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.

 

If you are interested in trying one of these treatments out, head to the booking page to book an appointment.

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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.

 

Intrigued? Come to CRYOSPA Canberra and discover the benefits for yourself!

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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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How to slow premature skin aging

Dec 21, 2016

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Skin, like all parts of our body, ages. As time passes the collagen and elastin keeping our skin firm begins to weaken and our skin loses it’s support structure, leading to sagging and wrinkles. Loss of fat, gravity, and genetics also play a major role in the appearance of our ageing skin. These are all factors that we cannot control – however, there are modifiable factors than contribute significantly to our skin’s appearance, and it is never too late to make an effort to maintain our youthful appearance.

 

1. SUN EXPOSURE

The most avoidable cause of premature ageing is sun exposure. UV rays damage elastic fibres that keep the skin firm, causing the development of wrinkles. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure by wearing broad spectrum SPF30+ sunscreen and a hat, stop sunbathing, and avoid the sun between 10am and 3pm.

 

2. SMOKING

Smoking decreases blood flow to the skin, deposits toxic chemicals, and encourages squinting to keep smoke from the eyes, all which likely cause wrinkles to appear sooner and more pronounced. One more reason to quit.

 

3. DIET

Skin is constantly regenerating and repairing, and needs adequate nutrition to do so. Eat 5 to 7 serves of fruit and vegetables a day to ensure you provide it with vitamins C, E, A and B it needs. Fruit and veggies are also just good for you.

 

4. WASH AND MOISTURISE

Use a gentle cleanser to remove pollution, makeup, and perspiration that can irritate the skin. Additionally, applying moisturisers once daily traps moisture and gives skin a youthful
appearance.

 

5. ALCOHOL

Alcohol dehydrates and exposes the skin to toxic metabolites, further contributing to the premature ageing process. To minimise this, limit intake to 1 standard drink for women and 2
standard drinks for men daily

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