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Emsculpt – How Does It Work and Is It Worth The Money?


Have you been watching the Emsculpt before and after photos online and wondering… is that for real? Does it work? How many times do I have to do it? Does it hurt? HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? What’s they’re competition? If so, read on and I’ll happily cover all of that!

As a spa owner, when I first heard folks were spending crazy amounts of money to buy a machine that gives you abs I thought…. seriously??? Why would anyone do that?

I sat on it for a few months and let it swim around in my brain and decided I should see the machine. Eventually I gave in and decided the rep would come in and I’d try it and it would be easy to walk away from… I was terribly wrong!

How Does The Emsculpt Work?

The Emsculpt uses Peripheral Magnetic Stimulation (aka a GIANT magnet activated by electrical current) to stimulate the motor neurons in your muscles and makes them contract. After a 30 minute treatment it’s like you have done 20,000 crunches, squats or bicep/tricep presses.

When treating Abs or Arms, it also puts your body in a hyper-metabolic state releasing tons of free fatty acids which permanently destroy some fats cells in the treated area, causing you to shrink by 1-2 inches permanently.

Most folks see fat removal fairly quickly and muscle development within 2-4 weeks beginning.

Does It Work?

It does… unbelievably well. We are seeing SIGNIFICANT changes in body shape, muscle tone and inches lost. And it starts FAST! Our average client begins to see muscle tone and fat reduction even within the first few weeks.

At twelve weeks, the muscle effect peaks, with fat reduction peaking between 12 weeks and 6 months.

Wellness Improvement and Reduction In Pain

We also noticed some significant wellness advantages to Emsculpt. Within two treatments for example, I personally lost my endless back pain. I can’t tell you how amazing that is. Many of our staff and customers have experienced significant reduction in body pain after using the device.

For example, when treating the arms most folks see a reduction in neck and shoulder pain. When treating the glutes most folks have seen a reduction in lower back pain. When treating abs most folks have less general back pain.

Here are a few before and afters:










Increased Athletic Performance

The Emsculpt works muscles in a way that is IMPOSSIBLE to do on your own at the gym. With a stronger core, glutes, arms etc there are limitless benefits for those who do work out.

  • Longer planking ability
  • Increased vertical leap
  • Better push ups
  • Higher weight lifting abilities
  • So much more…

There are more and more celebrities and professional athletes using this device to improve their lives!! Click the picture below to see 5 Celebrities Who Use Emsculpt…

How Does It Feel?

If you’ve ever gone to the chiropractor and had the muscle stimulation machine put on you, then you kind of know what it feels like. As you are laying there getting treated you can physically see the muscles contract in front of you. It is a strange (and amazing) process.

It does feel strange because you aren’t controlling the contraction and that does confuse your body, but it absolutely doesn’t hurt.


Are You Sore After?

Some folks are mildly sore after but usually it’s nothing to fuss over. Most folks have no soreness at all.

How Many Treatments Does It Take To Get Results?

Initial protocol is usually 4 treatments in a two week window. Occasionally if it’s difficult for someone to build muscle, it takes 6 treatments.

Just like going to the gym, it’s muscle work and if you don’t repeat it, you lose it. Recommended maintenance is to do a single maintenance treatment at six weeks and then every 12 weeks after that. You can always do MORE than that but that is the recommended minimums to maintain results.

What Does It Cost?emsculpt-stlouis

Here’s the thing about Emsculpt costs… it is somewhat controlled by the company. They require a minimum cost of $750 per session but if you live in higher cost of living areas, it may be more expensive. Maintenance treatments tend to be less. Check with an Emsculpt provider in your area to find out pricing.

What Machines Compete With Emsculpt?

CoolTone by Allergancooltone-st-louis

From the makers of CoolSculpting is CoolTone. This device is the closest competitor to Emsculpt. It uses similar HIFEM technology (ie the GIANT magnet) to deliver energy to pulse the muscle tissue. It works on Abs, Glutes and Thighs.

Reasons we chose Emsculpt over CoolTone:

  • CoolTone doesn’t have nearly the studies and FDA clearances as Emsculpt.
  • It doesn’t have the ability to work the arms.
  • The spot size is significantly smaller.
  • It’s twice as powerful which seems like an advantage but with that much energy there’s a potential to tear or pull the muscle tissue, causing damage.
  • The cost per service is higher.

EvolveTone by InModeevolvetone-stl

EvolveTone uses a subpar technology to deliver muscle stimulation. It truly functions like the stimulation you see at the chiropractor. This type of technology is far more painful than HIFEM and also produces a significantly lower quality result. There’s also the potential from little burn marks where the nodes are connected to tissue. We assessed this technology when considering purchasing the Emsculpt and passed after reading an in depth study comparing the two.

If you are fully a geek on this stuff you can actually read the study comparing the two technologies –  Emsculpt White Paper on Muscle Stimulation [35098]

truSculpt Flex by Cuteratrusculpt-st-louis

This device uses the exact same technology as the EvolveTone and was built even less effectively than it. It was added to a large system as a small add on. We did not test this device as it is so poorly made it wasn’t worth our time.


The Emsculpt is an amazing piece of equipment that helps with muscle building and lots of health issues such as back, neck and shoulder pain. It makes your body not just look but actually perform better in sports and life!

Jennifer Warmann-Bloss

-Jennifer is a blogger, mom and owner of Elemental Esthetics in St Louis, MO

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