3 Ways Cryotherapy Stands Apart as a Wellness Treatment
We live in a time where we have an abundance of wellness options when it comes to alternative treatments, giving us greater agency over how we care for ourselves and our bodies. But with so many wellness treatments available, it can be difficult choosing the right one. And with more and more stacked on our plates every day, it can feel like there’s simply not even enough time to care for our physical and mental wellbeing. However, not all is lost. Cryotherapy is the wellness option that you may not have heard about but that can provide a wide range of benefits. Here are 3 ways Cryotherapy at Icebox stands out from the rest.
1) All-in-one treatment
While we all love body treatments like massages that can be beneficial for treating sore and tense muscles, they don’t provide the full mental and physical benefits in one session like cryotherapy. Cryotherapy can be used as a whole body treatment or localized, for targeting specific pain points. During a whole body cryotherapy session, cold air is circulated around the body for 3 minutes. The cold air constricts blood vessels, then dilates them, releasing a surge of endorphins, nutrients, and antioxidants in the blood. These endorphins pack a big punch and are responsible for affecting many parts of our brain’s regulation like:
Those mighty endorphins trigger a response in your brain causing you to feel happier and more energetic and improving your overall mood. And they aren’t the only boost your body receives. Cryotherapy also decreases the release of cortisol and reduces inflammation which are linked to depression, anxiety, and stress.
Reduced stress means deeper relaxation and better sleep. Researchers believe that cryotherapy may activate the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for relaxing your body.
Mental acuity and alertness
Cryotherapy has been shown to sharpen cognitive functions, improving focus and attention, leading to increased productivity.
Cryotherapy aids the body in a multitude of ways.
❄️ Reduces swelling and inflammation
❄️ Relieves sore muscles
❄️ Aids in joint pain relief
❄️ Has been used to treat several autoimmune disorders associated with chronic inflammation
2) It’s Quick
Finding the time for self care can be difficult when you’re balancing work, family and a social life. So the thought of squeezing in 45-90 minutes in a busy schedule for a massage, hot sauna, or other wellness treatment can seem impossible, forcing you to sacrifice your own self care or putting it off for when you “have more time.” Cryotherapy sessions, however, last 3 minutes and it only takes 12 minutes from when you walk into an Icebox studio door to when you leave. With sessions so quick, you’ll be able to squeeze in a treatment in between errands, at lunch time, dropping off and picking up the kids from school, or on your way home from work. And unlike other wellness treatments, you’ll feel better instantly! It can take hours, sometimes days to feel the benefits from other types of treatment. With cryotherapy, your body immediately feels better and more relaxed, and your mood instantly brightened.
3) You Leave Feeling Better AND Looking Better
Other wellness treatments may feel good, but when it comes to beauty, that’s where the benefits end. Not only does cryotherapy give you more energy, uplift your mood, and relieve physical pain, it’s great for the skin! Cryotherapy reduces swelling and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making you look like you just stepped out of a facial. The cold air in cryo boosts collagen production that can tighten and tone skin to give it a youthful glow and healthy complexion, noticeable the minute you walk out the door.
While other treatments may offer a single physical or mental benefit, cryotherapy sessions provide many, with countless ways to improve mental and physical wellbeing. And with treatments lasting only 3 minutes, there’s always an opportunity for self care.