You all know I am up for trying just about anything! So, when I was offered the chance to experience a CryoTherapy session this week, I jumped at the chance. I know CryoTherapy has become quite “cool” amongst professional athletes and I was curious to see what it was all about. I was offered a free session at AlphaCryo in exchange for a fair review.
CryoTherapy First Impressions
I tried CryoTherapy for the first time this week. I’m giving you a brief snapshot into the treatment as well as my initial impressions on my experience at Alpha Cryo.
What is CryoTherapy?
Quick answer: CryoTherapy uses liquid nitrogen to quickly deliver a burst of very cold temperatures to your body. It’s delivered as you stand in an enclosed chamber for a period of 2-3 minutes.
Why would someone do CryoTherapy?
Many athletes use CryoTherapy as a recovery tool after taxing workouts or as part of their maintenance plan. CryoTherapy has also spread to the mainstream and is now used by many with chronic pain such as arthritis or join pain.
What does a session of CryoTherapy do for your body?
The idea of CryoTherapy is to shock your body with very cold temperatures for a period of 2-3 minutes. During your session, “your body reacts by constricting blood vessels and centralizing blood around your internal organs. This blood becomes super-oxygenated and nutritionally rich. Once you step out from the cryo chamber, your brain identifies injured or weak areas of your body. The now super-oxygenated and enriched blood resupplies your entire body while prioritizing these problem areas.” (source)
Frequent users report more restful sleep, faster recovery and lessening of chronic pain issues. Some clients describe euphoric feelings and increased energy as if they had just awoken from a nap. Who is this not indicated for? Those with high blood pressure, heart conditions or pregnant women.
Upon entering the studio, I was immediately put at ease by the owner of the Alpha Cryo. I was given a thorough explanation of exactly what to expect and really had no reservations at all. Everything was immaculately clean. I was given a robe to change into (you leave on your socks only). Gloves and booties are also provided.
I was led into the chamber which is about the size of a small shower stall. My head was completely out and as such, I did not feel claustrophobic at all. After the door was closed, I then handed my robe over to the attendant. The cool mist began to materialize around me and I felt my body begin to cool.
Because the mist is not “wet” like a cold shower or ice bath, I never felt uncomfortable or shivering. The attendant kept talking to me the entire 3 minutes which I believe was a great distraction from the cold. He also instructed me to turn around and move my body a little bit instead of just standing still.
Before I knew it, I had lasted an entire 3 minutes in the chamber! I purposely scheduled my appointment 2 days after my 10 mile race to aid in recovery. While it’s hard to say whether the cryo session sped up my recovery or not, I did sleep really well that night and felt much more energetic later that day. I would certainly be up for trying it again!
Have you ever tried Cryo Therapy? What did you think?