Cryotherapy has so many benefits for health, body and mind. But have you heard of Infrared Sauna, Chromotherapy and Halotherapy?
I know, I sound like a broken record. From Bridal Prep to Sports Injuries, I covered almost every topic when it comes to cryo. However, I completely believe in this form of alternative treatment. I often recommend it to people suffering from various injuries, illnesses or just for regular health & beauty maintenance. With a huge list of sports athletes and celebrities behind the craze, I’m not the only one to be fascinated by cryotherapy.
So, when I was invited to visit the brand new Cryospa Clinics in Sydney, I jumped at the opportunity to try a variety of their treatments: Cryo, Infrared Sauna, Chlorotherapy and Halotherapy
We walked into Cryospa Clinics in Crows Nest and are immediately greeted by two knowledgeable staff Mitchell and Clarisse. They are very professional and ask us to fill out some forms which thoroughly check current and past health conditions to ensure you are safe to try their offered therapies.
Energise with cryosaunaWe walk into the cryosauna room and receive gloves, slippers, robes and earmuffs. Jumping in the chamber, the experience is exhilarating as we both watch the count down of the minutes left while the temperature declines to -140.
From my feet to my neck, my body is slowly freezing. My breath is becoming visible and my fingertips under the gloves begin to tingle. The time went by quickly while I chat to Clarisse and my husband Franky.
My favourite part of the whole experience has to be the dramatic exit: a white cloud engulfs the room as the chamber door opens, revealing a cold but satisfied patient.
The feeling of cryo is unbelievable, it wakes you up, it drains your inflammation, it gets circulation flowing all while completely relaxing every muscle.
Franky jumps in second and being new to cryo, I was hoping to see a slight bit of fear or anxiety (because surely everyone has slight anxiety about being frozen for the first time?!). But no. He smiles, talks and laughs throughout the entire 3 minutes.
Endorphins running, we are feeling chatty and ready for infrared sauna!
Detoxify & Relax in the Infrared SaunaAre we ready to sweat from every pore in our body? After a cool -140 in the cryo chamber, this was surprisingly satisfying. Infrared saunas burn up to 600 calories in one session and help to detoxify the body, help with pain reduction, joints and muscle support and can even help you manage stress!
Our swimmers on, we walk into the timber build room with ambient lights and soft music. Coloured lights gently rotate in what’s called Chromotherapy. This is the science of using colours to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that bring on health and harmony. Each colour possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is related to different physical symptoms.We sit back, relax and quickly start feeling the heat penetrate our bodies.
Infrared sauna works by using light to create heat, as opposed to hot air. The light enters the body directly and heats it up quicker. I felt it was much easier to breathe in this type of sauna and the changing lights and music helped us relax.
Going from freezing to dripping in sweat was a shock to the body. I expected to feel lethargic but instead we both felt quiet weightless and mentally alert. Apart from feeling extremely thirsty (thankfully water was readily provided!) our joints, muscles and bones are feeling fantastic.
The last ten minutes of the infrared sauna is not pretty as sweat is dripping off EVERY pore like a broken tap. A cold shower jolted us back into regular temperature and we are ready for the salt room!
Regenerate in the Himalayan Salt RoomStepping in, we notice the beautiful decor with pink Himalayan salt spread across like sand, comfortable white lounges, magazines and calming lights. In the air, is the the pure Pink Himalayan Salt which holds anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties. The salt room’s positive energy provides us beneficial effects against nervous tension, insomnia, difficulties in concentration and free radicals. We feel tranquil and ready to take in some positive vibes.
Calming, harmonious tones soothe our mind whilst the soft aroma therapies put our body at ease. The temperature is kept at a constant 28 degrees and alternating colours create peace. We feel a state of complete zen. while we sit in silence, read a magazine and even nap.
The air was unique. Its almost like being at the beach, except times ten. The sensation of breathing in the salty air gives a light tingling feeling in the sinus. It clears your airwaves and makes breathing feel cleansing. My skin felt extremely smooth, as if it was feeding on all the minerals in the air.
I felt fantastic and sitting there for a further 50 minutes gave me lots of energy. Many hours later, we still feel the benefits of mental alertness and energy.
That night, our sleep was amazing and we woke up wondering when we can book in another day at Cryospa Clinics!
Trying out these treatments regularly is a small price to pay for the immense benefits. From just $20 per person you can try one of these therapies with some friends and follow the footsteps of many celebrities and athletes.
Prices depend on number of attendees and these treatments are designed to be done in small groups to keep things fun. But, you can certainly have some privacy and tune out while allowing your body to rest and recover.
What do you think? Would you try cryotherapy, infrared sauna or Himalayan salt room?
What is Feather Touch Tattooing?
This amazing eyebrow treatment nicknamed "Feather Touch" is for people who have over plucked, loss of hair/patchy areas that won’t grow back and ideally have the wrong brow shape. Feather Touch Tattooing is putting the finest hairs back into eyebrows with pigment to provide definition and most importantly symmetry. This method is the most natural looking cosmetic tattooing enhancement.
How long does it last?
The pigment is at its brightest for 9 to 12 months, lasting up to 24 months on the fairest skin. It will eventually fade away if you do not maintain touch ups. Semi-Permanent make up is an Art not a science. Client results will vary. Generally the results are amazing but it very much depends on your own skin type, texture and oiliness, your health and after care. (Please read this entire page)
How long does the procedure take?
I allow 2 hours for the procedure. The consultation is actually part of your appointment but if you have a lot of questions after reading this, lets communicate before your appointment. After filling out paperwork, I numb you, then we consult and draw your perfect shape, even before the procedure begins. I allow 1.5 hours for Perfecting Sessions and touch ups. I am a perfectionist at my Art. You will appreciate the caring time I take for your appointment to make you feel comfortable during the procedure.
Does it hurt?
Everyone's tolerance is different. I use the same numbing cream a doctor would use when administering Fillers or Botox! It is actually not that bad. Some people describe it as a scratching sensation. For women, you will be more sensitive if you are hormonal. Plan your appointments accordingly. I cannot perform this on sunburns.
How long does healing take?
Allow 5-10 days for the skin to completely heal. Colour intensity will be darker the next few days after the procedure. Then in about 3-5 days it is followed by some mild flaking. After this time, the color will subside and start to take a "softer" appearance as the skin heals. I was in love with mine from the first day and through every phase. The changes in the first week did not affect my week at all. Everyone is different.
Will I need a touch up?
Yes all clients will require a touch up, this is all inclusive of your price provided you must book 4-6 weeks after your treatment.
If you want thicker brows after the healing process, I can do this in your perfection touch up. Knowing everyone’s skin is different, so it greatly depends on that and your healing process. No guarantee can be made that a specific client will benefit the same as another from this procedure. This is the process of inserting pigment into the basal layer of the epidermis. It is a form of tattooing, cosmetic, though it is semi-permanent. Generally, the results are excellent but it very much depends on your skin texture, oiliness and your health. Your new eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle. The pigment will appear very sharp and dark immediately after the procedure. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin, and has not yet settled in completely. The color of the pigment will soften gradually. Do not be alarmed if you see some pigment on the cotton swab, as this is excess pigment and/or body fluid that is naturally exiting your skin. Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the color pigment is fading too quickly, however, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows resulting in "soft natural looking" hair strokes.
How do you choose a color?
I have a huge variety of Colors and use amazing pigment. After you have filled out all of your paperwork, and numb, we choose the color that is perfect for you. The best match is to match your original eyebrow hair.
**Preparation Before your treatment (MUST READ)
If you are naturally a heavy bleeder this is not for you. The pigment will not retain evenly due to the blood will pushing the pigment out.
Heavy or Daily Alcohol consumption will have the same affect. Please plan around your hormonal weeks too ladies.
Please do schedule your Brow coloring, waxing, threading or tweezing one week prior to procedure. You will not be able to do this for 1 month after. Cover those greys :) You can schedule this with me. This will also give you time to consult before your appointment instead of the day of.
Injectables: For BEST results I highly recommend that you plan any injectables : Botox/ Dysport, two or more weeks after your MB sessions. *If you have injectable fillers or Botox in your face, please be aware that I cannot be held responsible for brow symmetry due to injectable settling. If you have recently received injectables, and are very pleased with the placement, you may schedule no sooner than 2 weeks after. While I have never had a bad experience with a clients injectables causing brows to become uneven, I can in no way guarantee it won't happen. Please inform me when making your MB appointment, we can discuss the pro's and con's more if desired.
"These products can make you bleed excessively, making it difficult for the pigment to implant"-No working out or sweating day of or 10 days following.
-Alcohol 24 hrs before procedure. More days the better! Heavy/ daily drinkers are not a good candidate. Talk to me about this please.
-Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen 72 hours prior to your session.
-Discontinue Retin-A skin care products close to the enhancement area two weeks "prior and after" your procedure.
-Discontinue use of AHA skin care products close to the enhancement area one week prior to your procedure. Avoid the area after. Just use gentle cleansers.
-No laser in that area 2 weeks prior to procedure. IPL laser will remove the dye after the procedure and the area should be avoid with all care after for the life of the brow
-All peels should be avoided in and around the area for the life of the brow to avoid advanced fading.
-No sunburns . NO Spray tans 10 days before or a month later on the face. Or Peeling, or break outs in the brows.
***Who is NOT ideal for this procedure? (MUST READ)
-Someone with very large pores on their forehead. *
-Someone who will form a Keloid. (a raised scar) Any part of body
-Someone with severely oily skin. (Pigment will look more solid than like hair strokes and may not last as long)*
-Diabetes type 1 or 2 (Prone to slow healing and infection)*
-Chemotherapy (consult your doctor first, medication may cause pigment to not retain properly)*
-Auto immune diseases (due to healing and medication, consult with your doctor, contact me to discuss before booking)*
-Chronic Epilepsy or Parkinsons
-No Blood thinners, or heavy bleeders.
-Pacemaker or major heart problems *Must have Cardioligist clearance if not on blood thinners
-Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne)
-Sick (cold, flu, etc.) PLEASE Reschedule
-Someone who has Thyroid (Medication may cause pigment to not retain properly) * It most likely requires more touch ups)
-If you are pregnant or nursing (due to the numbing ointment)
-Accutane in the past year.
* You may receive the service with the clear understanding that pigment may not retain properly and you may need more touch ups then others.
How do you care for your brows after?
Once completely healed, I advise applying a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun "always". Sun exposure will cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly. Generally the results are "Amazing" but it very much depends on your own health, skin type, texture and oiliness. The pigment is semi-permanent and will naturally fade over time. It is more affordable if you maintain them with in the first 12 months. The choice is yours. I would highly recommend making an appointment ahead of time due to scheduling availability. *Aftercare instructions will be discussed & given to you at your appointment to take home and follow strictly.
Please feel free to email with pictures or questions and I will contact you when I am not in a treatment.
Let’s begin with this opening statement “THIS TREATMENT IS MY SAVIOUR!” Yes! I said it!
By the time I was 18 I felt there was something not right about my body. It often felt pained. After an appointment with the doctor, he had signed off on a referral for me to undergo X-rays upstairs in the medical building. A few days had passed and I had revisited the doctor and he had informed me that I have scoliosis. I didn’t think too much about it, I just thought I was damaged goods from being a past gymnast and that my back will heal.... BOY I was wrong!
Fast forward 14 years, with my private health insurance card zipped in the back pocket of my nike leggings, l was ongoingly visiting chiropractors, physiotherapists, remedial massaged therapists until Cryo Spa opened it’s doors. I can safely say I was blessed enough to be introduced to Localised Cryo Therapy! At that moment I said goodbye to Nurofen Plus!
What is Localised Cryo Therapy? What type of machinery is this? What’s the difference in brands and is it invasive?
Localised Cryo Therapy is a non invasive hyper cooling treatment that is beneficial for so many different reasons. Chronic pain is notoriously difficult to treat and this is the reason for me writing this article. Most days I feel pain, every day I am lethargic and I suffer from chronic fatigue due to bad gut health. There are two different treatments I receive from Therapist Clarisse, one for my upper back, shoulders and neck and the second on my lower back. Each treatment lasts 10 minutes reaching a cool -155 degrees. I thoroughly enjoy the feeling, it’s exceptionally soothing, it decreases my inflammation significantly, heals my muscles and joints and also most importantly stops the chronic pain! It’s a comfortable experience performed on a day bed on the bottom level of the spa and there’s no preparation for the treatment. . This treatment is clinically proven and offers 4 times better lymph and blood circulation to the area too! I am treated twice a week for this chronic pain.
Did you know that with the same medical grade device “Cryo T-Elephant” it also used for firming of the skin circumference reduction, weight reduction, detoxification, strengthening of immune system and general wellbeing improvement.
This treatment is not a “bandaid” treatment. It cures the area, it’s my saviour. Book in your Localised Cryo Therapy treatment on 8964 7951.
Welcome to Cryo Spa on the Lower North Shore of Sydney. This spa was built on the simple grounds of healing and wellness.
Everyone is going crazy with Sydney's newest health craze, salt treatments. But what kind of salt treatment is this? What type of salt is being used? Is it safe to inhale? Is it pure crystal salt? Is it ok for children? Does it benefit me? Can I get sick from it?
As you flow through Cryo Spa's doors, a Cryo Spa therapist will greet you with a smile, offer you a bottle of water and guide you to the Salt Room. You will be amazed by the beautiful, pure pink, crystal salt bricks that line the walls. Feel the fine, warm, smooth, soft, Himalayan sand “salt” between your toes, which adorns the whole floor. You'll be truely impressed by the world-class white leather recliners that are offered for comfort seating. You are offered a white bath towel to place on the chair prior to taking a seat and you may choose either to wear your swimsuit, exposed clothing or a robe. There are magazines available to you or you may choose to bring a book along or lay in total peace. The Salt Room has 3 sections. A place to store your clothing, shoes and bags, a place to change and through a glass door is the Salt Room.
This 50 minute treatment is detoxifying and relaxing. It’s a balmy 29 degrees. Let the spa tunes calm your thoughts, allow the warmth of the room soothe your muscles and allow the subtle, calming ambiance forget about your daily troubles. Once the treatment is ACTIVE, a flow of negative ion-oxide works through the room and combines with the water molecules in the air to allow the salt to rise lightly off the floor and walls to create a salty mist. That taste in the air and the feeling you get is like being at the beach. In high enough concentrations negative ions clear the air of any bacteria and virus’s.
There are many benefits to this healing treatment. In this place of zen there are 84 minerals misting and these minerals help skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. This treatment also helps and is safe for those that suffer from migraines, bad gut health, insomnia, bronchial cough, regular coughs and colds, nose and respiratory track. Its great treatment for detoxification. Dexotification from EMFS! One of the most disruptive environmental toxins in 2018 are electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and they very are difficult to dodge. Wifi, phones both generate this invisible hazard, as do computers and televisions. Alzheimer’s, sclerosis, cancer, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, headaches, miscarriage and thyroid malfunction are all linked with exposure to electromagnetic pollution. While EMFs are nearly impossible to avoid, we can take small steps to reduce the negative impact and salt therapy helps.
This 50 minute salt treatment is unique, beneficial and soothing to the mind. Don’t be alarmed if you drift off to sleep, that’s just the magnesium sulphate working on your body. If you’re coming in with children, there are sand toys available for them. You are offered the option to shower afterwards in the luxurious bathroom that’s available in Spa also. Why don’t you try the infra-red sauna afterwards to double the detoxification and healing process? Its a popular combination.
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