When it comes to trends in health and wellness, we’ll pretty much try anything once (the things you do in the name of research). We’ve brushed our teeth with activated charcoal, we’ve put Greek Yoghurt in our hair, heck we’ve even suspended ourselves from the roof in silk cocoons in aerial yoga, but this week we WILLINGLY allowed ourselves to be locked inside a chamber at a fresh negative 180 degrees to find out what’s the go with Cryotherapy?
I first heard about Cryotherapy on instagram of all places, and being the inquisitive creature that I am, needed to try it for myself, so I called The Float Space Founder and Director Janina Hilebrand and headed in for my very first session. Upon entering the center, I stripped down to my underwear and put on the woolen socks and gloves I was given and entered the chamber anxious and terrified. But much to my surprise, it wasn’t anywhere near as unbearable as I was anticipating, and after 3-minutes in the chamber that dropped down to minus 180 degrees, I walked out on a sky-high endorphin high with nothing more than a few pins and needles in my legs (a totally normal response according to Janina).
Cryotherapy seems to be a bit of a buzz in the industry at the moment, how long has it been around for and where did it all start?
Whole Body Cryotherapy was first used be the medical profession in 1978 when Japanese rheumatologist Dr Toshiro Yamaguchi used it to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Since its development, Cryotherapy has been widely used by hospitals and clinics throughout Europe as a non-invasive, drug-free alternative treatment for various health conditions and clinical studies are numerous and focus on treatment of pain and inflammation from Sports Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and skin conditions like Psoriasis and Dermatitis. Cryotherapy is now also used extensively by elite athletes worldwide to improve peak performance levels, and by celebrities and top models for anti-ageing, weight loss and skin health.
What are the benefits of cryotherapy?
Regular Cryo sessions can help promote anti-inflammatory properties, which can decrease recovery time by up to 50% improving the ability to continue training and exercising. In less than 3 minutes you will experience major relief from even the most intense delayed muscle onset soreness. Many Australian and international professional athletes swear by Cryotherapy as the ultimate way to speed up muscle recovery allowing them a more sustained performance at an elite level. Whether you are an athlete, weightlifter, bodybuilder, weekend warrior or regular exerciser, Cryo sessions help speed up muscle repair allowing you to achieve your peak performance and goals.
- Decreases muscle soreness, pain & inflammation
- Increases energy & peak athletic performance
- Allows more intense and higher volume training
- Boosts lymph draining & blood circulation
- Improves muscle strength & joint function
- Overall faster return to sports training
- Decreases injury recovery time
- Improves immune system
- Decreases fatigue
There are also an abundance of beauty, anti-aging and weight loss properties associated and Europeans and Americans have embraced Cryotherapy as an effective aid for skin rejuvenation. Cryotherapy accelerates collagen production, resulting in improved elasticity and texture, reversing skin ageing the appearance of cellulite. Also, a surge in metabolism may help with weight loss. In addition to activating collagen – the protein that builds skin strength and structure − Cryotherapy increases ‘feel good’ endorphins and releases oxygenated blood to combat fatigue and elevate mood and energy. Specific benefits include:
- Cellulite Reduction
- Tighter and Healthier Skin
- Stronger and Fuller Hair & Nails
- Fewer Skin Blemishes
- Increased Metabolism & Caloric Burn
- Increased Libido
- Increased Collagen Production
- Treatment of Psoriasis and Dermatitis
How often do you need a session to see/maintain the benefits?
While one cryotherapy session will leave you feeling pain-free and energised, maximum results are obtained with repeated treatments. Daily sessions to 2-3 times per week is recommended following an injury or period of hard training, in preparation for an important event, for chronic health conditions or fast weight loss results.
Describe a Cryotherapy session in 3 words?
Cool, invigorating, energising