A new health and wellness franchise offers a cool, holistic approach to overall body wellness and recovery.  iCRYO, which first opened in 2015 and is headquartered in Houston, is making its mark on the cryotherapy industry and quickly growing in popularity with 80 new locations planned to open throughout the U.S.


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Cryotherapy originated in Japan in the late 1970s and was developed by a rheumatologist as a way to treat muscle and joint inflammation. Over the years it was discovered that using this rehabilitative cold therapy was also effective in treating other ailments and disorders such as migraines, anxiety, insomnia, and various skin conditions.

Now, South Floridians can enjoy the benefits of cryotherapy and other holistic body recovery services at iCRYO.  iCRYO Fort Lauderdale is family-owned and run by Phil Gatti, Nancy Bartlett, and their son Chris Gatti. Both father and son are former athletes and quite experienced in the health and fitness industry.  Nancy, who runs the accounting and bookkeeping side of the company, was also a former, competitive bodybuilder during a time when women were just beginning to enter the once male-dominated, fitness-enthused world.

Phil, a former minor league baseball player, opened his first gym in the mid-1980s in New York and remained in the industry for years eventually transitioning into personal training, fitness consulting, and nutrition counseling for people from all walks of life from athletes to seniors.  His son Chris was a college football player and, like many athletes, suffered a sports-related injury.  Both knew the importance of body recovery and overall wellbeing and decided to go into business together with a goal of combining health and fitness with a holistic approach.  iCRYO made perfect sense.

The recovery and wellness center offers a variety of services  Their whole body cryotherapy is among their most popular. This type of therapy sets off the body’s natural fight or flight response to accelerate recovery and decrease inflammation throughout the body. While in the chamber, you have the option to listen to music, move around, or stand still and meditate. Following 2-3 minutes exposure of extreme cold temperature, you will experience not only a rush of energy, but muscle/joint pain relief, and several other positive physical and mental benefits.

If you’re not yet sure about braving the cold, you have the option of trying out their localized cryotherapy, which concentrates on specific parts of the body where you’re experiencing pain or discomfort while reaping the benefits of improved skin conditions and minimized appearance of scarring. The same goes for their cryo facials which bring the addition of tightened skin, reduced fine lines, improved collagen production, and migraine relief.

Following these chilly services, you can warm up in their Infrared Sauna. This safe and effective therapy utilizes Infrared heat, the non-visible part of the sun’s spectrum that allows you to enjoy the benefits of the sun, without exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays. Regular visits of  30 to 40-minute sessions can release harmful toxins, increase blood circulation, burn calories, improve overall skin tone, and much more. 

If you’re looking for some relaxation in your recovery journey at iCRYO and enjoy the benefits of receiving a massage, you must try their compression therapy. This system concentrates on your legs, hips, or arms using attachments that release compressed air to massage these targeted areas. Benefits of this service include the elimination of sore muscles, blood circulation improvement, reduction in lactic acid, and overall muscle recovery.

Another non-invasive service offered at iCRYO is body sculpting. During one of these slimming sessions, fat cells are destroyed and flushed out through your lymphatic system resulting in fat loss and improved skin appearance that take place almost immediately and over time depending on the individual.  Free consultations are offered to find out which body sculpting plan is best for you.

If you are looking to boost your immune system, IV Infusion therapy is another service you can enjoy.  With over half a dozen IV cocktails offered, iCRYO’s specially-formulated infusions and vitamin shots assist with strengthening your immune system, anti-aging, improving athletic performance, alleviating hangovers, reducing fatigue/low energy, and much more. iCRYO works with its own medical director to deliver the best source of vitamins, minerals, and hydration for maximum absorption.

Miami residents will soon be able to enjoy the many services and benefits at iCRYO as the Gatti family plans to open another location in the Brickell area later this year. Once you visit, you’ll never want to chill anywhere else.