Business Spotlight: Whole Cryotherapy

| April 13, 2016
Cryotherapy chamber at Whole Cyrotherapy in Valdosta. Photo: Adam Floyd | Valdosta Today

Cryotherapy chamber at Whole Cyrotherapy in Valdosta. Photo: Adam Floyd | Valdosta Today

VALDOSTA – When I stepped into the therapy chamber at Whole Cryotherapy last week, I didn’t quite know what to expect other than it was going to be really, really cold.

But I’m from South Georgia. I don’t know what really, really cold really means.

The chamber door opened, and a swirl of vaporized nitrogen fell at my feet. I disrobed, took a staggered breath and suddenly had a very clear understanding of what really, really cold really is.

Whole Cryotherapy in Valdosta offers this unique service that exposes your body to ultra-low temperatures, which lowers skin surface temperatures and reduces inflammation and increases blood flow.

The treatment sounds and even looks intimidating, but the experience could not have been more pleasant.

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Nikki Price at Whole Cryotherapy patiently walked my wife and I through the entire process before we got started.

“Basically, what is going to happen is that your body is going to go into survival mode. All your blood is going to rush to your most vital organs. As it is doing that, the blood is detoxifying as well as picking up nutrients and oxygen,” Price said. “So, whenever you step out of the machine, you will experience, what we consider, a cryogenic rush. It’s just a tingling all over your body.”

Nitrogen mist surrounds your body at -250 to -300 degrees during the treatment, lowering your body’s surface skin temperature to approximately 32 degrees for about three minutes. The process drops your core body temperature only a few degrees.

Whole Cryotherapy offers three temperature levels. My wife and I both chose level two, in which your body is surrounded by nitrogen mist at -180 degrees.

During the first 60 seconds of the treatment, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to hold out for another two. But as I became acclimated to the temperature, I felt like I could have taken the level three treatment which drops below -250 degrees. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I had been expecting.

After the treatment, the chilling effect wore off quickly, and I was left feeling tingly and energized.

Kaitlyn Floyd smiles just before her first treatment at Whole Cryotherapy. (Photo: Adam Floyd | Valdosta Today)

Kaitlyn Floyd smiles just before her first treatment at Whole Cryotherapy. (Photo: Adam Floyd | Valdosta Today)

My wife, Kaitlyn, loved the experience as well and is ready for repeat visits.

“I thought cryotherapy was refreshing,” she said. “Actually being in the cryo tank was a rush, and Nikki was really helpful in keeping me comfortable and encouraging me to stay in the whole time. After my three minutes were up, my entire body was tingling. A few minutes after that, I could feel myself warming up from the inside out. I felt the rush of endorphins within 10 minutes of my treatment, and I continued feeling energized and refreshed for the rest of the afternoon.”

Nitrogen mist at -180 degrees swirl around Kaitlyn Floyd during a cryo treatment at Whole Cryotherapy. (Photo: Adam Floyd)

Nitrogen mist at -180 degrees swirl around Kaitlyn Floyd during a cryo treatment at Whole Cryotherapy. (Photo: Adam Floyd)

Price said cryotherapy can address several issues, including inflammation relief, muscle soreness, athlete recovery times, cellulite and even wrinkles. Each three minute session can also consume between 400 and 800 calories.

Appointments with Whole Cryotherapy at 3338 Country Club Drive can be booked online at www.wholecryo.com or by calling (229) 247-0170.

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