Cryotherapy is the latest health and wellbeing trend sweeping the country. While athletes have used it for a while now to help aid muscle recovery, more and more people are using it to help boost their mood and increase their energy. Health claims range from increased immunity, weight loss, improved skin conditions to shinier hair. Cryotherapy is also good for your mental health. The treatment lowers your cortisol levels which helps you feel calmer and less stressed.
London Cryo invited Team Coco down to their studio to try the cryo cabin. As a newbie to the treatment I’m going to be honest, I was slightly nervous about standing semi naked in a freezing cold tank for two minutes but in the name of wellbeing I was prepared to give it a go!
Ahead of the session I met with Eva, the resident expert who took me through the process, so I knew what to expect. I headed into the changing room where I was given a robe, socks and gloves, all of which are needed to protect your skin from the frigid temperatures. You have to remove all jewellery and can’t go into the cabin wearing body lotion as it reacts with extreme temperatures. In just my pants, gloves, socks and robe I was starting to feel a bit vulnerable as I climbed into the cabin. The treatment lasts just two minutes but as I stripped off the robe and the door closed it felt like a life time. I was on a raised platform and my head was outside the chamber the whole time. As soon as the door shut, I instantly felt my body kick into fight or flight to adjust to the freezing temperature. The cold is almost breath taking but my body quickly adapted. Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel like your skin is freezing. I did have slight shivers and my legs were tingling, a bit like when you get hit with a snowball.
Inside the cabin you are exposed to temperatures of -140. The extreme cold forces the blood to rush to the internal organs allowing them to be replenished with nutrients. After two (very cold!) minutes the body starts to flow with oxygen rich blood, rejuvenating the skin, increasing energy levels, improving sleep quality and relieving overall stress.
After the treatment I definitely felt more energised, sharper and that night I slept like a baby. I also noticed that my eczema was less itchy. But don’t just take my word for it, Cryotherapy fans include Mo Farah and Christian Ronaldo, who apparently loves the treatment so much he’s had his own cryo cabin installed at home. In preparation for his role as James Bond in “Skyfall,” Daniel Craig is said to have turned to cryotherapy to maintain his physique and Jennifer Aniston is one of many females in Hollywood who rely on cryotherapy to keep their skin looking youthful and their figure in check. Treatments in the icy cold temperatures are said to burn about 800 calories in just three minutes.
This new wellbeing trend is becoming more popular with stressed out workers who are adding a three minute Cryotherapy session into their weekly wellness regime. London Cryo offers a range of other treatments too including facials, slimming and toning and compression therapy. They also administer vitamin drips and injections. I’d recommend booking a session in the cabin if you are feeling stressed out or have had a hectic week at work, I will definitely be going back!
To book an appointment with London Cryo visit www.londoncryo.com or call 020 7247 6230