WHAT IS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is a hyper-cooling process that lowers a person’s skin temperature to approximately 30˚ F for a period of up to three minutes. This is achieved by enveloping the body with extremely cold air at temperatures ranging from -133˚ F to -320˚ F.
Whole Body Cryotherapy – FAQ’s
What is the origin of Whole Body Cryotherapy?
How does Whole Body Cryotherapy work?
Is Nitrogen gas dangerous to humans?
Is it comfortable?
How do I feel after a session?
Can I catch a cold from Whole Body Cryotherapy?
I am claustrophobic, can I use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Do I have to take a shower before or after a session?
How many times can I get Whole Body CryoTherapy in a day?
Who is it recommended for?
Who should not use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?
Whole Body CryoTherapy was originally developed by Dr. Toshiro Yamauchi in Japan in 1978 who was treating pain and inflammation in his patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It has been extensively studied and refined in Europe since that time.
HOW DOES WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY WORK?
The Chill Chamber uses an upright, step-in whole body cryochamber which employs gasiform nitrogen to lower the client’s skin surface temperature to approximately 32 degrees F in 30 seconds or less and this remains nearly constant for the duration of the session of up to 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.
IS NITROGEN GAS DANGEROUS TO HUMANS?
No. 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.
IS IT COMFORTABLE?
Before entering The Chill Chamber, clients are instructed on proper protective clothing if necessary, however dry socks are always required. Privacy is always maintained as only the head is visible. The cold, though intense, is a dry, gaseous cold and does not make the skin wet. It is considered well-tolerated by those who are sometimes cold-intolerant.
HOW DO I FEEL AFTER A SESSIONS?
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. Many clients expressed having the best night of sleep after a Cryo session.
CAN I CATCH A COLD FROM WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?
The immediate response from the cold therapy will raise the body’s temperature a few degrees for a short period of time. however, the overall 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 Chill Chamber. The door cannot lock and the staff member is there through the entire process until the session has ended.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE A SHOWER BEFORE OR AFTER A SESSION?
No, you don’t. The entire procedure is dry and does not make your skin wet. Many clients’ come by during their lunch break since the entire treatment is only 3 minutes long. We can accommodate your specific scheduling request.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN I GET WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY A DAY?
We recommend up to 2 sessions per day, at least 4 hours between sessions. Most clients immediately feel energized after their first session, however it is recommended to have at least 5 sessions consecutively daily or every other day to establish the body’s baseline and to have lasting beneficial effects.
WHO IS IT RECOMMENDED FOR?
Whole Body Cryotherapy benefits everybody 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 not recommended (contraindicated) for those persons with the following conditions:
Pregnancy, acute myocardial infarction (MI), unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis (blood clots), acute cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, cold allergy, acute kidney diseases and severe Hypertension (BP>180-100). Clients should always check with their medical providers regarding their particular medical status.
SPORTS AND TRAINING BENEFITS
Professional teams and elite athletes have been using Whole Body Cryotherapy to win Championships and Olympic Gold Medals. CryoTherapy has been used for decades in sports & training to treat and relieve chronic pain symptoms associated with competitive injury and overuse and has been proven in sports medicine as a recovery modality from muscle and ligament damage due to the anti-inflammatory and restorative properties of intense cold treatment.
Gain The Competitive Edge
When the body is exposed to Whole Body CryoTherapy, the result is vasoconstriction of the blood vessels followed by vasodilation. This process helps the body rid itself of toxins and speed distribution of pain reducing endorphins. Highly oxygenated blood is presented to the affected areas helping the body repair and strengthen itself as well as increasing stamina during competition. You will feel the confident winning attitude!
CryoTherapy sessions before or after competition or workouts help to increase your energy, stamina and metabolic rate. Post-sport sessions will aid in recovery and injury repair.
- Decreased injury recovery
- Quicker surgical recovery time
- Reduction of pain and inflammation
- Reduction in length of rehabilitation treatment
- Increases athletic performance
- Reduces DOMS (Delay Onset Muscle Soreness)
- Faster return to competition
- Competitive psychological edge
HEALTH & WELLNESS BENEFITS
Whole Body CryoTherapy treatment is great for Health & Wellness. The outer surface of the skin is lowered to near 35 degrees F for 2-3 minutes by way of Nitrogen mist. During this time, the vessels and capillaries in the skin undergo a period of vasoconstriction followed by vasodilation. This causes toxins in the body to be broken down and carried away and signals the brain to release highly beneficial biochemicals into the bloodstream.
Chronic Medical Conditions
Medical Studies have shown that Whole Body CryoTherapy can help to alleviate chronic medical conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Auto-immune disorders, Ankylosing Spondylosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatitis and Osteoporosis. Studies have also shown that Whole Body Cryotherapy is beneficial in the treatment of mood disorders, affective disorders, anxiety and depression.
The exposure to the extreme cold tricks the body into thinking that it is in Hypothermia, causing it to increase the metabolic rate in order to increase heat production to protect the core of the body. Although the body is not at risk, this process causes the body to “burn” between 500-800 calories. Most clients notice a sound night’s sleep and the release of endorphins into the body leaves many clients with an immediate feeling of being energized and a positive outlook.
- Pain relief from chronic medical conditions
- Weight loss acceleration
- Increased circulation
- Clearing of Skin Conditions
- “Resetting” of the body’s internal regulatory process
- Treatment of mood disorders, anxiety and depression
- Faster recovery from surgery or medical procedures
- Reduction of inflammation and swelling
SPA & BEAUTY BENEFITS
Anti-Aging & Skin Rejuvenation
The Nitrogen environment and intense cold of nearly -250 degrees F activates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin leaving it smoother, firmer and tight. After a series of treatments, clients notice more even tone and renewed elasticity and an improved overall “younger” appearance. A reduction in cellulite has also been noted as another benefit.
Increased Caloric Burn Aids in Weight Loss
The exposure to the extreme cold tricks the body into thinking that it is in Hypothermia, causing it to increase the metabolic rate in order to increase heat production to protect the core of the body. This is accomplished by way of muscle contractions which requires energy and this process causes the body to “burn” between 500-800 calories in addition to skin improvement.A regular CryoTherapy regimen can be a significant ally in your weight-loss program. The release of endorphins into the body leaves many clients with a feeling of being energized and a positive outlook.
- Tighter, firmer youthful skin due to increased collagen production
- Weight loss due to ”burn” of 500-800 calories per session
- Reduction of skin blemishes from conditions such as Psoriasis
- Reduction in the appearance of cellulite
- Activation of the body’s natural regeneration processes
- Stronger hair and nails
- More energy and libido