How I became interested in cryotherapy


In 2004, Time Magazine’s cover read: “The Secret Killer: The surprising link between INFLAMMATION and HEART ATTACKS, CANCER, ALZHEIMER’S and other diseases, what you can do to fight it”. This cover and story stuck with me. In 2009 I started drinking XanGo juice, the primary ingredient is Mangosteen a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia that may help reduce inflammation. According to laboratory and animal studies suggest that mangosteen has positive anti-inflammatory effects. BUT — when cryotherapy came to NYC and boasted benefits such as reducing inflammation, boost energy and immune system, improve sleep, it was something I just had to try. According to an article in Harper’s Bazaar: “Cryotherapy is the use of extremely low temperatures to treat symptoms such as tissue damage, decrease inflammation, increase cell rejuvenation, improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging.”

My first whole body cryotherapy session left me euphoric, energized and loose in my neck and shoulders where there was tightness. After following the recommended visit protocol, these benefits continued and there was a definite improvement in my sleep and my post-workout recovery was immediate and obvious. There was something extraordinary about the experience of being subjected to extreme cold for a few minutes…this coming from someone who hates being cold. However, the cold sensation during cryotherapy is much different. Your core is actually warm during the treatment and upon stepping out of the cryo sauna your extremities instantly warm up.

Health website Honey Colony describes the body’s reaction to cryotherapy as: “Thermoreceptors in the skin send signals to the brain to send the blood to the core to maintain body temperature with a process called vasoconstriction. Toxins are flushed from peripheral tissues and blood is enriched with oxygen, enzymes, and nutrients. The body activates all of its natural healing abilities and releases endorphins for further benefit. As the body warms up again, the enriched blood flows back through the body through a process called vasodilation. As a result, whole body cryotherapy is very effective for athletic recovery and muscle repair, reduction of chronic pain and inflammation, and an overall enhancement of health and wellness.”

Realizing more benefits than expected personally, and hearing of even more from others, I began my research immediately, learning cryotherapy’s origin (Japan 1978), purpose (to treat rheumatoid arthritis), benefits, and varying uses over the past 30 years in Europe. The fact that cryotherapy is covered by insurance in most European countries tells me this is not an overly hyped fad. Cryotherapy is here to stay and I wanted to share its natural properties with as many people as possible. After investing in the best in class equipment, CryoVigor, with the name to evoke the energetic feeling, was born.

Come in to CryoVigor and feel the benefits from regular cryotherapy sessions.

Kathy Butters