Frozen in Chelsea: Cryotherapy and Coolsculpting

I’m sitting in a cosy lounge in my gym and the plan after I write this post is to head downstairs for a swim, a dip in the jacuzzi and some time in the steam room. After the last week of struggling with a horrible cold, I’m looking forward to unwinding. But as I think about all the heat that awaits me I can’t ignore the fact that freezing in Chelsea is trending.

Take KXU’s cryotherapy chamber; one of only a few in London. For those who have yet to discover this experience, a cryotherapy session involves being taken to -90 celsius. And after just a few minutes inside the chamber, the benefits include aiding muscle recovery, pain relief and boosting the body’s metabolic rate. There are other health benefits related to cryotherapy and plenty more reasons why sports stars are using this treatment to reduce injuries, help sleep and increase energy.

Another treatment that is becoming increasingly popular is Coolsculpting; the fat-freezing procedure that reduces body fat in a non-surgical way. It all stemmed from a discovery in the 1970s when scientists linked the dimples inside the cheeks of children who liked ice lollies to the idea that ‘excessive exposure to cold could reduce fat cells naturally and eliminate them from the body’.

A few weeks ago I saw this treatment, which is available at KX Private Members Health Club and Mallucci London, being demo’d at Claridges. And I can see Coolsculpting increasing in popularity because it is non-invasive. There are no scalpels or scars that come with this treatment; and from what I’ve seen the results are very impressive.

This winter I’ll be heading to the slopes for the first time in many many years. Normally I love a hot climate, sandy beaches and calm sea. But perhaps this freezing trend is about to become real. KXU is a pay-as-you-go gym with treatment rooms and a restaurant; so it’ll be very easy to find out sooner or later.

KXU, 241 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP; KX, 151 Draycott Ave, Chelsea, London SW3 3AL; Mallucci London, 13 Crescent Place, Chelsea, London SW3 2EA

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