Let’s talk about something cool!
So last weekend Sam and I had an awesome opportunity to try out Cryotherapy here in Austin at Restore Cryotherapy!
What the heck is Cryotherapy!? That was my first thought. I had no idea what it was before asked to try it out, so the first thing I did was google it and then thought ‘oh I’ve seen the Dancing with the Stars people who I follow on Instagram do this!’ Haha
And no, cryotherapy has nothing to do with crying unless that’s how you respond to being really really cold! I just learned that Cryo comes from the Greek word (κρυογόνο) meaning to produce low temperatures! (Anyone else think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding when I said that? Or bible class?)
So cryotherapy is, simply put, the use of low (in this case extremely low) temperatures to treat, aide, or benefit the body.
SO what Sam and I did last weekend after a trip to the gym was spend 3 minutes in a chamber at below -150 degrees Celsius ( – 238 degrees Fahrenheit)! Cool right?! No. Cold. Very very cold! But actually it wasn’t so bad. I’d do it again. If only for the sole purpose of burning between 500-800 calories per session?!?!? I’m down with that. But there are other benefits too!
What are the benefits?
A commonly noted benefit is an immediate release of endorphins directly after the therapy that takes away from any pain your body may be feeling that also leaves you with a lingering high from the experience.
You can also expect to experience relief from stress, insomnia, and skin related issues as well as a decrease in inflammation and soreness of muscles and joints (which is why a ton of athletes have started using this therapy as an alternative to ice packs and ice baths).
The cost per session is $35 for a first session and $55 after that and we were told that it’s good to do the therapy at least three times to really see the benefits of this kind of therapy. My first thought was yeah, well, you want our money so of course! But in all honesty it was such a fun experience and I was definitely a little more giddy and on an endorphin high afterwards!
They had us go into a room and get butt naked! Except for some socks and mittens that they provided to protect our ligaments from acute frostbite. Guys have the option of “a third sock” or going in their underwear but ladies literally go sans everything.
They provided us robes which we took off once we were in the chamber. They raised the chamber to where our heads were exposed in the room and not being blasted by cold and then started the process of turning us into human popsicles. Kidding, kind of. Your core temperature stays relatively the same but your skin temperature drops about twenty degrees or more.
I literally couldn’t keep my body from shaking I was so cold but I got used to the feeling pretty quick. It was initially super cold once it cooled down all the way but then my body just felt kind of numb to it.
After I got out was the best part because the endorphins literally did kick in, plus your body feels the afterburn, which doesn’t burn at all, it’s more of a warm tingly feeling all over and it feels GREAT!!
When Sam went in he didn’t seem to shake as much as I did. In fact his reaction was kind of the opposite of mine! I froze and then got all warm and tingly and I expected Sam to have the same experience and reactions and he didn’t! He seemed a little underwhelmed but I think he might have been playing it cool 😉 He doesn’t know if he’s completely sold on the whole thing but he said it was a fun experience!
I’d say it’s worth trying for yourself! It seems to be working for all the pro athletes out there. Let me know what you think if you go 🙂