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A ‘one stop’ beauty and fitness shop with the comforts of home


MANILA, Philippines – Too busy to go to a gym, spa, or parlor for that much needed fitness regimen, massage or facial?

Well, I am.  And being a journalist, I need to be fit – fit to run after the personalities I cover and look good enough for those prized interviews with them.

But where can one go for that “one stop shop”?

As luck would have it, I discovered one.

On the recommendation of a friend, we (myself and an officemate) met with the owners of Shape Shifter, Dianne Chin, in one of the hotels at the Ortigas Center in Pasig City.

Shape Shifter, as Chin said, offered its customers the comforts of home service.

“I saw the demand for people going late. We saw that most people arrive later in the evening than in the morning or afternoon. So we saw na OK mag home service. At least, convenient for them and yung time na gusto nila,” said Chin who offered to demonstrate one of her products on us – a much-needed facial.

I went first. As my face was being lathered, Chin continued to say that although Shape Shifter’s main line was slimming they also offered services for the face, nails and body massages.

For their slimming service, Chin said Shape Shifter have five machines.

The first is called the G5 Cellulite Melter that is being used in combination with a slimming oil to reduce cellulites by burning the fat.

The other is called the Lipocavitation – a non-surgical liposuction that melts down fats and helps a person drain up more flabs through body secretions.

“It works even after the session. Say today you have the session. In the next two days, you’ll still be secreting fats na nabu-burn ang body mo,” she said.

RF Machine, on the other hand, is used to lift sagging parts of the body, while the Cryocell machine speeds up a person’s metabolism.

Last is the Cellustim Muscle Toning machine which is used to sculpt or tone muscles. It is great for mothers who want to get back in shape after giving birth. It can also treat stretchmarkz developed during pregnancy, said Chin herself a mother.

“This machine is very effective especially sa mga tao na gustong ma-maintain ang muscles [and for] those who are active sa workout [and] sa sports . . . eh hindi naman sila palaging may time [to go to the gym],” part owner Jordan Lim said, adding that this machine is among his personal favorites.

Chin said 10 minutes to 15 minutes on the Cellustim Muscle Toning machine is equivalent to 2,000 seat-ups.

“Replacement talaga ito sa workout,” she said, but added that like any method of losing weight should be accompanied by proper diet.

The best thing, she said, was that the results can be seen instantly.

“Right after the session makikita mo agad yung results . . . you can lose as much as half an inch to an inch in a single session,” Chin said, but added that results may vary from person to person.

Prior to the conduct of the procedure, Chin said a client would be assessed to determine which of the machines would suit him/her best. She said there were cases where two machines would needed to achieve a certain fitness goal.

“Minsan kasi kailangan munang alisin yung fats. Otherwise, the procedure will not deliver positive results,” she said.

The promo price for their slimming service is P1,000 for an hour use of slimming machines for two body areas.

Chin also said that since the business was following a home service scheme, she said Shape Shifter provided all the materials and equipment needed—from the slimming machines, towels, to lotions and creams—which will be set up inside the customer’s desired location –to give the client that relaxing feel of his/her own mattress, but with the ambience of a real spa parlor.

As a matter of fact, Chin said they would even scatter red rose petals on top of the bed for that relaxing atmosphere made more relaxing with the soothing smell of scented candles filling the room.

But that’s not all. Shape Shifter does nail services as well with prices ranging from P300 to P650 while their massage services start at P300. Facial services with necessary equipment start at P1,500.

When asked what gives them the edge over the competition, Chin said, “One stop shop kami e. If you want slimming and then you want to have your nails done while being treated on a slimming machine, we can do those services all at the same time,” Chin said, noting the convenience of not having to bother driving to and from the spa house.

She said customers can basically avail of their services anywhere they want—inside their hotel room, or even in their office—as long as there is ample space where the team can set up their equipment.

“Hindi mo na kailangan tumayo, maglakad at mag byahe papunta at pauwi. Matutulog ka nalang after,” she added.

Chin said her staff of eight usually start their work from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m..
She said they now have clients in Pasig, Mandaluyong, Bonifacio Global City, Makati and Alabang.

She said customers can book, preferably, an hour or two before the scheduled service.

Shape Shifter also caters to spa parties, just that booking should be made a day or two prior to the event, said Chin.

For more information on slimming services and other packages, contact Shape Shifter at 0917-89SHAPE (74273) or at (02) 624-0808.

And not to forget, the facial I just had was simply great. Time to get out and look for that next story.

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