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Try The Cryotherapy Chamber at The AlpenMedHotel Lamm

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  Site Where: Dorfplatz 28, Seefeld in Tirol, Austria, 6100
March 6, 2009 at 12:22 PM | by | Comment (1)

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Itís easy to find a hotel in Seefeld, one of the greatest destinations for cross-country skiing in the Austria. The town has one of the highest concentrations of five star hotels in Austria.

While the four star AlpenMedHotel Lamm doesnít rank among the townís most luxurious, it has something that few hotels in the word have: a cryotherapy chamber.

Hereís the idea: wearing a bathing suit, shoes and socks, gloves, a headband, and a mask covering your mouth, you step inside the -166įF chamber for a maximum of three minutes, twice daily for a course as long as two to three weeks. Apparently the treatment works wonders for chronic pain, arthritis, and stress reduction.

If that doesnít sound appealing, the hotel offers more tame treatments in its lovely two-level spa, which was opened in late 2007. It has 17 minimalist-style treatment rooms, a big pool, a variety of saunas and steam baths, and a team of house doctors.

While medical spa treatments arenít given very much respect in the US, they have a long tradition in Europe, and the AlpenMedHotel Lamm offers an extensive list of treatments. The hotelís restaurant specializes in a type of cooking called SuccoWell in which fruits and vegetables are juiced, and the chef prepares everything using these juices and other extracts.

Like many hotels in Austria, the AlpenMedHotel Lamm feels like two separate hotels in one. When it underwent its massive renovation in 2007, the owners (who are the fifth generation of the same family running the hotel) kept some of the hotelís 71 rooms as they were, as to not alienate those customers looking for more cozy Alpine style. Others are brand new, sleek in black and white. When reserving a room, be sure to specify which style youíre looking for. And stay warm in that cryptotherapy chamber.

Room rates here begin at 103 euros or $128.

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that pool..

..is the nicest pool ever. i'm not a swimmer, but i went there and spent two days getting pruny in that pool instead of trying out the snow outside. also, cryotherapy = surprisingly relaxing

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