When we first heard about cryotherapy being used over in the States as well as professional athletes here in the UK we thought that it may have been exclusive to athletes, healing sore muscles for a speedy recovery after tough and vigorous workouts. Although this is true, people have also sighted many more benefits to cryotherapy than just relieving tired muscles and it's certainly not just for athletes! We cannot lie... we have been dying to try one of the hottest trends in wellness therapy at the moment and after searching the world wide web aka google, we finally found somewhere not too far from North Wales that offers it.
Before we tell you about our very first experience of cryotherapy we want to share with you a little back story to science behind the therapy and also why we felt a little apprehensive beforehand! Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy is one of the hottest trends at the moment. During the three minute therapy almost your entire body is plunged into sub zero temperatures! And by sub zero we mean -160 degrees celsius! . We both feel the cold easily, so even the thought of cryotherapy was enough to send shivers down our spines, however having read about many fantastic benefits we were willing to put our fears to one side and take the plunge!
So what exactly are the health benefits? Cold therapy has been used in medicine throughout history to slow down metabolic processes. The freezing temperature is supposed to push your body into survival mode (aka fight or flight) and as a result hormones are released into the body, such as endorphins (feel good hormone) and adrenaline. Apart from being one of the most popular therapies for relieving sore muscles quickly, the benefits that really got our attention included improving the digestive system, rejuvenating the skin, reducing inflammation, strengthening the hair and nails, boosting the metabolism and circulation, flushing toxins out of the body whilst, re-oxygenating the blood.
Since many people choose to have this therapy to help the recovery of sore muscles we decided it would be a good idea to do an intense workout the night before the therapy so that we could see if it really did work. When we arrived at the Liverpool Cryotherapy, we were shocked! Liverpool Cyrotherapy is most definitely not a luxurious spa (like we were expecting after seeing images of places in London and LA) but instead a rough and ready boxing gym! Although this wasn't necessarily what we were expecting, the owner was so lovely, he put us at ease straight away and had a wealth of knowledge on the therapy and told us that we would be in a cryosuana machine for a maximum of three minutes. We weren't even sure if the therapy would hurt or how it would feel but three minutes didn't sound too long. We wore dressing gowns over our underwear and removed the robes once in the cryosauna. Slippers and thick gloves were provided to keep our hands and feet from freezing. The cryosauna pumped out cold nitrogen gas..check out our video to see our reactions!
We honestly couldn't believe how we felt during the treatment. Don't get us wrong, it was cold and during the last few seconds it was absolutely freezing but considering the fact that our bodies were immersed in temperatures as low as -160 degree celsius, the feeling was strange but pretty amazing!
Before the cryotherapy we were both in a lot of pain due to the workout we had endured the day before. Unfortunately, neither of us felt like the pain had completely disappeared following the treatment and our muscles were definitely still pretty sore the next day, despite the claims that cryotherapy eases this. One benefit Ceri did notice though was that her skin was so much clearer the week after the treatment and her nails felt so much stronger. Nat felt an instant rush of endorphins and vitality after the therapy. Although the treatment didn't relieve our post workout recovery, we think that a course of the therapy would show more benefits.
Cryotherapy can be pretty pricey, however if you can find somewhere like Liverpool Cryotherapy, where they offer the service at a very reasonable price it's 100% worth trying. Even if it didn't relieve our sore muscles, we definitely felt and saw a few of the other benefits including a real rush and happy feeling, clearer skin, stronger nails and improved digestive system.
We would absolutely love to know if you've ever tried cryotherapy or have plans to! We would love to hear what your thoughts!