Mary Damato, the practice’s manager, explained that the therapy chills a person’s skin to approximately 30 degrees.
“It’s three minutes, it’s in a chamber that almost looks like a stand-up tanning booth,” she said. “The temperature gets anywhere from 120 to 180 below zero, but it’s a very dry cool. It’s intense, but it’s not intolerable.”
“...the therapy tricks the body into the fight-or-flight response, which moves blood from the extremities to the cardio-respiratory system. After the therapy, the body releases oxygen-rich blood back to the extremities.”
Damato further explained that the therapy tricks the body into the fight-or-flight response, which moves blood from the extremities to the cardio-respiratory system. After the therapy, the body releases oxygen-rich blood back to the extremities.
“It’s getting re-oxygenated and full of nutrients,” she said. “So, that super-healthy blood is getting rid of any dead cells, regenerating damaged cells, and nourishing healthy cells.”
Damato said many athletes use the therapy to recover from workouts, and that between 500 to 800 calories are burned in each session.
“It was originally designed in Japan 40 years ago, for chronic inflammation,” said Dr. Nicholas Damato, “and people who have rheumatoid arthritis. Over the years, they’ve done more research to see what it helps the most, The biggest thing is muscle recovery. It’s a lot less painful than using an ice bath, but the results are much better.”
At least four hours must pass between sessions. Some clients come daily or twice a day, Mary Damato said, adding that for wellness, once or twice a week is recommended.
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