• August 17, 2012

I’ve never been one of those fitness fanatics to try gimmicky body makeovers or extreme fad diets. I think about attending the gym but never get around to it.  Instead, I go for walks with my two shihtzus, Daisy and Lily. When news broke out that a Williamstown business, “Hypoxi Studio” had opened its doors recently offering a non-surgical option, I decided that this was a chance to consider a different alternative. I watched on as Senior Sales Executive, Susie O’Neill trialled this treatment which combines gentle exercise with vacuum technology to target hard-to-shift pockets of fat.

A steady amount of client traffic flows in and out of the boutique building which is located at 2A/2 Akuna Drive, Williamstown. Hypoxi Consultant and Nutritionist, Lauren Mernik explained how the business is thriving. “Achieving significant weight loss and cellulite reduction results in a short time frame is at the core of the business. The beauty of it is that it requires very little physical exertion just gentle cycling for 30 minutes in a 12 week session,” she explained.

Prior to the session, Lauren weighs Susie, sets up the program and then she is given a neoprene skirt to wear over her workout gear before climbing into a reclining exercise bike. With a slow pedal, the vacuum suction commences. As Susie gets her groove on, Lauren explains how the treatment can have significant results on clients. “Air is vacuumed in and out of the chamber, increasing blood flow to her stomach, bottom and thighs which aids in the transportation of fatty acids and helps to metabolise fat,” Lauren said.

In just 12 sessions, clients can lose up to 30 centimetres from their problem areas – more than what you would generally see from conventional training. “The results have been amazing especially when clients stick to a holistic approach to their health by watching what they eat as well. There was a client who recently lost 29.5 centimetres after nine sessions and another lost an entire dress size in just four weeks. Assisting in every individual’s weight loss journey is incredibly exciting,” she said.

Susie regularly attends the gym and so it is interesting to note how she found the whole session in comparison. During the session she remains relaxed and does not break into a sweat once. “I love attending the gym because I enjoy challenging myself each session. However, I can truly see how Hypoxi could be extremely beneficial especially for full time workers who are always on the go. I found the whole experience actually quite relaxing,” she explained.

Dr Norbert Egger founded Hypoxi in 1997. He noticed that when combined with gentle exercise, patients received better recovery results and lost inches in areas that regular exercise could not shift. As a physiologist, Egger knew that good circulation and exercise are critical to achieve weight loss in a specific area. With this knowledge in mind, he set out with a team of scientists and mechanical engineers to develop the revolutionary training device.

Shifting cellulite and inches from thighs without breaking a sweat sounds like a too good opportunity not too miss. While I have steered clear from gimmicky treatments in the past, Hypoxi definitely might be worth pursuing.

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