Want to lose weight fast? Take a big tub, fill it up with nitrogen-iced air, wait til it reaches -264F, carefully lower yourself in the mist, and just “chill” for 3 minutes. Expect a burn of about 800 calories, release an eight ball’s worth of endorphins, improve sleep, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and smooth wrinkles. Would you take that over 30 minutes at the gym? The results are backed by Joanna Fryben, co-owner of KryoLife, a year-old spot off Central Park South that specializes in whole-body cryotherapy.
Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) was brought over from Poland by Fyber (40), where apparently everyone is covered for treatment under their health insurance. It took her about four years, and now enjoys full monopoly of the treatment in NYC, but seems like that’s on the verge of changing. With celebrities such as Demi Moore and Kobe Bryant advocating the method, it’s no surprise that the number of centers grew from 6 to almost 30 in just a few years.
WBC was originally developed by a Japanese doctor in 1978 for rheumatoid-arthritis patients as well as for joint pain sufferers, but is now frequently used by athletes for its ice bath-like effects to decrease recovery time.
Of course Fyber has big plans and wants to target the people looking to lose weight without the sweat. Literally. How does it work, you might ask?
“As you enter the cryosauna/cryochamber, the sudden drop in heat stimulates the temperature receptors, prompting the brain to transmit messages throughout the body. When you exit the chamber blood is pumped vigorously around the body, which in turn enhances the oxygen supply and removal of toxins. The cold also triggers the nervous system to release feel- good endorphins plus the body natural anti-inflammatory reaction to extreme cold results in a pain reduction” (http://www.kryolifehealth.com/)
Sounds fun, doesn’t it? For just $90 you can sit in freezing cold air, waiting for the pounds to melt away. As with all things, please be sure to contact your doctor and make sure it’s ok for you to “freeze”. Is this what the future of weight loss will look like? Who knows. If you’re intrigued and would like to know more, visit their website. http://www.kryolifehealth.com/
And if you’re in New York, and was brave enough to give it a try, by all means let us know how it went. Would you give this a shot?
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