Chill, it's cryotherapy

I get a lot of wild hairs. I keep ideas stored up in my brain and every now and again when theres an opening in my day, and an idea leaks out.

Today's adventure was a trip to the new Cryotherapy place in town. A few factors influenced my decision to head on over. The first being that I had a hella deep tissue massage and my body is in a state of revolt and inflammation. The second is that I've been seeing a chiropractor and the physical act of adjusting my body for proper alignment, has left me sore for a solid month. The third factor is that I had a coupon. 

I know I probably sold y'all on me being this researcher (hence the earlier post). But like with Isagenix, I did zero research on cryotherapy. All I knew was that I was going to be cold for a couple of minutes. I don't know the science (or if there *is* any science), I didn't know how cold it was going to get (or even the cooling agent for that matter), or how much this treatment was going to cost. 

Hence why I'm classifying this as a wild hair.

So I went in and filled out a waiver. Do waivers freak anyone else out just a smidge? Like, "oh crap, what the hell am I doing if pulmonary embolism is a risk"?  But, we cool. I just acted like I wasn't concerned by a heart valve malfunction. 


I undress and throw on socks, slippers, gloves, and a robe and head to the chamber. All the while, acting like stepping into a tank pumped full of nitrogen that drops your skin temp to 33.5 degrees is totes normal. My head was popped out of the top so I wasn't inhaling the nitrogen (because asphyxiation) and the lovely teenager who was running this machine cranked it up. I was told to slowly spin around during the treatment and I didn't question her.  I did however *ask* a lot of questions (as I do whenever I'm nervous). Such as, "have a lot of people come in since y'all opened?" and "what is the point of this thing?". Because I still had no idea.

So there I stood, spinning around like a frozen ballerina for 3 minutes in a -120 degree chamber hoping that this was doing *something* beneficial. 

I'm not gonna lie, it got pretty light headed twice (I kept turning like a champ though). It was cold, but a dry cold and totally manageable. I did 'level 1' which only dropped down to -120 but there are options for -160 and -200+. You don't stay in for more than 3 minutes and I can do anything for 190 seconds, right? After time was up, I was handed my robe, got dressed and went on my merry way.  When I got home I was ravenous. Turns out you burn 500-800 calories when all the blood leaves your extremities and floods your internal organs. So I've got that going for me. 

I purchased a beginners pack (cause I'm a sucker for a deal) and have another session to use within the next two weeks. I'm thinking about going back after hot yoga this weekend just to confuse the hell out of my body. Jk.

But I will go back in the next few days because thats what the high schooler told me to do and she hasn't steered me wrong yet.

Cheers, Christin


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