WHERE: Cryo Health, The Boulevard 1 at Emirates Towers, 050 923 0928, www.cryo-health.com
HOW LONG: Three minutes
HOW MUCH: Dhs400
THE TREATMENT: Whole Body Cryotherapy is the process of cooling the skin’s surface from the neck down for two to three minutes by standing in a specially designed open-top cubicle that pumps out ice-cold air. This triggers a natural regeneration process that is said to energise and revitalise the body. We hear it’s the latest fitness craze, and pro athletes including NBA star Kobe Bryant, and age-defying actress Demi Moore is are fans, so we thought we’d give it a blast.
The treatment’s temporary cooling action stimulates the immediate increase of adrenaline, which enhances blood circulation and accelerates the delivery of oxygen throughout the body.
Thankfully, it’s not anywhere near as painful as jumping into an ice bath (the old-school method of aiding muscle repair), and, as it only last three minutes, it’s bearable. All I had to do was strip down to my undies and stand in the cubicle in a pair of towelling socks with my arms in the air, trying to convince myself that I wasn’t really freezing my skin to between -120 and -160 degrees Celsius. Brrrr!
THE RESULTS: This treatment certainly wakes up the senses and is an intensely effective way to cool down in the UAE’s soaring temperatures. If you’re a gym junkie prone to severe muscle ache, give it a go.