PARIS -- It is just a short walk, or an even shorter drive if you are a top player, to get from Roland Garros to the French Tennis Federation's National Training Centre, a state-of-the-art facility that is available to French players throughout the year, free of charge. With six indoor courts and various gyms, it has everything elite players need to train.

But for two weeks a year, during the French Open, it becomes home to many top players, who come for another reason: its recovery facilities. And one kind of recovery, in particular -- cryotherapy.

Cryotherapy involves immersing the body in air frozen to temperatures that can be lower than minus-150 degrees Fahrenheit for a short spell of time. The idea is the extreme cold helps the body recover faster, while also reducing injury, raising energy levels and even improving sleep. While many athletes have long used ice baths, cryotherapy rooms or machines have become the preferred choice of many top sports stars, including soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

All players in the main draw can use the cryotherapy rooms for free, and Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Alexander Zverev and many others have been frequent visitors to the rooms in the past fortnight. Go up one floor from the entrance and turn a corner, and you are confronted by two small rooms, marginally bigger than your average shower cubicle. One is set at minus -60 degrees Celsius (minus -76 Fahrenheit) and the other at minus -110 degrees Celsius (minus-166 Fahrenheit).

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By Simon Cambers


It involves very cold temperatures to relieve inflammation.

Athletes have been using cold therapy for decades to relieve the pain of playing hard. Now, cryotherapy spas are opening

The treatment offered is far colder than old fashioned ice baths. However, the promise is much the same - to reduce inflammation which, in turn, relieves pain and increases well-being


The cryotank is filled with liquid nitrogen - creating temps as low as -130 degrees.

Clients first have their skin temperature taken and then spend up to three minutes in the cold - with the goal of reducing skin temperature by 30 degrees for maximum benefit.

"Cold therapy's been used for centuries.

Actually, cryotherapy was created in the 70s by a doctor in Japan to treat rheumatoid arthritis," noted Lemon.

If you're not ready to take the full-body plunge, there are localized treatments for the neck, shoulders, knees and lower back - as well as a cryofacial.

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Looking like something fresh out of an '80s sci-fi flick, cryotherapy is the latest craze to hit the mainstream. Used by athletes and celebrities looking for their next holistic fix, the high tech treatment is said to be more than just a gimmick. According to its regular users, freezing yourself for several minutes can aid muscle regeneration, boost your immune system and rejuvenate your skin.

But what exactly is it? And does it really work?

Literally meaning “cold therapy", cryotherapy is a technique where the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes. It can be delivered to just one area, or you can opt for whole-body cryotherapy like I did. The latter includes immersing the body in extremely cold air for several minutes, in the belief that you'll receive a number of health benefits. You stand in an enclosed chamber that surrounds your entire body but has an opening for your head at the top, and the cool air, or liquid nitrogen vapor, circulates around your body in the chamber for 2 to 3 minutes.

​Although scientists haven’t yet figured out how to preserve human life by cryogenically freezing you, the next best thing could be to try out cryotherapy.

Many Hollywood celebrities, wellness gurus and professional athletes have claimed to reap the benefits of cryotherapy, which include chronic pain management, collagen production and immunity boosting. But, celebrities recommend a lot of things. Should you do this?

Valerie Vest, founder of inBody med spa in Arlington, Massachusetts, is a trained aesthetician and administers cryotherapy and other services such as float therapy and infrared sauna.

Vest is an advocate for the various benefits cryotherapy can offer, especially as someone who used it to treat her own inflammatory issues. A decade ago, Vest had a medical device surgically placed inside her body as a form of birth control, but doctors only just realized recently that her body had been rejecting it. “I had heavy toxin levels, was tired all the time and basically had an inflammatory response to it,” says Vest.

Author: Karen Morales Jan 7th, 2019

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Now that the holiday season has passed and the new year is upon us, it’s time for the deluge of articles and TV spots dedicated to health and fitness trends for 2019. Now you can add curated playlists and songs to that list, which might actually be more motivating and helpful than many other factors.

Spotify released new data on Wednesday about the top trends surrounding exercise, broken down by various countries, activities, and music genres. The Stockholm-headquartered company, which went public on the New York Stock Exchange last spring and had 83 million paid users as of June 2018, says it now has approximately 43.5 million workout-themed playlists on the streaming platform. And while everyone might be saying they are making resolutions to get into better shape in January (or even February), Spotify found that July is the most active month of the year as to when workout playlists streamed the most, versus November, which was found to be the least active month for workout playlists.



There are also some new exercise methods—or old ones experiencing resurgence—affecting Spotify usage. Spotify says that yoga, aerobics, jump rope, and interval training are all growing going into 2019—but none more so than cryotherapy, a cold, near-freezing treatment for tissue therapy. Fittingly, Spotify says Vanilla Ice’s signature classic “Ice Ice Baby” is the number one streamed song among “cryotherapy/ice bath-themed playlists,” followed by Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice,” “Ice Bath” by Xolo, “Cold Water” by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ, and (f course) Idina Menzel’s power ballad “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.

Author: Rachel King, Jan 2nd 2019.

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Scroll through the gallery of celebrities trying cryotherapy to see who's already em-brrrr-acing the crisp climate!

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I’m dressed in nothing but a white robe and rubber booties when I step into the octagonal chamber. And the robe will soon go. A nice woman named Mary Lamb, who’s running the contraption, calmly shuts its door, leaving just my head peeking out the top. Now she tells me to pass her the bathrobe. I hand over the garment—and the last of my dignity—in exchange for a pair of chunky insulated wool gloves that match my booties. It’s time to freeze.

This was my first tango with cryotherapy, a treatment that involves stripping down and being whipped by liquid nitrogen that’s at least minus 200 degrees Fahrenheit. I went in knowing it’s part of LeBron James’s annual $1.5-million recovery routine during the long NBA season and that Michael Phelps did it before nabbing his 23rd Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016.

As for how my athletically average self ended up in a cryo chamber? I had signed up to run a ten-mile race, ignoring the fact that my hourlong commute and commitment to the snooze button make training for these things a mostly weekend activity. My brilliant approach was to run every Sunday afternoon, tacking on a mile each week, starting with a comfortable base of four miles. But after zooming along the Mount Vernon Trail on a seven-mile run one Sunday, a series of out-of-town trips threw a kink into my plan. A week before the race, with the $85 registration fee and a decent amount of pride coloring my judgment, I embarked on a ten-mile run, just to see if I could do it.

Turns out I could. All seemed well until the next morning, when I was reminded that I was still an athletically average person. I nearly tipped over from the scorching pain in my calves as I got out of bed. In the 20 years I’d been running, this was new for me, even with some half marathons sprinkled in.

As the session started, I got goosebumps all over. Then my elbows began to ache, probably because they were closest to the walls from which the liquid nitrogen billowed. I felt slightly tense, a combined result of my muscles responding to the deep freeze and being locked in this contraption in the basement of a building in Old Town (the location I chose because it’s close to my apartment, and did I mention my legs hurt?). My teeth didn’t chatter as I thought they would, and overall the three minutes went pretty quickly, likely because Lamb, manager of the Old Town location, chatted with me—both a necessary distraction and a safety measure. In 2015, a Las Vegas woman tried cryotherapy alone in the spa where she worked, got trapped in the chamber, passed out, and died of suffocation from the liquid nitrogen, which expands to nearly 700 times its size when it vaporizes and can lead to oxygen deficiency, especially in small spaces.

When I was done, I didn’t experience any post-cryo high, and a dull ache lingered in my elbows. But any chill I walked out with disappeared in the balmy, mid-60s temps of the April afternoon. Climbing the steps out of the building, I was surprised that the sting I’d been feeling in my calves was 75 percent gone, with just a hint of soreness. By evening, nearly all the pain had subsided. As for better sleep, I didn’t notice any difference—which, as a poor sleeper, I was really looking forward to.

The next day, I visited the Shaw location. I’d bought the starter package, a two-pack that piggybacks appointments to maximize any benefits. Coward claims that stacking sessions closely together helps each person understand how his or her body will react to the treatment. I will say the second round didn’t seem nearly as cold as the first, probably because I knew what to expect. The three minutes—during which I chatted with the general manager, seemed to go by much faster. (He also tricked me, saying I had less time left than I actually did.) This time, the temperature outside was in the low 40s, and I understood what being chilled to the core felt like—I tried to walk to the Metro, turned around, and headed into a restaurant to warm up.

A few days later, on race day, my calves were 100 percent. I didn’t set a personal record in the ten-miler, but I crossed the finish line, pain-free. While I didn’t hallucinate the pain-relieving benefits of cryotherapy—there was no way I could have kicked it up the hill at mile nine if I hadn’t done it.

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Dani Carvajal to the left and Laura V. (KOV owner) to the right.


It turns out,

​Cryotherapy is probably the "coolest" activity to do during the hot Miami summer months and specially athletes seem to be enjoying the Cryo trend.

Athletes from around Miami and the rest of the world are throwing themselves into the freezing chamber that reaches temperatures of -184 F to -256 F.

It is not uncommon to see someone like Dani Carvajal, the Real Madrid soccer star who also plays for the Spanish national team, take a closer look at this non-evasive type of wellness therapy.

While Dani spent some time at The KOV in Miami, boutique owner and wellness expert Laura V. explains the health benefits and what happens inside the body while someone is inside the chamber.

Cooling off the body with a mist of liquid nitrogen during a whole body cryotherapy session, sends the brain into "fight or flight" mode.

This tricks the body and causes blood to rush through the body and all extremities, creating a tingly sensation inside the body, just under the skin.

The result, bodily pain and inflammation is significantly reduced immediately after the session, and people fall in love with it.

While soccer players like Dani Carvajal constantly struggle with training and recovery cycles during the season, Cryotherapy has become the go-to remedy not only for athletes but also for other prominent figures like Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.

Many underestimate the positive healing effects of Cryo and its wide range of use.

While Cryotherapy services are mostly praised by fitness enthusiasts, Cryotherapy is slowly but steadily starting to disrupt the beauty industry.

In addition to reducing inflammation, the effects of Cryo can also be targeted to specific body parts with the spot treatment - or facial glow therapy.

Facial glow therapy and focused healing therapy does not necessarily send the body into "flight or fight mode" like the Whole Body Cryotherapy session.

​However, it still provides significant relief of inflammation, reduced pain and puffy eyes while also alleviating migraines and tightening skin.

Is there a better way to feel rejuvenated, look fresher and simply relax while doing good for your body?

By Ashley Schultz.

Wim Hof, the “Iceman” is known for his unusual human capabilities. In 2008, he registered his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest stay in an ice bath, completing 1 hour and 13 minutes. A year earlier, Wim also tried summitting the Mount Everest with only shorts and shoes as his attire. Though he failed in his task, nonetheless he was able to climb 6700 meters.

The records achieved by Wim Hof will appear uncanny to many people however he believes that extreme cold condition helps him achieve mental stability and keeps him fit.

Cryotherapy is a relatively new concept that is increasingly becoming popular, for it is known to yield several health benefits. Although a lot of research studies are still being conducted to arrive at a conclusion, scientists believe that the advantages of this therapy may outweigh the consequences.

This article will explore Cryotherapy in detail examining its technique and health benefits. On a concluding note, the known side effects will also be highlighted

What is Cryotherapy and How it is Performed?

Cryotherapy or Cryosurgery is the use of extreme cold to destroy tumours or abnormal tissues which are known to cause harm to the body. The therapy uses liquid nitrogen (argon may sometimes be used) at the temperature range of -320F to -346F. At this temperature, anything that comes in direct contact with the liquid instantly freezes. Thereby someone known to have damage-causing tissues in their body will find that this therapy will instantly kill these group of cells.

The modern technique of cryotherapy involves immersing oneself in a bath commonly known as cryotherapy booth for about 5 minutes. This is the whole-body procedure and is more frequently used than any other method. Though it is known to cause discomfort initially, subsequent immersion may turn out to be normal as the body will be able to adjust to the temperature. The process appears to be very similar to a spa.

Other procedures include the use of cryotherapy facials where the liquid nitrogen only comes in contact with the face region. In other instances, the use of cryotherapy wand is also applicable that will only encounter the area where harmful tissues are known to be present.

Cryotherapy is increasingly becoming a useful alternative to chemotherapy which is a treatment for destroying cancerous cells. Freezing liquid nitrogen can directly attack cancerous cells and prevent them from replicating in the body. The studies are still being conducted to establish a proper relationship between cancer treatment and this form of therapy, however, there have been fortunate results for patients suffering from prostate cancer.

Cryotherapy is generally categorized as being very safe, yet some of the people should avoid undertaking this therapy. These include pregnant women, cardiac patients, people with high blood pressure and children under the age of 12. Moreover, it is important to not prolong immersion for more than the required time limit (5 minutes) and should always be performed under the supervision of a professional.

Health Benefits

As mentioned earlier, studies are coming up with the advantages of cryotherapy, yet a final conclusion has still not been sought. Some of the known health benefits are as follows.

Aiding Weight Loss

Cryotherapy itself may not cause the body to lose weight directly, it only helps in the process in an indirect manner. In the post immersion phase of immersion in freezing liquid nitrogen, the body works hard to revive the temperature to its normal level. It may involve the use of stored fat by breaking it down to release energy that helps in warming up. Proponents have gone to the extent of claiming that frequent sessions of immersion on every alternate day can boost up the metabolism rate. Therefore it is not uncommon for people to experience munchies after cryotherapy.

The therapy should not be considered as a viable alternative to exercising. The latter being the best form to fight obesity and related illnesses caused. Needless to say people who have reduced muscle mass and are categorized as underweight should not undertake cryotherapy

Fighting Inflammation and Psychiatric Illnesses

Inflammation is necessary and an automated response of the immune system in case of an injury. Sometimes when the system gets disrupted (obesity may be one cause), there are unnecessary cases of inflammation which medical scientist categorize as being a chronic illness. A lot of medical complications like arthritis, diabetes and even cancer are caused by chronic inflammation.

Cryotherapy has an anti-inflammatory quality known to reduce cases of acute inflammation in the soft tissues. Although most of the research to elucidate this anti-inflammatory response was confined to animals, scientists still believe that the same reasoning can be applied to the human model as well.

If the hypothesis on humans has some significant reality, it can prove to be a groundbreaking discovery in the field of neuropsychology. Dementia, that affects every third person in the UK, is a major psychiatric illness that is a consequence of inflammation in the brain region.

A research paper put forward by Professor Misiak B has been able to contextualise the linking of cryotherapy with reduced symptoms of Dementia. According to the paper, the therapy can improve cognition, reduce oxidative stress and enhance memorizing ability.

Furthermore, the whole-body therapy is known to reduce anxiety and depression. Results put forward of a study conducted to examine the impact of depression on 35 people of age group between 18 to 65 show a positive relationship. At the termination of the experiment, 34% of the sample population had a 50% decrease in their Hamilton’s depression rating scale.

Yet more research is still necessary to augment the psychological advantages associated with Cryotherapy.

Relieving Pain

You might have come across instances where a physiotherapist would recommend using an ice pack on encountering an injury. Cryotherapy is able to provide the same healing benefit at a higher scale.

Athletes who involve themselves in vigorous exercise activities may undertake Cryotherapy as a way of relieving pain in the muscles and joints. They report speedy healing of the bruised region post-therapy,

There is sufficient evidence to suggest that the use of cryo-wand can lessen the symptoms of arthritis.

If the purpose of having cryotherapy done is to relieve muscle and joints pain, professions would advise on seeking the wanding procedure over whole body immersion.

Potential Risks of Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy with all the advantages it has to offer is not without its side effects. If not performed properly can cause health complications within the body. A prolong whole body immersion can even be fatal. Thereby, regardless of what purpose it is being performed for, supervision of a profession should be ensured.

The following is an exhaustive list of side effects that can occur as a consequence of Cryotherapy:

  • Nerve Irritation
  • Unable to feel sensations
  • Redness and irritation
  • White patches on the skin
  • Blisters and ulcers

Medical Scientists have also warned against sexual dysfunction as a possible long-term side effect of cryotherapy.


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By Nicole Catanese.

Could subzero temperatures be the secret to Jessica Biel’s amazing body?

Biel, 36, along with her husband of six years Justin Timberlake, have been spotted frequenting the cryotherapy outpost Quick Cryo in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood.

Cryotherapy chills the body to around -220 degrees Fahrenheit for three minutes, according to Chill Space in NYC. Some of the proclaimed anecdotal benefits include weight loss, muscle recovery, chronic pain relief, glowing skin and more, although little scientific research exists to back these claims.

According to Quick Cryo’s site, the procedure works when the body reacts to subzero temperatures in a process experts refer to as thermogenesis. The body’s metabolism increases during this time and can cause you to burn 500 to 800 calories over a 48-hour period.

The body is also more likely to tap into fat storage for energy over glucose (aka sugar) when it has a higher metabolic rate, even at rest, which attributes to weight loss. In addition, the treatment is also able to accelerate muscle recovery and lesson soreness and chronic pain by diminishing inflammation.

At Quick Cryo and Chill Space, a cryo-newbie can expect to stand in a walk-in chamber for 120 to 240 seconds in nothing but their underwear, plus the required booties and gloves to keep extremities warm (arms and legs cannot withstand subzero temperatures). The face is also kept above the ledge and out of the cold. While you will feel chilly the entire time, your skin isn’t affected by the frigid environment in the same way it would be if you were submerged in an ice bath: The chamber only hits its max freezing temperature, created by dry nitrogen vapor, for the last 15 to 20 seconds.

Cryotherapy may do your skin good, too. Recently, cryotherapy-inspired facials have hit the menu at popular beauty spas (including the Biologique Recherge Ice Facial at the Paul Labrecque Salon in NYC) and promise to promote circulation and help increase lymphatic drainage using frozen ‘ice sticks’ to massage the face.

Although cryotherapy is not FDA-approved, fans of the cool wellness trend also include celebs such as Dancing With The Stars pros Emma Slater and Derek Hough as well as Mark Wahlberg and Miley Cyrus.

Wahlberg, 47, posted about the procedure in an Instagram video in August 2017. “I’m about to go into the cryo-chamber,” he wrote. “Great for recovery. I’ve got to fix up my back. I’ve got all this inflammation.”

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