The weather in Austin is warming up but last weekend I had a chillingly good blogging experience.
Ever heard of cryotherapy? I hadn’t until just a few weeks ago so I’ll give you the lowdown.
Cryotherapy is the use of extremely low temperatures – we’re talking up to -130 degrees – to aid in a slew of health issues. Decreased fatigue, better sleep, less body pain, weight loss, a boosted immune system… .Really, I could go on with the long list of benefits all day. As a runner, I was personally interested in cryotherapy when I learned it can help heal injured joints. My knees are starting to take note of my decade of jogging, so I loved knowing that cryotherapy could help heal my old lady parts. That and it just sounded like such an adventure. And oh, was it.
I walked into Cryo Body Works admitting I was a little nervous about the extreme temperatures that I would be subjecting my near naked body to. The sweet gal at the front counter comforted me. “Have you ever taken an ice bath?” No, no I have not. “Oh. Well, it’s a lot better than that!” Good? Gulp.
Guys, let me tell you. If I took the coldest I’ve ever been and multiplied it by like, fifty-five and a half, this is how cold I was entering the cryosauna. They recommend you go in with nothing but your undies and these adorable little booties they let you borrow, so this is exactly what I did. No bra even! It got a little nippy in there, if you know what I’m saying. I stepped inside and the cold, dry air immediately welcomed me. It was exciting. AND SO COLD. I was told that the normal session lasts for three minutes, but that newbies usually go for two to two and a half. Two minutes went by much faster than I thought it would. I think maybe my brain was partly frozen too, so that was helpful. Through chattering teeth, I asked to stay until 2 minutes, 30 seconds. I cannot be the weak newbie!
I felt like a frozen warrior princess walking out of that machine. I survived! I had burned 500-800 calories just standing there! I did a new thing that made me feel like a human ice-cube! And really, I loved every frigid second of it.
Cryo Body works was the perfect place for me to dabble in cryotherapy for the first time. First timers get an amazing deal for their session, so I would definitely recommend trying it out, y’all. The staff was friendly and accommodating, and I was smitten with the relaxing, spa-like environment. The whole experience was invigorating, refreshing and made me feel just a little more alive. And also cold. Did I mention cold?
Note: I received my cryotherapy session free of charge, but Cryo Body Works did not otherwise compensate me for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.