CryoActive

I’ve been wanting to try cryotherapy for a while now. I’ve been intrigued since I first heard about it almost a year ago, but didn’t really have a local option for it. Fortunately for me, one of the perks of being a coach at a studio, is that we constantly have guest businesses coming in to sample different goods and services. Last week, we were visited by a new business in town: CryoActive; a recovery and healing focused therapy studio. They were letting our staff and clients try out their compression therapy boots (which I’ll talk about more a little further into this blog) and also invited each of us to their therapy studio for a complimentary cryotherapy session. OBVIOUSLY I was stoked!

So what is cryotheraoy? Basically, you expose your body to sub-zero temperatures (for around 1 – 3 minutes) which triggers a response to wake up your immune and nervous systems. Benefits include faster recovery time after workouts, pain and inflammation relief, improved skin, improved sleep, increased energy, a kick to your metabolism, and more! Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me! So I made my appointment, and tried it for myself. (Finally!)

Welcome

When I got there, I was impressed by how beautiful and clean the studio was! It’s decorated with a frosty theme of pure white and icy blues. The atmosphere alone makes you feel refreshed right from the start. I worked with Breanna, and she was incredibly helpful, friendly, and made me feel very comfortable. She showed me around, explained all the different services they offer, and got me set up for my cryo session. First, you go in a dressing room, strip down to your undies, and put on a super soft and cozy robe. They give you a towel and tell you to make sure your skin is perfectly dry (to avoid skin irritation while in the cold). You’re also given a pair of thick tall socks and gloves to wear while in the chamber. The chamber itself is tall and cylindrical, and adjusts to your height with an open top so your head is out and free (for those of you concerned with claustrophobia). Once you’re inside, you can take off the robe and hand it over the top to FullSizeRender (3)your guide. It’s important to avoid touching the insides of the chamber (again, to avoid skin irritation). My session got to -208 degrees, and lasted 90 seconds. WOW it was cold! Haha, I probably entertained Breanna with my “cold dance,” and with the icy fog billowing around me, I had to fight the urge to break out into my own saucy rendition of Let It Go. It certainly wakes you up! As cold as it was, though, it didn’t feel that bad! Throughout your time in the chamber, your guide cues you to make quarter turns here and there so that one side of your body isn’t overly exposed to the cold by the vent. They really walk you safely and thoroughly through every step.

After my cryo session, I got dressed, and decided to do some compression therapy. They

Compression Therapy

This is where you relax in your compression sleeves. You can see the leg sleeves hanging on the wall.

have compression therapy sleeves for your legs, hips, and arms. Since I’d previously tried the leg sleeves at my work, I chose to do hips and arms. Breanna helped me into the sleeves, and hooked them up to a machine which fills them with air that strategically compresses and releases in patterns to promote better circulation, nutrient transportation through the blood, decrease soreness, and helps your body to rid itself of toxins and lactic acid (etc.) You can choose different levels of intensity, so I chose to go all in at LEVEL 10! BRING IT! It felt amazing, and I could have sat in those sleeves all day. I’ll be honest though, I had a bit of a laughing attack because I could hardly move and felt like a giant inflated gingerbread man. As my hip sleeves filled with air, I started to slide down in my chair and couldn’t get myself back up all the way. Wiggling around trying to push myself back up must have looked hilarious! I probably spent about 15 – 20 minutes in the compression sleeves, and then I was all done.

On the drive home after my session, I felt amazing! I had this euphoric tingling sensation at the back of my head for over an hour afterwards, and felt more awake and lighter on my feet. My whole body and mind just felt GOOD! I definitely want to go back, and highly recommend anyone try it. I’m looking forward to trying the other services they offer as well, which include local cryotherapy (where the cold is targeted at specific areas on the body for relief) the whole body detox (which, aside from numerous health benefits, is also said to improve cellulite! Can I get an AMEN?!?) vitamin injections for B12, L-Carnatine, and Glutathione, and assisted stretching/myofascial release to promote better flexibility, mobility, and help prevent injuries. This studio seems to have it all!

If you’re around the Westlake CA area, check out CryoActive at 3747 E Thousand Oaks Blvd. Westlake Village, CA 91362. If you’re not around here, search cryotherapy in your area, cause it’s definitely worth trying, whether you’re an athlete or not. We all have different ailments that could use some TLC.

Clipped in!

 

Hello beautiful people! So lately I’ve been getting really into indoor cycling. If you follow me on Instagram (@amberdawn.fit) then you know I’ve had some issues with injuries. I’ve hurt both knees in the past, and still deal with pain that may never quite fully go away, as well as my latest injury of smashing my foot when an aerial mat was misplaced (maaaaajor bummer).

As any active individual can attest to, injuries are not only physically, but also emotionally draining setbacks when you’ve got goals to achieve. It’s soul crushing and motivation killing! However, regardless of what might be holding you back at the moment, there’s always something you can do! I’m currently working to cut body fat so I needed to get in some low impact cardio. Cycling is a perfect way to burn calories and improve strength, endurance, and cardiovascular health, while still being gentle on aching joints.

Proper gear can make or break a workout. I’d taken plenty of classes in my regular gym shoes, and my feet were always cramping up on me. Sometimes it was also hard to get in the proper positions because I was afraid of my feet slipping out of the pedals and busting my shin, so I was really missing out. I’d position my feet improperly or put too much weight on the handlebars. Trying to compensate when you can’t quite get into proper positions can cause muscle imbalances and injuries! NO GOOD!

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Aren’t they beautiful?!?

Well, I recently made the decision to shell out for some legit cycling shoes and clips. WOW! What a difference! I went with the Bontrager Sonic Women’s Road Shoe. Worth every penny to be honest. Especially with my foot already having issues, these shoes allow me to clip into the bike so I can position myself just right and get the most out of each cycling session! It’s like a different world, and my legs and glutes are getting worked like never before! My fellow spin-goers weren’t kidding when they said the difference is like night and day.

spin2Now, if you’re like me (or me a week ago anyway) then you have no idea about choosing a cycling shoe or clip compatibility. I recommend hitting up the nearest bike shop for assistance, letting them know where you usually cycle and what kind of bikes are used there. If you’re in CA around the Conejo Valley, the fellas over at Westlake Cyclery were really friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful in getting me the right stuff. Your instructor will also be able to show you how to clip into the pedals before class. After that, you’re all set! Clip in, hydrate, and get ready to have your world rocked! It’s a game changer!

 

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