Those who have been following me for a while know that I am always on the lookout for anything that might help me (and more importantly, help you) to enjoy a higher quality of life despite fibromyalgia and endometriosis. Unfortunately, the onus is shifted onto the chronic pain patient when medical practitioners mostly pop some more painkillers into their hands and hopes for the best. The problem with that is two-fold.
- Painkillers are addictive. So now, not only are you sitting with someone who is at risk of depression and anxiety because they have learnt that chronic pain will always be a part of their life. But to add to that, by consistently throwing painkillers at them, dependency becomes a very real concern.
- Painkillers can throw out your body’s acid-alkaline balance and possibly increase pain ( tons of research studies are looking into this connection ).
So when I saw Shambala Wellness Spa, in my very own Nelson Mandela Bay, now had ozone therapy available, I knew it was something I needed to look into. I vaguely remembered watching a documentary a few years ago and hearing how ozone therapy had changed the lives of so many chronic pain patients. At that stage though, this treatment was unheard of in South Africa and even more so in Nelson Mandela Bay. Anyway, now that this was offered on my “doorstep” nothing could stop me. Because I knew Shambala and their impeccable reputation, I was relaxed and sure that they would have my best interests at heart.
What Shambala says: “Ozone therapy is a revolutionary treatment introducing super oxygen (03) into the body by means of an ozone capsule. This treatment allows the body to balance the pH stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities”
Sounds promising enough right? So off I went for my 6 sessions. Today I get to share my experience with you.
The principle behind ozone therapy is simple: The body requires sufficient oxygen levels to maintain a healthy pH balance. Because of the high levels of pollution, we only receive about half the amount of oxygen that our bodies need. That is where ozone therapy comes in.
- Boosts immune system
- Speeds up healing processes
- Increased energy levels
- Enhanced quality of sleep
- Reduction in pain, inflammation or fatigue
- Reduction of lactic acid in muscles
As I’ve already mentioned, this wasn’t my first visit to Shambala Wellness Spa. Whenever you step foot inside Shambala, you feel like you’ve just walked through a portal into a secret, mystical hideaway where you cannot help but to succumb to the peaceful and tranquil energy that fills the entire space. That alone, without having any treatment done, is good for your well-being – heck, it’s good for your soul. If you walk out of there more stressed than you were when you got there, then you definitely weren’t at Shambala.
My ozone journey started with a 30 minute consultation with Marlene. This consultation is completely free and is there to provide you with all the information you need about ozone therapy and how it could benefit you. Marlene took her time to get to know me, my concerns and medical history. She explained everything I needed to know about ozone therapy and also explained the importance of the body’s acid-alkaline balance and the use of ozone therapy to restore that balance and restart the body’s natural healing capacity.
After that, I was ready to get started and eager to experience the benefits.
Before each session you will be given a glass of filtered water (flavoured with lemon, mint or strawberries) to drink to keep you hydrated . The spaceship-looking capsule looks scarier than it is, and that’s coming from someone with claustrophobia. You get into the capsule with only your towel on and sit on the little “seat”. The doors of the capsule are then closed and the therapist will set the timer and start the ozone capsule. Once you are covered you can drop the towel to have as much skin as possible exposed to the ozone gas. The increased heat allows the pores of the skin to open and absorb the ozone gas.
As you can see in these photos, your head will remain outside the capsule. Not only does this help with claustrophobia but it also prevents you from inhaling the ozone gas. Make sure wherever you go for ozone therapy that a towel is wrapped around your neck to prevent the gas from escaping because this can lead to throat or lung irritations and other concerns. If you’re going to Shambala, don’t stress, they will have you covered (literally).
The sessions are 30 minutes long and it basically just feels like your body is sitting in a sauna. Now you are probably wondering whether you will be able to sit still and do nothing for 30 minutes…I was also worried. So I made it part of the journey and challenged myself to use those 30 minutes to practice the principles of meditation. It gets easier! And I found it so beneficial to take these 30 minutes to just recharge – body and mind. You can open the doors easily from the inside – so don’t think you are going to be locked down, that’s definitely not the case and you are completely in control.
Did it work?
I went to the gym after my very first session not thinking I would experience any sort of benefit yet. But I did! It felt like I had taken some sort of pre-workout supplements and both my muscles and myself had more energy and drive. I didn’t think anything of it until I started to pick up on the pattern. With every session I had more energy (rare with fibromyalgia) and I slept better at night.
I experienced some headaches after treatment sessions. I immediately discussed this with Marlene. Turns out this was part of the detoxification process. Also known as a detox-headache that we are often warned about after a massage or any other form of detox.
And let me tell you, it was 100% worth it. Whenever the temperature drops my body reacts and fibromyalgia pain flares up. Obviously I could not control the weather as part of my little “experiment” but the coldfront came just after my course of sessions and for the first time in a very long time that did not mean I was stuck in bed with excruciating pain and stiffness. So did I experience relief in terms of fibromyalgia? 100% yes!
Unfortunately it is not a once-off “cure” and you might need to consider maintenance sessions every now and then, but compared to taking painkillers multiple times per day, I’d much rather treat myself to a session every other week to maintain the optimal state of my body’s oxygen levels and functioning ability.
My pain is not completely gone, but the fibro-flares don’t happen as often as they used to and the pain is not as intense and long-during. My quality of life improved dramatically and I am incredibly grateful.
I did not see a difference in my endometriosis pain immediately and would need more sessions as the treatment deals with the last “symptoms” first. But I have no doubt that it would eventually also give me relief in terms of that.
I am fully aware of the controversy that surrounds ozone therapy. I cannot confirm or deny any of these statements. All I can do is tell you about my experience and the benefits I experienced. I suggest you do your own research and consult with a medical practitioner before starting ozone therapy.
Would I go for ozone therapy again?
Will you give this a try? What are you thoughts? Let me know in the comments xx
Contact Shambala Wellness Spa on 041 581 3663 for more information on ozone therapy:
- Consultation is free
- R 300 per session
- R 2 000 for 10 sessions
If you would like to read more about my journey with endometriosis, you can find it HERE.
With love and light,
Disclaimer: The post is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult a physician or other qualified health practitioner with any questions or concerns.
In addition, despite receiving these treatments for test and review, all thoughts and views expressed are completely my own and by no means influenced or controlled by the spa.