For Samantha Barakat-Light, the founder and CEO of Body Catalyst, leading the way in the latest body shape and wellness treatments and machines is her key focus. Her Body Catalyst clinics are where you can try everything from fat freezing to skin tightening to most recently, pelvic floor strengthening...
New to the offering is the TeslaFormer machine, which uses a special magnetic field, which is generated by a pulse of current inside the machine also known as “Functional Magnetic Stimulation”. “This then induces a current that triggers the motor nerve system, stimulating the targeted muscles to contract and release, as well as helping to boost circulation. Muscle contraction is then induced repeatedly, without the muscles becoming fatigued,” she explains. Pick the area you want to target from abs to arse and you’ll have two pads strapped to you for 30 minutes which cause your muscles to contract (according to Body Catalyst, 30 minutes on the TeslaFormer is equivalent to a workout of up to 50,000 pulses – read on for why and how).
Samantha is passionate about changing the lives of her clients, and the team at Body Catalyst are all qualified nutritionists so along with the treatments, you can check in with questions around your wellbeing. Here, we find out more…
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You see so many different machines and treatments - how do you decide what to bring into Body Catalyst?
For me, it has always been so important to keep introducing technologies which go hand in hand with the treatments we already offer, because more often than not, our technologies deliver stronger (and much faster!) results when combined. Through this method, we can absolutely guarantee to deliver the best and most effective results for all of our clients. We also make it a priority to always listen to the needs of our customers, what they are looking for in treatments and what they need help with when deciding on new technologies at Body Catalyst.
With each 30 minute of the TeslaFormer, you do (up to) 50,000 crunches. How is this possible? Can you explain what’s actually happening to your body during each treatment?
The TeslaFormer is the gift that keeps on giving! It uses a special magnetic field, which is generated by a pulse of current inside the machine also known as “Functional Magnetic Stimulation”. This then induces a current that triggers the motor nerve system, stimulating the targeted muscles to contract and release, as well as helping to boost circulation. Muscle contraction is then induced repeatedly, without the muscles becoming fatigued.
The energy required to support this process is sourced from local fat deposits and during treatment, local fat tissue in the target area quickly depletes, which is how TeslaFormer builds muscle and burns fat. The continuous muscle contractions also enable the muscles to increase in strength and definition. And yet, TeslaFormer is not painful, rather you can feel your muscles contract and relax through a sequence of movements that specifically target the muscle groups in the area of your concern and settings are adjusted depending on each client.
Keep in mind – you are lying or sitting comfortably throughout the entire TeslaFormer treatment, you can read a book or listen to music, it is truly a relaxing experience while delivering powerful results!
The TeslaFormer is also used as a medical device for back pain and ab separation issues - can you tell me about this?
Not only can the TeslaFormer give you rock hard abs and an overall definition on the target areas you choose – but it can also help treat lower back pain and abdominal separation. Lower back pain and abdominal separation can happen for many reasons, such as: having weakened muscles leading to lack of and/or incorrect muscle engagement, poor core strength, natural body/pressure changes during pregnancy as well as motion/movement that exacerbates it.
In some cases, the motion of sit-ups or crunches can make the separation worse, which is where the TeslaFormer comes in. This technology engages core muscles to strengthen and pull back together without the strain of the motion. It also helps to engage correct muscles if these are weakened and hard to engage on your own. The TeslaFormer helps to restrengthen the abdominal muscles and engage the core using FMS technology to contract and release muscles – just like a workout, but above the level that is possible through exercise alone.
What areas can you treat with the TelsaFormer?
The areas which can be treated with the TeslaFormer include abdominals, obliques, glutes, arms, quads and inner thighs. Essentially, the TeslaFormer can target most major muscle groups except areas over the heart and head.
What area is the most effective?
The TeslaFormer is great for those who want to target specific areas that are hard to shift. There really isn’t one area which is more effective than another when treated, rather the TeslaFormer focuses entirely on what the area of concern is for the client and targets this area completely.
We have found that some of our clients may struggle with a weakened core and would benefit from core strengthening and defining. While some people may deal with lower back pain (which comes from poor glute activation) and they would benefit from glute strengthening. Underdeveloped triceps or quads and inner thighs can lead to muscle imbalances and this could be benefited by the TeslaFormer. Depending on each person, we may recommend a targeted or combined approach.
What kind of exercise/diet regime do you need to maintain while doing the TelsaFormer?
The treatments offered at Body Catalyst are truly revolutionary and have the power to transform your body, however, alongside all of our treatments, we always recommend a healthy diet (focusing on whole foods) and exercise. A healthy lifestyle includes; limiting alcohol, reducing fatty/sugary food intake and engaging in regular movement and we preach this with all of our clients.
The team at Body Catalyst are all qualified nutritionists, who support their clients with maintaining these healthy lifestyle choices throughout their program. Each persons’ goals are different, and we understand the need for personalisation when it comes to reaching these goals.
What are some of the results you’ve seen personally?
We have seen a huge difference from the TeslaFormer treatment, both physically and emotionally. My lower back pain has reduced, posture has improved and I also have better muscle strength and definition now due to TeslaFormer helping to engage hard to active muscles. This in turn helped me with better strength/technique in training due to the correct muscles firing. I feel my strongest and have more muscle definition than before I had kids! Clients have also noticed their abdominal separation has decreased from 4 fingers to 1 finger in 10 sessions! Overall our clients walk away from the treatment feeling better in more ways than one!
How many sessions do you recommend?
It varies between clients, however we often say 6-10 sessions depending on the clients specific goals. At the initial consultation, your aesthetic and wellness therapist will work with you to tailor an individualised program to help you achieve your body goals.
Finally, what is the cost?
Typically TeslaFormer sessions start at $700 per treatment, with package and membership options also available.
As a special Christmas/ New Year treat, we are offering the readers of Grace Tales an exclusive offer! Just mention Grace Tales when booking in your next treatment and receive:
TeslaFormer $2500 for 10 sessions – Grace Tales exclusive offer (valid until 31st Dec 2020)
TeslaFormer $3000 for 10 sessions – Grace Tales exclusive offer (from 1st Jan 2021)