My husband and I are always looking for a new way to recover from tough runs as well as a way avoid injury. A couple years ago I was invited to test out this new technology and felt absolutely AMAZING afterwards and a couple days later ran a BQ (Boston Qualifier) in Houston, at the Houston Marathon. While I don’t think the Cryo Therapy is the reason I ran the BQ, I definitely think it didn’t hurt. For this next training season, we got a membership at a Cryo Therapy Studio in Dallas.
What is Cryo Therapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is the exposure of a person’s skin to temperatures of -150 to -170 degrees Celsius (-238 to -274 degrees Fahrenheit) for a short time (3 minutes or less). At this extreme temperature, the body activates several mechanisms that have significant long-term medical and cosmetic benefits. (per The Phit Studio)
Some Benefits of Cryo Therapy
1. Accelerates the body’s ability to restore and recover
2. Anti-Aging and Skin Rejuvination
3. Decreased muscle soreness
4. Provides anti-inflammatory and pain relieving benefits
5. Burns up to 600 calories a session
6. Strengthens the immune system
7. Improves energy levels
8. Increases collagen production
9. Increases flexibility
10. Improves lymphatic circulation
What to Expect at a Cryo Therapy Session
When you arrive at a Cryo Therapy session, you can expect it to be pretty short! You are only in the “tube” for 2.5-3 minutes. Once you arrive, you will remove most of your clothing (guys wear shorts/boxers), and put socks or slippers on (I also wear gloves but you can rest your hands outside of the tube), then you step inside of the tube and close the door. Once inside the tube, the person giving you the Cryo Therapy, will raise you so your head is above the tube. You then will be exposed to the cold cold air for 2.5 to 3 minutes. Afterwards you just get dressed and you are on your way out! A very short and simple way to recover (or do pre-workout). It is pretty amazing how refreshed you feel afterwards and it really isn’t bad! In my opinion, the last minute that is the worst and you can do ANYTHING for a minute.
I am really excited to see what kind of difference Cryo Therapy will make in my training this summer. I’m hoping it will help me recover from the sweltering Texas heat a little faster as well as long runs and speed workouts. I notice that I tend to recover a little slower over the summer. If you are in Dallas, you should definitely checkout The Phit Studio I can’t say enough good things about this hidden gem of a studio to get Cryo Therapy at! According to the website you can try it for your first time for $20 (this is an extremely good deal!). I definitely used this last week to recover from Ragnar Cape Cod.
What do you do for recovery?
Have you ever tried Cryo Therapy? What did you think?