Cryotherapy: Why You Should be Freezing Yourself
The state of Florida was discovered on record in 1513 by Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce De Leon. Unlike the discovery of the American continent by Christopher Columbus two decades prior, legend holds that Ponce De Leon was looking for something different than a shortcut to work.
He was looking for the Fountain of Youth – a superstitious source of water that would prevent swimmers and bathers from aging once they had taken the plunge.
We now know that there’s no way water holds such mysterious and desirable power…
Or is there?
What is Cryotherapy?
In the last few years, you’ve probably seen cryotherapy clinics or advertisements pop up. Although the practice has been around since the last 1970s, it’s only recently gained popularity in the United States.
Cryotherapy comes from adding the Greek prefix cryo, meaning ice or frost, to the English word therapy, related to healing the body or mind. You can guess that cryotherapy involves healing the body through the use of ice.
In practice, Cryotherapy involves having the air around you cooled to sub-zero temperatures in order to stimulate the central nervous system. Like a sauna uses heat, a cryo chamber uses cold.
In the Midwest, being cold is something with which we’re all very familiar, so why would anybody want to do this?
The Benefits of Cryotherapy
Since its discovery, researchers have been able to test its positive effects and come to some pretty astounding conclusions.
Cryotherapy Feels Great
Because of the temperature shock, Cryotherapy induces endorphin deployment in your body. Endorphins are the feel good chemicals that you’ve likely experienced after a great workout.
In addition to providing you with a high level of energy, endorphins make you feel happy and less stressed. This great, I-can-handle-anything feeling is one of the biggest and most immediate changes people talk about after trying WBC.
Cryotherapy is a Faster Recovery
One of the biggest benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy is activating the healing and recovery elements of your body. By stimulating the nerves on the skin through extreme cold, your central nervous system is triggered to enhance circulation.
This specifically allows blood to move in and out of inflamed areas faster, reducing inflammation and expedites the healing of injured areas.
All of this means any pain, discomfort, inflammation or sustained injuries are no longer keeping you sidelined for as long. Whether that’s soreness from an intense session of the Q, or a twisted ankle from a miscalculated step, cryotherapy gets you back on your feet.
Cryotherapy Boosts Your Immune System
By activating the anti-inflammatory process within your body, the extreme cold of Cryotherapy increase the production of leptin within your body. This chemical is directly tied to rapid immune-response.
Additionally, the shock from the temperature can trick your body into activating survival mode which provides for a dramatically increased immune-response.
Cryotherapy Increases Your Metabolism
If your workout program is built around burning calories, Cryotherapy gives you a boost. Within the exercise science community, it’s old news that cold immersion can give you up to a three times increase for calories burned during a workout.
Traditionally, ice baths have been the vehicle for this cold immersion. We’ve moved beyond that. Cryotherapy is more comfortable, has extra benefit and provides better control over temperature than this outdated method
Goodbye ice tub, hello comfortable cryo chamber!
Cryotherapy Is a Fountain of Youth
One of the ways Cryotherapy helps heal your body is by producing collagen. This important protein is everywhere in our bodies – skin, bones, muscles, ligaments and organs. As we age, our body’s collagen production begins to slow down. It’s this decrease in collagen that leaves wrinkles and age marks behind.
By putting your body into its survival state through Cryotherapy, you’re providing all of the tissues with the blood and collagen they need to rebuild, making you look and feel younger!
The Best Athletes are Freezing Themselves
For better or worse, the world of nutrition and exercise science moves in fads. Different exercise methodologies pop up and disappear in a few years, leaving only copies of 5-Minute Abs videos in their wake.
When it comes to separating fads from effective, cutting-edge methods, one of the best things you can do is look toward the most successful and healthy people in the world – professional athletes.
While you’d be hard-pressed to find a 15-Minute Fitness club membership in LeBron James’ wallet, the Championship NBA player is an evangelist for Whole Body Cryotherapy.
- Other professional athletes who rely on the restorative power of Cryotherapy include:
- Kelly Slater – Professional surfer
- Tyson Ross – MLB player
- Michael Phelps – Olympic swimmer, Most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals
- Eric Gordon – NBA player
- Paul Millsap – NBA player
- Chad Mendes – MMA fighter
- Bryant Perella – Professional boxer
- Kobe Bryant – Retired NBA player
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Professional boxer
- Gareth Bale – Championship-winning soccer player
The list goes on. Professional athletes around the world know that the secret to healing and recovery lies in the power of Cryotherapy.
Why Whole Body Cryotherapy
While it’s getting hard to throw stones without hitting a Cryotherapy provider, there are still new frontiers. Whole Body Cryotherapy is unique in providing a holistic, total body experience.
By evenly stimulating temperature nerves on your body, you’re getting the maximum possible benefit. Additionally, you’re not having to endure any discomfort that may result from a difference in temperature between regions of your body.
The effects of Cryotherapy are magnified in a Whole Body Cryotherapy setting. You’ll notice even faster recovery and results. With Whole Body Cryotherapy, you’re literally “keeping your head in the game.”
Whole Body Cryotherapy is Here
You don’t have to sit on the sidelines anymore. This innovative and effective pain treatment and recovery method is available to you. Xperience Fitness is proud to announce our partnership with US Cryotherapy.
US Cryotherapy is a pioneer of this restorative treatment. By uniquely offering Whole Body Cryotherapy, US Cryotherapy is the go-to Cryotherapy provider for athletes like LeBron James and Michael Phelps.
And now, you!
Just like Xperience Fitness is committed to helping you become Unstoppable, US Cryotherapy is there to help when you need to recover, heal or are looking for energy to hit that next milestone.
US Cryotherapy is available at our Woodbury Club.
Contact us today to learn more.
The Fountain of Youth exists and it’s very very cold.