How has your Thursday been? Mine, oh, you know, I got frozen in a vat of nitrogen down to -250ºF.
Seriously! Well, sort of.
Yup, that’s me there in that cryo chamber. So, what craziness is this you ask? It’s called Cryotherapy, and my friend JoJo has been encouraging me to try it for awhile now. I admit I was nervous which is why I kept putting it off. However, the nerves were for nothing and I’m glad I tried it. And yes, I will go back.
I took this directly off of their website:
What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is the use of extremely cold temperatures that triggers the body’s natural healing process. This was originally developed in Japan in the 1970’s to treat inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
There are a wide range of benefits from better sleep, faster recovery to sore muscles, improved skin and many more. These results are very quick and long lasting. Many people have experienced chronic issues resolved with regular use.
So, when you go in there are the necessary forms to fill out. They need to make sure you are okay to take the treatment, you know the risks, and then you sign the waiver. From what I remember you want to make sure you don’t go in with wet skin or clothes, and they explain why you should avoid inhaling a big breath of the nitrogen to prevent fainting. No big deal. Then JoJo will check your blood pressure and you are off to the room!
So once we were in the room, JoJo laid out a pair of knit gloves, asked me if I wanted tall or short socks, and told me I would also need to put on a pair of slippers. She made sure I knew exactly what to do – then told me my goal was to undress as quickly as possible, get in the chamber, shut the door and ring the bell for her to come back. So I went fast – put on the tall socks, undressed quickly, put on the gloves and fluffy slippers and got in and shut the door. WHEW! Done.
At this point I was already cold because I am usually cold and I was thinking I had made an error in judgement with this crazy idea. But, as she said, it was too late to turn back so I was kind of at her mercy, HA! I was standing on a platform and she raised me up where my head was above the chamber wall. I asked her about the nitrogen thing, and she explained all of that to me and assured me my head would be at the correct level and to just blow away any that I felt was too close. No big deal. So then it’s time to go!! FREEZE TIME! And let me explain something about this – they are not really “freezing” you. It’s hypercooled air that is circulated around you. It’s dry, and no tissue ever actually freezes. You just feel cold. Really cold. Let’s continue.
I’d like to say how awesome JoJo is at her job! She explained every single thing as we went along. She told me what to expect, how long I had left, what all good things were happening to my body in response to the cold. She gave me clear instructions and lots and lots of encouragement, ‘cuz it is a little concerning when you can feel your skin getting that cold. She asked if I wanted a picture and got my phone and took a few for me. (They do have some props so you can take funny picts, but I had neglected to grab any for this time.) She answered all of my questions and kept me assured that things were going great, and told me to just keep turning.
And then all of a sudden I was done! And yes, I was cold, and I was shivering a little, but I did it! Once I got dressed, I realized that the sharp pain in my neck was gone, which was awesome!
So, how much does this cost? Barely anything. From now until October, all visits are $15. If you are a teacher, then for the rest of the month of August it is only $10. Or if you are a high school athlete, it’s always only $10. Is it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!!
So go see JoJo! As she likes to say, “Chillin’ out never felt so good!”
You can read more online at CRYON7.