Freezing Your Way To Fitness: The Cold Facts About Cryotherapy


There are no shortcuts to fitness but there may be a new way around healing your body for wellness.

Some call cryotherapy a frozen fountain of youth and it claims to make whatever ails you, feel better.

“Three minutes and you're in and out,” Chill Cryotherapy owner Kristin Scott said. "Muscle recovery, depression, anxiety, insomnia, arthritis."

LeBron James was on the leading edge of the cryotherapy craze. But you don't have to be a world-class athlete.

This wellness trend is picking up steam with everyday clients in central Ohio, like Dublin’s Jena Shoults.

“I have this burst of energy. When I first got out I felt like a popsicle,” she said.

Shoults went for it all on her first visit: a whole body treatment and then a facial, freezing her face and scalp.

“It rejuvenates your skin,” she said. “It helps build the collagen, so it'll tighten your skin. It feels really good.”

Wearing little more than a smile in the cooling chamber, liquid nitrogen pours over the body, dropping the temperature well below zero.

For sore-muscled athletes, an ice bath has always been the key to quell swelling.

Scott said five hours in an ice bath is the equivalent of three minutes in a cryotherapy session.

Columbus Crew SC midfielder Wil Trapp hit the cooling cylinder looking for a competitive advantage.

"All the soreness is kind of out of your muscles, which for us, is amazing. You don't really get that feeling too often,” he said.

Some athletes and doctors 10TV asked say an ice bath or a bag of ice directly on the body could be just as effective but it's quicker and cleaner in that chamber.

It’s important to note this is not a medical treatment. It is a wellness experience that can start at about $30 for the facial and $50 for the whole body.