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Feeling the freeze: I go naked in below zero temperatures for a Cryotherapy session

Living in LA LA land means you often get to see the latest health and beauty trends – and cryotherapy is the new kid on the block.

It’s the hottest cold thing to do when it comes to your body.

If you aren’t in the business of looking good in this city, then you are in the business of making people look good.

Cryotherapy is what some would say is the latest bonkers trend – where you immerse yourself naked up to the chin in a cryochamber tank pumped full of liquid nitrogen for up to three minutes.

Cryotherapy is the latest well being trend to hit LA – Cryochambers like this one at Renew Juicery in Culver City are popping up everywhere

And one small thing to point out – it’s -130 degrees Celsius in there.

For my British friends, that’s – 266 Fahreneheit. In other words, pretty bloody cold.

The list of benefits you apparently get from doing a session in one of these things is as close to the elixir of life as you are likely to get without drinking it, if indeed it does exist.

So of COURSE I was game to give it a go!

It’s definitely function over fashion when you are going into the deep freeze

How does it work?
The term Cryotherapy actually comes from comes from the Greek cryo (κρύο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεία) meaning cure.

What happens when you go into a Cryochamber?

Cryotherapy treatment has actually been around since the 17th century.

 It is the local or general use of very, very low temperatures in medical therapy.

It’s used to treat a variety of benign and malignant tissue damage, but can also assist with muscle inflammation, sleeplessness and in some cases people say it has helped with weight loss.

It aims to decrease cell growth and reproduction, as well as pain and spasm.

Some people also say they feel it makes them look younger after doing a number of treatments.

They feel rejuvenated, and less tired after a session.

Sportsmen and women have also been in on it for years.

Immersing yourself in an icy soup starkers helps muscle recovery, thus increasing your ability to train harder and more frequently.

I had my treatment at the Renew Juicery in Culver City, LA.

Their Cryochamber is rather fancy with its own logo and polka dots on it.

Don’t expect to look stylish to get your blast of arctic temperatures.

As you can see from my photos, it’s all about function over fashion.

Wearing a pair of woolly gloves, mid calf length socks and protective rubber boots to keep my extremities insulated, I waited patiently in a dressing gown to go into the big freeze.

Cyrotherapy is actually not a new treatment – sportsmen and women have been using it for years to aid muscle recovery and assist training

Then I ditched my robe and went in with nothing else to protect my dignity.

I opted for three minutes, the maximum amount recommended. You have to keep your head above the broiling liquid gas as it’s not great to breath it in.

What does it feel like?

I felt a bit like I was being slowly cooked without the heat for one of Heston Blumenthal’s latest culinary creations.

You can stand still – but I opted to tread water, keeping moving, and turned slowly in a circle.

This was as much pass the time more quickly as well as avoiding anything seizing up in the freezing temperature.

Yes I was naked in there – and it was bloody cold

It was actually so cold, it was almost like it was a slightly burning sensation.

But it wasn’t unbearable, which I found surprising.

In fact, thanks to the chatty assistant, who was on hand to check I was doing alright.

And not about to turn into a human glacier, the time went pretty quick.

I would say during the last 20 seconds I became very, very aware of the temperature.

And my knees, which were in line with the pump, began to hurt with the cold.

Imagine you were standing right here starkers – yep you get the picture

How did I feel after cryotherapy?

Due to the amount of working out I have been doing in the last two weeks of my eating and fitness challenge, my body has been feeling a bit worse for wear.

My back and left shoulder have especially not been feeling the best.

However about 20 minutes after the session the pain and aches I had been experiencing had definitely improved.

I would even say as much as 80 per cent.

And I promise I am not exaggerating.

Here’s the proof – yes it really was -130 degrees Celsius in there

My neck was also easier to move, had less tension.

And the pains I had been experiencing in my upper back had all but melted away.

I also felt more relaxed and awake after the cryotherapy session.

Of course I didn’t see an immediately change in my appearance or weight – that takes more than one session.

So would I do it again? Absolutely – but cryotherapy doesn’t come cheap.

It averages around $70USD a session in LA.

That’s a lot of money – especially, as typically, the recommendation is to try and do it every day if you can for maximum benefit, or at least a few times a week.

I really would suggest you try it though, as in my opinion, this is one fad which really does work and I think is here to stay.

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