When the hype about CRYO hit the UAE, it hit hard & after my first session I could understand what all the fuss was about…
I’m all about trying new things but if they don’t do me any good or I don’t enjoy them then it’s game over. I’m either a hater or a lover; there aren’t really any grey areas in my life. Cryo proved to be the latter & here’s why…
Firstly, what is CRYOtherapy?
CRYOtherapy is a treatment where you are exposed to temperatures ranging between -140 C to -180 C in order to stimulate health, fitness, weight-loss, healing & beauty benefits.
What to expect
Expect a warm welcome & loads of info about the treatment from the staff. They are all very helpful & informative (unlike many treatments I have done in the past). They guide you through the whole process & inform you of everything you will experience.
After warm welcomes, you’ll find yourself stripping naked and throwing on a gown. They give you socks & booties for your tootsies and gloves for your hands to protect you from getting frostbite… Guys-keep your undies on!
You will then get into what looks like a giant can of Redbull which will be between -140 C and -180 C. Yes, it’s very cold! But for the 1st minute of the session you’ll be thinking it’s not that bad & wonder when you are actually going to start to feel something. And then it hits you like a brick wall… You will feel like you are standing naked in Antartica. I know I’ve hit the second half of the treatment when my whole body gets covered with goosebumps and goosebumps don’t lie.
Thank goodness the session only lasts 3 minutes so you only really feel like it’s negative degrees for the second half of the session.
After the 3 (long) minutes, the machine will turn off and you will be more than pleased to put your gown on again. Now comes my favorite part… Stepping out of the chamber and experiencing what I call ‘the CRYO effect’. You will feel a tingling sensation all over your body. I felt it mostly in my legs and this may be because I had just done a heavy leg session. (They say often you will feel the ‘magic’ work in the areas of your body you most need it.) You are expected to feel an immediate burst of energy, a metabolic spike and a natural release of endorphins that, personally, makes me feel like I want to bounce off the walls.
You will start feeling your normal warm self again as soon as your clothes are on and then you’ll want to repeat the process all over again!
Your body’s reactions explained
The reason your body doesn’t feel the cold for the first half of the session is because your body is signaled to begin homeopathic and holistic reboot.
During this reboot, the body is able to recognize the hyper cold as an imposition or distress and moves blood from all over your body towards your core to protect your vital organs, so at this stage blood is being circulated, hence the reason you still feel warm. Once the blood reaches the core, there is no more flowing blood over the outer extremities, hence the reason you start to feel cold.
The amount of benefits associated with this treatment is astonishing. Honestly! Not only is it good for athletes who want to boost their muscular recovery time, but it also has weight loss, beauty, anti-aging & general wellness benefits too! Here are some of them…
- Reduces delayed onset muscle soreness
- Boosts blood circulation
- Speeds up recovery from injuries
- Reduces swelling & inflammation
- Improves muscles resistance to fatigue
Weight loss Benefits
- Increases metabolism
- Burns 500-800 calories per treatment
- Aids in eliminating water retention
- Triples metabolic rate
- Rapidly detoxes the body (expect a headache or two)
Beauty & Anti-Aging Benefits
- Stimulates collagen production
- Reduces cellulite
- Improves skin elasticity & firmness
- Boosts production of hyaluronic acid
- Revitalises skin through increased oxygen levels
- Improves immune system & organ function
- Releases endorphins
- Relief of chronic discomfort
- Reduces stress & anxiety levels
- Improves sleep
Too good to be true? Nope! Just one hell of a treatment! Go try it out for yourself & let me know what you think in the comments below! I would love to hear your feedback.
Where to have this treatment
Fit Republik in Dubai Sports City (by far my favorite facility and where I have my treatments done now on a regular basis!)
Emirates Towers in The Boulevard
Dubai Ladies Club in Jumeirah 2
For more info go to www.cryo.com or www.cry0-health.com
With love & (warm) hugs,