6 Ways to Stay Young/Healthy in 2017

Jan 17, 2017


1. Eat a healthy diet
Eating the right foods, as well as the right amounts, is essential to being healthy. Not only will eating well allow the body to get the nutrients that it needs to function properly, it will make you feel happier and less anxious. Eating healthy food doesn’t mean you can’t eat delicious food, or that you have to go on a ‘crazy’ diet. There’s lots of simple ways to make delicious, healthy food, for example, adding in healthy fats, increasing your daily water consumption and avoiding processed, sugared and artificially sweetened food and beverages.

 

2. Sleep
Sleep is essential for our mental and physical health. The average adult needs anywhere between 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night, although everyone is different. In a society that is wired up to electronic devices 24/7, it can be hard to disengage and wind down. As well as a great diet that maintains a consistent energy level, one way to help you prepare for sleep is to spend an hour relaxing before bed, without electronic devices. Perhaps try a mindfulness app for some guided meditation, or read a paperback book, or even make a ‘sleepy tea’. Exercising and spending time outside during the day will also help you sleep. If you are looking to put your health first, sleep is a crucial ingredient you don’t want to miss out on.

 

3. Exercise regularly
The more you exercise, the healthier you will be. Exercising is great for boosting your heart, building up strength and strengthening your immune system. A simple daily walk is enough to get your blood pumping, increasing your cardiovascular fitness and helping to build up your muscles. Another option is to sign up to a gym or fitness class, these can be great if you enjoy the motivation of working out with other people. With so much diversity in fitness classes these days chances are you will find one you love!

 

4. Take time out for you
It’s important that we take time away from our busy lives to focus on ourselves and our relationships with those around us. It is very easy to get caught up in our everyday activities and to forget to look after ourselves. Taking some time for ourselves can be great. Whether this be a weekend away or a day doing something different, like going on a hike or visiting a local winery. Even picking up a new hobby or learning something new. Taking this time can help you to relax and reconnect with yourself and those around you.

 

5. Drink water
Our body is approximately 60% water, and we are constantly losing that liquid. It is our most vital nutrient, and often it is the one that we deprive ourselves of the most. When we don’t get enough water we are sluggish and lethargic. And often we don’t realise how thirsty we are because thirst can often be mistaken for hunger. Other signs that we aren’t drinking enough water are headaches, dizziness, fatigue and muscle cramps. The recommended intake of water each day is 6-8 glasses or 2 litres, but you’ll need more if you are active. The best way to keep up your water intake is to have a drink bottle or glass of water within reaching distance.

 

6. CRYOSPA
If you are looking for a treatment that will leave you feeling invigorated and refreshed then you need to try Cryotherapy. This treatment exposes you to -190 degrees (Celsius) for up to 3 minutes, encouraging your body to increase blood circulation. The benefits from this treatment include a boosted immune system, improved sleep, reduced chronic pain and accelerated metabolism. And this is only to mention a few.

 

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The History of Cryotherapy

Jan 13, 2017


The treatment of injuries or aches with the application of something cold has been an accepted medical treatment dating back to the Egyptians in 2500 BC. However, the word Cryotherapy originates from Greek, with ‘cryo’ translating to ‘cold’ and therapy translating to ‘cure’ in the Greek language. It has been reported that Hippocrates prescribed the use of ice and snow to treat inflammation and pain.

 

Whole body Cryotherapy was introduced in the 1970s by Dr Yamaguchi in Japan, primarily as a way to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The discovery was made that the rapid cooling of the surface of the skin (through the use of liquid nitrogen in a Cryotherapy sauna) decreased joint pain and soreness.

 

The treatment migrated to Europe, where it became an accepted form of physical therapy, and part of the recovery process for many elite athletes.

 

In 2008, Cryotherapy saunas were introduced to the United States and they have continued to spread out globally since.

 

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Treatment information: Learn more about Sauna, Spot and Facial Therapy

Jan 9, 2017


At CRYOSPA Canberra, we provide three cryotherapy treatments:

 

Sauna:
Whole body Cryotherapy reduces inflammation, promotes rapid healing and minimises acute pain in just 3 minutes. It works on joint pain, stiffness and swelling in a similar way to an ice pack but the effects are immediate, powerful and lasting. On leaving the Cryosauna, the blood vessels dilate (vasodilation) and the enriched blood rushes back to the skin. Oxygenated blood is circulated and anti-inflammatories released to help relieve pain (the ‘analgesia’ effect) and soothe swollen joints. In addition to being pain-free, the release of ‘feel good’ endorphins means you will leave the CRYOSPA clinic feeling positive and relaxed.

 

Spot:
CRYOSPOT treatments can be used on the neck, shoulders, hands, feet and other small areas to help reduce pain and inflammation. CRYOSPOT works by emitting a targeted beam of liquid nitrogen directly onto the spot being treated. This immediately cools the area causing a fast decrease in swelling, pain and inflammation. Whole body cryotherapy treats the body from the inside to the outside, where as CRYOSPOT treats the targeted area from the outside to the inside, similar to an ice bath, but far more effective.

 

Facial:
CRYOFACIAL involves the use of a wand that emits a controlled beam of vaporized liquid nitrogen. The cold nitrogen helps to fill in fine lines, reduce wrinkles and instantaneously tightening the skin by stimulating the production of collagen. Furthermore, a CRYOFACIAL reduces the size of pores which keeps toxins, dirt and grime out of the skin.

 

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What even is Cryotherapy?

Jan 4, 2017


Cryotherapy is a hyper-cooling treatment that works by briefly exposing your body to a fine liquid nitrogen mist that safely cools your skin to approximately -140°c for up to 3 minutes.

 

It was originally developed in Japan in 1978 by Dr. Yamaguchi as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Since then the benefits have been refined and studied in Europe, in which time it became quite popular in the sporting world as a recovery treatment. Cryotherapy is now available in America and Australia, with many people praising the treatment for both it’s fitness and wellbeing benefits.

 

How does it work? The theory behind the treatment is that exposure to the cold tricks the brain into believing that it will freeze. Your survival instincts kick in with the brain drawing blood from the limbs and sending blood to the internal organs, flooding the cells with oxygen, nutrients and enzymes. The blood then rushes back out and expands the capillaries and white blood cells by up to 400%. After the treatment your body temperature will quickly return to normal, leaving your skin and muscles enriched with nutrients, oxygen and enzymes for immediate and lasting results.

 

So why do it? There are many benefits to Cryotherapy. From a fitness or sports perspective the benefits include faster muscle and injury recovery, an improvement in circulation and supercharged metabolism. From a wellbeing perspective the benefits include improved mental health and immune health, pain relief, improved metabolism and hormone function. There are also the included benefits of improved skin appearance and feel, and relief for eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

 

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Benefits of CRYOSAUNA vs Ice Baths

Dec 27, 2016

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The main comparison between the use of a Cryosauna and an ice bath is that the skin temperature in an ice bath lowers only to 5ºc, compared to the Cryosauna which produces a -1ºC skin temperature. Not only does the Cryosauna reach a lower cooling temperature, it also does not freeze the muscle.

 

Upon exiting the Cryosauna, the blood flow back to the peripheral tissues warms the muscles almost immediately, in an ice bath tissue begins to freeze and muscles temporarily lose capacity. Muscle tissue then needs time to return to normal which requires the body to rest. The Cryosauna not only has a faster and effective use to help in muscle, skin and wellbeing recovery, the usability of the machine means you can have the benefits before and after a workout; which an ice bath does not allow the ease to do so.

 

The other major difference in the use of an Ice bath and Cryosauna is the process in which you aid in muscle recovery. With a Cryosauna you are completely dry throughout your session, which makes for a very fast yet effective experience for busy and fast pace clients. An ice bath on other hands is a much slower process, beside having to dry yourself and bring a change of clothes, the unrelenting and somewhat painful experience, not only can damage the skin but create a stigma of an unpleasant experience.

 

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