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Restore Therapy Spa in Westminster hosting cryotherapy challenge

Restore Therapy Spa manager David Grabelle, left, and owner, Dr. Ann Edwards at the Westminster clinic Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
Restore Therapy Spa manager David Grabelle, left, and owner, Dr. Ann Edwards at the Westminster clinic Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

One health challenge wasn’t enough for Restore Therapy Spa in Westminster.

The spa, which promotes holistic wellness, beauty, and recovery, is hosting a Cryotherapy Challenge to raise money for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Back in January, Restore Therapy Spa put together a 12-week detox weight loss challenge in collaboration with Carroll County Food Sunday.

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The spa’s latest event begins May 4 and runs through May 18. Participants who have registered and paid the $50 entry fee will enter the spa’s cryotherapy chamber and stay inside under its most extreme setting ― a temperature of minus-321 degrees.

Each of the cryo challenge sessions will benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a New York City-based not-for-profit organization that strives to help families that lost firefighters in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Check online at www.restoretherapyspa.com for registration details.

Those who participate will have their blood pressure checked, and fill out a complete health form, before entering the cryotherapy chamber. They will also need to make a social media video saying, “I’m doing the extreme for firefighters,” according to spa manager David Grabelle.

Restore Therapy Spa, owner by physical therapist Ann Edwards, opened in 2017 and relocated in March 2019 to the Hunter Professional Center building along Washington Road in Westminster.

Cryotherapy originated in Japan in 1978 as a treatment option for those with serious cases of rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, and muscle pain/fatigue, according to a news release from Restore Therapy Spa. Whole body cryotherapy is the practice of using cold temperatures to promote natural healing and wellness. By using extremely dry air, the cold temperatures are tolerated and the user experiences all of the rejuvenating and refreshing benefits in just three minutes.

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Reaching temperatures as low as around minus-300 degrees, cryotherapy is a fast and effective alternative to traditional ice baths. Cryotherapy users say they experience a multitude of benefits offering a new option to promote mental and physical wellness, according to the release.

Restore Therapy Spa collected more than 230 pounds of food to donate to Carroll County Food Sunday from its January weight-loss challenge.

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