Andy Udell stood in a tall tank-like chamber. He wore just a robe, socks and gloves. Only his head was visible.
Super-chilled air — minus 220 degrees Fahrenheit — swirled around him.
His body went into vasoconstriction, reacting to ancient cues to protect itself. His heart raced. Adrenaline surged.
Blood rushed to Andy’s core, protecting vital organs. Toxins were drawn out, making his blood nutrient-dense and oxygen-rich. Endorphins and anti-inflammatory proteins also coursed through his body.
Andy stayed inside — shivering and laughing. That was his reaction to both the seeming absurdity of his situation — volunteering to stand inside a ridiculously cold chamber — and the fantastic way he felt.
Andy had just undergone 3 minutes of cryotherapy. Now the rest of us can too.
Restore has come to the former Radio Shack store, on the Post Road across from the Sherwood Island Connector. The grand opening is tomorrow (Tuesday, November 14).
Owned by a group of local investors — including Andy — the new business is a franchise of an Austin, Texas-based company. The nearest location is Virginia.
Restore has taken over a large space. (I guess Radio Shack stored a ton of batteries and fax machines in the back.) And Restore offers a lot more than calorie-burning, skin care, pain-reducing, endurance-enhancing cryotherapy (in whole body, localized and facial versions).
There’s drip therapy. A personalized cocktail of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants helps burn fat, relieve inflammation and dehydration, and provide energy.
And an infrared sauna makes you feel good by — pardon the analogy — cooking you from the inside out, like a microwave.
And a hyperbaric chamber delivers highly concentrated oxygen, while compression therapy offers leg, hip and arm sleeves. Both promote healing, particularly after races, games and workouts (for high-level athletes as well as weekend warriors).
But it’s the cryotherapy that will draw most people to Restore.
“I feel like I can do handsprings,” Andy — who back in the day was a Staples High School soccer star and is still very fit but, like many of us, now stands on the sidelines — says, emerging from his probably-felt-a-lot-longer-than-3-minutes cryo session.
“The energy boost is great. It helps my mental focus. It lasts all day, and I sleep better too.”
That sounds like quite an endorsement. Of course, you’d expect that from an investor.
So try it yourself. It sounds really cool.
I mean, freezing.