Last week while on vacation, I caught a piece of a Hallmark Channel talk show called Home & Family where one of the regulars tried a therapy called Cryotherapy. Since I had not heard this word before I went to Mr. Google to do research and I read that it has many benefits that of course have not been FDA approved but it is safe as long as you have it done at a reputable establishment. Hey, I’m turning the big 50 this year and I even though I would love to stop the hands of time which it is impossible, I can do things that might benefit my well-being so I decided to try this therapy.
When I searched for places that were offering this kind of treatment in my area, Miami, Below Zero popped up and clicked on their website to find out more about them. The facility is in Aventura, Florida which is about 45 minutes away from where I live so I booked an appointment after seeing that first time price was $45.00 which is affordable.
My appointment was for this past Saturday which in all honesty I wasn’t sure that I would go through with it. Saturday morning came and I decided to try it. So my husband and I went to Below Zero to see what this new therapy was about. The blogger in me was excited as this was new material for my site but Maria the customer-patient was anxious and scared.
We were greeted by the owner Nicola Jacobs and taken to a waiting area where we filled out the standard forms. My therapist or coach came in to brief me about the procedure and to give us a rundown of this therapy. Very interesting by the way. Cryotherapy is the use of extreme cold for health/beauty/well-being purpose. You are inside a Cryochamber or Cryosauna where you are blasted with extreme cold air that reaches a temp of -200 below zero. The way it works is that the cold air tricks your brain into thinking that something bad is happening; therefore, sending all your blood to your chest area and ready for survival mode. So freaking interesting.
Well, the time came to follow my coach/therapist to this dark room with a dressing room, a sofa and the Cryochamber or Cryosauna. It was like being in a Science Fiction movie and I don’t do well with that type of movies as it freaks me out. I was scared but I think having my husband there was a big help. Once again, he walked me through the process and always mentioned, not to worry, that I am in good hands.
He then handed me a white robe along with socks and asked me to change in the dressing room. You are not completely naked, you do stay with your panties. Once I changed, he handed me a pair of gloves and snow boots to keep my hands and feet warm during the arctic freeze. Just kidding.
Because I stand only at 5’0 tall, he added extra cushions inside the chamber so that my head sticks out of the chamber/tank as the liquid nitrogen is not to be inhaled.
Once I was inside, he asked me for the robe and turned on the chamber. The chamber was big enough for me to turn around which I did several times during the session as per his request. At no time was I left alone and at no time should be left alone. My therapist and my husband never left the room and talked me throughout my session, which help ease my anxiety. As you can see in the pictures below, the temperature and elapsed time are displayed in the clock behind you which at no point I turned to look at as I think if I would have done so, I would have stopped the session.
The cold air was hitting me all over; however, where I felt it the most was from below my thighs down to my ankles. He said that wherever you feel the most pain is where you have inflammation. Be aware that you can stop your session at any time and you don’t need to go through the entire three minutes. It just so happens that I did. I was done!
I made it! My three minutes were up. YAY! Once the three minutes were up, the machine stop and my coach opened the chamber to let me out, but I couldn’t so I needed his help.
The feeling to my extremities came back rather quickly and I was feeling great, which he did explain that after a session your endorphin are high and not sure if it was a placebo effect or the cryotherapy session but I was full of energy.
I plan to keep going as often as I can as their prices are really good. $45.00 first time visit, $90.00 a session if you don’t have a membership or $49.00 a month if you subscribe to their Gold Membership.
This post is on my experience of Cryotherapy at Below Zero in Aventura. I had a great experience with them and would reocmmend them; however, as with any business, look them up, checkout the reviews, be an informed consumer.