GARFIELD, N.J. — Immersing yourself in a -260 Fahrenheit chamber for three minutes might seem like a morning ritual for the Batman villain "Mr. Freeze," but it's actually the latest therapeutic sensation in the medical world.
Garfield's Revive Body Mind offers Cryotherapy, the practice of exposing your body to freezing temperatures for health benefits.
The process is meant to trick your body into thinking it's experiencing hypothermia, which triggers your blood to circulate around your core to protect it from the cold.
Once a person leaves the cold temperature, the blood flows into areas that may have been difficult to reach due to swelling or inflammation.
CEO and Founder of Revive Body Mind Justyna Debski discovered Cryotherapy as a remedy for arthritis. She preferred to find a natural solution as opposed to constant medication.
"I did a few sessions and right away felt results. I also felt other results: a burst of energy, sleeping better, lower stress and anxiety," Debski said.
According to Debski, Cryotherapy originated in Japan and is fairly popular in Europe. The treatment is even covered by European Union health insurance. But the practice is nearly non-existent in the United States.
"I think people and society have changed where they’re more interested in natural remedies, they’re turning more to natural remedies rather than continuing medication," Debski said.
Despite the frostbite low temperatures, Debski assures that Cryotherapy is safe and scientifically proven.
Patients are only exposed to the sub-freezing temperatures for a maximum of three minutes. Every person is monitored by an operator who speaks to the patients through a microphone located in the chamber.
"It’s scary when you hear the temperature, but it isn’t as bad as it sounds," Debski said.
She says Cryotherapy is catching on, with residents from Teaneck, Ridgewood and Saddle River traveling to Garfield to try it.
Debski plans to open a second facility in the future, but is still finalizing its location and when it will open.
Appointments for Cryotherapy can be made through Revive Body Mind's website or by calling 973.845.2222.