Located in Nichols Hills
Welcome to our Nichols Hills oasis where you can relax, chill, or sweat your way to a better you! At FitSpaOKC, our priority is to find the right program to fit your specific health needs and goals. We provide a variety of services to help you mend faster, perform better, and prevent future injuries – no matter what level of fitness you’re currently in. We are the one-stop shop for your wellness and recovery needs!
Grab a quick freeze with us at lunch, sweat it out after a long day and on the weekends, or book several services to relax alone or with friends. We have something for everyone and therapies that will fit with any schedule or lifestyle! Whether your goal is to increase energy, decrease discomfort, move better, run faster, play harder, or just feel better, this is the place for you!
What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is the use extremely low air temperatures to accelerate the body’s natural recovery while improving overall well-being and energizing the body.
Cryotherapy is a completely dry, noninvasive, hyper-cooling process that uses liquid nitrogen to lower a person’s skin temperature to 30ºF during a session of up to 180 seconds. While inside the TITAN CryoCabin™, the body is enveloped by hyper cold air pulsating at a temperature of -220ºF.
How Safe is Cryo?
Specifically, when using our TITAN CryoCabin you will have the safest experience possible. This specific chamber has advanced technology for client safety. Redundant safety features allow a session to be terminated by the client, by the cryo-tech and even automatically. Should the client’s head go below the top rim for just a few seconds, the ultrasonic sensor will trigger an immediate stop and open the cabin door automatically releasing all the vapor from within the cabin. Additionally, protective gloves, socks, and head gear is worn to protect sensitive areas, and the client’s head is above the top rim of the cabin to allow constant communication with the cryo-tech.
How often should you use a cryotherapy chamber?
We recommend no less than eight sessions during the first two weeks to allow the body to actively adjust and realize new habits. Thereafter an effective regimen would be 2-3 sessions a week.
How Does it Work?
Cryotherapy chambers expose the body to extremely low temperatures, essentially tricking the brain into putting the body in “survival mode.” Our skin responds to the cold by signaling the brain to constrict blood vessels, sending blood and toxins away from the extremities toward the vital organs and maintaining the temperature in your core.
As soon as you step out of the chamber the body begins to warm again and the blood that returns is extremely oxygen rich and full of healing enzymes and nutrients. This accelerates the body’s natural recovery process and causes endorphins to release resulting in even greater benefit.
What are the Benefits?
Whole body cryotherapy was actually developed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and is very effective for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. It is also used by athletes to decrease soreness, accelerate recovery, and improve performance levels. Other benefits include the following:
- Improves muscle and joint function
- Boosts immune system and helps fight off colds, flu, and other illnesses
- Reduces Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Pain Syndromes (Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, MS, AS, and more)
- Activates the body’s natural regeneration processes
- Increases collagen production for healthier skin and joints
- Reduces cellulite and blemishes
- Increases metabolism
- Increases lymphatic draining and blood circulation
- Decreased injury recovery time
- Improved mood and decreased depression
What is infrared sauna therapy?
Our Sunlighten Infrared Saunas use near, middle & far infrared heat to penetrate deep into the body's organs and tissues, creating a powerfully detoxifying effect. The rise in core temperature achieved through infrared heat is key to the deepest detoxifying sweat, even removing neurotoxins and flushing them from the body. SoloCarbon infrared heating technology is proven to raise core body temperature by at least 3 degrees, producing sweat consisting of nearly 20% toxins (7-10 times greater than a conventional sauna).
Heat in an infrared sauna feels different than traditional saunas. It is a more comfortable heat that allows you to stay within the sauna for sessions 30-40 minutes long. While in our saunas, you can relax with the healing sounds of Acoustic Resonance Therapy or you can turn on Netflix or Hulu to catch up on your favorite shows. Come alone or bring a friend! Our sauna seats 2-4 people comfortably.
What are the benefits?
Detoxification- There are many health benefits to making infrared therapy part of your routine, most of them stemming from the rise in core temperature causing deep purifying effect. Infrared heat penetrates deep into the body's organs and tissues, creating a detoxifying sweat, even removing neurotoxins and flushing them from the body.
Decreased muscle pain and tension- Continuous low level heat therapy has been proven to be effective for treating lower back and upper body pain by decreasing muscle tension and improving motion.
Weight Loss and Cardiovascular Health- A 30 min infrared sauna session can burn up to 200-600 calories. The body works to try and cool itself while in the infrared sauna. There is also a substantial increase in HR, cardiac output, and metabolic rate. Furthermore, blood pressure can be lowered from three 30 min sauna sessions per week. Repeated infrared treatment improves impaired blood vessel function in patients with high BP, diabetes, and cholesterol.
Reduced Stress- Spending time in a sauna is a relaxing experience. Muscle tension decreases, as does pain and blood pressure. Adding in yoga or meditation will increase this effect.
Improved circulation and lymphatic flow- Infrared heat increases blood flow to levels similar to those during exercise. Therefore, infrared therapy can assist in decreasing inflammation, edema, and exudates. The decrease in edema/inflammation can also decrease pain and healing time.
Better skin health- Skin appearance improves with regular use of a Sunlighten sauna. Open wounds heal faster without scarring. Acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns and lesions can improve. It also reduces wrinkles, makes skin look radiant , more firm, increases skin tone and elasticity. Regular use may help reduce cellulite, lessen the appearance of scars, and help burns heal more quickly.
Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of an ancient system of healthcare known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is the longest continuously practiced system of medicine in the world. With a history dating back 5,000 years, Chinese medicine and acupuncture now extend well beyond their continent of origin. Today, over a billion people around the globe look to Chinese medicine and acupuncture as their primary system of healthcare.
Acupuncture is built on the Taoist philosophy that sees people as unified systems of energy in which body and mind are one. Unlike Western medicine, which seeks to isolate disease and separate it from a body, Chinese medicine takes a more holistic approach, regarding pain and illness as indicators that the body is out of balance, and seeking to heal the body by restoring to balance to the whole.
How Does it Work?
Many cultures throughout history have believed that there is a universal life energy that flows through all beings. The Chinese called this energy qi. Understood to run along pathways in the body called meridians, qi energy is meant to circulate freely. If this energy becomes blocked, pain or disease can occur. When ultra-fine, sterile needles (no thicker than a strand of hair) are gently placed at points along these pathways, qi energy is freed up, and the body can move back into its natural state of balance.
At Fit Spa, we invite you to meet with our acupuncturist, Ashlea Wright, to learn more about how acupuncture might help you. Ashlea specializes in treating headaches and migraines, musculoskeletal problems, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, and digestive issues. We look forward to sharing with you the healing power of Chinese medicine.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the practice of using spinal and extremity adjustments to correct misalignments and relieve nerve, muscle, and joint discomfort. Chiropractic care alleviates a wide variety of physical ailments, including muscle strain, neck pain, headaches, extremity pain, chronic back pain, and much more. This is accomplished by gently aligning the position of the spinal column or other joint to its proper shape, providing proper motion and a non-invasive solution for better function and pain relief.
Many people believe that chiropractic is only used for neck and back pain, but this is far from the truth. Chiropractors are trained to detect and correct interference to all joints, muscles, and nerves, ensuring that your body is functioning at a more optimal level. Adjustments, muscle therapies, taping, and other modalities can be used to not only heal existing injuries but to improve performance and reduce the likelihood of future injury.
How does it work?
Chiropractors use a variety of methods to treat joint, muscle and nerve dysfunction. Most of the time some form of muscle work is used for relaxation and to aid in the adjustment. These include, Advanced Muscle Integration Technique, Active Release Technique, trigger point therapy, and others.
When it comes to fixing bony misalignments, there are many different methods, most include a high velocity low amplitude push in the direction of correction. At Fit Spa and Performance Life Chiropractic, we use 3 main techniques: drop table, activator (instrument), and diversified (manual) adjusting. All are very gentle and very effective!
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Advanced Muscle Integration Technique (AMIT) can predict injuries by examining and identifying instabilities in the body, which in most cases lead to injury. The new advanced therapies utilized in AMIT procedures allow for rapid corrections of instabilities resulting in improved function, removal of pain and an overall new level of performance.
The developers of the AMIT system discovered the primary cause of chronic joint pain and muscle pain is due to inhibited muscles due to overuse or injury. Although the pain of the injury goes away over time, the functional imbalance remains and in turn these functional imbalances eventually lead to chronic pain. By defining these imbalances and correcting them using the AMIT therapies, healing and rehabilitation can take place rapidly without the need for drugs or surgery.
Our mission is to accelerate healing to maximize function and human performance by integrating the structural, chemical, and electromagnetic systems of the body. We predict and prevent injuries by defining vulnerabilities through an Innate Intelligence guided systems approach to assessment, diagnosis, and therapy.
For more information about AMIT, visit www.amitmethod.com.
Functional Strength and Movement Training
What is Functional Fitness Training?
Functional fitness training has been around since humans have, it just has a fancy name now. Functional training is about being in balance both in mind and body. It requires that your brain and muscles work in harmony, or in other words, work the way that they are designed to. Functional fitness training strengthens your entire body not just your muscles. Life gets easier as you become stronger and more efficient in your movements. If you compete in sports, you'll find that your body heals and recovers faster and that you're significantly less likely to get injured. If you compete in the game of life, you'll find that your aches and pains will reduce drastically and you'll feel great most of the time. So functional fitness training is more than exercise it's about having and enjoying a better quality of life.
Functional training is more about getting stronger at the movements that you do everyday in real life, and less about spot-training specific vanity muscles like your biceps and chest. Functional training seeks to improve coordination, balance, flexibility, stability, and as a side effect you get a naturally well sculpted body (think about Greek statues). While I enjoy bench pressing it doesn’t have a high carryover to the things I do everyday in the real world. It's highly unlikely that you'll ever be laying directly underneath something and then have to press it off of you but have to move, carry, and pick up things all the time. I'm not saying don't bench press, I'm saying that your training should match your goals. Functional training is the best way to transfer what you’re doing in the gym to the real life.
So what is the Functional Movement Screen?
There is a saying that “something is only as strong as its weakest link.” The FMS strives to identify the weak link and correct it. The FMS looks to identify movement limitations and left/right muscle asymmetries. The primary cause of athletic injuries is neither weakness nor tightness, but rather muscle imbalance. Raw strength does not equal functional strength, and ignoring whole-body stability in favor of isolated muscle mass and power is a recipe for disaster.
Exercising muscles in isolation will change their shape and size, but it’s not likely to make your body any safer from injury. Athletes throughout the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as Special Ops military personnel, now spend millions annually for trainers specializing in FMS to keep themselves injury-free.
Fit Spa was created out of a desire to help others and the recognition of a need in our city. Our goal was to create a fitness and recovery center catering to a variety of needs and levels of health. We are focused on improving not just function but also quality of life- in the present and in the future. Our vision was to have one place where people could go to improve themselves, feel better, heal faster, do more and for longer, no matter what their goals or lifestyle are like.
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT FITSPAOKC
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I have been a patient of Dr. Allison's for 5 years now. During that time, she has helped me through multiple sports injuries and other ailments. She is professional, knowledgeable and effective with her treatments. Appointments are easy to schedule and her staff is wonderful. I've never had a single negative experience in the entire time I've been seeing her. Recently, I've had severe pain in my biceps and triceps when rock climbing. After one A.M.I.T. session, I can already tell the difference. I'm excited to get back on the wall and have my strength back! I highly recommend Dr. Allison to all my friends.
In the spring of 2017, I joined a running club to train for the Oklahoma City Memorial half marathon. Previously, I played soccer for 16 years and had many injuries, including an ankle reconstruction, fusion of the L5/S1 joint in my back, and a neck injury. In March, I hurt my back on one of our runs. I knew right away I was in big trouble and the pain was tremendous. A fellow runner suggested I see Dr. Lees. I did so the next week. I was in so much pain that I didn't know how much treatments would help or if I was going back in for surgery. At my first session with Dr. Lees, she did AMIT. I had never seen this practiced, but I immediately felt better. I continued seeing Dr. Lees every week to work on each muscle group that was not working to it's potential, and Dr. Lees continued to do AMIT. I was amazed that after so much pain, I could participate in the Memorial. My husband and daughter now see Dr. Lees. I feel safe with her practice, I'm confident in her knowledge, and now I am training for triathlons with her help and care. I haven't felt like I could even try to have an active lifestyle in years, but now I can not wait to exercise and get outside with my family. I give Dr. Lees and her practice at Performance Life my highest recommendations.