Do You Have a Story to Share?

share your storyAt Assertive Wellness Center and Durango Cryotherapy, we hate exaggeration and false advertisement.  Our aim is to under promise and over deliver.  We avoid touting the benefits one can expect from the various services we offer; rather, we ask you to tell us about your results.  It’s a privilege hearing about your remarkable experiences on a daily basis.  With the addition of Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC), you have been sharing more amazing stories about how this service has helped.  Here are some examples:

  • Easton reports relief from chronic low back pain!
  • Julia remarks that she has “a lot more lilt” in her step!
  • Amy is surprised to experience cellulite reduction and an increase in her metabolism!
  • David notes the pain in his elbows from bone spurs has eased!
  • Sariah says, “Exhilarating experience, leaves me feeling great immediately after and the reduced joint pain is a plus!”

We love hearing stories like these.  If you have one to tell then we’re all ears!  Please email Jason at Jason@assertivewellness.com so we can brag about you!

Find out more about Whole Body Cryotherapy and its benefits at durangocryo.com

(Note: At Durango Cryotherapy, we use a cryosauna manufactured by Impact Cryotherapy.  Impact Cryotherapy manufactures whole body cryosaunas in the U.S. in ISO 9001 certified facilities. The Impact Cryosauna has been evaluated by the FDA under the 513(g) process. The FDA has concluded the Impact Cryosauna is not a medical device. Products manufactured or produced by Impact Cryotherapy are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or chronic illness. – See more at: impactcryo.com.)

The What The Heck Effect!?!? PART DEUX

PART DEUX

By Dr. Shauna K. Young: Owner of Assertive Wellness Center & Durango Cryotherapy

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Since everyone seemed to enjoy Jason’s article about the “What The Heck Effect” of whole body cryotherapy (over 100 shares on FaceBook!) so much, we’ve decided to make it a series of sorts.

So what is the “What The Heck Effect” (WTHE)? There are effects that people have come to actually expect from cryotherapy. You know, the ones you read about in all the articles and magazines where everyone from top notch athletes, movie stars, and regular folk like us are all extolling its virtues. This series will be about the surprising and seemingly random secondary effects that we did not expect, or the WTHE…

You’ll eventually see these from a lot of people, but I’ll go first…

It is not too much to say that whole body cryotherapy (WBC) has changed my life. After just 4 or 5 sessions I started feeling like a new woman. To tell you the truth prior to WBC I was getting a bit cranky about my living with the aches and pains I experienced. I mean, come ON! I eat really well, I exercise, I do everything right, so what’s with the aches? Well, it’s probably associated with the fact that I have been sitting in a chair seeing clients for over 15 years, but the non-fact based part of me wanted perfection. With the use of our WBC sauna, Dr. Crankypants has now retired, for which me and I’m sure everyone else that works here is grateful. This however, was pretty much expected and it happened right on cue.

Many many years ago I injured my foot. The only reason I remember doing it is because I was standing in front of the White House when it happened. It didn’t seem like a major issue at the time. I stepped wrong on an uneven brick in the cobblestone street and – ouchie. No big deal. Unfortunately it didn’t stay that way.

Over the years I have seen every kind of practitioner you can imagine to try to address my stupid foot. I received many (many) opinions on what it was, or what to call it, but there was one thing they all agreed with each other on: it was here to stay. I was stuck with it.

After my 6th WBC session, I was getting ready for work the next morning. When I stepped into my shoes I immediately noticed that it felt very different. Taking my shoes back off I looked at my foot, and was that…. movement in my big toe? That toe has been essentially fused for years and yet there it was. The movement wasn’t a lot but it was there!

Remember that when you are in our WBC sauna your feet are covered by thick socks and  rubber scuba booties. For some reason our minds seem to jump to the conclusion that if the cold is not directly touching a sore area that it won’t help it, and while that may be true with ice packs, it is not true of cryotherapy! The very same anti-inflammatory effects that work on the exposed areas are also working internally to find and sort out inflammation in your covered areas as well.

Since I was getting that little inspirational step forward, I asked Jason to design a mobility drill for me to see if I could coax even more flexibility out of my formerly fused toe. I am very happy to say that after only a few weeks of these corrective exercises and continued cryo sessions, I am now at about 50% of normal movement. I will be keeping up both, and I truly believe that in no time my piggy will be ready to return to the market once again.

Whole body cryotherapy is truly a game changer for me. It will be something I continue for life – not only to control the everyday aches and pains of life, but to see what other wonderful “What The Heck Effects” will happen!

Find out more about Whole Body Cryotherapy and its benefits at durangocryo.com

(Note: At Durango Cryotherapy, we use a cryosauna manufactured by Impact Cryotherapy.  Impact Cryotherapy manufactures whole body cryosaunas in the U.S. in ISO 9001 certified facilities. The Impact Cryosauna has been evaluated by the FDA under the 513(g) process. The FDA has concluded the Impact Cryosauna is not a medical device. Products manufactured or produced by Impact Cryotherapy are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or chronic illness. – See more at: impactcryo.com.)

The What The Heck Effect!?!?

Part One

By Jason Skeens

45898585 - young business man write question mark on blackboardI’ve been training consistently with kettlebells (cast iron balls with handles) for over ten years.  A couple of months into training I experienced the “what the heck effect” (WTHE).   This term is often employed in the kettlebell community when unexpected and seemingly unrelated results occur as a result of training with those funky looking cannon ball things.  For example, some folks increase their barbell deadlift from only training kettlebell clean and jerks.  Or some improve their run times from only doing snatch work.  You get the idea.

The WTHE for me began early on in my career in the Army as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.  I started to climb ropes, while wearing body armor, without using my legs even though I had barely practiced any vertical pulling motion; instead, I had been focusing on double kettlebell swings and presses.  I remember getting to the top of the rope with my armor on the first time and saying out loud, “what the heck”!   So what relation does this have with Assertive Wellness and Durango Cryotherapy?  I’m glad you asked!

The WTHE is a common occurrence in the natural medicine and Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) community, not just the kettlebell community.  One can typically predict what the primary results will be from specific modalities, but secondary results are often surprising and seemingly random.  There are numerous reasons for this, but this is a subject for future discussion.  For now, let’s direct our attention to a surprising result from WBC.

I experienced the WTHE when I started WBC sessions.  I initially experienced a significant reduction in chronic low back and knee pain that was a result of years of jumping out of planes with parachutes that are designed to get you on the ground as quickly as possible.  I was pleased but not surprised by these results.  What caught me off guard was a noticeably increased ability to handle emotional and physical stress.

When I first started WBC sessions, my wife and I had a baby boy in addition to our adorable but wild toddler. We were both sleep deprived parents with a colicky newborn.  I was also studying biblical Greek and Hebrew simultaneously at a seminary, which is a dumb thing to do.  Like, dumb with a capital J. However, none of this took a significant toll on my body or mind.

I can’t exactly explain it.  I suspect my WTHE has to do with rapidly lowering inflammation, which translates to an increased ability to handle stress.  Or maybe it’s the endorphin and serotonin release that one gets during a WBC session.  Regardless, whatever the technical reason for my results, I’m committed to continuing WBC sessions for the rest of my life even if its just so I can keep saying, “what the heck.”

Find out more about Whole Body Cryotherapy and its benefits at durangocryo.com

(Note: At Durango Cryotherapy, we use a cryosauna manufactured by Impact Cryotherapy.  Impact Cryotherapy manufactures whole body cryosaunas in the U.S. in ISO 9001 certified facilities. The Impact Cryosauna has been evaluated by the FDA under the 513(g) process. The FDA has concluded the Impact Cryosauna is not a medical device. Products manufactured or produced by Impact Cryotherapy are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or chronic illness. – See more at: impactcryo.com.)

Is Cryotherapy Safe?

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The results that clients report from participating in Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) are consistently positive.  Word of mouth advertising is increasing demand for this technology all over the country with centers rapidly appearing in leading cities.  However, with its increased popularity comes the question of its safety.

Being submersed in minus 200 degrees below zero half naked seems like something only crazy people would do.  One’s mind thinks of Jack Nicholson’s character at the end of the Shining!  “Won’t it freeze my skin?” “Won’t I get hypothermia?”  “How can it possibly be safe?”  These are the questions asked by those who are having apprehensions about WBC.  I’m happy to alleviate some of these concerns.  To this end, maintaining our clients’ safety is our top priority which necessitates standards and safeguards.

The first safeguard is a time limit.  Every session is limited to three minutes.   In fact, the Cryotherapy unit at Durango Cryotherapy is not programmed to extend beyond this.  This brief exposure temporarily lowers the top few millimeters of the body’s exposed surfaces to approximately 34 degrees Fahrenheit.  The presence of liquid, recently applied lotions or creams, metal jewelry on the body –not time in this case– is the greatest risk factor for skin freezing.  Therefore, the client must dry off and remove all jewelry on the body.  (By the way, this is one of the imperatives for having an excellent Cryotherapy session which you can read more about here: Three Imperatives For An Awesome Instead Of Awful Cryotherapy Session).

The second safeguard is time increments.  The unit at Durango Cryotherapy divides the session into thirty-second blocks.  At the end of each interval, the operator must press a button or the unit will immediately shut down.   The session will continue once the client gives a verbal response.  These increments guarantee discussion of any potential discomfort and demand the operator remains mentally engaged.  The session will pause with a simple press of a button if any problems are detected.

Finally, nitrogen vapors are non-toxic but displace some oxygen.  For this reason, every client will have their head above the opening of the chamber with their chin lifted as it mitigates inhaling vapors.  There is also a monitor near the unit that will sound an alert if the oxygen levels in the room drop too low.  The session will pause if the client reports lightheadedness or dizziness.

It goes without saying that every Cryotherapy operator at our center is trained and certified to provide sessions.  Every operator also adheres to the same safeguards and standards.  There is no winging it here.  We have a system that works, and we stick to it.  At the end of the session, you’ll leave feeling great and not like Jack Nicholson’s character at the end of the Shining!

Find out more about Whole Body Cryotherapy and its benefits at durangocryo.com

(Note: At Durango Cryotherapy, we use a cryosauna manufactured by Impact Cryotherapy.  Impact Cryotherapy manufactures whole body cryosaunas in the U.S. in ISO 9001 certified facilities. The Impact Cryosauna has been evaluated by the FDA under the 513(g) process. The FDA has concluded the Impact Cryosauna is not a medical device. Products manufactured or produced by Impact Cryotherapy are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or chronic illness. – See more at: impactcryo.com.)