It can be hard to keep up with all of the weird and wonderful beauty treatments on the market these days, so we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up some of the best.
CRYOTHERAPY AT CRYOPERFORMANCE
We’re sure you’ve seen this one all over social media – your favourite celebrity, with only their head visible, shrouded in smoke in a large white machine. It’s called ‘cryotherapy’, and it’s said to be revolutionising the way people treat their pain, reduce inflammation, reduce their cellulite and even lose weight. Cryotherapy involves treating all or part of your body with extremely cold air (liquid nitrogen makes temperatures drop to as low as -140 degrees) either in a chamber or with a hand-held device. Treatments, it goes without saying, are short, but their reported effects are seriously impressive. Elite athletes use cryotherapy to heal injuries faster, while the physiological and mental benefits have been said to help treat anxiety, depression and even visible signs of ageing. It’s totally natural (that ‘smoke’ is safe-to-breathe fresh air, not a chemical or artificial substance) and Mark from Cryoperformance says, it always puts a smile on your face at the end of the treatment. The cold promotes the release of endorphins, the ‘happy hormones’, that will keep you coming back time and time again.
FISH SPA AT BAREFOOT FISH
Letting a school of fish feast on your feet might not be your idea of a relaxing beauty treatment, but it’s actually an incredibly popular way to get soft, supple feet – and even treat some long-term skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis. Simply called ‘fish spas’, this treatment will have you submerging your feet into warm, fresh water, ready to be nibbled on by small, toothless fish who will remove all of the dry and dead skin. The result? Refreshed, healthy feet in less than 20 minutes. At Barefoot Fish, Surfers Paradise’s newest fish spa, it is a requirement that all feet be sterilised before being put into the tanks, and the water is also continuously cycled through a powerful filtration system to ensure the process is as hygienic as possible. As for the tickle factor? You may want to bring a friend – you’re definitely going to need a hand to squeeze for the first few minutes.
P3 SPORTS AND RECOVERY
A favourite for local sports stars, teams and athletes, Burleigh’s P3 Sports and Recovery is the home of every unique therapy you can imagine. From their Vibrosaun machine – a therapeutic dry sauna consisting of a padded vibrating bed that simulates exercise without putting any strain on your body (sign us up!) – to their hyperbaric chamber – that uses pressure to get more oxygen into your body’s tissue, stimulating recovery and healing – there are a number of treatments and therapies that are see professional athletes coming back to P3 time and time again. One treatment that might not bring you rushing back, however, is the PainPod – but it isn’t as bad as you think. This special piece of biotechnology helps athletes, gym enthusiasts and anyone with an active lifestyle achieve faster training results and higher performance intensity for longer periods, all through BioPads that target knots and trigger points to give a deep post-workout massage. When it comes to P3’s therapy options, you can take your pick from wet or dry options. Staying dry, you can take a turn in the Recovery Zone using equipment like zero-gravity reclining chairs and the Recovery Pump system – a kind of compression therapy – while making use of P3’s free WiFI and large screen. You could hit up the Roll Zone to try the state-of-the-art Hyperice vibrating roller range, or try out the Pro Ice compression to relieve that corked muscle, sprain or strain. The wet therapy options at P3 are a favorite for many local athletes, including surfers like Pacha Light and footy players Jarrod Wallace and Jai Arrow, among others, and include everything from a magnesium hydrotherapy pool to a cold plunge pool, as well as hot and cold spas.