4/11/2017: I tried cryotherapy

First things first. I hope you guys appreciate the lengths I go to write this blog. Usually I just need like an iced coffee and 5 minutes to blog. Sometimes less. I’m either that good or that bad.

Saturday was different. Mostly because it involved liquid nitrogen and minus 90 degree temps.

Frost & Float

I went to Frost & Float Spa on Washington St. Great place, really nice family that owns it. Signed like a 10 page waiver and was brought into a changing room. Stripped down to my unmentionables and put on gloves, socks and some rubber booties. Then wrapped up in a bathrobe and headed to the cryotherapy room.

The dude that worked there was Dave (I think). Chill dude that talked me through the whole thing — which lasted 3 minutes. Dave said another customer had just left and the chamber was already cold. So I got in and took off my robe.

Dave turned on the chamber, which is cooled by two large tanks of liquid nitrogen. The gas fills and freezes the chamber. And also you.

1st minute was good. Dave was talking to me. Telling me about the benefits of cryotherapy. How brief exposure to extreme cold can help the body heal. I felt nice and cold.

2nd minute Dave asked “how you doin man?” for the first time. He must ask because of insurance reasons and not the look on my face. Temp dropped down around minus 50. Still felt pretty good.

3rd minute Dave asked twice “how you doin man?” Think he was legit worried about me. Stayed at minus 90 for a minute then got out.

I was pretty cold at that point but felt good. Dave said a lot of people come in for back pain and a rugby team was coming in Sunday.

I only did level 1 which is recommended for rookies. Level 2 goes to minus 150 and Level 3 is Ted Williams territory: minus 180.

Total cost was $45. I know some of you are dealing with pain and/or getting old as crap so I recommend giving it a try.

 

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