What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is the process of using nitrogen gas to lower the skin surface temperature by 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of three minutes. The CryoSauna is cooled using nitrogen gas but clients are not in direct contact with the gas. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that acts as a stimulant to the regulatory functions of the body. It triggers the evaluation of all areas that may not be working to their fullest potential. The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures starts an anti-inflammatory response in the body and also releases endorphins and adrenaline as well as accelerates your metabolism.
Is one Cryotherapy session enough?
While every Cryotherapy session can be beneficial, we recommend our clients consider our discounted “New Client” package containing 3 sessions over the course of a maximum of 2 weeks, for optimum results the first 4 Cryotherapy sessions should be done as close together as possible. Professional athletes will often have up to two sessions a day to help achieve peak performance.
How often can I do Cryotherapy?
For optimum results, at least 2-3 times a week. It is safe for you to do two sessions a day but it is only recommended for those in heavy training or rehab.
Is it Safe?
Yes. Cryotherapy has been around for the past 30+ years. The nitrogen being used to cool the single-person Cryotherapy machine is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). In the Cryotherapy sauna, the operator will properly set the machine to the desired height so that the clients head is above the nitrogen vapors. Here, the client breathes normal room-air. In order to protect the more temperature sensitive tissues such as hands and feet, clients wear dry socks, slippers, and gloves, which we provide.
Can I work out before, or after doing Cryotherapy?
Yes. In fact, it is recommended. Combining a Cryotherapy session with a work out regimen you can expect a release of endorphins and adrenaline, accelerated recovery, boosted weight loss and greater flexibility.
Does it hurt?
Before entering the Cryosauna, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks, slippers, underwear (for men), and gloves. A session is of short duration (3 minutes), and the cold is ‘dry’, so it is very tolerable. Towards the end of the session, you may get a ‘pins and needles’ sensation, which disappears immediately after the treatment.
Can I catch a cold from doing Cryotherapy?
No. The immediate cold impact of the Cryotherapy session will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time. The stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.
I am Claustrophobic, Can I still do Cryotherapy?
Yes, you may. There is no lock on the Cryosauna’s door. You may step out at any time. The Cryosauna is open to the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the cabin. Clients who suffer from claustrophobia report that they are comfortable in the Cryosauna.
Do I have to take a shower before or after the treatment?
You do not need to take a shower after the treatment, as it is completely dry and doest make your skin wet.
Showers are recommended before if you have recently worked out and are sweaty.
What are the risks of Cryotherapy?
Whole body Cryothherapy 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, redness, and skin burns (Only when moisture is present on the top layer of skin, ie. sweat, lotion, oils, etc.)
Who should not use Cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 160/100), 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, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), age less than 15 (Doctor consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.