A different kind of cold

Feeling reinvigorated at -250°F.

I hate the cold. I am not going to lie to you. I really, really hate the cold. 

I just got back from four weeks in sunny Australia and was attempting to pile on as many layers to protect me from the city’s most recent cold snap when I got the text. “Wanna get COLD on Friday and write a story? CRYOMEND LEASIDE.” 

What a position to be in! I love experiencing new things and new places, and I love to write about them. I do not love the cold. I was told that cryogenics not only helps to rehab injuries and ailments but also aids in an anti-aging. Curiosity won out, and I agreed to meet with Nicole and Essa at Cryomend Leaside located at 465 Manor Rd East. It was easy to get to and parking was not difficult. The office itself is cozy and comfortable, not at all intimidating. Nicole and Essa greeted me with warm smiles, putting me at immediate ease. They both come from an extensive background in personal training and are very knowledgeable about cryogenics and about the human body in general. I felt like I was in good hands.

They both took the time to explain to me in detail what was about to happen to me and how I should expect to feel. I still had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I was about to get into a tank where the temperature was going to plummet to well below -250°F. “It is a dry cold.” Ha! People used to say that when I lived in Calgary. As if I ever believed that! 

I stripped down to a sports bra and briefs and entered the tank. The more skin exposed, the better. My feet and hands were covered with booties and gloves to protect my extremities. The platform on which I was standing was elevated so that my head would be outside of the tank to prevent me from breathing in the nitrogen. Either Nicole or Essa is present the entire time with eye contact constant to ensure the safety and comfort of the client. It basically felt like dry ice and was not at all uncomfortable. The most uncomfortable thing was watching the temperature drastically drop! Nicole explained that it is better to slowly turn in a circle to expose as much skin as possible to the nitrogen. It was exhilarating. I only had just begun to feel the cold around my lower legs when my three minutes were up. I did it! I survived the cryogenic tank! Not only did I survive, I felt invigorated, energized, euphoric, alive! What happened was the blood rushed to my core, became re-oxygenated then flushed back into my system. Cryogenics triggers norepinephrine to be released into the system, which is known to help regulate mood and concentration levels. Norepinephrine acts as a neurotransmitter sending signals between nerve cells aiding in repair and stimulation as it increased blood flow to muscles. This is also how collagen is repaired and rejuvenated, reversing the effects of aging.  

Sessions are very reasonable, starting at $79, and you can book packages which are even more cost effective. To me this is a no-brainer: I plan to “get cold” at Cryomend on a regular basis! 

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