Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Martine de Richeville: A holistic approach to body re-sculpting

“My work is my passion. It’s what energizes me,” declares Martine who refers to her remodelage technique as an alternative to liposuction.
by Delia von Neuschatz

Could Martine de Richeville be the real reason that French women don’t get fat? Her remodelage or body sculpting treatments are a closely guarded secret among Paris’ beau monde. For the last decade and a half, the chic set in the City of Light has succumbed to Martine’s deep tissue ministrations in an effort to reduce cellulite and lose weight, all without breaking a sweat. (“Exercise is not really in our culture, but women do diet,” says de Richeville.) And now, New Yorkers can see for themselves what the fuss is all about as Martine has brought remodelage to the Caudalie spa at the Plaza Hotel.

It was at Caudalie that I met Martine and experienced her patented lymphatic drainage technique. Over the course of an hour or so, the sought-after masseuse proceeded to knead, pinch and squeeze the skin and muscles along the front, sides and back of my body beginning with the abdomen, which is a departure from say, the typical Swedish massage. Trained in psychology and acupuncture, Martine says that each organ corresponds to an energy circuit and her aim is to re-equilibrate the body’s energy. To that end she works on the fascia or the fibrous membrane that covers the muscles.
Martine recommends a minimum of 10 sessions of remodelage and says that 20 are needed in order to re-sculpt the body. “It’s a treatment. You’re fighting nature,” she says. “So at the beginning, it’s important to space them together.” Her advice is to have two sessions per week at the onset of the treatment, eventually tapering off to one a week. One-hour sessions at Caudalie at the Plaza Hotel cost $250. A series of 10 treatments is $2,200.
“The fascia is an emotional receptor for the body,” explains Martine. “When there’s a trauma, the fascia registers the emotion, creating a blockage that traps the fat.” So, by manipulating this membrane, Martine works to unblock tension, thereby dislodging fat, eliminating toxins and restoring proper circulation.

The goal is a total re-sculpting of the body with the added benefit of re-toning the skin. “When one of my clients begins to see the results, it puts her in a positive spiral. You have a more positive view of your body. I have women that I have transformed completely,” declares Martine who says that results are visible after three or four sessions.
French model and actress, Laetitia Casta, is one of Martine’s long term clients.
Renowned beauties like Laetitia Casta, one of her long-time clients, is a devoted fan as are many others for remodelage is becoming increasingly popular. Not only does Martine have two eponymous spas in Paris, one in Brussels and one in Geneva, but she is also making the technique available through partnerships in London, Madrid and now New York.
A treatment room in Martine’s flagship practice on the Boulevard Malesherbes in Paris.
Remodelage is available for men and can also be used on the face.
Martine at work. She describes her patented remodelage or body-sculpting technique as a holistic mind/body treatment.
There was almost no inch left unturned during my session with Martine – not even the triceps. Was it painful? At times, yes and the next day, I felt a little pain in some of the more deeply-worked areas like the thighs. This is a treatment not meant for deep relaxation. “It’s gymnastics for the skin,” in Martine’s words. Immediately afterwards, I felt a considerably more limber and lighter – like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. For my exercise-averse self, it sure beats going to the gym. Although, to be clear, gym-avoidance is not something Martine advocates. Remodelage plus exercise is ideal, she concludes.
Expert tip: When it comes to diet, Martine, who works with a Paris-based nutritionist, recommends avoiding the combination of acidic foods with starch and carbohydrates. For example, pasta with tomato sauce is a no-go for her as is tomato salad with bread or carrots dressed with vinegar or lemon. Nor should white wine or champagne accompany a starchy meal. Red wine, on the other hand is a fine accompaniment as it is less acidic. As for protein, it’s “neutral” meaning that it can be mixed with acidic foods. The concept behind this diet is to put less stress on the digestive system. “The idea is to have a very quick digestion. The beauty of it is that you can eat anything you want. You just can’t have that combination,” she explains.

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