My family and friends often think I’m a nut when it comes to new health / fitness / wellness ideas. When I told them about my plan to try cryotherapy, they laughed, said it was another trendy thing and told me not to freeze to death.
Remember the traditional ice bath athletes would take to heal? Cryotherapy takes it to an otherworldly level. These days, professional athletes are opting for a treatment that sounds like sci-fi torture: whole-body cryotherapy.
So who’s done it?
- Cristiano Ronaldo – he bought his own chamber for his home
- Daniel Craig for Skyfall
- Justin Gatlin
- Kobe Bryant
- LeBron James
- Floyd Mayweather
- Jennifer Aniston
- Demi Moore
Let me tell you – it works. I’m addicted. It’s a crazy experience but the results are remarkable.
So what exactly is cryotherapy?
Whole body cryotherapy was invented to naturally reduce chronic inflammation – a major contributing factor to disease, weight gain and obesity, hormonal imbalance and advanced aging. You step into a cylindrical chamber, where you are wrapped in hyper-cold air. And when I say cold, I mean temperatures in the realm of -184˚F and -292˚F. The treatment is painless, and, dare I say, refreshing! The body literally gives up trying to regulate skin-surface temperature drawing the blood to the core to protect it. When the blood is in the core, it picks up oxygen and nutrients since the body feels like it’s in massive distress. At the end of the 2-3 minute session, the brain figures out where to send the blood first. You step out of the chamber with immediate recovery effects.
My personal experience
I go to Kryolife, a New York City-based studio. The owner, Joanna Fryben, was responsible for bringing cryotherapy to the States from her native Poland. You go into a dressing room where you are instructed to remove all your clothes. Guys can stay in their underwear, women should wear panties and a sports bra. You must remove any piercings under the neck because it could freeze. I almost forgot to move my belly ring the first time! You put on a robe, knee-high athletic socks, wooden clogs, and white gloves. The rationale behind this unique outfit is that the blood gets cut off from your extremities so you need to protect your hands and feet. As you enter the chamber, the technician instructs you to wear another pair of mittens over the white gloves. The entire Kryolife team is very conscious of safety. I always time my appointments so Peter, who I lovingly refer to as my Saint Peter, is my technician. He talks me through and distracts my mind for those 3 (cold as hell) minutes.
- Improves skin tone
- Reduces signs of aging
- Manages pain
- Accelerates healing
- Lowers inflammation
- Improves athletic performance
- Mitigate depression
I say try everything once. Even if it means freezing yourself to get a fabulous body. Cold is the new hot!