A huge thank you to Iceland Cryo for collaborating with me on this post and graciously welcoming me into their studio to learn about + try this truly amazing treatment. If you're in the South Florida area, I couldn't recommend this studio and service more!
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) involves exposing your body to ultra-low temps in the name of better health. Low temps, as in subzero — 220 degrees below zero, to be exact. I don’t know about you, but this sounded pretty batsh** crazy to me. How could sitting in -220 degree temperatures, in nothing but a towel, be safe, let alone healthy? I was slightly nervous, but undeniably curious to find out more.
As skeptical as I was, the benefits of cryotherapy are pretty indisputable. The therapy operates by triggering a series of anti-inflammatory responses within the body. The extreme cold first stimulates our skin sensors, which then communicate to and activate the Central Nervous System (CNS). Activation of the CNS causes the body to release large amounts endorphins, the naturally-occurring hormones that relieve pain and elevate mood. Our circulatory system is also affected in response to the extreme temperature, and the majority of our blood is redirected to our core in order to protect our precious organs. This enhanced circulation begins to decrease inflammation by clearing out toxins and metabolic waste, supplying our vital organs with oxygen and new, nutrient-rich blood. In turn, our metabolism increases and the process of cellular regeneration (i.e. deep healing) takes place.
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