Nyambe Ikasaya - king of Cryo














Nyambe Ikasaya is the founder of SaiSei - a wellness and health studio based in Stoke Newington, North London. His studio offers a range of treatments and activities including personal training, yoga, and is one of only a handful of places offering the treatment of the moment - Cryotherapy. I took a trip to SaiSei to meet Nyambe and talk about how he got his studio started, his motivations, and how Cryotherapy can transform your body inside and out!

Hey Nyambe! Let's start with how you got your studio started here in Stoke Newington - what's your story?

I emigrated to London from Zambia in 2003, and when I arrived in London I was super excited to be here but found myself doing odd jobs here and there, which I wasn't really enjoying. I've never been one to work for people (prior to coming over here I'd never worked for anyone!) so I had to take some time to figure out what I wanted to do. I'm really passionate about health and fitness, and also incredibly passionate about helping other people, so I started doing Personal Training. A few years down the line I set up this studio, and 10 years later, here we are! 

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And along with personal training and fitness, one of the key treatments available at SaiSei is Cryotherapy - for those that haven't heard of it before, can you tell us what it is? 

'Cryo' means 'cold' - so cryotherapy is any treatment that is zero degrees or below. My treatments are -100 degrees and below, and we use liquid nitrogen vapour for CryoFacials, CryoShaping and whole body Cryotherapy. 

I've seen loads of celebrities and sportspeople having Cryotherapy lately - so what's the benefit of it?

There are several applications which have different benefits, all of which depend on increased circulation. 

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We have the Cryochamber is which is used to improve general wellbeing from the inside out.  In the Cryochamber your whole body is exposed to temperatures below -100 degrees, and the body will react immediately to protect itself. Blood is drawn at 4 x the usual rate from your extremities to your core area to protect your organs, and the level of anti-inflammatory proteins, red blood cells, white blood cells and endorphins are also all dramatically increased - it's a hit of all the good stuff! You're in the chamber for 2 1/2 minutes and the blood that has been drawn to your core is now enriched with all of the above, and flows around your body.  So you leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and energised. 

It sounds like you'd be on a bit of a high once you've had that!

Exactly - essentially we're prompting the body to do what is does for you naturally, but at an increased rate. Cryotherapy is a catalyst, and that's the beauty of it. It's a simple principle.

And then we come on to CryoFacials - what's the difference?

The difference is that it's localised to a specific area. Circulation is very important for the skin on your face - we live in London, there are lots of toxins in the air and if your skin can't detox effectively it leads to problems - things like rosacea and acne. So the Cryofacial treatment is anti-inflammatory, it increases collagen production in your skin so it's firmer and tighter. It also increases elastin production so lines in your face are instantly reduced (even with a single treatment). Skin pigmentation will be evened out and puffiness is also reduced thanks to increased circulation. After the treatment your face will feel cleaner and look brighter. 

I'm completely sold - this sounds incredible! 

It's really beneficial - and we can also use localised cryotherapy for injury rehabilitation too (such as swelling). When the liquid nitrogen vapour is localised, lots of anti-inflammatory proteins come to the area and healing is dramatically sped up.

Are there any other uses for Cyrotherpy?

It can also be used to get rid of cellulite and excess body fat, and it all comes down to circulation. Poor circulation means that the body's ability to metabolise fat is reduced. The better the circulation, the more fat you're going to burn - and this is what cryotherapy does. I had a customer who had spent £5k on liposuction, her fat went away but eventually came back. She came here, had two CryoShaping treatments and lost a significant amount of fat over the course. It's completely non-invasive and you can leave the studio immediately after and go about your day!

I'm telling all my friends about this ASAP - thanks Nyambe! 

If all of the above sounds like something you want to try (let's face it, why wouldn't you!) then you can get in touch with Nyambe and his team at www.saiseicryo.co.uk, email info@saiseicryo.co.uk, or just pop into the Studio at 19-20 Barn Street, Stoke Newington N16 0JT to talk about the treatment that's right for you. 





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