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Why You Should Totally Give Whole Body Cryotherapy a Try

There’s no doubt you’ve heard about cryotherapy by now. In fact, you’ve probably used cryotherapy yourself. Don’t think so? Well, if you’ve ever applied an ice pack or if you’ve ever soaked in a tub of icy cold water, then yes, you most certainly have practiced cryotherapy!

What is cryotherapy? Well, the term translates to “cold therapy”, so you can see why applying an ice pack to a sprained ankle, a sore muscle, or lying in a tub of frigid water is cryotherapy; however, what we’re talking about is “whole body cryotherapy”. As the name suggest, this refers to exposing the body to subzero temperatures for therapeutic purposes. It involves stepping into a metal chamber, which is known as cryo chamber, which features an opening at the top that the head sticks out of. Once inside, a door (that doesn’t lock and that you can open at any time during the session) is closed, and then a technician feeds cold liquid nitrogen into the chamber, which rapidly reduces the temperature in the chamber – and of course, your skin. While the temperature varies and depends on which cryo sauna you go to, the average temperature inside a cryo chamber is -265 degrees F. Typically, the session lasts between 1 to 3 minutes, but never exceeds 5 minutes, as longer exposure to subzero temperatures could result in frostbite. 

Athletes, celebrities, weight lifters, gym goers, and just anyone who is looking for a natural way to improve their overall health and well-being swear by cryotherapy. But why? What type of benefits does it provide? Here’s a look at some of the most notable advantages that exposing your body to icy cold temperatures provides, and why you should seriously consider giving cryotherapy a try for yourself. 

Reduced inflammation 

One of the biggest reasons why athletes and gym-goers swear by whole body cryotherapy is the reduced inflammation it provides. Exposure to the icy cold temperatures constructs blood vessels, which then slows down the amount of blood flow to inflamed areas within the body, thus minimizing inflammation. 

Not only does reduced inflammation help to ease discomfort and increase mobility and flexibility, but it also offers several long-term benefits. For instance, it helps to reduce the risk of several chronic ailments that are caused by inflammation, such as diabetes and arthritis.

Supports weight loss

A lot of whole body cryotherapy advocates claim that exposing the entire body to frigid temperatures helps to promote the loss of stubborn fat. Exposure to those super-cold temperatures triggers a metabolic boost. As your body temperature drops, your body starts to go into overdrive in order to bring your temperature back up. This process helps to kick start your metabolic rate, which functions even harder in order to deliver enough energy to the body, thus increasing the amount of calories you burn. Once a session is complete, the effects of the boost to your metabolism can last for as long as 24 hours! In order to continue experiencing the benefits that cryotherapy provides for a weight loss, arranging for regular sessions is highly recommended. 

Improved skin health 

Whole body cryotherapy can also help to improve the health of the skin. The icy cold temperatures boosts collagen production, a component that has a direct impact on the strength, beauty, and health of your skin, including the elasticity; collagen, for example, has a direct impact on wrinkles and skin vibrancy. Thus, when you step into a cryo sauna, it’s like you’re stepping into the proverbial fountain of youth. When you come out, your skin will look tighter, younger, more youthful, and more radiant. It not only helps to improve the aesthetic appeal of your skin, but it also helps to combat a number of conditions that afflict the skin, such as eczema. 

Strengthens the immune system 

In today’s world, we hear non-stop about how pharmaceutical drugs are the only way to strengthen our immune system; however, in reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth! Our natural immune systems are remarkable and they have the power to combat so much - especially when you support it with healthy, natural strategies. Cryotherapy is known to boost the immune system, as the subzero temperatures triggers the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that promotes the development of anti-inflammatory functions throughout the entire body, which in turn, promotes a stronger immune system. 

Enhances muscle regeneration 

If you suffer from sore muscles, there’s no doubt that you’ve applied ice packs to the affected site in order to ease your discomfort. Super-cold temperatures help to improve the rate of muscle regeneration, so when you apply those temperatures to the entire body, it stands to reason that the muscles throughout your body will regenerate a whole lot faster. 

Reduced pain 

Whether you suffer from chronic conditions that cause long-term pain, such as fibromyalgia and arthritis, or if you have experienced an injury that has resulted in pain, whole body cryotherapy can help to reduce the level of pain that you’re experiencing. Subzero temperatures can naturally reduce pain, as it triggers your body’s natural pain defenses and numbs irritated blood vessels and arteries, which in turn reduces pain levels. 

Improved sleep

Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night? Do you have a hard time falling asleep and/or staying asleep? Whether you suffer from insomnia on a regular basis or you’re just having a hard time sleeping at night because you have a lot on your mind (in today’s day and age, that’s totally understandable), instead of popping sleeping pills, give whole body cryotherapy a try. A quick blast of icy cold temperatures boosts the level of endorphins that your body and brain produces, which makes you feel less sleep and makes falling and staying asleep a whole lot easier. 

Mood enhancement

Whether you suffer from anxiety and/or depression, or if all that is going on in the world has got you feeling down in the dumps, schedule an appointment for a session at a cry spa! Since those super-cold temperatures promote the production of endorphins, the feel-good hormones, you’ll notice a marked improvement in your mood. 

Looking for “Cryo Near Me”? 

If the above-mentioned benefits sound good to you and you’re ready to schedule a cryotherapy session, get in touch with us today! We’d love to explain the process to you and play a part on your journey to natural health and wellness.