Recently I stumbled upon a new health phenomenon being talked about called Cryotherapy. Like any true band wagoner I wanted in on the benefits of what cryotherapy was claiming to do for people. So I jumped on the band wagon and did some research and found out that there was a facility literally 5 minutes from my house, in Studio City, that offered different Cryotherapy services.
But let’s back up for a second. What is cryotherapy?
According to USCryotherapy in Studio City, “Whole Body Cryotherapy is exposure to subzero temperatures. Extreme cold stimulates skin sensors, activating a Central Nervous System response. This causes the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain inhibitors and mood elevators, while the enhanced circulation activity (blood movement into and out of the core) decreases inflammation by clearing toxins and metabolic waste with a supply of oxygen and nutrient enriched blood to stimulate cellular regeneration (faster healing).”
Whoa. That was a lot of words.
Basically, Whole Body Cryotherapy means you step into a tank that feels like straight up the top of Mount Everest (except , *fun fact*, it’s actually colder than that). And you do so with nothing on but a swimsuit (or bra and underwear) and the other items provided for you at the facility; gloves, headband, face mask, socks, and crocs. You are in the chamber for only 2 and a half minutes. In those 2 and a half minutes your body will:
-enhance it’s circulation
-increase cellular regeneration
-improve your range of motion
-stimulate collagen production
-reduce pain and inflammation
-oxygenate and detoxify your blood
-accelerate muscle recovery
Does that not sound amazing?!
The tricky part of finding a Cryotherapy facility near you is making sure you go to a place where their systems do not use liquid nitrogen. This was the main reason I reached out to USCryotherapy as I knew that liquid nitrogen free chambers were safer for me and my body. They are also the most clinically studied products in the world. Bonus points.
When I arrived for my first visit I had to fill out a form that asked about some basic health conditions and sign a waiver. After that one of their employees explained to me a little more about what I was going to do and the benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy.
Another employee told me that since he started going to Cryotherapy every day for almost a year he noticed significant improvement in his quality of sleep. He wasn’t getting more sleep but he would wake up feeling more rested and ready for the day.
He also explained to me that most people, himself included, love doing the whole body therapy because it provides such great mental clarity. It helps put a reset button on your body and also on your day. You enter the chamber, allow yourself 2 and a half minutes of meditation and you leave the chamber feeling more energized and ready for whatever the rest of the day has to throw at you.
I was sold.
I was brought to a changing room where I put on my accessories. Once I was ready they explained that they encourage people to move, dance, stretch, etc. while in the chamber as it helps keep you from standing there shivering and feeling miserable. My body temperature was taken and they put on some music, opened the door and I ran inside.
The initial shock of the temperature in the chamber was the worst part. You take off your robe and your skin is immediately hit but I didn’t want to be the person who spent 2 and a half minutes in misery so I started bouncing around and letting myself enjoy what I was doing. The time feels slow once your inside but there is a countdown clock that lets you know when you have two minutes, one minute, 30 seconds, and 15 seconds left.
After you get out they take your temperature again. My body temp was 96° degrees when I went in and 55° when I got out the first time, which was right in the middle of the desired skin temperature for when you get out of the chamber. (Go me.)
Once you’re done with that, you change again and you are good to go! I walked out of there with more energy than I was expecting and my body still feels great.
This is definitely something I will be keeping up with and I highly recommend you giving it a try as well.
If you live in the Los Angeles area and are looking for a relaxed, supportive and fun environment definitely check out USCryotherapy on Ventura Blvd. Every time I walked in for treatment I had a great experience. The employees know what they are doing, they are very welcoming, and they help you feel relaxed and ready for therapy. And you know what else?! Your first visit is only $30. Yes. Please.
Try it out.
You won’t be disappointed.