Tue. Jun 25th, 2019

#GrouponGroupie 2: iCryo – Full Body Cryo Experience

#GrouponGroupie adventure #2!

Deal: 1 Cryo Session with Sauna & Compression Therapy 

Price: $25 ($50 for nonmembers)

Money Saved: $25

Rating: 4.5/5

I’m not that old, but aging is definitely starting to catch up with me.  You may not be able to see, but I sure can feel (and hear) it. I basically creak and crack every time I move. Sometimes I pop so loud it’s mistaken for distant gunshots.

During my regular scroll through Groupon for self-care treatments, I saw a deal for cryotherapy. Everyone in the reviews boasted about how great it is for pain relief and joints so I knew I had to buy it.  Apparently cryo has been a thing since Ancient Egypt and was further developed by a Japanese doctor to treat rheumatoid arthritis and various skin conditions. Here are a few of the other benefits I found during research.

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  Benefits of Cryo:

  • Mood enhancement
  • Decrease Inflammation/Pain
  • Aid in muscle recovery
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves sleep
  • Increased metabolism (1 session supposedly burns 500 cal.) & energy levels
  • Anti-aging/skin rejuvenation (aids collagen production)
  • Reduce Stress

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The Experience

Full Body Cryo

Cryo is one of those things that, while you’re doing it, you think “what TF was a thinking??” Then, once it’s over, you don’t regret it at all. I was given a robe, gloves, socks, and slippers then I was directed to get buck-ass-naked in a dressing room. Once in the chamber, and I was blasted with -157°F air for 2-3 minutes with hopes of achieving a 30-50 degree body temperature drop. When they say cover your nips…they mean it. And it’s best rotate to prevent frost bite…and distract you from the cold. Once my 3 minute session was done, my temperature dropped from 86 to 53. Mission accomplished!

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Infrared Sauna

Right after cryo I went straight to the infrared sauna cubby shown above for about 20 minutes. The heat from the sauna helped me get back to normal body temperature and calm me down. It’s also supposed to help reduce inflammation even more.

Photo from icryo.com/cryotherapy-houston-heights/

Infrared Sauna Benefits:

  • Reduce Stress

  • Reduce Muscle Soreness

  • Improve Circulation

  • Release Toxins

Compression Therapy

After I got dress, I moved on the NormaTec compression therapy. The whole process is similar to a lymphatic massage. There’s an option to compress the legs, arms, or hips. The compressed air squeezes (like a giant blood pressure monitor) and massage your limbs. It helps to mobilize fluid and speed up recovery.

Compression therapy benefits include:

  • Decrease Inflammation
  • Improve Circulation
  • Aid in muscle recovery

Would I do it again?

Even after just one session I saw an improvements. My eczema started to clear. I didn’t get a picture because I didn’t realize that cryo was good for skin conditions until I got there, but it definitely helped. The crick in my neck went away and the muscle aches from working out went away.

I give the overall experience a 4.5 out of 5 only because I’m too wimpy for extreme temperatures, but otherwise, it was perfect and extremely relaxing. Considering that one of my main goals for the year is stress management and general self-care, I signed up for the monthly membership ($29, saving $21). For more information about cryo, visit icyro.com.

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