Frequently asked questions
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a quick, noninvasive process that exposes your body, or parts of your
body, to extreme cold of up to -280°F through the use of gasified air from liquid nitrogen.
Cryo Saunas are used for Whole Body Cryo and are aimed at reducing your overall skin
temperature to between 30°F and 50°F, while maintaining a healthy core temperature.
This sudden drop in temperature triggers the brain to go into “fight or flight” mode
sending blood flow from your hands and feet back to your vital organs which may be
why you feel pins and needles sensation in your extremities. When you exit the
chamber and begin to warm up, your blood is pumped vigorously back throughout the
body, creating a flushing effect.
This process accelerates the body’s natural healing ability by increasing the oxygen and
nutrient supply into the bloodstream, thus reducing inflammation, relieving minor aches
and pain, and alleviate sore muscles. Cryo can also trigger the autonomic nervous
system sympathetic and parasympathetic to release adrenaline and endorphins, your
body’s “feel good” hormones, as well as improve sleep, reduce stress, and increase
How long is each session?
For Whole Body Cryo, the first time Cryo is usually 60 to 90 seconds to help you get
acclimated with the cold. After that, we will work with you to determine the duration from
2 to 3 minutes for each session. You may end the session at any time. For Localized
and Facial Cryo, each session lasts up to 10 minutes.
Who developed Whole Body Cryotherapy technology?
Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan for the treatment of
rheumatoid arthritis. It has been researched and refined in Europe over the past two
decades. Sports, Health and Spa professionals in U.S. have discovered then benefits of
whole body cryotherapy.
Is nitrogen dangerous?
No, nitrogen is a friendly, non-toxic gas. Nitrogen composes 78% of the air that we
breathe. The other components are 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen and 5% other gases.
Nitrogen is as common and safe as Oxygen.
What do I wear?
Clients typically wear their underwear inside the chamber. We will provide a robe for
you to wear, which will be removed once you enter the chamber and the door is closed.
We will also provide gloves and foot protection that must be worn inside the chamber.
Only the clients, head, neck and hands will be visible to the Whole Body Cryotherapy
technician, and the procedure will be done in a private room
Do I have to take a shower before and/or after the procedure?
No, you do not. This is a dry procedure that will not wet the skin.
Can I catch a cold from cryotherapy?
No. The immediate cold impact of the cryo session will stimulate the immune system
and can actually help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.
How often should I do cryo facials?
Depends on the objective of the treatment. For example, if the client has acne, we
recommend performing a cryo facial 3 or 4 times a week. If a client is using it for
beautification, then once or twice a week is ideal.
Can I exercise before or after whole body cryotherapy?
Yes, it is safe to do either. If you choose to exercise before whole body cryotherapy you
will experience increased energy and greater recovery due to the reduction in
inflammation. If you exercise after the cryotherapy you will experience a higher pain
tolerance and more energy.
How can anyone tolerate the extreme cold?
Cryotherapy involves hyper-cooled air flowing over the skin surface so the process
never freezes skin tissues, muscles or organs. The result is only the feeling of being
cold. The air is completely dry and safe with the protective wear.
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 systolic (this
effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to
normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), and activation of some viral conditions
(cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system. Protective clothing (socks,
gloves, undergarments) must be dry in order to avoid frostbite.
Who should avoid the use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications for WBC: Pregnancy, severe
hypertension (BP > 180/100), hypothyroidism, acute or recent myocardial infarction
(heart attack: need to be cleared for exercise), narrowing of valves, crescent-shaped
aorta and mitral valve, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic
cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease,
venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident (stroke: must be cleared
for exercise), uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s syndrome, fever, tumor disease,
symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy,
acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, incontinence.
How will I feel afterwards?
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are your “feel good”
hormones. The effects from each session last at least 6–8 hours. As with any new
regimen, consistency is key and increased results will be noted with regular use. Many
report a higher pain tolerance when exposure is pre-workout, and decreased
inflammation is noted with a post- workout exposure.