Cyrotherapy: A Cold Solution for Health and Hotness.

Every Goddess knows that in order to be a Goddess, one must self-care like the Supreme Being she is. If it is anti-aging and pro-pleasure, then I am interested. My name is Alexis, and I am a self-care addict. 

I was preparing for my Goddess Rising Retreat so prior to leaving for Europe, I was… slightly stressed. It could have been hormones or my aching hip, but I was in desperate need of a self-care jolt. This gave my daughter the inspiration to find a unique Mother’s Day present. 

Naturally, any new or fun sort of treatment center that comes into our small town would catch the eye of my young goddess in training (insert proud Mama pose here). With synergy and innate timing, she quite literally froze at the chance to provide me with the perfect Mama Goddess gift. Welcome to my latest self-care adventure to US Cryotherapy in Redding.

Curious about adding this practice to my addiction list, I did some googling.  Cryo- comes from the Greek word “krous,” which means “icy,” “cold” or “frost.” Therapy means…well…”therapy” or “treatment.” It’s Greek, it’s got to be good! 

Articles claim that Cryotherapy can help with anything from sore muscles to arthritis to autoimmune disease. It has actually been used medically for hundreds of years; it has just recently become trendy. Considering that ice is always the doctor recommended way to alleviate inflammation, the whole concept seemed entirely logical. 

Cold therapy sounded like a reasonable solution for a hot mama, and it was hard to ignore some of the enticing phrases:

“INCREASED METABOLISM” – AKA weight loss! 

“HELPS HORMONAL IMBALANCE” – Safety first! 

“CELLULITE REDUCTION” – Yes, please! 

“INCREASED LIBIDO” – More fun with Aqua Man! 

Hint, hint, Men. This is a great incentive to give Cryotherapy as a gift. 

Reading over the list of take away results, I was fist bumping and ‘Hell Yessing’ my way to the treatment center. Better yet, I brought friends.

Here’s how it works: You strip down to as little as possible, which I am all about. For non-nudist, you can go in your gym gear or skivvies or whatever you wore to work. The technicians cover the sensitive skin areas, take your skin temperature, and then attempt to drop your outside temp by 30 degrees. 

The whole deal only takes a few minutes depending on the type of treatment you choose. I checked into my chill out chamber and rocked out to “Girls Run the World.” By the time I was done, I felt energized enough to take actually run the world. 

I received one target treatment, which made my hip pain almost completely go away. That night, I noticed that I slept way better. And the next day, I was generally more optimistic and not as freaked out about leaving home. 

With a newfound interest in the cryo-therapeutic attributes, I found several places in Europe. Overseas, it has been a spa-oriented offering for quite some time. In the United States, the practice has only been taken up by a small portion of the population like my man Tony Robbins who claims to use a cryogenic tank daily. 

Upon returning home, I went back for more. I found it was especially helpful in restoring my health and recovering from jet lag along with knocking out a nagging travel bug. Thankfully, Cryotherapy is becoming more medically respected. The US Cryotherapy in Redding expects to have full FDA approval in about a year.

As goddesses, we do many things in order to self-preserve and self-serve. 

Maybe Cryotherapy is something you will want to try.  

 

Peace, love, and ice baby!
A.

 

To Infinity and Beyond?

In a couple days...One of my deepest desires and dreams is coming true. May I be honest, with you? 

Will you judge me?  Perhaps this is the time that I finally stop worrying, and start talking. I think there may be a few of us out there.  Perhaps you will relate. Who is "us?"  We are the ones with deep, heart-aching dreams and desires pretending to live while hiding some of our most glorious truths.

I know, you think I am brave. I am not.

I haven't been since birth. Scared. Apprehensive. A late bloomer. Still am, and probably always will be.  Stories of how I was scared of strangers as a child still run rampant at the holiday dinner table. 

Today, I am in my normal state right before something big happens: conflicted, scared, and excited. 

I am diving into the unknown, and what is worse I have several other women that are joining me. I asked them to follow their heart, to be brave, and for no logical reason, except to be led by something bigger than themselves.  They are willfully joining me on a once-in-lifetime adventure half way around the world, in the middle of the Aegean Sea.  

Welcome to Greece. I did not think of logistics, reasonable expectations, or allow my head to start dragging my body around. Otherwise, this experience would never happen.  Still, all the questions ran through my brain. Tedious things like, travel times, ferrying to a remote island, language barriers, safety, terrorists, family stuff, blah blah blah ... 

Also there were those more first world, ego kind of questions such as what if no one wants to go, what if I invest all this time and effort and it’s a failure, what if I suck... Ugh, the list goes on.  

I pressed into my heart and my body. I chose every detail to be created out of fun and desire.  (Holy crap Christian friends, hold the door, she said the D word.) DESIRE? Is that flesh? Oh my. Fleshy, flesh, flesh. F-L-E - E- S -c S - H!  

Maybe?  Every part of my body and internal Holy Spirit longs for Greece, connecting with myself and other women. Greece is where the Goddess is and is highly favored. Since Goddess resonates with me and the current season of my life, that is where I will go.   

Why Goddess? Because I believe that God is in all of us. God looks not at male or female, but at that heart of a human.  My religion is love. And just because I am striving to embody the full feminine version of me, doesn’t mean that I don’t love men. I do.  

Right now, I simply want to transform into who I am created to be: a fully empowered female living and unraveling within a masculine driven culture. Struggling and muscling through life does not work for me anymore. Our "just do it" culture, feels inauthentic.  It is time that every woman, every Goddess, rises into the full glory of her eternal natural wisdom and beauty.  My desire is for every woman (and man) to be set free and for the truth to rise in all of us.  So that we can achieve a full integration of body, mind and spirit in every aspect of our lives. But first, we all must deconstruct a culture of lies and rise a culture of sisters.

Goddess Rising in Greece: Reclaiming Your Body, Business and Love Retreat is about to happen! 

Amen, Awoman, Peace out, Namaste ...and thank you for sending me big bold love as I drop into the unknown. 

 

With pleasure as a fully embodied woman,

Ally 

(By the way, I made these beautiful gift bags for all my Goddesses because it made me feel good. I love to honor and spoil people. There is room for all my love languages in my work. This feels right. So this is where I will start.)