My new obsession. I got into cryotherapy after the marathon. I had some issues with my knee and was looking for some overall recovery from the beating I put my body through. I'd been doing ice baths and they're just plain awful. Someone recommended CryoHealthcare in West Hollywood so I went to check it out. My first visit I did two 1 1/2 min sessions back to back. The chamber gets down to -240 degrees Fahrenheit. It's definitely cold, but not unbearable. I felt great after and once I learned that it's said to burn an extra 500-800 calories per day, I was sold (that's like 2 glasses of wine and a piece of bread!!!). I bought an unlimited package and pretty much go everyday. I love it. I feel energized after and I feel like my body's recovery time is improved. I had foot surgery about 3 months ago and I really think it helped with the recovery of that as well.
A little bit about the science behind cryotherapy:
Cryotherapy is localized or whole-body exposure to subzero temperatures to decrease inflammation, increase cellular survival, decrease pain and spasms, and promote overall health. It is not a medical procedure, but a non-invasive option for people seeking faster recovery and better health. Widely used in training and wellness centers, and spa-like settings in Europe, the treatment has not been widely well known in the U.S., until recently. As far as the caloric burn, it activates your body's sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response). Essentially your body feels likes it's freezing to death (and it is) and the body sends all the blood to your core to protect the internal organs. It's a huge metabolic boost and is said to burn hundreds of extra calories over the following 24 hours.