Chilling out with cryotherapy: The restorative whole body treatment now offered in Northern Libertie
Updated: Sep 17, 2018
PhillyVoice contributor Christie Mandia stands in a cryogenic sauna at Orange Cryo Wellness at 444 N. Fourth St.
I couldn’t have imagined a better destination on a 100-degree day, although I must admit, I had butterflies in my stomach as I approached Robin Gupta’s Orange Cryo Wellness in anticipation of my first cryotherapy session.
Cryotherapy is the exposure of the body to extremely cold temperatures (as low as -256 degrees Fahrenheit) produced by nitrogen gas, typically to reduce pain and inflammation. In fact, the treatment was initially developed in the late 1970s by a Japanese physician to treat symptoms associated with arthritis.
Many other health benefits can be attributed to whole body cryotherapy, such as boosted immunity, increased energy and improved metabolism (I’m told you can burn up to 600 calories during just one 3-minute treatment).
The extremely cold temperatures are also said to aid in recovery (think ice baths x100) and stimulate collagen production, which is why many athletes and celebrities swear by the treatment. It seems that everyone has tried it, from Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to world-class athletes like Usain Bolt and Cristiano Ronaldo.
With them in mind, I put on my cryo robe, socks and Crocs and prepared to enter into the open-topped cryosauna. Once you enter the chamber, the platform underneath your feet is raised so that your head is exposed. I then traded in my robe for a pair of gloves, which are worn with only undergarments and socks to protect extremities for the duration of the treatment.
AUTHOR: BY CHRISTIE MANDIA PhillyVoice Contributor