I’ve heard so much about the benefits of full body cryotherapy treatments, I had to give it a try for myself!
There aren’t any cryotherapy salons in the city yet so I checked out Renew Cryotherapy in Walnut Creek (edit: since I wrote this, CryoSF has opened on Union Street). I was able to walk in without an appointment in the early afternoon on a week day, probably not a good idea on a weekend or evening.
The staff is super friendly and explained the entire sequence before the session which I find helpful. I don’t like being cold but I do have chronic knee pain and was experiencing some muscle soreness from a ballet class so I was hopeful I would feel better after the treatment.
They are prepared to deal with newbies and were more than happy to answer all my questions (and snap my photo in the machine, the things I do for this blog!).
First you enter a dressing room and strip down to your underwear. They provide clean socks and booties plus fleece gloves with disposable liners to protect your hands and feet. Wearing a robe, you meet the technician by the machine.
You enter the machine wearing your robe and the technician checks the height to make sure your head will stay out of the tank the entire treatment time, inhaling the gas caused the fatal accident that got so much press a few months ago.
The entire treatment lasts three minutes, the technician instructs you to turn every 15 seconds to cool your body evenly and stay mentally aware/checked in which made me feel safe. My treatment was a level one, I think it gets colder with each level? I forgot to ask!
Honestly the first two minutes were not bad. Half way thru the third minute I started to wonder why the hell I was paying money to stand in a freezing cold chamber with a person telling me to turn in circles. When the count down to the last ten seconds started, I was ready to get out!
Afterwards, I felt great! The soreness in my back and shoulder was gone my knee was less stiff. I slept very soundly that night and continued to feel great the next day.
With any treatment the sessions need to be done on a regular basis to see lasting results. I’m not sure it will replace my regular massage and acupuncture routine for overall wellness but I will end up in the tank again!