Looking from the outside in, a whole body cryotherapy tank seems like something straight out of sci-fi. A sterile room and a stainless steel tank looming with a cloud of liquid nitrogen colder than anything imaginable doesn’t seem like an enjoyable spa getaway…at least at first.
But if cryotherapy were really so unpleasant, celebrities and elite athletes alike would not dare come back. Nor would they testify to cryotherapy’s many benefits including: a reduction in inflammation and muscle soreness/fatigue, skin rejuvenation, cellulite reduction, metabolism improvement, and more.
So whether you’re looking to treat something specific and have stumbled upon cryotherapy as a possible solution or you’re simply curious as to why people would subject themselves to such extreme conditions and pay to do it, here are four reasons why you should give cryotherapy a well-deserved chance:
Decrease Inflammation and Alleviate Pain
Inflammation is the cause of many ailments and pains. With cryotherapy, inflammation is reduced as a result of improved blood circulation. If you’ve ever set an icepack to a pulled muscle or twisted ankle and felt a bit of relief, you’ve already tried cryotherapy in its basic form. Now, crank it up a notch and turn that icepack into whole body cryotherapy tank and you’re reaping the benefits of inflammation treatment on a whole body level.
Athletes who undergo intensive training need to take the time to properly recover so as to not risk injury on the field, on the court, or in the gym. When training season is all or nothing, athletes do whatever they can to stay on top of their game and push. Members of the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Nuggets, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant have all used cryotherapy to recover from intense training.
When injuries do bring athletes down, cryotherapy stimulates healing throughout the body. The intense cold triggers a fight or flight response that constricts the blood vessels so as to preserve energy and warmth in the core. When the body is reintroduced to normal temperatures, the blood vessels widen, allowing for the absorption of nutrients and minerals essential to overall health. The effects set in motion by cryotherapy frigid temps do not cease. The restriction and subsequent widening of the vascular system clears toxins from the bloodstream to reduce inflammation. Improved circulation boosts recovery and restores the body to its pre-exercise state.
Feel Good, Look Good
Reducing inflammation is a surefire way to improve the texture of your skin. Those who suffer from acne or other skin conditions have found great relief with cryo facials and whole body cryotherapy because the acne we recognize as big red swollen bumps are a direct result of inflammation as the body attempts to attack the invading bacteria.
Cryotherapy also increases collagen production, which has everything to do with skin firmness and elasticity. Collagen also makes for strong hair and nails, and celebrities and other routine patients continue treatment to maintain the aesthetic benefits that cryotherapy provides.
Brave health gurus have attested to the benefits of an ice bath in the morning to start the day and jumpstart your metabolism. Well, an ice bath is a commitment that not many are so willing to make, and a whole body cryotherapy treatment works in much the same way minus the wetness. Cold temperatures force the body to burn calories in order to keep the body warm. A single cryotherapy session can burn a number of calories, and repeated use can boost your metabolism, promoting weight loss over the long haul.
Endorphins Make You Happy!
Last but not least, one of the least expected though thoroughly welcomed benefits of cryotherapy is its positive effect on mental health. In the fight or flight response, the body releases endorphins to mask or diminish discomfort. But the short three to four-minute treatment releases endorphins that improve overall mood throughout the day. Endorphins lower blood pressure and heart rate as well, encouraging calmness and relaxation.
There are many more reasons why clients continue cryotherapy treatments and tell others to give it a try. People rarely jump in the frigid cold for fun. With cryotherapy, the multitude of benefits from pain alleviation to increased metabolism are too great to pass up. If you’re ready to try something holistic and healing, consider whole body cryotherapy.