So after running 4 miles around Echo Park Lake, my SATurday Fit Club friends asked if I wanted to join them for some freezer love or what I like to call Cold Therapy, something I had never heard of. When she told me the first one was free when you are referred by an active member ($65 thereafter), and it was near my home, I said “Of course!”
My heart was beating at a rather fast pace after walking from my home off Robertson in 90 degree weather to meet the girls after a quick shower. My heart was amped more because I was a little scared. The waiting area was packed with LA’s finest and after taking my blood pressure, I was ushered into a tiny closet changing area to strip down and put on knee high socks, ear muffs, and nothing else but a robe.
Laughing at this whole LA LA experience, there were fit boxer looking guys shirtless with tats all over, model exercise fitness types, and everyone having a really good time watching everyone go in and out of this frozen chamber and open chamber with smoke pouring out. The Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is an anti-inflammatory treatment involving skin exposure to ultra-low temperatures for a brief controlled time. Benefits include helping those with skin disorders (dermatitis, psoriasis), weight management, skin aging, skin elasticity, and cellulite, osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal injuries, athletic performance, post surgical recovery, and autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. My friend who has a membership said it helped her eczema along with having smoother skin.
As I put my surgical mouth mask on, I slipped inside to whip my robe off and endure the foggy “steam” or dry ice chamber. I started to dance with my hands over my head, and as I approached the two minutes (you can get out at any time) it started to feel like my boobs might be frozen as I held my arms against myself to warm up. I pictured my blood turning to ice and dying in this Cryo Machine. Yes, I tend to draw up these immensely dire situations in my head. However, it was fun! But I felt like I needed a de-thawing machine afterwards, which was no problem since as soon as I walked back into the world, LA continued to melt me at 100 degrees.
The goal of Cryotherapy is to help clients exceed their goals in health, peak athletic performance, and beauty. Jonas Kuehne is the Medical Director at Cryohealthcare, and the first physician to introduce cryotherapy from the US. The modality of exposing the body to ultra-low temperatures triggering a systematic anti-inflammatory response was first used in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
What makes the West Hollywood location so special? They are the only company in the US to offer not only the Cryochamber (where I went) but also the single person Cryosauna. Would I go back? I’d do pretty much anything for beauty and anti-aging.
Recover, Rejuvenate, Revitalize. You be the judge. I always wonder if treatments like this will be an LA fad that spreads and dies out, or one that reaches across America and stands the test of time.
CryoHealthcare now even has Mobile extreme cold therapy available. You can also go in for a vitamin B12 shot along with a range of beauty treatments and injections, which also seems to be the continued rage these days in LaLaLand.
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351 N. La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90048 310 360 0780
22941 Ventura Blvd #C
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
818 564 4783
All photos courtesy of Melissa Curtin.