Curious about which wellness therapies are worth the hype? So were we. Recently, the LUV team visited a hyper wellness studio (yes, it is as cool as it sounds). From cold therapy to light therapy and compression boots, it was like a one-stop-shop of services created to help reduce pain and inflammation and improve everything from your circulation to your mood.
Best for: pain relief, muscle recovery, improved sleep, skin rejuvenation, balancing hormones, cognitive function.
Photobiomodulation--it’s a mouthful to say, but it lays claim to a multitude of healthy benefits from the outside in. This form of therapy feels like standing between two low heat lamps. The red and infrared light clicks on, surrounding you in a meditative buzz. Because of the bright lights, you’ll have your eyes closed, which helps to settle in to the warmth and let your mind go quiet. Each session lasts a few minutes. The immediate session afterward can be compared to walking out of a dry sauna (although the heat is not at that level). It’s revitalizing and feels good for the skin. The long-term benefits come in many different forms, from improved circulation to boosting collagen levels and even improving cognitive function.
You can learn more about the healing benefits of light therapy here.
Best for: reducing inflammation, muscle recovery, boosting metabolism.
You might be familiar with this form of cold therapy that uses liquid nitrogen to boost muscle recovery and improve our circulatory system. After changing into a robe, socks, and slippers, you’ll enter the chamber and experience being surrounded by a vaporized form of liquid nitrogen that slowly surrounds you. Although standing in temperatures that go into the negatives (in Fahrenheit) might sound daunting, this 3-minute treatment is one of the fastest ways to boost muscle recovery and reduce inflammation.
Best for: toning, smoothing, eliminating fat cells, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Cryoskin uses cold therapy to help improve the overall appearance of skin and aid in “problem areas” you might have. If you’re struggling with anything from cellulite, to bloated areas, or skin troubles, this targeted cold therapy can help. There are a few different ways you can use Cryoskin, depending on what you’re looking for. The slimming benefits use a form of heat and cold therapy to freeze fat cells and provide a slimmer appearance. The toning benefits use cold therapy to lift, tighten, and smooth skin. The facial helps minimize pores, reduce inflammation, help with breakouts, while lifting and smoothing as well. Best of all, it requires no recovery time and leaves no damaging effects.
Best for: circulation and muscle recovery.
This is a simple, effective form of therapy that also improves our circulatory system. We tried Normatec, which uses boots or a belted waistband to target specific areas of the body to increase muscle recovery, reduce inflammation, and help reduce pain. It feels a lot like a really good massage chair. After zipping in to the boots, you’ll start to feel a slow compression that starts from the feet, goes up the ankles and calves, all the way up to your thighs. Even though this is a targeted form of therapy, even just using the boots on your legs can help improve circulation to the rest of your body. Each session lasts at least 30 minutes, although you can do up to an hour as well.
We believe a good balance of a variety of approaches is the best way to achieve a better sense of well-being and bring our mind and bodies back into alignment. What types of wellness therapies are you using?
Special thanks to Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy for allowing us to tour and sample their offerings.