0312_Sea Island logoSIMONS ISLAND, Georgia — Sea Island has added whole body cryotherapy (WBC), a popular sports recovery technique used in Europe and by professional athletes and celebrities, to its array of experiences. The practice, which is akin to taking a very short and extremely intense ice bath after a period of physical activity, is gaining popularity throughout the U.S. for its unique physical and mental benefits, such as muscle recovery and endorphin release.

A Forbes Five-Star resort located on the coast of southeast Georgia, Sea Island has announced the first resort-based WBC offering in the U.S. The cryotherapy unit, manufactured in Atlanta by Impact Cryotherapy Inc., resides at the new Performance Therapy Center at The Lodge at Sea Island, an extension of The Spa at Sea Island. There, guests can combine cryotherapy with massage therapy for a comprehensive approach to muscle recovery after training or a round of golf.

“Whole body cryotherapy is the next step in the evolution of sports medicine and therapy. We’re excited to make it an integral part of our spa and fitness offerings at Sea Island and be the first resort in the U.S. to offer this specialized service,” said Ella Stimpson, director of The Spa at Sea Island. “We are committed to providing a 360-degree approach to preparation, performance and recovery for golfers and other athletes alike.”

During a 15-minute cryotherapy session at Sea Island, guests will receive a professional consultation and three minutes in the cryotherapy unit. In that time, nitrogen vapor fills the unit and cools the air around the body to a temperature of 220 degrees Fahrenheit. Gloves and slippers are provided, and the head remains outside the unit for the entire session.

According to Impact Cryotherapy, “During the process, the cooled skin sends signals to the brain, which stimulates physical reactions and activates naturally occurring healing resources. WBC has proven to be a valuable adjunct for speeding muscle recovery and producing a general feeling of well-being.”

Regarding safety, Melvin Deese, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Summit Sports Medicine in Brunswick, Georgia, said he has minimal concern.

“Cryotherapy is a safe and effective way to achieve anti-inflammatory effects, and we’ve seen no adverse side effects after the fact,” he said. “Sea Island is ahead of the curve when it comes to this offering, which I see becoming a regular part of professional and amateur sports in the U.S. over the next few years.”

Whole body cryotherapy at Sea Island is available to members and guests as of March 4, 2015, and the resort will offer packages for cryotherapy with massage therapy.

For more information, visit www.seaisland.com or call 1-800-Sea-Island.

About Sea Island

Sea Island is the home of two of the top five resorts and one of the top five hotel spas in the Continental U.S., according to Travel + Leisure’s 2013 and 2014 World’s Best Awards. With four Forbes Five-Star experiences—The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club, The Spa at Sea Island and the Georgian Room restaurant—and an array of nature adventures and recreational experiences, Sea Island entices families, outdoor and activity enthusiasts, and those simply wanting to refresh and recharge. It is the only resort in the world to have received four Forbes Five-Star awards for seven consecutive years. Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island features five miles of private beach, a Beach Club, tennis and squash centers, Yacht Club, Shooting School and Camp Cloister. The resort is steeped in golf tradition and is home to three championship golf courses, including Seaside, site of the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic, as well as the nation’s finest Golf Performance Center. Guests may also enjoy nearby Broadfield, a Sea Island Sporting Club and Lodge, offering a variety of seasonal hunting, fishing, sporting and organic culinary opportunities.