Mind Over Matter – Cryo
Every now and then it is perfectly okay to let go and cry, unrepressed and unhindered -- after all showing emotions is what makes us human and crying provides relief from inner weight you are lugging around.
Oh, Cryotherapy it is?
Now, per definitionem cryotherapy is the cold equivalent to a sauna. Cold as in icy, i.e. below artic temperatures.
Benefits include improvement of sleep, boost of immunity and elevation of mood by exposing your corpse to extremely cold temperatures, we are talking up to -160 degrees Celsius for up to three minutes.
One of the benefits is that your body releases endorphins, which results in an energy boost followed by a state of relaxation as after the treatment, filtered, oxygen-rich blood flows back through your body helping to combat the affiliated pain of swelling and redness.
Now, how does it feel?
You disrobe, step into a chamber in your underwear with your extremities covered in UGG boots and gloves and as soon as the temperature drops, you feel an incredible rush, which has been credited to the release of endorphins and adrenalin coursing through the blood as the brain attempts to find an adequate course of action to combat the cold.
Imagine switching a pleasantly warm shower to an ice cold on steroids.
A friendly little reminder of what being alive feels like.
One of the original purposes of Cryotherapy aims at elevating pain from limbs and joints. Running long distances on a regular basis and just having arrived from a long-distance flight, I felt muscle and joint pain subside immediately even during the cold process, specifically in the ankle and knee regions and the relief lasted for the rest of the day.
Best thing is that despite the ridiculously low temperature, it is not piercingly painful at all and certainly intense yet borderline enjoyable experience due to the absence of wetness and the use of dry cold. Cue walking into a butcher’s which is a very pleasant scenario given the scorching heat during summer on terra australis.
The whole experience usually only lasts for three minutes and it takes about the same time for your body to return to its previous equilibrium.
Given the intense nature of the cryotherapeutic treatment, an LED light session proves to be a pleasant book end.
Luckily CRYO offers both -- state-of-the-art Cryotherapy machinery that emits extremely fine cold particles as an FDA approved LED light bed. The fact that CRYO’s ambience and location is one stylish operation par excellence adds to overall experience.
18,240 LED bulbs a quarter of an inch away from your body expose your bodily shell to a soothing and natural glow to promote wellness and physiological function, as it stimulates ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) production, which is deemed necessary for almost every immune function. In other words, it heals your body inside out, improves blood circulation and builds collagen.
Sounds odd and weird?
Well, I dare you to try both and not feel like it is something that you need in your life on a regular basis.
Read more of T's Mind Over Matter blog series here.
Photos by t and Cryo.com.au