You may have heard of cold therapy before but this is something you’ve probably not seen in Hove before!
Cryotherapy or cold therapy is becoming incredibly popular, especially in Brighton and Hove due to our proximity to the freezing cold sea! But why on earth would you subject yourself to freezing cold temperatures on purpose? Well, there’s good reason!
So what is cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is based on exposing the body to extremely cold temperatures over a short space of time in order to stimulate powerful physiological responses. The most traditional forms of cryotherapy use the natural cold that Mother Nature brings us such as in a snow-filled Scandinavian fjord.. or you might have to settle for the English Channel if you’re in Brighton & Hove!
What is a cryotherapy chamber?
In simple terms, it's a big freezer sitting at -87 degrees. This temperature is obviously much colder than a cold shower or ice bath and much much colder than the sea, meaning you don't need to be exposed to the cold for as long in order to get the benefits.
What's the difference between a cryo-chamber and just going in the sea? The main difference is the fact that in the chamber you’ve got dry cold.. and a much much lower temperature. The sea is around 1 degree at its coldest whereas the cryo chamber goes all the way down to -87! This means you don’t need to spend long in the chamber to get the benefits, as opposed to spending 20+ minutes in the sea! You can pop into CryoBright on your lunch break or after work.. Plus you don't need a dry robe..!
What are the benefits of cryotherapy?
Improve recovery time
Improve skin elasticity
Decrease pain sensitivity
Improve sleep quality
Improve mental clarity and mood
So how was it in the chamber??
It was definitely COLD! But after a minute you start to get used to the cold and your mind clears completely. It was quite an interesting experience being inside the chamber, I felt very present and calm. After leaving the chamber I felt relieved to be out of the cold but I also felt very energised and happy. Later on in the day, I continued to feel more and more energised with a very clear mind, so from an anecdotal point of view, I could definitely feel the benefits pretty much immediately!
Obviously, just one time in the chamber won't produce drastic results but I'm pretty certain that with continued exposure over a few months I'd be feeling much 'better' mentally and physically.
CryoBright is the only cryotherapy facility in Brighton & Hove offering a range of treatments from assisted stretching, massage, compression therapy, localised cryotherapy and full-body cryotherapy from their facility on Church Road in Hove.
The service they offer is based around recovery and wellness with an emphasis on using cold therapy to stimulate faster results in terms of recovery as well as tapping into a host of other benefits. Using CryoBright is a quick and easy way to enjoy the powerful benefits of extreme cold therapy without having to get into an ice bath or the sea for 20+ minutes. If you like cold showers and baths, sea swims, Wim Hof or you're just interested in cold therapy, I'd highly recommend giving CryoBright a go! If you've never tried cold therapy before, this is a very good place to start! The team are highly professional and super friendly, they'll talk you through everything, explaining the benefits in scientific detail as well as answering any questions. I was a bit nervous at trying something so new but Shelley was brilliant at making me feel at home and comfortable, so first-timers, you've got nothing to worry about!
CryoBright's in house massage therapist, Sam, offers assisted stretching, deep tissue & sports massage as well as Cryo Massage, which incorporates localised Cryotherapy to prompt the brain to send fresh oxygenated blood which is rich in nutrients to the specific area resulting in a more effective treatment.
If you'd like to try them out, we're pleased to be able to offer our clients a 10% discount on single services. If you're needing a massage or some cold therapy this is the place to go!
They've also got a First Visit Intro offer is Whole Body Cryotherapy, Compression and CryoFace for £45!
You can find out more about CryoBright's services and prices on their website linked below.