Cryother­apy

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WHAT IS IT? No, this isn’t what hap­pens when you end up sob­bing af­ter a tough gym sesh. Cryother­apy in­volves stand­ing in a “cham­ber” (ba­si­cally a freezer) where you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence a few min­utes of tem­per­a­tures as icy as -90ºc. The ther­a­peu­tic ef­fect of freez­ing cold water is well known to spa ther­a­pists, but this A-list ver­sion costs up to £95 for three min­utes at le­gendary London depart­ment store Har­rods. HOW DOES IT WORK? The cold tem­per­a­ture pro­duces a fight-or-flight re­sponse in the body, and users claim to feel glow­ing and re-en­er­gised as the shock of the cold sends oxy­gen cours­ing through their bod, speed­ing up their me­tab­o­lism. It’s also claimed to help sore mus­cles and anti-age­ing, which may be why cryother­apy is said to be ad­dic­tive.

WHO LOVES IT? Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, Jes­sica Alba and Sir Mo Farah are fans, while even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ru­moured to have tried it. RECRE­ATE IT AT HOME: If you have sore mus­cles or a sprain, im­merse your­self in a cold bath – you can even add some ice cubes. The faint-hearted can make do with a sprin­kle of cold water in the shower af­ter a steam­ing soak in the tub.

Mil­lie en­joys a cold shoul­der The fu­ture is a bit chilly, ac­tu­ally

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