Is it possible to freeze your way to better health? Many health professionals think so. Cryotherapy involves standing nearly nude in an enclosed chamber while it’s blasted with liquid nitrogen to temperatures as low as -280 degrees Fahrenheit. While the benefits of a brief cryotherapy session are clear, most people want to know how it really feels to get cryogenically frozen.
After shedding most of your clothes minus some socks, slippers, and a pair of gloves for protection, you’ll be led into a stall-shower-sized chamber with the door closed behind you. The arctic chill will likely take your breath away upon entry. As your body is not used to enduring through sub-zero temperatures, you might shiver.
As you move into minute two, the technician will remind you to keep moving. Turning in small circles around the chamber helps prevent you from freezing in one spot. You’ll likely notice white smoke filling in the space around you. As you continue spinning, the chamber will reach its maximum temperature.
As you hit minute three, you may be feeling the effects of your session. During cryotherapy, the body releases endorphins that make you feel happy and energetic. Clients suffering from chronic pain will experience relief almost immediately. It’s almost like an adrenaline rush that pushes you to power through the treatment.
After a successful session, you’ll step out of the chamber and warmth will quickly spread throughout your body. As your body “thaws” out, you’ll feel a rush of energy and a decrease in pain. While there’s no doubt you’ll feel chilled during your treatment, most clients find the aftereffects to be well worth the bitter cold experience.