localized cryotherapy

Much like Whole Body Cryotherapy, localized cryotherapy has become increasingly popular not only amongst athletes and Hollywood stars. People suffering from conditions like arthritis benefit greatly from this technique. When is it best to use localized cryotherapy as opposed to WBC or another healing method?

Why is Cryotherapy so Popular?

Every time star athletes or celebrities promote something, many people feel that it is only a craze that won’t last. This couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to cryotherapy.

The benefits of cryotherapy are threefold:

  • Well being: it helps reduce stress, improve sleep, facilitate jet lag recovery. It also provides relaxation and increases energy levels.
  • Health: it is used in physical medicine to help recover faster after an intense training session; it also improves athletic performances, treats muscular and inflammatory pathologies and is known for being efficient in post surgery recovery.
  • Beauty: anti-aging, weight loss support and cellulite reduction, skin care by increasing collagen production.

When to Use Localized Cryotherapy?

Whole Body Cryotherapy acts on your body as a whole therefore providing an overall beneficial healing effect. If you need to target a specific area, then localized cryotherapy is right for you. The handheld device allows the pressurized stream of liquid nitrogen to be directed towards the part of the body that needs it.

Any part of the body can be treated:

Medical: for sufferers of chronic pain essentially, localized cryotherapy will allow them to treat the single zone that it causing them pain. It is also recommended after an injury or surgery to reduce inflammation, bruising and speeds the natural healing process.

Beauty: when localized cryotherapy is used as a beauty treatment, the option to specifically target one single zone produces a better result. It is reported to help treat skin disorders and trigger the natural production of collagen (hence diminishing wrinkles and increasing skin elasticity).

Cryotherapy stimulates the body’s natural healing response especially against inflammation, swelling and pain. But it also improves blood flow which helps get rid of toxins, therefore boosting your immune system. Many women like it for its efficiency in skin rejuvenation (Cryofacials™) and they choose localized cryotherapy so they can work on a specific part of the body, neck and face for better results. When you can target a specific area, you can achieve faster results.

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Health Benefits of Cold | Cryotherapy Wholebody

Not many of us like winter – single digit temperatures, less sunlight – but the health benefits of the cold may, in fact, outweigh these unpopular winter aspects. We can create opportunity everywhere and find something positive about the cold that will make winter feel less, well, wintery.

Cold and Possible Health Risks

Being exposed to the elements, especially harsh cold conditions for a prolonged period of times, can have devastating effects on the body. Some conditions are even deadly. It is advisable to know the weather conditions before heading out and follow proper winter protocol to avoid these risks.

  • Hypothermia – When your body loses more heat than it produces, dropping your body temperature below 95°F (35°C) it can go into hypothermic shock.
  • Common cold and flu – The accompanying aches and pains, coughing, runny nose and fever associated with the common cold and flu virus are more likely to happen during winter.
  • Frostbite – The damage of skin tissues due to prolonged exposure to cold and especially windy conditions
  • DepressionSeasonal affective disorder or winter depression is linked to vitamin D deficiency due to a lack of sunlight.

Health Benefits of the Cold

Now that we know the risks, let’s explore the benefits and shed some positive light on the winter doom and gloom.

  • Time for Gathering – In order to avoid the aforementioned depression, do not stay tucked under your comforter. Avoid isolation and get out there. Don’t wait until the holidays to gather with your loved ones. Host a party, start a book club, Skype friends and family.
  • Bug Free Zone – Ok you can catch a cold if you are not careful but isn’t it great that there are no mosquitoes with all the diseases they may carry
  • Calorie Burning – Cold and exercise can trigger brown fat burning mechanisms. Your body also burns more calories in order to keep your running temperature at or around 98.6°F. Double burn!
  • Inflammation Reduction – Ice packs, cryotherapy, and cold weather are known to reduce aches, pains and inflammation. That’s why more and more people, including star athletes, are heading to the cryochamber.

Common sense, prudence, and heeding advice from health professionals will lead us to the path of safety when dealing with harsh winters, especially in colder regions. Instead of bracing ourselves for the negative impact of the cold on our life, let’s prepare to embrace the full health benefits of the cold. And who knows, you may like it so much that when the weather gets warmer you’ll come running to the closest cryospa.

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healthy looking skin

Maintaining radiant and healthy looking skin entirely our own responsibility. It doesn’t have to do with just using the best creams and serums for our skin, even the most disciplined routine is not enough to slow the aging process. The signs of aging are inevitably unavoidable as our collagen production naturally decreases as years pass. Certain skin disorders may be treated with medication, but results are uncertain and ingested chemicals may do more harm than good in the long term. A more meaningful change to keep healthy looking skin is to maintain healthy lifestyle habits.

Lifestyle Habits for Healthy Looking Skin

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is essential not only to make your skin look younger and rested but to minimize fatigue and stress.

Stop Bad Health Habits

Avoid smoking and watch your alcohol intake. Smoking depletes oxygen levels in your skin, therefore depriving it of key nutrients involved in cell regeneration. Healthy collagen and elastin production needs energy-rich nutrients to replenish itself and maintain your skin’s youthful appearance. Alcohol draws water from other parts of your body, including your skin, to protect your brain. Moisture and hydration is key to keeping wrinkles and fine lines at bay and maintaining healthy looking skin.

Massage

Giving yourself a quick facial massage will stimulate blood flow and invigorate cell production. A quick face rub can also decrease stress and tension, preventing wrinkles and eliminating toxins by stimulating the lymphatic vessels.

Eat Well

You are what you eat. Skin is the largest organ of the body and therefore requires ample nutrition, including essential vitamins and minerals. Many skin conditions can be avoided by eating whole foods rather than processed foods. Adopt nutrition habits that will not take your body’s energy away from keeping you healthy (hair and nails included).

Cryotherapy

Hollywood celebrities have been spotted leaving cryosalons, and for good reason. Their livelihood mostly depend on their (good) looks. Cryotherapy, be it whole body or more targeted in the form of a Cryofacial™ provides many health benefits. Those benefits extend to skin health, as well, as a direct consequence of the mechanism itself: vasoconstriction followed by vasodilation, a process that cleanses, distributes oxygen and nutrients and boost cellular regeneration.

When it comes to healthy looking skin, there is no shortage of ways to stop the aging process and of skin care products. Another tip though, watch for the mention of “pH-Balanced” in the description, if it is not pH-balanced, it may be too harsh for your skin and defeat the purpose. If you take care of your skin daily and allow yourself to let a professional take care of it for you on a regular basis you can have a beautiful smooth looking skin.

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Reduce Stress Levels | Cryotherapy Wholebody

If you reduce stress levels, you will be able to minimize or even maybe eradicate the negative impacts that stress has on your life and your health. Stress wreaks havoc in our society and in learning how to deal with it, fight against it, you will allow yourself to avoid its tricky traps.

Defining Stress

Stress used to be one of the best survival instincts of humankind, keeping our ancestors alert and always on the lookout. The answer to any outside stimulus would trigger an adrenal response, the flight or flight mechanism. Our nervous system hasn’t evolved much since then, and although stressors have changed, the response has not. As we evolve we also develop the ability to think negative thoughts which trigger a stress response to a non existent threat.

What Stress Does to Us

Acute and chronic stress affect both the body and the brain.

Our Body

In case of acute stress, when what as perceived as a threat is gone, our Central Nervous System (CNS) should signal to our body that everything is back to normal. When it doesn’t, we stay in a perpetual state of alert and can experience anxiety, irritability, depression, insomnia, and/or eating disorders. it also affects our cardiovascular, digestive, muscular, and immune systems.

Our Brain

Chronic stress increases the level of cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine which affect many brain functions. A constant high level of cortisol kills brain cells and is responsible in part for memory loss and other mental problems.

How to Reduce Stress Levels

Many people who do not experience chronic stress would tell you to breathe and get over it. Even though just breathing is a good idea, there are other ways to reduce stress levels:

  • Relaxation techniques,such as meditation and yoga allow you to be present in the moment, turn inward in order to understand your body, breathe, calm down.
  • Reduce coffee and alcohol as part of a healthier lifestyle including sleeping more, eating better, moving more.
  • Pamper yourself, treat yourself to a massage, not just once in awhile.
  • Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) increases the endorphin levels (the hormone of happiness), resulting in a feeling of well being and stimulates the creation of serotonin which balances the mood. WBC also decreases the level of cortisol released in your bloodstream.

From all the tips on how to reduce stress levels, you don’t have to pick and choose just one, you can combine several of them for a better result. A good laugh with friends, a massage, a yoga session or a jump in a cryochamber are amongst the ways that can help you live a stress-free life.

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Improve Athletic Performance | Cryotherapy Wholebody

There’s a plethora of advice on how to improve athletic performance. From fitness tips to complex regimen schedules, you have a hard time sorting out what is right for you and your health. The simple truth is that to train harder and longer and reach new levels, you need to give your body and your mind what they need. It’s a 3 step process. Feed. Focus. Recover.

Improve Your Athletic Performance by Resetting Your Mind

When you feel you have hit your peak, pause, take stock and reboot your systems. To improve athletic performance without pushing your body farther than it can go, you need to connect the mind-body dots.

Reassess Your Goals

Hard to achieve goals are a sure way to provoke fatigue and unnecessary frustration. Take a step back, set smaller but more frequent thresholds and take it one day at a time.

Visualize

Change your state of mind. Your training should not be a chore nor an obligation. See it as a way to better and improve yourself.

Team Up

Whether it’s a sparring partner or a training coach, you will benefit from external motivation and will work harder to improve your athletic performance. Feed from the energizing boost that comes from encouragements.

Focus

Physical achievements start in the brain so the body knows where to go. Clear the path, declutter your head from imagined obstacles and limitations.

Relax

You have options buy it doesn’t have to be either or: hot baths, cat naps, massages, yoga, meditation can help you to recover faster and be in the best shape for the next session.

Improve Your Athletic Performance by Pampering Your Body

Nourish

Fuel comes from complex carbs rather than simple sugars. Proper and sufficient fitness nutrition provides strength and endurance.

Hydrate

Keep your fluid intake at the best level possible before, during and after exercising. Replenish your electrolytes in order to avoid cramps, muscle spasm and fatigue.

Recover

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) provides the benefit of a speedy recovery, which is essential to improve athletic performance. It is a fast and safe way to relieve muscle soreness and recharge the body with nutrient and oxygen-rich blood.

Stretch

Too many people neglect to properly stretch before and after workouts. Muscle soreness leads to injuries and setbacks. Don’t skip the warm up routine and post-workout stretching exercises.

Sleep

Besides catnaps, make sure you get enough quality sleep each night. Sleep is probably the most efficient and most natural way to refresh your mind and body.

To efficiently improve athletic performance, you have to take care of yourself as a whole and not just physically. You can challenge yourself with new workouts, change your diet or take healthy supplements, but you also have to accept that sheer willpower is not enough. Success is a state of mind and body.

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