How to Maximize Your Whole Body Cryotherapy Session
Whole-body cryotherapy has become extremely popular in the world of health, wellness, and fitness, and for good reason, as it offers a wealth of benefits. If you’re thinking about scheduling an appointment at a cryo sauna near me, then there’s no doubt that you’re going to want to make sure that you get the most out of your experience. To ensure you can do just that, here’s a look at some handy tips that you can use to maximize your experience.
What is whole body cryotherapy?
In case you’re new to whole body cryotherapy, let’s take a moment to go over the basics. Cryotherapy is derived from the Greek language: “cryo”, meaning cold, and “therapy” meaning to cure. The application of cold and ice for therapeutic purposes; in fact, it dates back thousands of years. The ancient Chinese, Egyptians, and Greeks all practiced cryotherapy in some way or another. In fact, references to the use of cold therapy were made in some of the oldest medical documents, and Hippocrates, the Greek physician who is considered the father of modern medicine, believed that cryotherapy could be used to treat virtually everything and strongly advocated its use.
The process of whole body cryotherapy is simple: your body is exposed to subzero temperatures for a brief period of time. To further elaborate, it involves entering a chamber, known as a cryo sauna, and liquid nitrogen is directed into the sauna to instantly bring the temperature down to temperatures that are well below zero (-200 degrees F in some cases). Before you enter the sauna, you’ll be asked to undress (you can wear undergarments or a bathing suit, and for men, undergarments are a must to protect those delicate bits and pieces). You’ll also be asked to put on a pair of cloves and booties, which will protect your hands, fingers, feet, and toes from frostbite. Make sure that you’re completely dry, too, as even a drop of moisture will freeze.
Once you’re ready, you’ll walk into an assimilation chamber or room. This room is slightly cooler than room temperature and allows your body to adjust to the super-cold temperatures it’s about to be exposed to, thereby preventing shock. After you spend a few minutes in the assimilation room or chamber, you’ll then step into the cryo sauna. Position your head so that it sticks out of the opening on the top (your head will be in room temperature the entire time) and close the door behind you. The door to the cryo sauna doesn’t lock, so if you feel like you want to exit at any time, you can. As soon as you’re ready, you’ll alert the technician who will be with you throughout the entire session, and they’ll start the process of feeding the liquid nitrogen into the chamber.
The session time varies, but on average, it’s around 1 to 3 minutes, but never exceeds 5 minutes. If, for any reason, you feel uncomfortable or cannot tolerate the icy cold temperatures, just let the technician know, open the door, and step out of the sauna. Once your session is complete, you may feel a slight pins and needles sensation, which, most people report goes away after a few minutes. You’ll get dressed and will be free to go about your day.
How to Make the Most of Your Cryotherapy Session
So, now that you have a basic understanding of how whole body cryotherapy works, let’s take a look at some tips that you can use to make the most of your session.
- Make sure you’re completely dry. As mentioned above, making sure that your skin and clothes (if you’re wearing any) are completely dry before you step into the cryo sauna. This is so important that it really does need to be mentioned twice. The spa may provide you with a towel, but just to be on the safe side, bring your own in case they don’t, and wipe your body down before you step into the chamber.
- Book a session after a strenuous activity. Whether it’s a workout, physical therapy, yard work, or a night out on the town, book a cryotherapy session after you’ve had some type of strenuous activity. Doing so will help to promote faster healing, reduce inflammation, minimize muscle soreness, and ease pain. It can even help to give you an energy and mood boost.
- Focus on eating right. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is always important, but it’s super important post-cryotherapy. Eating whole foods will help to prevent the buildup of toxins in your body and will promote faster healing and recovery.
- Stay hydrated. Whole body cryotherapy has a detoxification effect. To ensure that the toxins keep moving and are flushed out of your system, make sure that you drink plenty of water pre- and post- session.
- Eat before your session. While you don’t want to go on an overly full belly, you also don’t want to go when your stomach is completely empty. Your body is going to need energy in order to aid in moving blood to the core to keep your internal organs protected during your whole body cryotherapy session, and it’s going to need plenty of energy to heat back up post-therapy. Eat a light, healthy, well-balanced meal or snack before you head to a cryo sauna. If you’re fasting, you should wait until your fasting period has ended.
- Keep moving. It’s highly recommended that you keep moving while you’re in the cryo sauna. Move your legs in a marching fashion, wiggle your toes, sway back and forth, flick your fingers, flap your hands, shake your arms, etc. These movements will help to keep your blood moving and will prevent your body – especially your extremities – from becoming overly cold.
Schedule a Session for Cryotherapy Los Angeles
If you live in the Los Angeles area and you’re looking for a reliable spa that offers cryotherapy, give us a call today! We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and will guide you through the entire process.