Sara Andrew sits down with Cryonis co-owner Silvia Staedele to learn about the health benefits of Cryotherapy and the story behind Cryonis.
The thought of extreme cold on one’s body is probably not the first thing on people’s list of things to try. Still, many of those who tried Cryotherapy are raving about the sensation and, more importantly, the benefits they’ve derived from it.
Over recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about Cryotherapy. We’ve learned that celebrities and many professional and recreational athletes use it to improve their regeneration and performance. And although this might all seem rather new, this type of therapy has been around longer than most would think.
Cryo comes from the Greek word krúos for icy cold, and even before that, ancient Egyptians used cold compression treatments. Localised cold water treatments were used in Ancient Greece. In the fourth century BC, Hippocrates documented the use of cold for medicinal purposes and analgesic benefits. Cold therapy in various forms has been used throughout modern history.
Today’s version, known as Cryotherapy, is a treatment applied to the whole body and entails entering a freezing liquid nitrogen-filled room, container, or fully electric cryo chamber. Read on to learn what Sara discovered in her chat with Sylvia Staedele, the visionary behind Cryonis.
Sara Andrew: Who founded Cryonis, and whose vision is it?
Silvia Staedele: Cryonis was founded by my partner Sebastian Maierhofer, and I’m the one implementing the vision. I see Cryonis moving more towards the medical sector, and this is why we are partnering up with different clinics in the area. What we do is, for me, the new generation of health and wellness.
SA: Could you talk about Cryotherapy and the benefits of this therapy method?
Silvia: Cold therapy, also known as Cryotherapy, can reduce pain and inflammation, boost muscle recovery and even aid in weight loss. It also can boost your immune system, stimulate your lymphatic system and accelerate your metabolism. Furthermore, it can reduce migraine and anxiety.
Cold therapy is everything starting from using a frozen bag of peas, to ice bathing, to full body cryo treatments, etc.
The benefits include:
- Short-term muscle and acute injury recovery
- Post-surgery recovery
- Relief from inflammatory conditions
- Treatment of skin conditions and cancers
- Alleviation of migraines
- Prevention of dementia or Alzheimer’s
- Weight loss
SA: How does it work?
Silvia: It stimulates blood and lymphatic fluid movement, bringing much-needed nutrients and oxygen to the muscles and tissues and helping to accelerate the metabolism.
Endorphins and adrenaline are released during the cryotherapy treatment to help your body cope with extremely cold temperatures. Those endorphins will increase your energy levels. It is In a one-session treatment, you’ll likely leave feeling euphoric and have a renewed sense of energy.
And how it works for weight loss: If you go in a cryo sauna, you are in about 3 minutes, but the body gets so cold, it will take 60-90 minutes to get back to normal body temperature.
During this process, you are constantly burning about 500 to 800 calories in one session. For more detailed information on various benefits, click here.
SA: Who would you recommend Cryotherapy to?
Silvia: Everybody can benefit from Cryotherapy. It can help with migraines, headaches, pain management, energy boost, post-surgery, general health, weight loss, muscle recovery, reducing inflammation, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and beauty (e.g. reducing or eliminating cellulite).
SA: What types of Cryotherapy are available at your spa?
Silvia: We offer full-body Cryotherapy, which is the most popular. Besides that, we offer additional recovery treatments such as Cryo Localized and CryoWave Recovery.
In addition, we also offer beauty-related body treatments like CryoWave Toning and Firming as well as Facials: CryoFacial – works for skin marks, ingrown hair, acne, etc. and CryoWave Anti-Aging and Lifting.
SA: Are there studies about the changes that Cryotherapy has on the body?
Silvia: Full-body cryo is still not FDA approved (e.g., Cryo Localize treatments are), and there are hardly any studies out there, and most of those that exist are outdated.
I can provide you with a link to an article which shows that targeted cooling can help with migraine: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3727573/
Cryo Full body therapy goes back to 2014, and it is constantly growing. A lot has changed in the full-body cryo market. The biggest of them is changing from using nitrogen to fully electric devices.
SA: Is Cryotherapy a great way to relax the mind and body overall?
Silvia: Yes! Especially because it works on your whole nervous system. Since you reset your body – even if you feel more energised straight afterwards- you will be more relaxed, sleep better, and be less moody.
SA: What else would you like to say about the spa and Cryotherapy that I haven’t asked you?
Silvia: We always will give you the best for yourself. We’re located in the middle of Puerto Banus in Marbella, Spain, in an upscale neighbourhood. Taking care of your body and spending your time here is a luxurious experience. All our treatment plans are personalised.
Even people who do not like cold feel so good afterwards that they come again and again for the benefits. We want to make people feel welcome and help them have this whole experience for their “me-time” and leave feeling amazing.
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