What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is a hyper-cooling process that lowers a person’s skin temperature to approximately 30 degrees F for a period of up to 3 minutes. This is achieved by enveloping the body with extremely cold air at temperatures ranging from -133 degrees F to -320 degrees F.
When was Whole Body Cryotherapy developed?
A Japanese doctor, Dr. Toshiro Yamauchi, originally developed whole Body Cryotherapy in 1978. Dr. Yamauchi was treating pain and inflammation in his patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It has been extensively studied and refined in Europe and Japan since that time.
How does it work?
The Cryosauna is an upright, step-in whole body cryochamber which uses gasiform nitrogen to lower the client's skin surface temperature to 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of two-three minutes. Skin receptors sense the cold and send signals to the brain to promote regulatory functions of the body and release calming endorphins into the blood stream. It produces the scanning of all areas that may not be working to their fullest potential. The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins.
Is nitrogen gas safe for humans?
Yes. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The earth’s air that we breathe is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen, 78% Nitrogen and 5% other components. Single person Whole Body Cryotherapy has been used for the past 30+ years without any severe adverse reaction ever recorded. Problems have only arisen if a client steps into the machine with wet clothing, especially wet socks, as water will freeze immediately at these temperatures. The advantage of the single person chambers is that lower temperatures can be achieved. Most studies and publications have been done with this type of chamber. The nitrogen being used to cool these chambers is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe. In this type of chamber, the client breathes room-air. The operator raises the platform the client stands on so that the head is above the heavier nitrogen vapors. Here, the client breathes normal room-air. In a recent safety evaluation, we have used a pulse oximeter to record blood oxygen saturation in
Is it comfortable?
Before entering the Cryosauna, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of dry cotton socks and cotton underwear (for men). Privacy is always maintained, as only the head is visible. The treatment is of short duration (2-3 minutes), and the cold is 'dry', so it is very tolerable. It is considered well tolerated by those who are sometimes cold-intolerant.
How will I feel after the treatment?
During the session, the brain receives cold signals from the skin and triggers the auto-preservation mechanism within the body. This causes the release of endorphins into the bloodstream, which relax the body and toxins are flushed away. This process is responsible for the feel good and energetic mood of the client which can last up to 8 hours, or even days. Many clients express having the best night of sleep after a CRYO session.
How many treatments should I do?
With specific conditions, cryotherapy can be used up to 2 sessions per day, with at least 4 hours between sessions. Most clients immediately feel energized after their first session, however, depending on the results you want to achieve, it is recommended to have at least 5 sessions consecutively daily or every other day to establish the body’s baseline and to maximize your results. After that you can take fewer treatments, spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results. Once you experience the rush of endorphins, increased metabolism and better sleep patterns, not to mention the ‘500-800’ calories you burn, you will want to make cryotherapy part of your daily life.
Can I catch a cold because of this procedure?
No. The immediate cold impact of the cryotherapy 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 use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Absolutely! Your entire head remains exposed and above the Cryosauna. The door cannot lock so you can open it at any time, and a technician is there through the entire process until the session has ended.
Do I have to take a shower before or after?
No, you don't. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet. Many clients come by during their lunch break since the entire treatment is only 2.5 – 3 minutes long. We will do our best to accommodate your specific scheduling request.
Who can benefit from Whole Body Cyrotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy benefits everyone from elite athletes those seeking weight loss and skin rejuvenation to people with chronic and inflammatory medical conditions. Younger clients, age 14 and older can use Whole Body Cryotherapy with parent’s consent.
Who should not use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is contraindicated (not recommended) for people with the following conditions:
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 (blood clots), 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.
For those less than 18 years of age, parental consent to treatment needed.
What are the risks of Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryohtherapy 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 if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended).
The Coolest Way To Health!!!
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. DO NOT use cryotherapy to treat illness or diseases. Our Cryosauna HAS NOT been tested or approved by the FDA or any other government agencies. There are no guarantees expressed or implied. Use at your own risk.