The only thing scarier than watching horror movies during the witching hour or catching a glance of your new haircut and seeing that it’s truly awful, is every co-worker’s cough, sniffle and complaint of a chest infection. While bad haircuts can be hidden under hats and hiding under the covers handles any thoughts of bogeymen, if your immune system is lagging there’s nothing you can do to prevent your next meeting with chicken soup and a pile of tissues. Laugh in flu’s face and pay R249 for an immune system boost with ozone steam therapy treatments and a shiatsu head, neck and shoulder massage at O-Zoned.
Back in the days when everyone wore linen breeches and petticoats were mandatory, travelling circuses inevitably visited with a sideshow-wagon in tow peddling Dr Beardface’s Cure-All Elixer which was supposed to do exactly what it said on the tin. Ozone-therapy would be the legitimate version of what Dr. Beardface used to peddle – except that it doesn’t come in a bottle and it actually works. Though it’s nothing more than activated three-atomed oxygen, the sessions are more than just taking a couple of deep breaths; ozone therapy works for everything from purifying the blood to calming the nerves. With a range of benefits wider than the brim of a very large sombrero, it’s understandable that ozone-therapy has been in medical use for longer than most centenarians have been alive.
The fifteen to thirty minute treatment is not only a great boost for your immune-system and health, it’s probably one of the more relaxing health therapies you’ll try. While you’re comfortably seated in the steam unit with just your head exposed, adjustable volumes of steam and an oxygen/ozone mixture are circulated around you. The heat of the steam opens your pores and dilates your capillaries, letting the ozone get down to its business relatively unimpeded. Like spending half an hour in the sauna, it’s a relaxing and rejuvenating experience with the added bonus of evaporating toxins in your body, killing of bacteria and fungi and boosts your number of white blood cells.
Not only will the sessions at the tranquil Constantia Wellness Centre salon give your immune-system that one-up it’s always in need of, but a shiatsu head, neck and shoulder massage to top it off just sweetens the deal. A de-stressing experience for the entire body, the massage continues the work of the ozone therapy starting by improving blood-flow and leaving you feeling like a new person.
Cleansing Fact: The healing and cleaning power of steam was discovered by a cook in the cafeteria of a school in Kenya, when her pocket watch got stuck behind an industrial kettle. After retrieving it, she noticed that the steam had left her watch cleaner and shinier.