By June Ramli
Sydney, Sept 11: I recently had the opportunity to experience a unique wellness treatment at Bionik Wellness in Sydney, and I must say it was quite an adventure.
As someone who’s no stranger to spa and massage therapies, I was intrigued to try their innovative approach to combatting jet lag and enhancing overall well-being.
My journey began with a visit to both of their centers, one located in the picturesque Rose Bay and the other in the swanky Surry Hills.
The first treatment on my list was the hyperbaric chamber.
Now, I must admit that I’m not claustrophobic, but this experience was unlike any other.
Within 10 minutes of my 40-minute session, I found myself ringing the alarm to be let out.
I experienced an unusual tingling sensation in my nose and forehead, likely triggered by my sinus issues from the past.
Interestingly, I’d only encountered this when traveling to places with poor air quality, not in the fresh air of Sydney.
Nevertheless, I learned that the hyperbaric chamber can be beneficial for various health concerns.
Next on my wellness journey was the saltwater bath at the Rose Bay Bionik center.
This bath emulates the qualities of the Dead Sea in Israel, an experience I had missed out on during a previous visit to Efate, in Vanuatu specifically at the Nasinu Hot Springs, which provides a comparable “dead water sea” experience just like in Israel.
At the Rose Bay centre, one is provided with earplugs and instructed to float in your birthday suit in the shallow bath.
There’s a handy water spray to rinse off saltwater from your face.
The treatment sequence involved the hyperbaric chamber, followed by the sauna, ice bath, and finally, the saltwater bath.
To provide a thorough review, I split the treatments between both centers.
Personally, I found the Surry Hills center more appealing, primarily because the toilets were conveniently located inside.
In contrast, the Rose Bay center had its restroom outside the main facility.
I also discovered that the saltwater bath’s water isn’t changed but instead filtered to maintain cleanliness.
After a combined 75-minute session of hyperbaric chambers and saltwater baths, I showered and left the premises.
Despite my initial hiccup with the hyperbaric chamber, I slept like a baby that night, experiencing a level of restfulness akin to the kind of sleep I get after a day of intensive exercise.
My visit to the Surry Hills center, located on Crown Street, left me thoroughly impressed.
Even though my reservation was for a couple’s treatment, I arrived as a solo guest and was pleasantly surprised to find that I was still accommodated in a generously sized room.
The sauna could easily accommodate two people.
The ritual involved entering the sauna in your birthday suit for 25 minutes, followed by a refreshing shower before braving the ice bath.
The first dip into the ice bath was a shock to the system, and I only managed to immerse my legs. However, after a subsequent 25-minute sauna session, I emerged feeling invigorated and ready for round two with the ice bath.
This time, I plunged deeper and felt the revitalizing effects of the hot-cold combination.
I left the center feeling remarkably energetic and free from the usual post-travel lethargy.
Normally, after taking the light rail, I struggle to climb the hill to my house, but this time, thanks to the sauna and ice bath experience, I felt strong and had no difficulty navigating the incline.
In conclusion, I highly recommend the treatments at Bionik Wellness, with a particular preference for the Surry Hills center due to the inclusion of the ice bath.
Following this treatment, you can expect to enjoy a restful night’s sleep.
These treatments offer a unique way to combat jet lag and boost overall well-being.
For a limited time, Bionik Wellness is delighted to offer you an exclusive introductory package that includes not one, not two, but three rejuvenating treatments for an unbeatable price of just $99.
For specific details on pricing and treatment options that best suit your needs, please visit their website here.
Here is a list of some of the treatment choices available at Bionik Wellness Centers:
Infrared Saunas: Heat Up Your Recovery
Studies indicate that infrared saunas penetrate human tissue more effectively than traditional ones. Enhanced blood flow and reduced cortisol levels can balance disrupted sleep-wake cycles, making it an ideal remedy for travel-related fatigue.
Cold Baths: Dive into Clarity
Submerging yourself in a cold bath after a long flight can drastically reduce inflammation and sharpen your mental clarity. The oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood circulation helps flush out waste products, like lactic acid, for improved post-flight circulation.
Float Therapy: Drift Away from Stress
Float in a sensory isolation tank, free from external distractions. This experience can recalibrate circadian rhythms and dramatically reduce stress levels, providing immediate relief from stubborn jet lag symptoms.
Hyperbaric Chambers: Breathe Easy
Originally developed for decompression sickness, hyperbaric chambers combat jet lag by enriching blood oxygen levels. Research shows they can impact melatonin levels post-flight, facilitating quicker adaptation to new time zones.
Air Compression Massage Boots: Step into the Future
Revolutionize your travel experience with air compression massage boots, designed to enhance circulation and mitigate inflammation. Customizable pressure settings make them a must-try for frequent flyers.
Here’s a valuable tip: Arrive on time, as you won’t have the opportunity to stay beyond your treatment’s scheduled completion. Additionally, consider making it a part of your daily routine, with the morning being the ideal time to maximize the treatment’s benefits. It’s also an excellent method for stress relief.
June Ramli is the editor of DailyStraits.com. To stay in touch with June, look her up on Twitter @junesairaramli