Adventures in: Cryotherapy

Wassup y'all? 

This weekend I did something very L.A. (besides like everything I normally do, like yoga/drink green juices/being blonde...aka my life sadly hehe).

Have you heard of Cryotherapy?

It's so 'hot' right now. I know a few SoulCycle trainers that do it regularly, and I actually heard about it for the first time from Blake Griffin (basketball player) who does it almost everyday for recovery purposes from his workouts. He said it's made all the difference in his ability to perform.

You guys know me, I'll do anything an NBA basketball player will do! (Same body type, and athletic goals basically).

It's the act of standing in a sub-zero temperature box, naked, for a short period of time.

"Cryotherapy is localized or whole-body exposure to subzero temperatures to decrease inflammation, increase cellular survival, decrease pain and spasms, and promote overall health. It is not a medical procedure, but a non-invasive option for people seeking Faster Recovery. Better Health."

I would put it in the holistic health and wellness category as it hasn't been scientifically proven, but it's gaining popularity. It's the thought process that if you bring your body to a sub-zero temperature, all blood flow will go to your essential organs for your body to 'survive' and once you are brought to a normal temperature again this completely fresh blood flow will provide amazing health benefits.

These benefits include:

  • Cellulite reduction
  • Boosted metabolism promoting weight loss
  • Skin conditions ameliorated — including psoriasis, blemishes and acne
  • Collagen production — skin toned evened, visible signs of aging reduced
  • Pain relief from joint disorders, rheumatoid diseases and fibromyalgia
  • Decreased muscle soreness, spasms and inflammation
  • Improved post-surgery recovery
  • Alleviation of depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, migraines and the effects of stress
  • Lowered incidence of colds and flu
  • Prevention of conditions like osteoporosis
  • Faster recovery from stress of competitive sports or training
  • Reduced inflammation, swelling and pain
  • Enhanced energy and endorphin release
  • Improved muscle and motor unit activation
  • Greater testosterone levels in men

Again, I'm really down to try anything, so I was intrigued. I heard about a place called Cold and Thirsty in L.A. and decided to make my appointment. 

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Cold and Thirsty is super cute, it's a juice bar and cryotherapy spot, and the staff is super helpful. I got undressed in the back (no undies at all) slipped on socks, gloves and huge boots, to keep my feet and hands from getting too cold, and put on a robe to walk to the 'chamber'.

The thing is basically like a huge stand up tanning booth, ha (what's up my whole high school life!) You step in, take off your robe, and then it's raised up so that your head pops out the top, so that doesn't get frozen. I don't know how your brain would feel about getting cryotherapy? 

I'm so weird, the whole time I was thinking 'mind over matter' just trying to stay calm, when I'm watching the temperature drop to -141 degrees. The girls working there were making sure to talk to me (about how painful giving birth seems, LOL) and the time flew by. I was in the chamber for a total of 90 seconds. I think I could have lasted a bit longer, actually.

(Apologies I couldn't get the courage to ask the girls there for a picture of my head popping out of the top of the chamber :-/)

The after affects can vary from person to person, and they said that some people feel tired right after treatment, or some feel invigorated.

I felt really good, actually. I had been outside all day, so was really hot in the first place so having my temperature brought down was really refreshing. I had also done The Studio (MDR), aka Pilates hell in the best way possible, and SoulCycle that morning so felt like it did help to alleviate 'recovery'. Blake Griffin style. 

The verdict?

I think that Cryotherapy is a treatment that I would do consistently, for the benefits noted above. For working out, its' helpful to have assistance in recovery for anyone, athlete or not.  I wouldn't be able to do once or twice a week (like I'd like to) but for a few times a month, I think you'd begin to see results more consistently the more you do it. 

Definitely something I want to keep in the rotation of things to do, like a good monthly massage. 

As far as places to Cryo go, I know there are studios in NYC (via KyroLife) and L.A. at Cold and Thirsty, and you can find a nationwide list of locations here - it's also called a Cryosauna by the way. 

So my people Cryotherapy, the latest ish from the West Coast.  Let me know if you've tried it or have any suggestions of things like Cryotherapy to help with recovery, holistic health? I'm always down.

Have a good week! Also thanks to everyone for being so kind about the blog, means the world.

Love,
Krista xx