The Role of Ice Cream in this Latest Spa Treatment to Relieve Stress
How does it feel to be a pint of ice cream? I came as close as one can to feeling like a pint of my favorite flavor, during my recent, some may say, “revolutionary” spa treatment, in Deauville, France. This treatment, called Criotherapy (not to be confused with the financial world’s Bitcoin, referred to as “Cryptotherapy”). Criotherapy is a treatment where one stands in a chamber of dry ice that reaches minus 150 degrees Celsius for up to 3 minutes. Oh, and let’s not forget the recommendation that the less one wears the better. To say that I’ve never been a big fan of winter temperatures would be an understatement. I wear up to four layers at a time to fend off the January cold. Some may call me the cousin of the groundhog, who hibernates until the first signs of spring.
However, when offered the “opportunity” – and I don’t use that term lightly – to experience the up and coming latest craze in spa treatments, Criotherapy, I just couldn’t resist after educating myself on the potential benefits. Benefits, such as relieving muscle pain, arthritis, rheumatism and healing of wounds. But here’s the real clincher for me. Will help reduce stress and make for a peaceful night’s sleep. Nobody told me of the increased stress that I would experience in anticipation of the treatment! For several days, it was all I could worry about. How would I handle those 3 minutes of extreme cold?
The few days leading up to the treatment, I experimented with a few strategies to prepare. For example, I tried placing frozen foods against my skin, taking cold showers, and putting the air conditioning at full blast. With each day of anticipation my stress increased. It was all counter-intuitive one might say. Finally, the treatment day had come. I walked into a chamber, about 2 feet in diameter and 5 feet high. The experience starts off at room temperature, and creeps towards the dreaded 150 degree mark. Before I knew it, the chamber was at the peak low temperature.
To my pleasant surprise, the countdown was nothing like standing at the top of Mount Snow in no clothes. The dry ice, very slowly circulates and penetrates the body. It was over before I knew it and I was enveloped in a huge, soft, cuddly towel declaring “I survived”. Following the treatment, I can say with certainty that the de-stress did in fact take place, but whether this was just back to my normal stress, before I started anticipating my Criotherapy treatment, it’s kind of hard to tell. In any case, I’ve decided that I’m not going to worry about it. Criotherapy – an experience with heart!
This treatment took place on a recent trip to Deauville, France at the Cures Marines Trouvlle Hotel Thalasso & Spa.
Donna Salle can be reached at TravelsWithHeart@gmail.com