On any other day, the mere thought of entering an enclosed chamber would get my anxieties twitching. Tell me this said chamber has been cooled to a forbidding 90 degrees below freezing and I’d be running for the hills as fast as my legs could carry me!
Which is why I don’t know quite what happened when I gladly accepted the offer to experience 111’s new Cryo Chamber. For what kind of sane person would strip down and voluntarily enter a tiny chamber chilled to a temperature so deathly cold, just a few minute too long could result in a visit to the morgue…Quite a lot apparently.
From Winnie Harlow and Ellie Goulding, to Millie Mackintosh and Nick Grimshaw, it seems the lure of the freeze is just to tempting to resist. Situated in the recently opened Harrods Wellness Clinic, 111 Cryo is the UK’s first non-nitrogen Cryo chamber and boasts a wealth of benefits from improved circulation for detoxifying, to a boost in oxygen for reinvigoration and speeding up your metabolism. In fact, its fat burning credentials are so efficient that just 2 minutes deep freeze can burn between 500 to 800 calories post treatment, while it’s astounding ability to aid muscle repair has got footballers flocking. What’s more as your heart rate speeds up to keep out the chill, your body releases an increased level of endorphins leaving you feeling energized and motivated for the rest of the day.
And how did I fare in the deep freeze? Astoundingly, against all preconceived expectations, my 111 Cryo experience was surprisingly enjoyable. Yes the cold air may have hit me like a wall of ice and Destiny’s Child ‘I’m a Survivor’ had never felt more relevant, but after two long minutes jumping around in little more than my underwear, I felt exhilarated and strangely euphoric. Stranger more and I’d have never believed it; I wanted to do it again! If that’s not an endorphin kick, I don’t know what is.
Sessions begin from £95 and are available at the 111 Cryo, The Wellness Clinic, Harrods. https://www.harrods.com/en-gb/in-store-services/beauty/the-wellness-clinic