A few months ago, I was walking down Chiswick High Road feeling a bit fed up with myself. My workload was pretty heavy and I hadn’t made time to get to any exercise classes. Lack of workouts tend to send me into a downward spiral when it comes to my mood and what I eat. In fact, my diet has been pure pants…No, no, no…I haven’t been surviving on a strict diet of Y-fronts and boxers but ‘pants’ as in ‘rubbish’ i.e., pizza, crisps, chocolate, bread, and more chocolate. Really, there has been no holds barred when it comes to carbs and sugar.
I don’t know about you, but once I get on that unhealthy path and I feel my clothes getting tighter and my body start to expand, I start to do it even more! It’s like a form of self-punishment: eat loads, don’t exercise = feel crap. Feel crap = eat loads, don’t exercise. I guess that’s what they call a vicious circle. I knew in the back of my mind I had to do something about my unhealthy lifestyle, but didn’t know what.
Luckily, serendipity stepped in and as I walked down the High Road with a Gregg’s cheese and onion pasty and packet of quavers in my clammy hands, I past a shop front with strange sci-fi looking machines inside and women walking around in what looked like black wetsuits. It was Chiswick Hypoxi – the new method of body shaping…so I stuffed the pasty into my mouth, wiped my hands on the bulging thighs of my too tight jeans and entered to find out more!
My first meeting with Dorota, owner of Chiswick Hypoxi, was like being welcomed by an old friend – she was warm, funny and very understanding. Not only did she not bat an eyelid when I apologised for my errant bikini line hairs and excess flab during my initial measuring (well I didn’t know I was going to have to strip down to undies for a pre-treatment measure) but her ‘all girls together’ attitude made me feel confident and I quickly became part of her lovely group of regular women (and men) at Hypoxi. Also, I must add that she said (and it made me love her that little bit more) “So, you don’t need the treatment for cellulite because you have none.” Whaaaaat! I think she was looking in a different mirror to me. As far as I could see – cottage cheese had based its texture on my butt and thighs!
I didn’t want to look at my measurements but I did get a glimpse of my weight – and it wasn’t a positive experience. In fact, I was the heaviest I’ve been – ever! And although I am a great believer in loving yourself whatever your size, shape or age, I know what makes me feel happiest and most healthy. I don’t want to be an unreasonably slim shape – it wouldn’t be me. I want to be a little bit slimmer and more toned and feel more energetic and healthy. I’m sure that my weight gain has a lot to do with hormones (yes, okay, okay, and the chocolate and pizza) and coming up to 50. And I’m reasonable enough to know that I’m probably never going to get back to the slimmest I’ve ever been – and I don’t really want the hassle and pain that would come from trying to achieve that (no fizzy Friday! No carbs or treats. No thanks!). Nope. Getting back into a body shape I’m happy with, is going to take time and effort…but not too much effort because that’s not my style! 😉
So my first session of Hypoxi went like this:
- I was poured into a really tight ‘wetsuit’ looking garment that had tiny sucker-like protrusions inside. Not v.comfy! Lately, I’d been used to elasticated joggers or my dressing gown (I told you I was on a downward spiral!)
- Dorota helped me lie down on a couch and attached ‘hose like’ arms to the suit which were attached to an ‘air pressure’ machine. The body suit then began to pull tighter and squeeze me all the way from my stomach down to my ankles – it felt like the tightening you get on your arm when you have your blood pressure taken – only, on your whole body! It was quite unnerving at first but then, strangely fun – especially when it started to make snap, crackle and pop sounds. The best way to describe it is as if you’re wrapped in loads of bubble wrap that squeezes you really tight and then relaxes and pops – contracting every few seconds. I learnt that this is the HYPOXI-Dermology, used to tighten your skin. The activation chambers of the HD-PressureSuit treat the body areas of concern while you relax and the popping was the alternating between positive pressure and negative pressure – 400 chambers simultaneously treat the problem areas using the principle of cupping but without any damaging effects.
- Out of the ‘wetsuit’ and into the Vacunaut which targets the problem areas, stomach and hips. The pressure conditions necessary for the treatment are created in the Vacunaut column and then passed into a specifically designed suit called the PressureSuit. The suit’s activation chambers alternately exert positive pressure and negative pressure on the entire stomach and hip region. At the same time, I was carrying out moderate fat burning exercise by cycling on stationary exercise bike.
I could understand how the lymphatic system would be getting a workout with all of the squeezing and massaging of the equipment and this was proved after my first session when I couldn’t stop going to the loo! It was definitely working on the water retention. But what exactly is the science behind the Hypoxi method to help us slim down?
Dorota explained, “The most important aspect of successfully reducing body fat is optimal blood circulation in the concerned body areas. This is where the Hypox Method is unique. On the one hand, the concerned body areas are systematically put under pressure – achieved with vacuum (based on the principle of cupping) and compression (meaning treatment with positive pressure). And, on the other hand, moderate kinetic exercise stimulates the metabolism. Redundant fat is activated and transported via the blood circulation to be burned in the muscles. And not only that: Hypoxi improves the unattractive appearance of cellulite and strengthens the dermal and connective tissue.
How did it work for me?
Apart from anything else, I really enjoyed my sessions at Hypoxi Chiswick – the atmosphere was really friendly and I was happy to take an hour out of my day to do something that felt as if I was working out – not too hard – yet getting a sense of wellbeing at the same time with the circulation being pepped up. I took note from Dorota to drink only water or herbal teas for two hours after a session and then no carbs for six hours – just protein and fruit and veg. This really helped me take control and kick start my healthy eating habits into action – finally!
After 6 weeks of going for an hour Hypoxi session twice a week, I managed to lose 3 centimetres off my waist, 3 centimetres off my stomach, 2 cm off my hips and and 2 cm off each thigh! I wouldn’t have believed it myself if I hadn’t been in there with Dorota watching her measure me. I also lost a kilogram in weight! The best part for me was that I definitely lost that sluggish, bloated feeling that I started out with (not just down to the cheeky Gregg’s pasty by the way!). I’m also pleased to say that my skin’s texture is also much smoother and softer to the touch.
So now I’m on the road to a fitter, firmer more toned me for my upcoming 50th celebrations. I’m not doubting that there will be temptations on the way – aka girls mini break in Barcelona – but thanks to Dorota and the Hypoxi Method, I’m feeling better about my body than I have in a while.
Dorota kindly invited me to try Hypoxi in return for a review, so I’m really pleased it was such a positive experience! But if you’d like to find out more about the science behind Hypoxi and prices, you can click here. Or give Dorota a call on 07787 416 530.