A New Year, New Decade, New You
For years, I’ve traveled far and wide to try new wellness products and now there’s something available in our neck of the woods that can help you power up your wellness and self-care routine. This miracle machine, offered at Aesthetics Montecito, is called the HOCATT, which stands for “Hyperthermic Ozone & Carbonic Acid Transdermal Therapy.” According to its website, HOCATT combines nine powerful technologies into one ergonomically designed system to help detox your body, improve circulation, boost energy, and strengthen your immune system. A 30-minute session can burn up to 600 calories, relieve chronic pain and inflammation, speed healing, and simply make you feel better.
According to owner Jeanette Baer, “It’s called a shotgun effect, as all of the modalities work synergistically to support the other one, affecting the body more profoundly. The benefits are not only looking good, but feeling good too!” With over 100 different programmable settings to help relieve problems such as arthritis, headaches, back pain and more, you can customize each session for your specific conditions. For me, that was anxiety, exhaustion, and immune system stimulation, as everyone in my family was going down with the flu.
So how does it work? I’ve described it to friends as an “infrared sauna on crack.” Here’s what happens: Wrapped in a towel, you step into this pod-like contraption and sit on a bench with your feet on two metal plates. The doors close around you, your neck is wrapped in towels, and a tube is placed in front of your face to deliver pure oxygen and aromatherapy of your choice (lavender is my fave to relax, eucalyptus to perk up). At the start, carbonic acid and steam moisten your skin and increase your body’s oxygen absorption rate. You start to feel like a warm burrito with a cool gentle breeze blowing at you.
Next, the Transdermal Ozone Therapy begins and you really heat up as medical-grade ozone reacts with the steam, flooding your body with oxygen. This helps destroy bacterial and yeast/fungal infections and eliminate toxins and heavy metals from your cells. (I felt like I was sweating out all of the holiday cookies and champagne I had consumed over the last few weeks.) Then there’s Whole Body Hyperthermia, which is far infrared rays combined with the steam sauna to further increase your body temperature and relieve muscle aches and joint stiffness, and High-Intensity Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Fields that send strange but not too freaky electrical impulses to the bottoms of your feet and lower back to totally reset your nervous system. Believe it or not, this is all super soothing.
As for results, Baer told me that weekly treatments have helped some clients lower their blood pressure, relieve arthritis, lose weight, and sleep better. For me, I knew something was working when everyone in my family was coughing and feverish while I remained healthy, energized, and calm (as much as I can be) through the holidays.
If you’re looking for a way to jumpstart your health and give your body some of the most beneficial holistic therapies for optimal wellness and vitality, this is it. Happy Healthy 2020!
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