Anything (be it food, activity or treatment) that’s represented by more than three syllables intimidates me. I mean, there’s a reason why the name is complicated right?
So suffice it to say, I was pretty nervous about giving cryotherapy a go—especially when all I knew about it prior to experiencing it for myself was that it involves sub-zero temperatures, as the name suggests.
But it also says “therapy”, so while I absolutely hate feeling cold, I had to do the human (and journalistic) way of finding out what good it entails.
Apparently, cryotherapy greatly benefits our body, and many Hollywood celebs are said to be fans (always extra intriguing when the upper crust are on to something, no?).
Essentially, cryotherapy is the process of using really low temperatures for medical therapy, and this can involve simply soaking in an ice bath or icing a wound. But the latest and more hi-tech type of cryotherapy—which the stars rave about—uses liquid nitrogen to cool your body.
The temperature in the chamber drops to about -150°C, which tricks your body into thinking it’s in danger, thus sending it into preservation mode.
On average, a user remains in the chamber for two-and-a-half minutes. Save for the head, the rest of the body stays ‘submerged’. It’s recommended that the body is rotated 90 degrees every 30 seconds.
When the blood rushes to the core of your body to protect the vital organs, there’s an increase in body heat, which means an increase in metabolic rate.
But more importantly, it’s also believed that there’s an increase in the production of hormones that bring down inflammation, so people generally use cryotherapy to relieve aches and pains.
As you can imagine, many famous athletes are also said to be cryotherapy enthusiasts. But that doesn’t mean we can only enjoy this treatment if we’re super sporty. As long as you’ve got some sort of muscle inflammation (whether or not sports-sustained), this might just bring some relief.
There have also been claims that the treatment helps with cell renewal and boosting immunity and energy levels. And (what might be) the best part? It’s said that we burn some 400 to 800 calories each session, depending on on the size of our body.
The calories don’t all get torched immediately, of course—they gradually dissipate over the next eight hours. But that’s still a heck lot considering we don’t have to do anything else.
It should be noted that research supporting these claims has thus far been mixed. But don’t knock it till you try it, right? So try it I did at Evolve MMA’s Cryo Fit suite. Scroll the gallery to see how I fared “chilling out”.
CRYO FIT is located on the second floor of Evolve MMA’s branch at Far East Square. A single session costs $225. For more information, visit their website here.