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Cryotherapy: How A Few Minutes of Cold Can Up Your Fitness Game

A look into what cryotherapy is, how it works, and how it can help you improve your fitness and training.

Intro to Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is the use of extremely low temperatures to treat physical ailments and rejuvenate the body. The cold temperature stimulates blood to flow to the body’s core, triggering the body’s natural healing processes. When you check in for your cryotherapy session, one of our technicians will evaluate you to make sure you’re in good health and ready to take on the cold temperatures. You’ll be asked to dry off and change into robes, socks and slippers (all provided). Once you’re ready, you’ll be escorted to the cryosauna where you’ll stay for 2-3 minutes, submerged from the neck down in cold air (between -190°F and -240°F).

Why Should I Freeze Myself?

Many of the world’s top athletes rely on cryotherapy to help with their recovery and boost performance. With an intense training regime comes intense recovery and soreness. By triggering the natural anti-inflammatory effect of cold on muscles, the body’s ability to recover increases, mitigating soreness. The endorphin rush that comes after a cryotherapy session also eliminates any feeling of fatigue, making you ready to take on the next training session.

It has been proven that cold shock trigger an increase in noradrenaline, which helps with conditions like inflammation, chronic pain, arthritis, mood and depression. Cryotherapy also helps reduce hemolysis (the destruction of red blood cells), which typically accompanies physical exercise. This lowers the possibility of conditions like sports anemia, caused by increased levels of intensity in workouts.

Inflammation is a result of your body responding to outside threats like stress, infection, pain and chemicals. The fact that your body responds to these threats is good, as it’s meant to protect cells and tissues. However, if or when immune cells overreact, inflammation can affect your health in a number of ways. Decreasing inflammation will signal your body to feel safe and relaxed, improving not only your physical health, but your mental health, too. All this can be used to target your fitness regime. When you feel better, you do better.