Pun totally intended, this really is the coolest thing I’ve done in a long time.
I love everything wellness and relaxation, and was so excited to team up with Aqua Float and Cryo in Wilmington to try out their gorgeous new facility. It’s totally spa-like and incredibly relaxing.
After getting up there in mileage for my half marathon training, I knew I needed to get serious about recovery. I had heard about Cryotherapy before, but really only though it was for professional athletes. Thanks to Aqua Float and Cryo owner Robert Brady, this amazing therapy is accessible to anyone in the Wilmington area.
I was able to try it out after one of my long runs, and oh my gosh, it was amazing.
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS CRYOTHERAPY?
Good question. There are two types, and Aqua Float and Cryo offers them both. I opted for whole-body Cryo, but you can also do localized treatments.
For whole-body Cryo, think of an ice bath, but way less intrusive, much faster, and a whole lot easier. You step into this big machine for three minutes, the temperature inside is -240 degrees, and it drops your skin temperature by 20-40 degrees.
I’m not gonna lie. It was coldddd. But Boston winters are also cold. Like way colder. With no benefits. I’d take this cold any day.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
You don’t have to be a marathon runner or extreme athlete to utilize Cryotherapy or reap its benefits.
Studies have shown just three minutes of Cryo can result in immediate benefits to soft tissue, internal organs, and the nervous system. So it’s great for fatigue, soreness, stiffness, you know, all the things nobody has time for in 2019.
The extreme cold also prompts an endorphin release that has been shown to reduce joint pain and muscle inflammation.
And my favorite benefit, it has been shown to increase energy and help with sleep.
Don’t let the cold face fool you, the treatment was invigorating and after running 11 miles that morning, I had no soreness or pain afterwards. I warmed up within a matter of minutes and once I did, my body felt energized and my mind felt clear.
THE AQUA FLOAT
After my Cryo treatment I tried out float therapy, which I was so intrigued by.
The facility has three float tank rooms, each with a float pod and shower. The pods are filled with 1,000 pounds of pharmaceutical grade crystallized Epsom salt, so you effortlessly float on top of the water.
This is an hour-long treatment where you shower first and then enter the pod. It closes and has relaxing lights and music that you can control from inside.
I was skeptical that I would be able to relax, but after about 10 minutes I started to fall into an extremely relaxed state. I meditated for a bit, and then lost track of time. By the end of the hour, I had fallen asleep floating in the pod!
BENEFITS OF FLOAT THERAPY
The ability to enter this relaxed state reduces stress by lowering your cortisol. The Epsom salts help ease any aches, fatigue, or soreness, and the floating itself essentially imitates zero-gravity. This helps with blood flow and releases endorphins.
Studies on float therapy have shown it can even help with anxiety and depression due to the sensory depravation. As someone who has suffered from both anxiety and depression, I think this is an incredibly effective tool to relax and practice self care.
After nearly two hours at Aqua Float and Cryo, I left feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and relaxed. To be honest, I wasn’t ready to leave because they offer so many other services like an infrared sauna and massages. But, I’ll definitely be back.
As the daughter of a firefighter and the girlfriend of a Marine, I love that Robert offers police, fire, and military discounts. This facility is truly an incredible addition to the Wilmington health and wellness community and owned by people who actually care about helping others feel good.
If you’re not in the area, definitely look into these services near you. If you know me, you know I’m all for trying new things, especially in the name of self-care, and these certainly did not disappoint.