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Cryotherapy, the Freeze Good Feeling

Seeking out experiences to share with others

I love sharing new experiences, especially when I really enjoy the benefits. I had been reading a lot about the benefits of cold therapy and had recently tried a ice bath (see my article on ice baths). Cryotherapy was another cold treatment I came across, which had a long list of benefits, and which I wanted to try. I looked online to find the nearest place, only to discover a local cryotherapy studio in Brentwood. I thought I would need to travel to London or further afield, so I was super excited and booked straight away!

‘Cryo Wellness,’ a pristine facility, opened its doors on 18 November 2018 and has since been offering a variety of cryotherapy treatment to cater for a multitude of concerns. The capsule in Cryo Wellness is generated by nitrogen vapour at a temperature on -110 degrees. From the researched I found, nitrogen vapour was the most effective type of cryotherapy on the market. Most other types of chambers cannot reach this low level, and apparently the magic only truly happens when the skin temperature reaches -110 degrees.

Cold is the new medicine

Extreme cold treatments have been used medicinally for thousands of years.  The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus created in the 1600 B.C mentions the use of cold as therapy.  Ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman people are said to have continued to use cold therapy for many health reasons.  So it is no real surprise that this kind of treatment has been reinvented in the form of a metal cylinder.

Based on Cryo Wellness posts on social media, people appear to be travelling quite a distance to experience the benefits of this super cold treatment.  As mentioned, this is a local studio and so I luckily live only 5 minutes’ walk from the venue. How could I resist?

Benefits of cryotherapy

Cryotherapy claims to provide relief from a range of physical issues, such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, eczema and multiple sclerosis to name but a few. Detoxification, an immunity boost and weight loss are also said to be some of the physical health benefits so you can literally target a multitude of issues. In addition to the physical benefits, proponents of cryotherapy report it can also help with psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression, and poor sleep patterns.  Research has shown that exposure to cold therapy increases a hormone called norepinephrine by 300%, which in turn decreases the stress hormone, cortisol.

I personally had several reasons for signing up to this therapy;

  • Weight loss
  • Physical pain
  • Reduce stress
  • Immunity boost

The cryotherapy chamber, big enough for one, looks as high-tech as it gets. My initial reaction was to feel slight trepidation at the thought of being immersed in an icy fog in nothing but shorts and a crop top.  Nitrogen is pumped through to the tank keeping the temperature at a balmy –110 degrees. That said, as soon as I stepped inside and the door slid closed, I started to feel an instant rush of endorphins.

The rush of feel-good endorphins

The release of endorphins generated during my three-minute exposure was insane.   I felt invigorated, a calm high, and so far, each session has resulted in a wonderfully deep sleep.  I can see how this would and could become an addiction, bank balance permitting.  It is certainly not the cheapest treatment available at approximately £40 per session (depending on what plan you choose), but if you get the desired effects, it could be worth the investment.

Owners Steve Reynolds and Mike Linger explained that repetition is key to recovery.  The treatment initially provides the skin with a numbing effect for a short time, which in itself brings short-term relief, but with repeated sessions your physical and/or psychological pain will slowly dissipate.

Results

I absolutely loved the rush of endorphins after my first session, so I booked a course of 5. After three sessions I have to say the results have thus far been very promising.  As mentioned, I have slept well after each treatment and my neck and shoulder remained pain free for 2-3 days following the treatment.  I am intrigued to find out with regular use whether the pain becomes a distant memory and the feeling of calmness remains.

If you would like to know more about cryotherapy therapy or any of the other treatments that Cryo Wellness has to offer, call Steve or Mike on 01277 320669 or visit their website www.cryo-wellness.co.uk.  Cryo Wellness can also be found on Facebook and Instagram @essexcryowellness

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I am a qualified family solicitor specialising in all family legal matters. I am also the founder of LifeLawLiving.co.uk, primarily a family legal resource website dedicated to providing up to date information on all topics related to family law, health & well-being.

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