While encasing yourself in a block of ice may alleviate joint pain, it also makes it incredibly difficult to put out a couch fire. Keep your cool with today's Groupon: for $76, you get a pretherapy consultation, introduction, and two whole-body cryotherapy sessions (a $190 total value) at Cryo Studio. Both cryotherapy sessions must be scheduled in the same week.
Similar to the 15-minute ice baths practiced by athletes and pain sufferers for decades, Cryo Studio's high-tech cryotherapy sessions assist in both athletic recovery and overall wellness. Within the Cryon-X cryosauna, wisps of gasiform nitrogen, cooled to roughly -202 degrees Fahrenheit, lower the skin's surface to near-freezing temperatures for approximately three minutes. Without actually freezing the body, the illusion signals a rush of blood from the skin to the body's core, enriching the blood with extra oxygen and delivering long-lost telegrams from the epidermal frontier. Electrified by a sudden boost in metabolism, the body continues to release endorphins well after exiting the chamber, as the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects aid in muscle recovery, increasing strength and energy, decreasing inflammation, and soothing joint pain, and potentially helping to treat pain associated with disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. During a presession consultation and information session, included with this Groupon, a technician reviews goals and answers any questions about the procedure, its effects, or the wood-chucking capabilities of hypothetical woodchucks.
Founded by former Olympian and head coach for Texas State's track squad Galina Bukharina, Cryo Studio is one of only a few whole-body cryotherapy centers in the nation. Others are located at Nike's headquarters in Oregon and the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, where athletes from all over the country convene to recover and finally collect their 1995 Polar Bear Swim Club T-shirts.