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Here’s How Mere Mortals Can Benefit From Cryotherapy Like Jessica Biel

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Jessica Biel arrives at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. IPA/MEGA

Could subzero temperatures be the secret to Jessica Biel’s amazing body? Biel, 36, along with her husband of six years Justin Timberlake, have been spotted frequenting the cryotherapy outpost Quick Cryo in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood.

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Cryotherapy chills the body to around -220 degrees Fahrenheit for three minutes, according to Chill Space in NYC. Some of the proclaimed anecdotal benefits include weight loss, muscle recovery, chronic pain relief, glowing skin and more, although little scientific research exists to back these claims.

According to Quick Cryo’s site, the procedure works when the body reacts to subzero temperatures in a process experts refer to as thermogenesis. The body’s metabolism increases during this time and can cause you to burn 500 to 800 calories over a 48-hour period.

The body is also more likely to tap into fat storage for energy over glucose (aka sugar) when it has a higher metabolic rate, even at rest, which attributes to weight loss. In addition, the treatment is also able to accelerate muscle recovery and lesson soreness and chronic pain by diminishing inflammation.

At Quick Cryo and Chill Space, a cryo-newbie can expect to stand in a walk-in chamber for 120 to 240 seconds in nothing but their underwear, plus the required booties and gloves to keep extremities warm (arms and legs cannot withstand subzero temperatures). The face is also kept above the ledge and out of the cold. While you will feel chilly the entire time, your skin isn’t affected by the frigid environment in the same way it would be if you were submerged in an ice bath: The chamber only hits its max freezing temperature, created by dry nitrogen vapor, for the last 15 to 20 seconds.

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Cryotherapy may do your skin good, too. Recently, cryotherapy-inspired facials have hit the menu at popular beauty spas (including the Biologique Recherge Ice Facial at the Paul Labrecque Salon in NYC) and promise to promote circulation and help increase lymphatic drainage using frozen ‘ice sticks’ to massage the face.

Although cryotherapy is not FDA-approved, fans of the cool wellness trend also include celebs such as Dancing With The Stars pros Emma Slater and Derek Hough as well as Mark Wahlberg and Miley Cyrus.

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Wahlberg, 47, posted about the procedure in an Instagram video in August 2017. “I’m about to go into the cryo-chamber,” he wrote. “Great for recovery. I’ve got to fix up my back. I’ve got all this inflammation.”

Three-minute sessions of ‘Whole Body Cryo’ at Quick Cryo and ‘Cryosauna’ at Chill Space are priced at $85.

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