Ice, Ice, Baby

Ice, Ice, Baby

DISCLAIMER: PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN CRYOTHERAPY

Walking into a spaceship-like contraption while it fills with nitrogen gas and plummets to subzero temperatures doesn’t sound appealing. But whole-body cryotherapy has been popular among the wellness community. My first experience was on Wednesday and I had two more sessions on the following days.

Before the session, the technician explained the process to me, took my blood pressure, and had me sign a consent form. Since I have a spinal fusion, I asked a few of my doctors if the metal rods would be a problem in the cold temperatures and I was assured that it would be okay. The tech provided me with wool socks and booties and wool mittens. I also used the wool elbow sleeves.

The chamber was pre-chilled as I stepped in but it filled with the nitrogen gas as the tech started the machine. The tech talked to me throughout the whole three minute experience and gave me time updates every 30 seconds. The recommended amount of time is at least 1 minute but 3 minutes maximum.

An important component of the 8-week program I am doing at PALM Health is called the Trilogy, which encompasses cryotherapy followed by 30 minutes in the infrared sauna and a 25-minute salt room session. The purpose of pairing these three services is to promote detoxification for reducing inflammation and rebalancing neurotransmitters.

Days 2 and 3 of cryotherapy were much better since I knew what to expect. I slept well on the following nights and have noticed less muscle soreness from my weight-training workouts.

When the Whole is Well, All Can Be Well

When the Whole is Well, All Can Be Well

“The part can never be well unless the whole is well” Plato

I have talked in previous posts about the importance being kind to our bodies by listening to it’s cues when we are pushing beyond our limits. But did you know that paying attention to the mind and soul is equally important? Understanding what healthy feels like requires tapping into a combination of these three facets that influence total well-being. The mind, body, and soul must work in harmony because when there is dysfunction with one part, other parts start to dysfunction as well. We must nurture our bodies through these actions: an appropriate amount movement and proper nutrition, establishing a sound mindset, participating in activities that set our creative souls on fire.

Mental health is a topic that a lot of people are afraid of talking about openly but it is something that must be addressed because the body cannot be well unless the mind is also well. We are all in this together and keeping it a secret is disadvantageous. Thought influences more than our emotions. It influences our current and future physical health, too.

Follow along as I share my experience on this 8-week journey and learn more about myself while participating in activities that nurture the mind, body, and soul.

Some topics you will learn about through my perspective:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Pink Himalayan Salt Room Therapy and Meditation
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Body Meditation
  • Biofeedback-Rebalance
  • Biofeedback-Cardiac Coherence
  • Acupuncture

Stay tuned!