, an alcohol free tonic and a fresh cleansing fluid for face and eyes from Bruno Vassari to test at home and write about soon on my blog.

5. The back massage: took about 30 minutes and was done by another lady chiropractor, I forgot her name, but it was very good, it relaxed me and she insisted on the areas I really needed. She had a talent in finding the spots where I felt some pain and massage them really well, it was an A massage! Also, she gave me good and useful advices to protect my back in the future, a real pro she was.

Final conclusions: The MoniK salon in Cluj is really a centre for body remodelling, which has all state of the art devices, with specialists ready to examine and recommend exactly what fits you and what you would need, with a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, that tries to offer absolutely all you need (favourite music, hair accessories, hair mousse and fixative, even mobile and laptop chargers). I, as I said before, do not know a whole lot about this beauty things, so I am at the beginning of the road, but the fact that you get a doctor at your disposal at MoniK, who really took time to examine me, took care of me and built a personalized treatment, meant a lot. Not to add that Miki was a wonderfully welcoming host, you get a feeling like you are at home or like within a family, she explained about each instrument who and why it works, why would it suit my needs and why she would not recommend something else, what kind of creams to use to treat my veins, and many more. The fact that you get an expert at your disposal meant a lot for me and I will try to follow all her advices in the future. For instance, you go to some spa centres, pick some things from their menu that you heard about or read about being good and YOU think that would suit you as well. I came to the conclusion that it was not necessarily so, you need to have an expert to examine you and recommend certain procedures that fit the way your body is built and your needs. Then, of course, you can try other things and other spa centres, but at least you have a better understanding of what to choose and what better fits your body and especially why it is like that. For me this means a lot and I think is absolutely essential.

I can also tell that before leaving for my last session at MoniK, I had to ask my father to make a new hole in my jeans belt because they felt a bit loose :). Now don’t get thinking that this is a wonder of the century, and don’t think that you can eat until you drop and then go to MoniK and get a hourglass body… no. I think that at a centre like the one at MoniK, some fat deposits, obtained over time in certain area can be reshaped and re-arranged. But without a proper diet and an exercise programme, this is money out the window. What I wanted and needed was an impulse, something to start quickly, but from now on I have to take care myself of how much I eat, especially chocolate:).  Like I told Miki “from now on, each time I will eat a piece of chocolate, I will think of her, her effort that she invested in me…”

I do not remember exactly the prices, I guess for the first day I paid about 250 RON/ 60 euro /500 NOK, for the second day I paid a bit more because I bought the Bruno Vassari products approx. 400 RON/95 euro /800 NOK and for the last day I paid 150 RON/ 40 euro/ 300 NOK. Total: 800 RON/195 euro/ 1600 NOK.

The body remodelling centre MoniK gets 5 lilies from me, and Miki, hats off for what you achieved there. I think that this is a remodelling centre that started from scratch and came a long way. It has exceptional and quality services with highly-qualified staff. And I think it is exactly how Miki said: “here you don’t have to like it… here you should not be bothered…” And it is exactly like that!

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