Sophie Habboo tries the Body Ballancer – we review the home lymphatic drainage machine01/10/2022
Former Made In Chelsea star Sophie Habboo is the latest celeb to jump on the Body Ballancer bandwagon, an at-home machine that promotes lymphatic drainage. So if you're wondering what all the hype is about, you've come to the right place.
The body’s lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating waste, toxins and excess fluid, and a lymphatic massage can help with bloating, digestion, stress and even cellulite. Celebrities like Rochelle Humes and Hailey Baldwin love booking in for this relaxing and reformative salon treatment.
Now some celebs are even going one step further, splashing out on a pricey – and odd-looking – device so that they can enjoy the body-boosting benefits of lymphatic drainage from the comfort of their own homes: the Body Ballancer.
Sophie shared the clip of herself inside the sleeping bag-esque gadget, asking fans: "Do you think Jamie’s going to freak out when he walks in and sees me with this?".
Jamie Laing later shared a snap of his fiancée and former MIC co-star inside the gadget on Instagram, writing: "I have so many questions… When did arrive? What on earth does it do? Is this what married life is like? Why is she attached to a fax machine or is it a printer?"
Here's what you need to know about the celebrity-loved at-home lymphatic drainage machine.
What is the Body Ballancer?
The Body Ballancer is a high-tech bodysuit made up of numerous air chambers that rhythmically inflate and deflate, creating a massage motion over the body. Its most popular model looks like a gigantic pair of padded trousers – there’s also a more advanced version for clinics, plus a jacket for the upper body.
The very pinnacle of DIY beauty gadgets, you can either book in for a session in it at the salon or splash out almost £7,000 on your very own one, like Jennifer Aniston, Chrissy Teigen, Lady Gaga and Zac Efron have done.
Meanwhile Jodie Kidd, Lisa Snowdon and Katherine Ryan have also been seen enjoying slipping into the puffy pantaloons as part of a salon treatment.
“So good,” Jodie captioned an Instagram story showing herself lying back with the trousers on.
But with its A-list price tag, can this bulky body device really offer the same results as a hands-on lymphatic massage? OK!’s beauty editor Laura Mulley trialled it for a two-week period to find out…
Here's what OK! beauty editor Laura thought of the Body Ballancer…
I tested out the Body Ballancer 505 model – the home-use trousers – which look more like something you’d wear in space than in a spa setting. They strap into a big beeping machine, which comes with four treatment settings and adjustable pressure and running time. But, bulkiness aside, they’re easy to set up and comfortable to slip into.
Once you’re zipped in and lying down, the trousers start filling with air, working up from toes to tummy in a gentle rolling pressure motion. It’s a really pleasant squeezing sensation, and you can build it up to be quite a firm pressure. (Top tip: best not worn straight after eating a huge bowl of pasta – although I did find that a glass of wine went down perfectly fine…)
I slipped into the suit for 45 minutes every evening for two weeks, often arguing with my boyfriend over who got the first go. We both found it an incredibly relaxing experience, and I even felt a few satisfying clicks in my lower back as the pressure gradually increased.
I measured myself at the end of the fortnight and didn’t note any bodily shrinkage, but I did find myself drinking a lot more water (and also, erm, expelling it) throughout the day – perhaps this was a sign that my body was detoxifying itself.
Sadly I’m not able to shell out £7k for one of my own, but if there was the option of adding it on to a salon treatment – for example, tucking myself into one while having a facial – I absolutely would.
*The Body Ballancer 505 device costs £6,900 to buy. Body Ballancer treatments in clinics start from about £70.
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