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  • cryotherapy company 111Cryo. Immediately after leaving the chamber, the rise in temperature increases blood and oxygen to
    skin, flushing out toxins. Later, those endorphins continue to
    boost energy, work to lower stress levels and aid sleep.

    If you’re in good health and visit a cryo clinic backed by a doctor or fitness expert, it’s a risk-free procedure, says Dr Alexandrides, and is far more bearable than it sounds. You’ll be given thermal shoes and gloves, but expect to see ice forming on goose-bumped hairs. You should feel better straight away, and after five sessions, you’ll be a total convert.

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    Glacial temperatures have
    long been associated with
    good health. Just ask (Ok,
    Google) Hippocrates, who extolled hypothermia’s healing powers; or Kate Moss, who plunges her face into an ice-filled sink to de-puff
    and tighten. But would you stand
    in a -90ºC chamber for three minutes? Whole-body cryotherapy (from the Greek for ‘cold cure’) was created in Japan in the ’70s to
    treat rheumatoid arthritis. Now, international sports teams use cryotherapy chambers every day, such is their belief in its ability to improve athletes’ muscle recovery.

    So, how does it work? “In extreme cold, the body’s immune system is activated, firing up the recovery system and producing endorphins that reduce inflammation,” says Dr Yannis Alexandrides, founder of 

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    A cure for sore muscles and stress? Hannah Coates chills out with cryotherapy

    “In Extreme cold, the body’s immune system is activated, firing up the Recovery system and producing Endorphins

                    
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    Photograph: Gilles Bensimon/ Trunk Archive. Model: Magdalena Frackowiak atElite Model Management

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