My Cryotherapy Experience
When was the last time you tried something new? At the beginning of February, I went to my first ever cryotherapy session. I had seen other skin influencers talk about cryotherapy, and I decided to go on a long Google search to find out more about it.
What is cryotherapy?
So you may ask yourself, what is cryotherapy? It is the practice of using cold temperatures to promote more healing and wellness. Cryotherapy has been going on since ancient civilization times. This practice is very well known for sports players since they are more likely to get injured and need fast treatment. Although it helps sports players, it can also be helpful for many skin conditions and injuries.
I felt nervous and cold
Since it was my first time trying something completely new, I did not know what to expect or how I would feel afterward. I have always been a person who likes to try new things, especially if it can help my skin out, at least a little bit. When I arrived at the location, which was about forty-five minutes away from where I live, there isn’t a place like this in my county. I felt very nervous and cold! The place was cold, and I like to be warm most of the time. The owner talked with me a bit about what would happen and the steps. I told him about my health conditions which are mild eczema and nerve damage on my right knee. He was very kind and listened to my concerns.
A cryofacial for my facial flare
I had paid for both a cryofacial and whole body cryotherapy sessions. I showed the owner my face and told him how my right chin had been flaring for weeks now. He told me that he would try to focus on that area the most. The cryofacial lasted about ten minutes, but my face started to feel extremely cold/tight when the time got closer. I asked him if this was normal since I didn’t know how my skin would react. He told me to relax and take deep breaths that I was doing good. Once he was done with my cryofacial, I saw my face glowing! Prior to starting the session, my face was red, itchy, and inflamed. My face felt completely refreshed, and there was no redness.
A whole body therapy
Once I had experienced the facial therapy, I did the whole body therapy. First, I was instructed to get naked and leave my underwear on, covering myself with a bathrobe. I was given mittens and long socks to wear while I was inside having the therapy. Since it was my first time, I was instructed to try to stay inside for at least two whole minutes, but the goal is to do three minutes for the next visit. When you get to minute two, you start to feel very cold and want to get out. Yet, this is the time that your body starts to feel a good reaction.
How did it feel?
It felt like an eternity during those three minutes, and I was just thinking of drinking a hot chocolate with cookies! I had to tell my brain, "You can do this," and imagine myself somewhere on a beach. So you can get a feel about how cold it was, the machine goes down to temperatures of -200F*.
When I hit the three-minute mark, I was ready to get it out and change into my warm clothes. Yet, I started to feel so much energy besides the fact that I could barely move my legs (still freezing).
Have you ever tried cryotherapy?
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