Cryotherapy How Does Cryotherapy Work?

Your Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment lasts 3 minutes. The top layer of your skin will be exposed to cold temperatures ranging from -90C or -130F to -120C or 184F, your brain will release endorphins and adrenaline, which will make you feel on top of the world. As your body works to warm you up, your metabolism will be accelerated which can lead to burning 500 to 800 Calories in the next 6-12 hours. You didn’t misread that last bit. Wondering why you haven’t tried it yet?

Professional sport athletes have already discovered that whole body cryotherapy is a powerful way to heal injuries, decrease recovery time and increase athletic performance. Even if you’re a weekend athlete, you can take advantage of its benefits. It is not just for athletes however, Cryotherapy has been shown to help people who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Limes Disease among others, by helping manage pain and reducing levels of inflammation in the body.

If cryotherapy is so great, why are you just hearing about it? Cryotherapy has been around for almost forty years and is already big – in Europe. It started in Japan in 1978 when Dr. Yamaguchi started using freezing treatments of short duration on his patients’ skin surface for pain management of rheumatoid arthritis and Fibromyalgia.  Dr. Yamaguchi found the rapid decrease of temperature of the outer layer of skin led to the immediate release of endorphins and therefore less sensitivity to pain. Research conducted over the last two decades has shown that cryotherapy helps with pain management and enhances performance. In the US, we are just starting to learn about cryotherapy and take advantage of its benefits.

Step out of our cryosauna, and you’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated and energized!


Whole body cryotherapy significantly decreases muscle inflammation and swelling and mends damaged muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments, allowing you to recover more fully and get back in the game faster! As an added benefit, you may burn between 500 – 800 calories as your body warms and rejuvenates.

Cryotherapy helps you stay fit, feel great, and perform at your best!


Despite its 30 years track record, over 2 million completed sessions and hundreds of professional athletes who use it regularly, the body of medical research on whole body cryotherapy (WBC) is still building. At the Performist, we know that WBC works – all 3 founders do it themselves daily and see and feel the impact on their performance. But the bunny is obsessed by science and hard facts to back up his personal experience and has spent the last few years studying everything out there on WBC – over a hundred studies in all.

He selected a few below that he thought would whet your appetite on the benefits of WBC:

Medical Research & Studies:

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Inflammatory Response after WBC following Exercise
Herve´ Pournot et al.
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Cryotherapy Studies Overview
Podbielska, H. – Strek, W. – Mueller, G.J. – Bialy, D.
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Effects of WBC on Recovery
John Wiley & Sons A/S.
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World-Wide Studies Of Whole Body Cryotherapy
Ilona Korzonek-Szlacheta, Tomasz Wielkoszyński, Agata Stanek, Elzbieta Swietochowska, JacekKarpe, Aleksander Sieroń
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Whole-body cryotherapy as adjunct treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders
Joanna Rymaszewska, David Ramsey and Sylwia Chładzińska−Kiejna
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Whole body cryotherapy as a novel adjuvant therapy for depression and anxiety
Joanna Rymaszewska & David Ramsey

Cryotherapy in the news:

New weight loss trend has people exposing themselves to sub-zero temperatures

 Cryotherapy is also known to manage pain and make your skin smoother. (Photo: Instagram / fergnzlz) It’s the latest weight loss trend that has people exposing themselves to sub-zero temperatures to gain from this unusual treatment’s many benefits. Even Hollywood star Hugh Jackman, who was recently pictured in a... Read More

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Cryotherapy explained: Why Hugh Jackman and other celebrities are exposing themselves to sub-zero temperatures in the name of health

Hugh Jackman, 48, shared a video of himself using a cryotherapy tank this week The star is known for being in incredible shape and shared one of his secrets Full body cryotherapy blasts sub-arctic air on people for three minutes Tanks have cryogenic nitrogen vapor and reaches negative 200 degrees... Read More

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The New Science of Exercise
Mandy Oaklander

Ever since high school, Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky has blurred the line between jock and nerd. After working out every morning and doing 200 push-ups, he runs three miles to his lab at McMaster University in Ontario. When he was younger, Tarnopolsky dreamed of becoming a gym teacher. But now,... Read More

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Why Weight Training Is Ridiculously Good For You
Markham Heid

For many, weight training calls to mind bodybuilders pumping iron in pursuit of beefy biceps and bulging pecs. But experts say it’s well past time to discard those antiquated notions of what resistance training can do for your physique and health. Modern exercise science shows that working with weights—whether... Read More

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Cryotherapy: Freeze your way to better health?
CBS News

NEW YORK –– If you think it’s cold outside now, how about enduring temperatures that are hundreds of degrees below zero — by choice? As CBS New York reports, more and more people are venturing to into the “frozen zone” for health and beauty. “Everyone’s looking for the fountain... Read More

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Use Cryotherapy to Train Harder
Steve Westlake

The dial reads -135°C. I’m about to step into a cryochamber swirling with dry ice that’s colder than any natural environment on Earth. If I believe the hype, the next three excruciating minutes will transform me into some kind of superbeing. My muscles will be revived and recharged, allowing... Read More

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Cryotherapy: do new nitrogen tanks actually boost workouts, help weight loss?
Martha Ross

Up until a few months ago, Roxy Toy had been living with almost constant pain in her back and hips. She’d endured it for 15 years, the result of active duty in the Army. The 42-year-old lieutenant colonel stationed at Moffett Field said she tried “everything” from cortisone shots... Read More

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Shop Talk: The Performist brings cryotherapy to Palo Alto
Daryl Savage

The Performist brings cryotherapy — the use of extreme cold to speed the healing process — to Palo Alto’s Town & Country Village. FREEZING AT TOWN & COUNTRY … The big chill has arrived in Palo Alto. We’re not talking weather, ice cream or the 1980s Kevin Kline movie. This... Read More

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Would you freeze yourself fit?
By Sarah Holt, CNN

(CNN)- Would you dare to freeze yourself fit by stepping into a chilling chamber colder than Antarctica? Golfers are used to frosty fairways, stormy tees and soggy greens but Padraig Harrington is taking the plunge with a real deep freeze. Ireland’s three-time major winner is following in the chilling footsteps... Read More

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NYC’s hottest new beauty trend is literally freezing yourself
By Dana Schuster, NYP

It’s 6 o’clock on a recent Tuesday night, and Steven Evans, 38, a dapper British investment banker clad in an open robe, gray Tommy Hilfiger briefs, midcalf tube socks and wooden-soled clogs, stands in a sterile Midtown waiting room. He fidgets alongside his pal, a nervous-looking Alex Silver, 39,... Read More

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At the Performist, we have been experimenting with our cryotherapy protocols over the past few years to optimize our use of WBC. We’d be delighted to talk you through all of the published research as well as our own findings and the new research we’re sponsoring ourselves to further back up our personal experience. “Just bring a white coat and some carrots…”

The bunny believes passionately in science and we take a highly scientific view to helping our clients perform better. Everyone at the Performist is a huge personal believer in, and regular user of, cryotherapy and we have all observed its impact for ourselves. That being said, we will always be 1000% honest and transparent with our clients and we do want to emphasize that the benefits of cryotherapy have not been tested or approved by the FDA and the cryosauna is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


We challenge you to put us to the test – come and try it for yourself!

State of the Art Cryosauna


We use the Impact Cryotherapy Sauna, allowing us to provide the highest performance Whole Body Cryotherapy available. The cryotherapy sauna is fit with a pivoting door, which can be opened at any time. The interior of the cryotherapy sauna is beautifully and comfortably padded, and its octagon shape makes the temperature inside spread evenly.