Monday, June 12, 2017

The Future of Wellness is Super Cold

In my blog travels, I’m always on the lookout for the latest trends, hot spot, fun food, hit book, or awesome home d├ęcor. I was on FaceBook recently and my friend Doug was checking in to a place in Avalon, New Jersey called Orange Cryo Wellness. There are locations in Conshohoken and Northern Liberties, too.

Since I was headed to the island, I decided to try it out, and Bar, who is running the shop and Courtney, who also works there, they helped me understand the science of Cryo Wellness.

Watch me explain Cryo!

I had been hanging out and sunning myself on the beach since finally warm weather arrived, and when it came time for my appointment- I got nervous. Go into a freezing cold tank of ..what exactly?

The treatment boasts better sleep, tighter, firmer skin, anti-aging benefits, easier recovery from injuries and hangover, and burns hundreds of calories per 3 minute session.

Athletes use this therapy for recovering sore muscles, and a lot like an ice pack- but this is whole body dry, cold air.

In the warm tones of the shop on Dune Drive, a few blocks from the beach, Orange Cryo’s manager Barb showed me the tank, and I began to strip down and suit up- you must be completely dry, and hope into your waffle-weave robe, then put on socks and Crocs to protect my feet.

I was pretty nervous, but Barb and Courtney explained it well, and Courtney got in to show me how it’s done. She was shaking with cold, but then it was over and she felt great!

In I go- I'm freezing!

The Orange Cryo Wellness was born from Whole Body Cryo Therapy, which was first invented in Japan by Dr. Yamaguchi in 1978 to reduce pain and inflammation in his rheumatoid arthritis patients. In the following two decades, the technology was further developed in Europe while medical research supported the healing impact of the cryo treatment on our endocrine, immune and nervous systems.

How does it work:
Stepping into an open-topped cryosauna, for no longer than 3 minutes, your body is briefly exposed with extremely cold air, with temperatures as low as -256 F. When I stepped in to the open top chamber, I closed the door then handed out my robe, and Barb handed in my clothes.
And yep- I was only wearing gloves, socks and Crocs. Then then the cool air started, then I got cold.

But I stress it was a dry cold- not like jumping into a cold pool or a wintry day. This air circulated and after- I felt energized!  It was a fast two minutes at only negative 120 (in the video I say it was 120 degrees, it was NEGATIVE degrees!). I tried to fidget a bit and talk to Barb to take my mind off it.


And then it was over! All day I felt really energized even when I was back on the beach. I started to get tired on my drive back to Philly, and I did sleep well that night!

This was a cool experience, and one I would try again. I was nervous but i got over that fast once I got in the chamber. And I must stress cryo therapy is for healthy, sober individuals. Please see a doctor if you are ill, and remember cryo therapy is to enhance your health, not cure any illness or disease. Check with your health provider if you are unsure.

Packages start at $25 up to monthly memberships and also just for facials. The cold is very theraputic for hangovers, detox, sore muscles, and tiredness.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Social Media Tips: Photographs

Lately everyone is a blogger and photographer, and you want to make sure your blog is done right. One of the best parts of blogging is social media. You can take pictures with your smart phone and then directly insert the photos into the blog, and go live.

That's why Instagram, FaceBook, and Snapchat do so well- with those applications, you can take pictures directly in the app and post it, all in one moment. 

But if you are photographing events for later posts, like I do as a food writer and blogger, I take a lot of photos to be used at a later date, or in another publication.

I always like to use my own photos- as I strive to be at every event or dinner I am writing about. It makes it easier for authentication- I was there, eating the sandwich I photographed, or listening the band I'm covering, or drinking the drink I ordered. 

I'm in that moment as I want my readers to experience that moment as close as they can with me- and clear, concise, true photos attest to that. 

On the flip side- if you were at an event or couldn't photograph it for whatever reason, do not just take another person's photo from social media. 

That's unethical, incorrect, and false. It's best if you can find someone who was there and ask if they could share a photo in exchange for full credit with their name and social media handle.

Even if you are friends with someone, or co-workers using pictures from an event you both were at, it's important to ask permission. 

If you didn't take it with your camera or smart phone- it's not yours. 
If you need a photo - ask.
Give credit. 
And protect yourself with apps like PicMonkey or Photomarkr to copyright your photos.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Super Cool Glass for Summertime Parties

Perfect for your Summertime Party.... never worry about broken glass as you are cheering on your favorite team with symGLASS. 
symGLASS is a revolutionary line of elegant, unbreakable drinkware that combines the look and feel of glass with the durability of engineered polymer... perfect for outdoor use. 
It won’t crack, haze or discolor. They are dishwasher and microwave safe and keeps drinks cooler or hotter longer. Available in a variety of sizes including pint and stemless wine glasses! 
BPA free and made in the USA! Personalization available too. Starting at $49 for a set of four;