Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in various forms of therapy. The term “cryotherapy” comes from the Greek cryo (κρυο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεια) meaning cure. Cryotherapy has been used as early as the seventeenth century and is now used in whole body cryotherapy procedures for a variety of benefits. Whole body cryotherapy is the application of cryotherapy onto the entire body.
We use multiple cryosauna models all of which use pressurized liquid nitrogen to lower your skin’s surface temperature from normal body temperature to 30°F in about 30 seconds or less and keeps it that way for 2-3 minutes. The skin reacts to the cold through a process called vasoconstriction, which pulls the blood from the extremities and brings it to the core to protect the vital organs and sends messages to the brain that stimulates the regulatory functions of the body. After the 2-3 minute process, new re-oxygenated blood, filled with new hormones, then initiates a detox process and scans all areas of the body that may not be working, back to their fullest potential.
No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen, 78% Nitrogen and 5% of other components. Well-trained cryotherapy operators will make sure that every session user, maintains consistent and even breathing, so that oxygen levels don’t dip beyond the norm.
Before entering the Cryosauna, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of gloves, cotton socks, and slippers (which are all provided) and underwear. Only your hands and face are visible to the operator during the procedure, so modesty is preserved at all times. Additionally, it is a dry, gaseous cold. Which means the treatment is tolerable even to those who may consider themselves cold-intolerant.
During each cryotherapy session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The buoyant, euphoric effects from each session last at least 6-8 hours and increase with frequent cryo treatment sessions. Many clients have expressed that they have the best night of sleep after a cryotherapy session. We recommend an aggressive regimen of daily cryotherapy sessions for 3 months and then take 2 months off to allow the body to recover and go through a natural healing process.
Depending on the condition of treatment, you should initially take 7-10 treatments in close succession (separated by 1-2 days – e.g. 3x/week) for a solid three months, to maximize your results. After that you can use fewer treatments spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (e.g. once every week or two weeks) to allow your body to go through the healing process.
You will feel comfortable. Our cryosaunas aren’t closed compartments. The door is never locked and you may step out at any moment. The cryochamber is open to the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber. Additionally, you can see our provider at all times and we try to keep you distracted for your 2½ – 3 minute cryotherapy treatment.
No, you don’t have to take a shower after a cryo session. This process does not make your skin wet. We have many clients who visit our cryotherapy locations during a lunch break or on their way to work!
Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases. Contact your physician if you are looking to try cryotherapy and may be concerned.
Whole Body Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system.