THE SCIENCE BEHIND CRYO

RunSkeltonSQ400WHAT HAPPENS

Cryo exposes the body to extremely cold temperatures (-168 degrees & lower) for short periods of time (up to 3 min.). This lowers a person’s outer skin temperature by 30 to 40 degrees. The mind thinks you are freezing and your body goes into survival mode. This tricks the body into doing a whole lot of great things.

BloodVSQ400ENHANCES CIRCULATION

The hyper-cooled air tricks the brain into a system-wide cold stress response by first rapidly constricting blood vessels (vasoconstriction). Once the session is over, blood vessels dramatically expand (vasodilation) and blood rushes back to limbs and extremities. This is a natural reaction which activates and optimizes a number of biological functions.

During vasoconstriction, the body’s organs do what they’re supposed to do. Toxins are flushed from peripheral tissues and blood is enriched with oxygen, enzymes, and nutrients.

During vasodilation, the enriched blood then gushes back to outer tissue and extremities (blood vessels can expand up to 4 times their natural diameter). This promotes healing and drives down inflammation, The rapid contraction and expansion of vessels, not unlike resistance training, strengthens and helps optimize the circulatory system.

BHCHandstand400SQTRIGGERS A SURGE IN BENEFICIAL CHEMICALS AND HORMONES

These include endorphins, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. Endorphins are morphine-like chemicals that help diminish pain and trigger positive feelings. Norepinephrine acts as both a neurotransmitter and stress hormone. As a neurotransmitter, it increases alertness, arousal, and speeds reaction time. As a stress hormone, it increases heart rate, triggers a release of sugar into the blood, and increases blood flow to muscles. Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, makes the heart beat stronger and diverts blood to the tissue.

TherogenicsSQ400THERMOGENESIS

This is the process by which the body generates heat or energy. This is done by increasing the body’s metabolic rate (increased calorie burn). This will continue for some time after the session. It is conjectured that the increase in metabolism will contribute over time to an increase in brown adipose tissue (BAT). BAT is primarily thought to be a main component responsible for turning body fat into energy.