A couple months ago, I had my first cryotherapy session. As you know, I’m constantly looking for natural and less harsh methods to assist my body in being the best it can be. You may also know that I have an affinity to high priced things. So when I found a groupon for it, I knew it was a sign. I had to try it.
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is basically a fancy way of exposing your body to very low temperatures. The process is pretty simple. You get inside a giant tank. It fills with dry Nitrogen mist that chills the skin. You’re in there for a few minutes but at that dramatic level, it doesn’t take long to drop your skin temperature.
Benefits of Cryotherapy
Why would I subject myself to being a human popsicle?? Well there are a ton of benefits. The drop in temperature shocks your immune system response and leads to a number of health benefits such as
- Better circulation
- Increased metabolism
- Aid in weight loss
- Muscles tissue repair
- Smoother, firmer youthful skin
- Pain Relief
- Reduce Stress
- Combat Insomnia
- Boost Immune Strength
After I copped my groupon, I went ahead and booked my appointment with Thrive Cryostudio. That process was seamless and I was scheduled for the next day.
When I arrived, the tech greeted me and walked into the room were the session was taking place. The giant chamber took up a large portion of the room. We talked for a few minutes and she went over basic cryo knowledge, explaining what would be happening during the session. She left me remove my clothing and put on the provided robe, slippers and gloves.
Once I let her know I was finished suiting up, or suiting down rather, she re-entered the room and started the machine. You could see the white smoke started to float in the air. Once it got to the right temp, I entered the chamber. The platform lifted me to the point that only my neck and head were above the brim of the chamber. I handed her my robe and stood there awaiting my fate.
My session was only 3 minutes. It didn’t seem long but it wasn’t short either. The tech continued to talk to me which helped the time pass. In order to get even distribution I had to turn 90 degrees every 45 seconds. At about the 2min 30sec marker I started to feel the tingling pins and needles feeling I was warned about.
She handed me the robe. As the platform lowered me down to the ground, I slipped on the robe. I stepped out and it was over.
I personally loved my cryo session. While I didn’t experience any major benefits, I loved the feeling I had afterwards. It’s weird that only 3 minutes left me feeling so refreshed (for a couple days). I’d definitely do it again.
If you’re in MD and like trying new things, I’d recommend it.
- Morg the IcePop