Talk about scared. I definitely had the chills in more ways than one on this one!
The strip mall location at Douglas Blvd and Sierra College in Roseville made it feel fairly innocuous and all seemed well and good until I got back to the Cryo chamber. As I approached the area, the young attendant invited me to sit down and don headband, socks, two sets of gloves and a surgical mask. While I’m trying to figure out exactly what I’m doing, I watch a young, high schooler step out of what reminded me of a restaurant freezer box and the air…the AIR was so cold, it made me gasp. It looked cool though. The kid steps out and there is this white fog enveloping his lower extremities as if he’s in some other world.
This is Cryotherapy and this is the rage for healing muscles, an assortment of skin conditions, head concussions, and many claim it has more health benefits – helping with weight loss, arthritis, and skin rejuvenation. Some claim it gives them a burst of energy. Before I went, I would have thought it was primarily for athletes, but during the time I was there on a Saturday there were all ages and types of people there for a wide range of reasons. I’ve heard claims that it makes you sleep more soundly at night too.
So what is it exactly? Let’s start with the conceptual idea of how an ice pack on inflamed muscles can reduce swelling and now think of applying extreme cold to your whole body for 2-3 minutes. The blood rushes to your core to protect your organs while your body is enveloped in pure cold air. The chamber is 160 degrees below zero of chilled air (not nitrogen) which is why you need socks and slippers, gloves and protection for ears, mouth, and nose. In a word, it’s frigid and if it weren’t for playing some Bruno Mars song that I could dance around to, I might have completely panicked. But then after 2-3 minutes, you exit the chamber and the surge of blood rushing back to warm your skin feels refreshing too.
I’m not the only one trying it. The Kings players use cryotherapy regularly. I was told that Kobe Bryant has a cryo chamber in his home and LeBron James goes regularly. Cryotherapy is popping up in major cities across the US. Professional athletes use it and so do high school athletes to heal their players faster. Roseville is the only place you can experience it in the Sacramento area. The next closest location is in Davis.
If the whole body cryotherapy experience doesn’t sound like something you want to try, they have localized, targeted cold air therapy, a hydro massage bed, facial rejuvenation, a vibration plate, and Normatec compression that helps a lot with circulation. The localized cold therapy is supposed to be very good for injuries whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior or you just twisted your ankle walking to the mailbox.
I paid $30 for the whole body cryotherapy and I thought it was a very unique experience. I can’t say that I had more energy or that it was the fountain of youth, but I know that my muscles should have been much sorer than they were after my workout so I’d go again!
Here’s a video of Mark Wahlberg going into the chamber in Studio City. https://www.instagram.com/p/BYEO8WpHdcZ/
Walk-ins are welcome and they are very friendly and helpful there. US Cryotherapy is located at 8200 Sierra College Blvd. Suite C, Roseville, CA. Here’s their phone number 916-788-2796. http://www.uscryotherapy.com/location/roseville-ca/
Of course, my friends who live in freezer states may wonder what the fascination is when they do polar bear plunges or just live in climates like Buffalo where just walking to your car in a snow storm is an equally cool and refreshing experience. Remember, THIS is California. We’re happy in shorts and flip flops. It doesn’t snow here and we like it like that!