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Cryotherapy

During a 3 minute cryotherapy session, blood circulation is enhanced, white blood cell count increases, while inflammation decreases, and the body releases endorphins and norepinephrine into the blood stream— the “feel good” chemicals that are released during and after exercise, referred to as “runner’s high.”

Whole body Cryotherapy induces a total systemic response when the body is exposed to incredibly low temperatures— between negative 200–300°F—  for a few minutes. 

Similar to the concept of a “cold plunge,” this sort of rapid dip in body temperature creates an immune response causing blood vessels to constrict and blood to move away from the limbs and toward the vital organs. 

During a 3 minute cryotherapy session, blood circulation is enhanced, white blood cell count increases, while inflammation decreases, and the body releases endorphins and norepinephrine into the blood stream— the “feel good” chemicals that are released during and after exercise, referred to as “runner’s high.” 

Cryo sessions are no more than 3 minutes, allowing the body just enough time to establish a “Fight or Flight” response to the cold. During this time, blood circulation is enhanced, white blood cell count increases, while inflammation decreases, and the body releases endorphins and norepinephrine into the blood stream— the “feel good” chemicals that are released during and after exercise, referred to as “runner’s high.” 

Studies have also shown that Cryo may reduce the stress hormone, Cortisol, which can cause the body to store unwanted fat around the stomach and cause more rapid aging, while also increasing testosterone and DHEA— considered partly responsible for enhancing sex drive and reversing signs of premature aging. 

Regular cryotherapy sessions are thought to have many positive affects ranging from the management of chronic pain, to mood disorders, to weight loss. 

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