Everyone on Instagram has a photo of themselves in the cryotherapy tube these days. I finally broke down and tried it too.
When I first walked up, I walked straight past the weight loss clinic to get to the cryotherapy place. Oh wait….they are the same. The place I went to had huge posters up for cellulite removal and body shaping. This immediately made me skeptical because anything that advertises to get rid of cellulite is usually completely crap. Don’t get me wrong, I want to believe it – but it just generally isn’t true.
I love the idea of it – I thought it would be like taking an ice bath, but without the hassle of dragging ice around and it would only be 3 minutes. I can do anything for 3 minutes, right? Or at least it would be much more preferable to sitting in a tub of ice for 15 minutes. THAT is torture.
However, it wasn’t QUITE like an ice bath. It WAS very cold. You strip, put on a robe, hop in the tube and they close the door. You hand them the robe and leave on thick gloves and socks. (I was honestly more worried about my nipples freezing off than my fingers, but whatever…). Sorry if that’s TMI. That’s what we do here. Anyway, they start the clock and temperature goes down to -160 degrees. I didn’t start full on shivering until 2 minutes, but the people there do a good job of distracting you by talking.
Afterward I didn’t feel remarkably less sore, but I did feel very refreshed and invigorated. My skin felt tighter and like all the blood had rushed to it in order to warm it up. The lady running the place told me you burn 500-800 calories from one treatment because your body has to work hard to warm back up. I’m not sure how you know or tell that.
This article talks about the benefits of cryotherapy.
This article talks about the fact that there isn’t really enough evidence to prove those benefits to be true.
I guess I am a little bit of a skeptic, but I tend to lean more toward believing the second article. It seems great and I love all those benefits, but I am just not sold that it will actually work. And at $40-60 per 3 minutes, I’m not sure want to be the lab rat!
Meanwhile, moving onto Alaska things ~ It is so so green here. It is beautiful though.
We got to go on a bike ride along the Coastal Trail in Alaska and that was so much fun.
What do you think about cryotherapy?
Grossed out by oysters or love them?