She then "customized" the following treatment plan for me:
1. Aroma herbal steam bath ($80)
2. Lavender sea salt therapy ($300)
3. Thermo hot blanket treatment ($60)
5. Fat reduction machine ($300+?)
But guess what I found? After reading other reviews online, it turns out that the "customized" treatments seem to be the same for everyone!
Hmm. Suddenly I didn't feel that special anymore, in contrast to how the consultant tried to make me feel while in that room.
The fourth red flag came when she tried to get me to sign a package for 10 treatments for over $4,000, claiming that it would help me in my weight loss and that their results are so good that they even guarantee a 8 - 22cm reduction within every session! When I baulked at the price, she then said they had a "special promotion" and reduced it to $3,000. After I commented it was still too expensive, she said she could give me a "special rate" and the price went down to $2,170.
Do you think all those price reductions made them seem credible? I certainly didn't.
I told the consultant I'm not the sort to buy anything unless I'm convinced it works for me, and that I wanted to claim my free treatments first before judging for myself whether it was worth signing a package with them. She then reluctantly brought me to the weighing machine again to take my measurement before proceeding to start the treatment.
Aroma Herbal Steam Bath
I couldn't smell any difference in the air vs. that of a normal sauna room in condos or gyms, so I wasn't exactly convinced that there was indeed "a mix of botanical herbs targeted for weight loss" as claimed by my consultant.
Lavender Sea Salt Therapy + Thermo Hot Blanket Treatment
My treatment ended here. After showering and blowing my hair dry, she guided me to a room to take my measurements.
She also measured my arms, tummy and thighs like before, but didn't show me the chart detailing the before and after measurements. My guess is that there probably was not much difference, or perhaps even no change at all.
Instead, she focused on exclaiming that I had lost 100g of water retention, and that it was a "really good result". She then tried to get me to sign up again for the package, saying that my weight loss would be even better with continued treatments.
Nice try. Did you realize what had happened?
Weight before consultation: 54.7kg
Weight before treatment: 54.5kg (wow! I had lost 200g without even doing anything!)
Weight after treatment: 54.4kg
Suffice to say, I wasn't convinced that the treatment even worked for me.
She then gave me a kit consisting of 4 x 15ml "body perfect" cream. I'm now on my second tube, and have yet to see any results.
The staff wanted me to set my next appointment date there and then, but I shrugged them off by saying my week ahead was completely packed and that I would call them the day after to confirm. Before I left, they emphasized that I needed to come back within 3 days for the next treatment.
Remember how persistent they were in calling BEFORE my appointment previously?
Well, they've not called me ever since to fix my second appointment.
When I reached home, I went to sign up for another "free" treatment online at a different outlet, to see if they would call me again. Like I expected, no one called me this time.
What a drastic change from the first time I booked my appointment!
Anyway, here's more of what I found.
The fifth red flag came up during my lavender sea salt treatment, when I commented that the lavender sea salt had just a faint lavender smell and asked if the product was organic. The consultant said it wasn't, but it was made from botanical ingredients. When I asked where they got the product from, she proudly claimed that they get all their products (sea salt included) from London, as that's where they are from.
Anyway, that sounded promising, right?
I went back to check, only to discover that London Weight Management doesn't seem to be from London at all! It is owned by a Singaporean company, AMES United. I could not find any evidence that they originated from London or even anything that suggested they had links with London.