Editor's Note: Rejuvenice, 8846 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 105, was closed Oct. 27 by state officials after a Division of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation investigation revealed it does not have an active workers' compensation policy. The investigation was prompted by the death of Chelsea Ake-Salvacion, 24, who died while using a cryotherapy machine. Her body was found at Rejuvenice on Oct. 20, two days before this story appeared in the Oct. 22 edition of View Neighborhood Newspapers. Due to the View's publication schedule, the issue already had been printed at the time of Ake-Salvacion's death.
Spending a few minutes inside a chamber cooled to 150 degrees below zero via liquid nitrogen made Robert Takayama's day.
"I feel great; now I'm going to work," Takayama said Oct. 2 after his cryotherapy session at Rejuvenice, which opened in July in Henderson at 8846 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 105. "I train a lot, I do yoga a lot, and I have injuries from golf — shoulder and elbow — and this helps tremendously. It's better than the ice baths, and I don't think you can get it (an ice bath) as cold as this."
A Rejuvenice location also opened in January in the Summerlin area at 8751 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 130, said Kami Rahbaran, the company's vice president of operations. A third site was set to open at the end of October at 6375 S. Rainbow Blvd., and a fourth is planned at 4305 Dean Martin Drive, Suite 140, slated to open in mid-November.
Cryotherapy is said to aid in the healing of tissue, improve blood circulation, fight aging and boost serotonin, metabolism and the immune system.
"It's a new technology in Vegas," Rahbaran said. "People are still very curious about it. I think it's a new trend right now, but I think it's going to be around for a long time."
Customer Denise Rapliano, a yoga instructor, was at the Henderson location Oct. 2 and said her chiropractor has recommended cryotherapy to reduce her inflammation after she fell and injured her sacrum.
"Because of that, I have bursitis in my hip," she said. "It's really difficult to ice your sacrum that deeply, so my doctor said to keep doing the cryotheraphy."
Rahbaran said he thinks the treatment will become increasingly recommended by physicians.
"Once it gets approved by the FDA, I think doctors will prescribe cryotherapy for their patients," Rahbaran said.
The Henderson site also offers hydrafacials and cryofacials. Hydrafacials last 25 minutes and help remove dead skin cells and dirt and nourish and protect the skin. The treatment involves cleansing and exfoliation, followed by an enzyme peel, said lead aesthetician Chelsea Ake.
"And then after that, it's the extractions; it's similar to microdermabrasion, but instead of crystals that exfoliate the skin, it's more of a suction machine. After that, we apply a serum that protects the outer layer of the skin and moisturizes it. We like to do the cryofacial afterward because it helps seal everything in."
Cyofacials last 10 minutes and chills the face using liquid nitrogen at a temperature of 130 below zero. It is said to reduce pore size, remove wrinkles, stimulate collagen production, improve skin elasticity and blood flow and brighten dark spots.
Cryotherapy costs $50, but customers can pay $250 per month for unlimited sessions. They can do the same for unlimited cryofacials or pay $35 for a single session. Hydrafacials cost $125.
The new Rejuvenice locations will offer the same services as the Summerlin and Henderson sites, as well as eyelash extensions, spray tanning and teeth whitening. Also, the Rainbow Boulevard location is slated to have a chiropractor on site, and a hair salon is planned at the Dean Martin Drive location.
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