Admirals forward Liambas uses cryo-sauna to heal after games

'21st century ice bath'
Posted at 10:36 PM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-24 08:21:44-04

With just about a month left in the Admirals’ regular season, players’ bodies are feeling sore after a long weekend of games, which is why this season Forward Mike Liambas has taken his recovery to a new level and lower temperatures.

“It's the 21st century version of the ice bath,” said Cryovive Fox Point Owner Yves Preston. “[It’s] new technology, absolutely.”

And it's what brought Admirals Liambas to Cryovive.

“We had a long weekend, 12 hours of bus rides, three games in three days,” Liambas said. “Pretty banged up right now.”

So he spent three minutes in the cryo-sauna, but don't let the name fool you. It's anything but a sauna. Temperatures get as cold as 100 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.

”You're at 146 degrees below zero,” Preston said.

"I feel like I'm in the arctic with no clothes on,” Liambas said with a chuckle. “It just revives you. It almost gives you a little kick in the butt and it makes you feel great.”

It's called cryotherapy, extreme cold used to treat inflammation.

“All of us walk around with pain, aches, inflammation is the main cause of that,” Preston said. “Cryotherapy is a good way to fight that.”

And Preston would know. A former Admiral himself, Preston wishes the technology existed back when he played.

“We used to dunk into an ice bath and that was not pleasant,” he said.

But no ice here, just liquid nitrogen that turns into vapor.

“The ice bath gets your lower extremities,” Liambas said. “This thing gets everything up to your neck.”

It's just you, your socks, clogs, underwear, gloves and the frigid temps.

“It's a dry cold,” Liambas said of the experience. “It's not like you're out in 60 mile per hour winds freezing with just your underwear on.”

“It's going to recycle his blood, get rid of toxins and it's going to help him recover faster and he's going to be fresh, ready to go again,” Preston said of the process. “He's going to feel like a million bucks when he comes out. You'll see!”

So how does Liambas feel?

“Like a million bucks only making 75,” he said. “I feel great, my hips and my legs are much looser and I feel a little jump in my step.”

How is he going to play this weekend?

“Like a beast.”


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