Cold showers may not sound like a great way to start the day, but immersing oneself in cold temperatures has been proven to bring about several positive effects. Athletes have long relied on ice baths and cold therapy to recover from strains, injuries, and a tough day of training. To sit in a tub of ice water for several minutes, though? No, thanks! Instead, what athletes and non-athletes alike are doing today is jumping into a cryotherapy chamber for a brief 3-minute session.
What is Cryotherapy all about?
Whole-body cryotherapy strips you down to a pair of cotton skivs and protective gloves for your hands and feet. You then hop into the liquid nitrogen cooled chamber that may ready as low as -230 degrees. Only the body is in the chamber, not the head. While the chamber fills with cooled gas, the body enters a brief survival mode, where all blood flow is directed to vital organs. After leaving the cryotherapy chamber, blood circulates through the entire body with more oxygen and nutrients for every cell.
How Cryotherapy can Help You
Numerous claims have been made about cryotherapy, which has led to its widespread popularity. There is no denying the value of cold-immersion therapy for aches and pains, and even for weight management and improved energy. And now there are studies to prove it.
In one 2015 study, patients who suffered from arthritis pain experienced comparable improvement with whole body cryotherapy as they did with physical therapy. Another study demonstrated positive effects of cryotherapy for patients with fibromyalgia.
Weight management is a topic of interest for many men and women. Research indicates that whole body cryotherapy can favorably complement a healthy diet and exercise routine by increasing fat metabolism through the production of irisin, a hormone that transforms fat-storing cells into fat-burning cells. This fat-burning hormone is also turned on by exercise, though a 3-minute cryotherapy session calls it out without that hour on the treadmill.
If you have wanted to try cryotherapy and just haven’t committed to taking the plunge, there is no better time than now to get started.
CryoTherapy: 1 Session – $65;Monthly membership $90*One Year membership $990*Family One Year membership $1,530*
– Cryotherapy Treatment 3 min at – 323 F;
– Salt Room – 10 min at +105 F;
– Sauna- 20 min at +155 F;
– Cold fall shower 1 min at +40 F;
– Contrast hydrotherapy 2 min +40F;
– Herbal Tea Escape
* Aria Cryogenic Spa Membership
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