November 20 2012
Part: 1 | 2
After the blood-pumping of Pure Pulsation in Part 1, it’s on to a body-sculpting light show…
Pure Flow Fitness founder Andrew Barile returns with a 007-style silver briefcase: the Pure Light Slim kit. Imbedded in the roof of the case are little square boxes, about the size of my BlackBerry, which are plain white on one side, while the other reveals rows of little red lights.
He turns the lights on, and I recoil at the glare. “This is my new favourite treatment,” he says. “It is a non-invasive, body-slimming technique that contours target areas. The wavelength of the LED lights stimulates fat cells so that they shrink and become fatty acids in the system. The Pure Pulsation treatment has boosted your circulation and increased blood flow to the liver and kidneys – the key organs in waste removal – and this will help to flush out toxins. This is the strongest LED on the market and I have seen great weight-loss results over eight sessions.”
I look down. I have six pads strapped around my tummy and the very bright LED lights are getting to work on my fat cells. The feeling is of gentle warmth, with no discomfort. From my waist down I am wrapped in black Velcro straps. Andrew leaves me, saying he will return in 25 minutes: “Many clients fall asleep, so just relax.” And that is exactly what I do.
Time for a quick scene and outfit change for a session on the Power Plate for the Pure Vibration part of the afternoon.
The 30-minute class is geared towards increasing lean muscle mass, toning and contouring the body while providing an intense total-body workout. I have recently tried a similar class at Good Vibes in London, so am familiar with the format.
I step on to the machine, set the plate to a low frequency of 30 hertz and work through a series of 30-second exercises, including squats, push-ups and step-ups. I feel a deep burning sensation in my muscles – it’s not surprising, as they are contracting 30 to 50 times quicker than usual.
We move on to a set of exercises done while sitting on the plate, engaging the core stomach muscles, and holding a medicine ball in various poses to work the oblique muscles. After more killer tricep-dips and another set of press-ups and wide squats, we stretch out. My body is trembling and my muscles feel tired. I am told the session will have burnt off around 300 to 350 calories.
The last piece of the Pure Fitness puzzle is Pure Oxygen, and I can’t think of anything better than a slumber in a little oxygen cocoon – it’s like being in the mountains without the uphill struggle. Andrew says the concentrated oxygen (hyperbaric oxygen) in the unit will increase the oxygen in my blood by up to three times, stimulate healing, improve my fitness, increase circulation and boost my energy levels.
I carefully step inside the chamber. I close the inner zip and the technician shuts the outer one. I lie on the bed and hear a faint hissing noise as the chamber starts to fill with air. The pressure mounts like that in a plane and I have to decompress my ears several times. I nod off for 40 minutes. It is deeply relaxing and meditative.
THE BOTTOM LINE
I love trying out new technology and really appreciated this short yet focused introductory menu. Nothing was painful. The most challenging element was the vibration plate, but even that was mild.
I was told that during the afternoon I worked off almost 600 calories, gave my circulation an invigorating boost and filled my cells with the purest oxygen. Not bad for a couple of (relatively relaxing) hours – most of which were spent lying down.
Although I didn’t see any major results from the Pure Light Slim (they suggest that it takes a minimum of four sessions before you can see any significant changes), after the combination of all four therapies I did feel a sense of mental clarity, and had a surge of energy. As I walked out into the chaos caused by superstorm Sandy, I had a definite spring in my step, yet also felt calm. That night, I slept like a baby.
I would like to try more sessions as Pure Flow Fitness recommends 10 treatments over two to four weeks, and this taster made we want to go back.
The next Chronicles of a Spa Junkie will be published on Saturday November 24.