I Tried Cryotherapy and Here’s What Happened
Have you ever been outside butt naked, in the middle of winter in Chicago?
If yes, you’re crazy…
If no, me neither…
…but that’s what cryotherapy felt like.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with cryotherapy, it is a form of therapy that uses cold temperatures for healing.
Recently, however, cryotherapy has become synonymous with a particular spa therapy treatment where you are submerged in a freezing cold chamber (think -150 degrees F).
Why would anyone want to do that?
The benefits of cryotherapy outweigh the costs. Cryotherapy has been said to help improve the skin, cure jet lag, encourage weight loss, and treat the symptoms of tissue damage. Some people have even claimed that it has helped them with their depression.
…..and with benefits like those mentioned, the real question becomes “why wouldn’t you want to try it?”
On the day of my appointment, I was so nervous about what to expect. I don’t like anything cold, not even stuffing my hand in the cooler on a hot day to pull out a refreshing bottle of water, however, I was determined to try cryotherapy.
I arrived at Cryoluxe and was lead into a room where I was instructed to strip down to my underwear and put on socks, gloves, and slides that resembled the Balenciaga shoes with the socks.
Once dressed (or undressed) I was lead into another room that held the chamber.
I stepped inside, robe on, and a metal lid was placed over me so that everything was enclosed except for my head.
As the metal lid came over my head, my robe also was taken off and I stood in the chamber with nothing on but my underwear, socks, gloves, and the Balenciaga shoes.
“Three minutes”, the operator exclaimed.
Normally, three minutes wouldn’t feel like a long time, but when you are submerged in a chamber of over negative -150 degree F temperatures, three minutes will start to feel like an eternity.
The first couple of minutes were actually bearable, but after a minute and a half, I found myself dancing and singing to warm my body.
When my three minutes were up, I was relieved.
I had survived on gospel and prayer. It literally felt like a miracle.
While I was proud that I had made it through all three minutes, I was even more relieved that it was over.
Cryotherapy was intense.
Afterward, I went back into the room where I had changed and switched back into my clothes.
My body still felt like it was thawing out.
In fact, it felt like I was thawing out for a few hours after my appointment.
While cryotherapy didn’t bring me joy like my reiki session, I definitely did feel lighter after just one session.
I didn’t have more energy afterward, but I believe that with multiple sessions I may start to feel differently.
The biggest question though is whether or not I’d be able to handle another session?