Who developed this technology?
Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed by Dr. Toshiro Yamaguchi in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time. Whole body cryotherapy has been used in Europe and Japan for more than three decades. Multiple research studies have been published in medical journals about the effects of whole body cryotherapy, and in many European countries the treatments are covered by medical insurance policies. In the United States, whole body cryotherapy is considered a non-medical wellness procedure, and health insurances do not offer reimbursements for the service.
How does it work?
The Cryosauna uses gasiform nitrogen to lower the skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of two-three minutes. The Cryochamber is cooled using liquid nitrogen but there is no 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 produces the scanning of all areas that may not be working to their fullest potential. The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins.
Can anyone endure Cryotherapy?
The process only involves hyper cooled air flowing over the surface of the skin so the process never freezes any skin tissues or organs. The result only produces the feeling of being cold. During each session endorphins, or the body's natural "feel good" substance, are released.
What are the risks of whole body Cryotherapy?
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, redness, and skin burns (only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended).
Is there anyone who shouldn’t do Cryotherapy?
Anyone who is pregnant, has severe, unmanaged hypertension (BP> 180/100), has a cardiac pacemaker, is being treated for cancer, has deep vein thrombosis, acute or recent myocardial infarction, uncontrolled seizures, fever, unstable angina pectoris, Raynaud’s syndrome, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, open wounds or ulcers, and is under influence of drugs or alcohol.
How old do you have to be to do Cryotherapy?
Ages 14 and up can do cryotherapy.
Is it dangerous?
Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air we breathe is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen, 78% Nitrogen and 5% of other components. The liquid nitrogen that is used as a chilling agent does not come into contact with your skin and you will not breathe in nitrogen gas. The client is elevated above the chamber from the chin up and breathing clean oxygen. For added safety, chambers are equipped with an oxygen monitor. A trained operator is always present during the treatment so to control the temperature levels and monitor your comfort.
How many times can I do Cryotherapy in one day?
We recommend no more than 2 times a day and only then if you are in heavy training. Otherwise two or three times a week for most people is adequate.
Do I have to take a shower after Cryotherapy?
No. Cryotherapy is a dry process and does not make your skin wet.
I am claustrophobic. Can I still do Cryotherapy?
Absolutely! The door to the cryosauna cannot lock and a staff member is there through the entire process until the session has ended. The cryosauna is open at the top and adjusted to fit the height of each client, your head and neck are always above the opening so you are not totally enveloped.
What do I wear in the cryosauna?
Because of the very low temperatures, all jewelry need to be removed before entering the cryosauna. Clients are required to wear cotton or wool foot and hand protection plus either cotton underwear (for men) or a bathing suit to protect intimate body parts. All other clothing is removed.
How soon can I expect results?
Most clients feel great right away because after completing your first treatment you will experience the release of endorphins. Depending on your physical condition, you may feel immediate relief from joint and muscle pain, improved energy, and increased flexibility that will last for several hours or even days. Changes in skin texture and reduction in cellulite and weight loss will take longer to see results and may require a series of treatments for maximum results.
Can I catch a cold due to cryotherapy treatments?
No. In fact, the stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.
How will I feel after the treatment?
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The mood-enhancing effects from each session can last for days.