Treat­ment of tHe montH Cryother­apy Are freez­ing cold tem­per­a­tures the an­swer to drop­ping a few ki­los?

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t first glance, cryother­apy sounds more like a form of tor­ture than a spa treat­ment – how would you like to stand in a tubed-shaped cham­ber, pretty much naked, in tem­per­a­tures of -140°C? Not tempted? What about if we told you it can im­prove your sleep, re­duce in­flam­ma­tion af­ter ex­er­cise and help you shed up to 800 calo­ries in just three min­utes? Sounds great, eh?

Cryo is the name of the com­pany that wants to give you the chills. It’s been suc­cess­ful up the road in Dubai, where it has sev­eral branches, and has now opened its first out­let in the cap­i­tal at Abu Dhabi Coun­try Club. Cryo’s prom­ise of a quick fix will certainly lure in those of you short of time, but does it ac­tu­ally work? Af­ter five ses­sions, we’d say yes, and we don’t know. Cryo prom­ises to do many things – it can help with pain re­lief, com­bat in­som­nia, soothe eczema and im­prove your im­mune sys­tem and or­gan func­tion. It can boost cir­cu­la­tion and in­crease en­ergy lev­els by re­leas­ing en­dor­phins thanks to a blast of dry, ni­tro­gen mist.

The treat­ment is non-in­va­sive, although you can only wear a set of un­der­wear and some spe­cial shoes, socks and mitts when you en­ter the ma­chine. Not sur­pris­ingly, it gets more than a lit­tle brisk in there and to­wards the end of a ses­sion What’s On was fid­get­ing with dis­com­fort from the cold – we rec­om­mend you get the ther­a­pist to dis­tract you by talk­ing to you for the three min­utes, which seem to take an eter­nity to pass as you get colder and colder. We certainly felt like it re­duced mus­cle in­fla­ma­tion af­ter each ses­sion and gave us a boost for the rest of the day, but we still need some con­vinc­ing of its weight-loss ben­e­fits.

Abu Dhabi Coun­try Club, Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs350. Tel: (02) 6677736. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Coun­try Club.

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