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.
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