A modern trend based on ancient traditions
If your friends told you to go jump in a frozen lake, would you do it? If you are like most people, the very idea creates an instant draw back! Nothing could be more nerve-racking. Yet, this type of cold exposure has been used throughout much of human history as a potent tool for health. Today, science is backing up those ancient traditions with studies showing that cold conditioning might just be one of the simplest and most effective methods to positively shift your mental and physical health!
Have you noticed how athletes use ice baths or ice packs after physical exercise? This is one way of speeding up their recovery as it significantly reduces inflammation, swelling and sore muscles! Exposing one’s body to cold temperatures has been receiving an increased popularity among health devotees. Professional athletes, bodybuilders, and celebrities swear by something called: whole body Cryo therapy. This therapy puts you in a cabin for a short amount of time, while extremely cold air is circulated around you.
This technique is nothing new to traditional practices in northern countries like Scandinavia or eastern Europe. People keep themselves fit by rolling in the snow followed by stepping into a warm jacuzzi or jumping into ice water after the sauna. Other ancient traditions have recommended cold showers to increase blood circulation and boost energy. All these come from the same understanding of how beneficial it is to shock the body with the cold for a short amount of time.
Since we don’t all have the ability to roll in the snow or jump into an ice bath, Cryotherapy is allowing us to not only experience extreme cold exposure but also optimize it! In just 1-3minutes, this rapid decrease of temperature leads to accelerated healing including cellular renewal, cleaner and more oxygenated blood, improved sleep quality, and an increase of optimal energy and vitality.