Yoga RX

When my orthopedic surgeon told me that I needed surgery to fix my spine, I panicked. I had a 3 month old baby and a husband that traveled more than a Delta pilot. I couldn’t imagine taking the risk of invasive surgery and losing my neck mobility forever. That took me on the wild pursuit for other answers. How else could I fix myself? Diet, acupuncture, Hyperbaric chamber, Astym, salt rooms, red light therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, cryotherapy or maybe yoga? The answer is all the above!

When using a holistic approach in healing and recovery, it’s a synergistic dance of all different modalities that make your body work and perform better. We all know how I feel about Cryotherapy but let me tell you how I feel about Yoga. My body craves it! It needs that elongating of the spine, the stretching, and the challenge it brings to my muscles and balance. It is also a systemic detox, and a time to make myself just stop and breathe.

It’s one of those activities that when I give myself time to do it, I leave with a new promise to myself to become a daily yogi! With my hectic schedule of being a mom, wife, and CEO of a franchise wellness company, I am lucky to get in a yoga session once a week.

What I’ve learned with my injury is that movement equals blood flow, which equals circulation, which equals less inflammation. When doctors told me to cease activity in the worry that I might make my spine worse, I ended up hurting more when I sat still. Of course you should always listen to your doctor, but also listen to your body. Trying new things, keep being curious on how your body can feel better and heal faster. 

Yoga not only gives me muscles, but it also provides me pain relief. There are so many different types of yoga practices, but the below are the most popular and my favorite.

ASHTANGA
Ashtanga is based on ancient yoga teachings, but it was popularized and brought to the West by K. Pattabhi Jois (pronounced “pah-tah-bee joyce”) in the 1970s. It’s a rigorous style of yoga that follows a specific sequence of postures and is similar to vinyasa yoga, as each style links every movement to a breath. If you live in Atlanta, you must visit Ashtanga Yoga Atlanta. https://www.ashtangayogaatlanta.com

HATHA
Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Nearly every type of yoga class taught in the West is Hatha yoga. When a class is marketed as Hatha, it generally means that you will get a gentle introduction to the most basic yoga postures.

HOT YOGA
Hot Yoga, made popular by Bikram Yoga, is held in a hot and humid room — usually set between 95 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot yoga can be any type of yoga practiced in a heated room where the focus is on detoxification with a sequence of poses. VINYASA Vinyasa (pronounced “vin-yah-sah”) is a Sanskrit word for a phrase that roughly translates as “to place in a special way,” referring—in hatha yoga—to a sequence of poses. Vinyasa classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices. Vinyasa teachers sequence their classes to smoothly transition from pose to pose, with the intention of linking breath to movement, and often play music to keep things lively.

It doesn’t matter which one you try or incorporate, they all have the same outcome.

• increased flexibility
• increased muscle strength and tone
• improved respiration, energy and vitality
• maintaining a balanced metabolism
• weight reduction. • cardio and circulatory health
• improved athletic performance
• protection from injury
• boost in circulation and oxygenation of blood

So shouldn’t doctors start prescribing yoga as a natural “medicine”? As the country struggles with our opioid epidemic, I’m optimistic that our medical professionals will “push” other alternatives instead of just drugs.

Per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them. Between 8 and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder. An estimated 4 to 6 percent who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin.”

If you struggle with pain either from injury, overuse, autoimmune or joint diseases, try something new. There are so many modalities available to us. See what your body craves. 

Come see me at Icebox!
Alia

Cool Relief for Autoimmune Diseases

Did you know? There are over 80 types of autoimmune diseases, many of which produce similar symptoms caused by a common culprit: out of control chronic inflammation. Cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, has been studied in Japan and Europe for decades, and continues to grow in popularity among people with autoimmune diseases. Due to the anti-inflammation benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy, Icebox can help relieve symptoms of various autoimmune diseases:

• Rheumatoid arthritis

• Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)

• Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

• Multiple sclerosis (MS)

• Guillain-Barré syndrome

• Chronic inflammatory demyelinating

• Psoriasis

• Graves’ disease

• Hashimoto disease

• Lyme disease

• Crohn disease

• Arthritis

Icebox offers our clients a holistic approach to symptom management & treatment. Whole Body Cryotherapy is a safe and natural treatment that reduces chronic inflammation systematically (internally). Unlike conventional approaches that suppress the immune system, Cryotherapy stimulates the immune system to react in a balanced and efficient way, creating an optimal environment for enhanced health and healing. Call your local Icebox studio for more information on how we can help you or a loved one that suffers with chronic inflammation!

New Year Resolution Check In!

So it’s 5 months into 2019! How is everyone’s New Years Resolutions holding up? Some of us give up after a few weeks and hopefully most of us have made some forever changes. On NYE I promised myself that 2019 would be the year I would try to kick my sugar and wheat habit. I LOVE bread but it makes my body inflamed. So for me, I started the KETO diet with Intermittent Fasting and it’s been amazing. I’ve experienced more energy, I can focus better and my sleep has improved. Of course, a few pounds off has been my motivation to keep it up! BUT, before I did, I asked a good friend, fellow coworker at ICEBOX and most importantly a certified health coach, Allison McWilliams to help me learn more about my options. Below she breaks down the most popular options that are out there that people have the most questions about.

Paleo, Keto or Intermittent Fasting? What’s best for you!

Maybe you’ve heard of these plans, maybe you’ve tried them all, or maybe your head spins every time you hear of them!
What does it all mean, and which one is right for you?
Let’s look at some of the more popular plans in hopes of getting you to eat more mindfully and doing what it right for YOUR body.

PALEO DIET

Paleo is based on eating lean meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, starchy root vegetables, eggs, and nuts.

The premise of this diet is that we should eat in a primal way, like our ancestors did in the paleolithic period. The reasoning is that the shift from eating like hunter-gatherers (meat, vegetables, fruit, seeds nuts) to a more agriculturally processed diet has led to more inflammation, and contributed to issues with diseases, weight gain, etc.

The Paleo Diet emphasizes eating real, whole foods, and less of the processed junk that is more readily available. Research has shown that the Paleo Diet can reduce chronic disease and inflammation in the body.

KETOGENIC DIET

A low carb, high fat diet where your daily caloric intake should consist of about 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbohydrates.

The basis of the Keto Diet is to get the body into a state of ketosis, which happens when there are higher than normal levels of ketones in the bloodstream. This leads to very low levels of blood glucose, which causes the stored energy to act as fuel to burn body fat.

Many people experience some initial weight loss, but there are no studies that show it supports fat loss for the long term. If you’re an athlete, there have been some studies that show increased performance, but a Ketogenic Diet will most likely not help you gain lean mass.

INTERMITTENT FASTING

Intermittent Fasting means fasting for the majority of the day and only eating during a short window.

The most standard version is 16/8, which is fasting for 16 hours a day and eating during an 8-hour window. People also do 18/6, 20/4, or even 22/2. Research has shown that Intermittent Fasting can lead to fat loss and improve several aspects of your health.

Fasting is great for the body for several reasons…

When you follow Intermittent Fasting, you increase your metabolic rate, meaning you burn more calories throughout the day. Studies show it increases immune function, which can promote normal insulin sensitivity.
For some, not having to worry about planning 3 meals a day is also a convenient advantage! Additionally, eating within a shorter window can lead to consuming less calories. Eating 2 big meals in an eight-hour period instead of six small meals over a 12-hour period can leave you feeling more satisfied and not deprived.

So, which is the best plan?

The best plan is the one that works for you! What these plans have in common is that they make you more aware of what you are eating, and when you are more mindful about your eating habits, you are more likely to succeed!

For more information on these or any other dietary theories, please contact me at:

Instagram @allhealthylike or
allhealthylike@gmail.com

Icebox to Go!

Can Sub-Zero Temps Melt Away Body Fat, Reduce Cellulite and Chisel Abs?

Trying to decide which Body Contouring service to choose?

Here’s what you need to know…

The 3 “Queens” of Fat Melting and Fat Dissolving:

  1. CryoTherma
  2. Vanquish
  3. Company #3

Carrying a few extra pounds of stubborn fat in the belly or thighs is a problem that can seem impossible to solve. Many women (and men) have tried all sorts of costly and sometimes painful solutions to tighten up their bellies and thighs, such as liposuction and ultrasound.

The discomfort, expense, time spent, and lack of results with these procedures can be frustrating. Consequently, non-invasive procedures for reducing belly, love handle, and thigh fat are in high demand.

While using below freezing temperatures to melt fat may sound strange, it has been clinically tested, and has had a long history in the Beauty market.

Now, let’s compare the 3 “Queens” of Fat Loss and Melting.

1. CryoTherma is a 3 in one system that not only uses sub-zero temps to reduce fatty tissue, but helps diminish cellulite and tightens skin. Pagani, an Italian company, made CryoTherma with the technology of cold and hot to eliminate fat, known as “T-Shock”. They won an award at the Gicare Exhibition in Paris for Most Innovative Aesthetic Device. Costs for Icebox CryoTherma is $350 per area, and 3-5 sessions are recommended for best results.

Icebox CryoTherma performed to leg areas.

2. Vanquish utilizes a large panel which lies very close to the skin, and it’s large “spot” area can treat the abdomen and sides of the waist simultaneously. The panel heats up the fat cells to over 110 degrees Fahrenheit, which causes the fat cells to die. It does not contact the skin, and the treatment feels like sitting under a warm blanket for 30 minutes. Cost for Vanquish starts around $600 to $800 per treatment, and 4-6 treatments are recommended for best results.

3. Company #3 advertises freezing of the fat. A small suction cup-like applicator is used to freeze the fat over an hour treatment time. After treatment, the skin feels like a stick of butter and is massaged. Occasionally, patients have discomfort in the treatment area that requires pain management. Results take around 1-2 months, and can result in around 20-30% of fat loss in area treated. Cost for Company #3 starts around $750-$1200 per applicator.

This procedure looks a little painful?

After comparing Icebox CryoTherma, Vanquish and Company #3…

CryoTherma is the only procedure of the 3 that does more than just dissolve/melt fat!

For a fraction of the cost of the other treatments, the most logical choice is Queen Cryotherma! CryoTherma has taken the industry by storm. It is revolutionary, a one of a kind non-invasive, fat-reducing, cellulite diminishing and skin tightening procedure. It involves absolutely no surgery, no medication, and no recovery time. Results can be impressive in certain patients immediately, but most results are seen after 3-5 treatments.

Icebox is the only spa in Atlanta that offers CryoTherma.

Click below to learn more about Icebox Beauty Treatments…

https://iceboxtherapy.com/cryo-beauty/

See you soon at Icebox!

The New Midlife Crisis

Dry Brush Challenge!

Are you an Influencer?

The Modern Mommy Makeover

Motherhood is a beautiful, powerful and fulfilling adventure. Unfortunately for too many women, the changes that happen to their bodies can also be a source of stress.

Mommy makeovers are big business, with many new moms seeking help to regain their pre-baby body faster than ever before. Not every makeover is the same, since every patient has her own wishes and target areas. AND, you don’t have to have a newborn to get a mommy makeover. Having your youngest graduate college is a good enough reason to have some me time.

Some of the most common invasive surgical procedures that new moms choose include;

  • Breast Augmentation ($7,000-$12,000)
  • Tummy Tucks ($6,000-$10,000)
  • Liposuction or Fat Freezing ($2,500- $10,000)

Who has time for all that, when we are busy ruling the world and taking care of our families and careers?

In April of 2018, Icebox launched a new service called CryoTherma. This technology comes straight from Europe, and won Most Innovate Device at the Gicare International Expo in Paris in 2015.

CryoTherma delivers new generation technology, using heat with cold therapy through a hand-held device placed on targeted areas. The integrated heat & freeze technology is highly effective in cryolipoysis (freezing fat cells), by using a combination of CRYO and Thermal technology to freeze and eliminate fat cells. CryoTherma is an advanced system that provides 3 major functions:

  1. Fat Freezing
  2. Cellulite Reduction
  3. Skin Tightening

It’s a 3 in 1 treatment, and the result is smoother, tighter skin and reduced cellulite. It is a fast procedure, it’s non-invasive, with immediate visible results.

The before & after are amazing.

Cryotherma is only available at Icebox stores in Atlanta. Each session cost between $100-$350, depending on the area, and visible results can (usually) be seen from the 1st session. This non-invasive treatment is initially recommended for 3 to 5 sessions for best results, and done 10 days apart for active adults.

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That’s Quite a Catch

 

Indoor rowers have been popping up in studio gyms everywhere. They look intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, the machine can be a powerful calorie burner, and core and leg strengthener BUT, improper form can lead to some serious injuries.

At Icebox, we get a lot of post-injury clients, and one of the most common equipment injury we hear about is from the rower! However, this is not a machine to skip in class or at the gym. Our Buckhead Atlanta Store Manager has some good suggestions to keep injury down and heart rate up. Garnett Pollock is the best person to ask because of the man totes some amazing accolades in rowing. He was a 12-time Atlanta ERG Sprint Gold Medal winner and 3rd in the US for indoor sprints. Yup! He’s a Pro-Rower, to say the least.

Helpful hints before you start:

  1. Set the resistance low to start while you’re learning your form.
  2. Secure your feet on the pads properly and keep straps tights to keep your feet from moving while you are rowing.
  3. Keep your abs engaged to protect your back.

Follow these steps to a smooth row.

The Catch

Move arms out first, followed by the upper body. Keep back straight, never slumped and engage your abs to protect your back.

The Drive

To slide back, push off with your feet first, so that your legs straighten, but your arms are still extended. This part works your arms and core the most so keep your form perfect during the drive.

Finish & Recovery

Your legs should still be extended and flat during the finish. Your shoulders should be slightly behind your hips. During recovery, you’ll slide slowly back to the original position of the stroke. This will give you time to recover from the drive and finish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now watch Garnett Pollock put all the steps together:

Have fun, sweat lots and keep rowing!

See you at Icebox