In a 2015 study, A Darker Side of Hypermobility published by Environmental and Planning A, researchers found that frequent travel takes a huge toll on the human body with side effects that include fatigue, decreased immunity, anxiety and aging (among others). But, Wendi Michelle, Vice President of Operations at Next Health in West Hollywood, Calif., thinks cryotherapy sessions taken before and after trips, could offer a solution.
"Typically, by the time travel gets scheduled, people are already run down and stressed out," explains Michelle. "Even if the trip is a vacation, there are added stresses to the body during preparation. The last thing one wants is to get on a plane or other vehicle of public transportation with a low immune system, and increased inflammation and cortisol levels."
As the latest craze in health and wellness, cryotherapy spas have been popping up all over the U.S. to accommodate the growing number of people who seek the many benefits the treatment is said to provide: weight loss, improved energy, a boosted immune system, and skin rejuvenation, to name a few. For the treatment, clients enter a whole body chamber for three minutes of exposure to a -150 degrees F or cooler environment.
"Cryotherapy sessions decrease inflammation significantly and provide a nice oxygen dose, as well as get the blood moving throughout the body. This increases lymphatic movement to help remove toxins and boost circulation," says Michelle. "They also help to recalibrate chemicals and hormones which may be out of balance due to stress and lack of sleep. Preparing ahead of time will help to decrease jet lag and provide you more time to play or close that deal."
For more information about cryotherapy or to book a session at Next Health, visit their website.