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Cryotherapy comes to Connecticut

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Cryotherapy is now being offered in Connecticut. (WFSB) Cryotherapy is now being offered in Connecticut. (WFSB)

Cryotherapy is the holistic treatment and has become a popular, for those who are looking to feel their best.  

Eyewitness News looked into how it works and what kind of safety procedures are put in place.

“I'm a little bit addicted to it because I want to feel like that always,” Theresa Ercoli, of Middlebury, said.

About two to three times a week, Ercoli stepped into a tank for Cryotherapy. Ercoli standed inside it as the machine emitted subzero air around her.

The process known as cryotherapy and for the first time ever, the full body cold treatment is being offered in Connecticut.

Charis Wipfler is a nurse practitioner and owner of Grace Medical Aesthetics. She said she first heard about cryotherapy from a friend about a year ago.

“So, we checked it out in Manhattan,” Wipfler said. “And we did it and we were sold.” 

This cryo-sauna can reach temperatures as low as negative 220-degrees Fahrenheit.

“The person goes in. They're exposed to extreme cold for about three minutes and what that does is it sends all of your blood to your core,” Wipfler said.

Cryotherapy is used for things such as:

  • Post-workout recovery
  • sports injuries
  • chronic pain & inflammation
  • to burn calories
  • to stimulate collagen
  • to gain some energy. 

“I'm already hyper, so this is just added hyperness,” Theresa said.

Theresa is an avid runner and personal trainer. She started using cryotherapy for her post-workout recovery.

“This is three minutes, you're in and out,” Theresa said. “I'd rather do that than submerge in a big ice tub.”

But soon, Theresa said she discovered this cold therapy benefited her in other ways too.

“I've noticed with my sleeping. I'm sleeping much more sounder,” Theresa said. “I have so much more energy.”

As far as safety is concerned, every patient is monitored by medical personnel during the treatment.

“If someone is in there, and they feel like they don't want to be in there any longer, they're perfectly safe in the hands of our staff,” Wipfler said.

In addition, the cryo-sauna is equipped with oxygen sensors.

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