Friday, April 22, 2011

Recovery WOD

CryoTherapy... Stand in a room that is -177 degrees for 3 minutes and tell me how much of a man you are. This is by far the craziest thing I've done in the name of recovery but I gotta say I'm hooked. The benefits mirror those experienced in a cold tub (vasoconstriction/vasodilation), but without the unwanted effect of a lowered core temperature. Because you only spend 2 1/2 - 3 minutes in the chamber only your extremities have time to chill. And do they ever chill! You're only wearing shorts, gloves, and a facemask so skin exposure is near maximal.
Definitely a unique experience that left me feeling great. But the place I visited today is apparently the only one of its kind in the country, so those of you in the Sacramento area need to jump in and take advantage. Check the blurb below for more information.

US Cryotherapy offers cold air therapy for faster recovery and better health in its flagship treatment center will open its doors to the public on April 13, 2011 in Roseville, CA.

Have you considered sitting in a tub full of ice water, or using an ice pack for inflammation, pain relief, or muscle recovery? For decades, these modalities have been the only available options. Now you can spend 3 minutes walking in a whole-body cold air chamber for relief. Cryotherapy is the latest buzz in sports performance enhancement, pain relief, muscle and tissue recovery, and it is becoming very popular with the general public for better health as well. Cryotherapy treatment has already been given the thumbs up by Dr. Oz on his popular daytime television show in January.

US Cryotherapy opened the first of its kind treatment center in the Unites States, in Roseville, CA today. Cold air therapy is being widely used in other parts of the world at elite professional and Olympic training centers, and it’s quickly spreading to their high-end spas for the general public as well. The US center features an upscale d├ęcor, a four person whole body chamber, a cardiovascular and stretching room, a localized body part treatment area, and a private hydro massage bed to complete the experience.

The US Cryotherapy products, which will be sold in the US, are manufactured by mecoTec, Gmbh, the world’s leading manufacturer of “all electric” cold therapy products. The chambers generate extremely cold air, up to 4 times colder than ice packs or baths. “The treatment is much more tolerable than sitting in a tub of ice”, stated US Cryotherapy CEO, Linzie Kramer, “and can produce significant recovery results”. “I experienced it first-hand in Prague, Czech Republic, and immediately felt that I wanted to be instrumental in bringing this technology to the United States”. Along with his three sons, Kramer formed US Cryotherapy, which has secured exclusive distribution rights for all mecoTec products in North America.

In extremely cold temperatures, the blood vessels quickly constrict forming a protective layer while the core body temperature is maintained. The process naturally stimulates blood circulation as the body's hormone, immune, and nervous systems are activated. Following the exposure, the blood vessels release (vasodilate) providing up to 3 times greater blood flow to the body’s damaged tissues and muscles. This process can lead to rapid recovery and long term pain cessation.

“Treat your body”, says Kramer. “It keeps me feeling the best I have in many years. I look forward to this new form of cold therapy enhancing the quality of many people’s lives.”

For more information on US Cryotherapy, visit

Visit US Cryotherapy at 8200 Sierra College Blvd, Roseville CA or call (916) 788-CRYO (2796)

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