While the idea of getting blasted by nitrogen gas chilled to minus 140 Celsius sounds somewhat dangerous – though simultaneously appealing as both the mercury and humidity edge up – cryotherapy is a technique that’s becoming steadily more widespread. Providers of the therapy tout a number of health benefits – everything from weight loss to improved blood circulation and inflammation reduction. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most high profile users are sports stars, who value such benefits. Floyd Mayweather reportedly took to preparing for last year’s Fight of the Century against Manny Pacquiao by indulging in a spot treatment.
Causeway Bay is home to Polaris and Hong Kong’s first cryosauna. The premises are swish and modern – curvy white walls and colourful streaks of lighting. After losing everything but our underwear and changing into special socks and gloves, we put on a robe and head to the sauna, which resembles a hot tub for one. Once in, we hand over our robe and cold nitrogen begins to the fill the container. Things don’t really get chilly until we hit near minus 90 Celsius and the clouds of nitrogen wafting up around our neck make us feel like Han Solo about to frozen in carbonite. The treatment lasts all of three minutes and by the end we’re properly shivering, though we warm up quickly once out and enjoy a pleasant tingling sensation that indicates our improved circulation. It’s too early to tell if we’re experiencing the other promised health benefits yet, but if it’s good enough for Money, it’s good enough for us. $900. Polaris, Shop B, 10/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival St, Causeway Bay, 2446 6163; polaris-wellness.com.