- How does this compare to an ice bath?
It doesn’t. It is simply not possible to achieve the same temperatures and effect with an ice bath. Furthermore, an ice bath is generally an excruciating 12-15 minutes or longer wet process, where, cryotherapy is only a 2½ to 3 minute completely dry session.
- How often can I Cryo?
We recommend clients receive 10 treatments within their first 30 days, with 2-3 treatments per week to maintain. Some clients may experience noticeable differences after just one treatment, but optimal results typically occur when 10 sessions are completed within your first 3-4 weeks.
However, once you experience the increased energy, better sleep, metabolic boost, and the rush of endorphins, you will want to make Cryo a part of your lifestyle!
- What is the difference between Cryo and a traditional ice bath?
Everything. You cannot achieve the same results with an ice bath that you can with Cryo. During an ice bath, the body works to re-warm the area exposed to the ice water. It does this by sending blood to the cold area. This is why the skin gets red. An ice bath is generally an extremely uncomfortable process that lasts 12-15 minutes or longer. The tissue become cold and stiff during the process.
Cryotherapy is only a 2½ to 3 minute treatment with a much greater recovery and performance enhancing effect. Cryo creates an illusion in the body that you are in extreme conditions and this triggers a healing response. During Cryotherapy, the body sends blood (along with toxins and lactic acid) away from extremities and to the core. The heart cleans the blood and enriches it with healing nutrients. After the quick 2-3 minute treatment, you step out of the cryo unit and your extremities immediately re-warm. Your body does an internal assessment of what areas need healing. From decreased inflammation and soreness, to chronic pain relief and a metabolic boost, the potential of what Cryotherapy can do for you is huge!
- Is this intense cold good for my skin?
The cold air on your skin only penetrates ½ millimeter deep (that’s not deep at all), so the skin endures no damage. The Cryo process actually improves the skin by producing collagen and promoting healing – minimizing scars and acne.
- I heard Cryo burns calories…can this be true?
You heard right! After completing a Cryo treatment, your body works hard to return to homeostasis. During the next 4-5 hours, the body is re-warming, healing and detoxifying. This requires lots of energy. You will burn 500-800 calories within 4-5 hours of your treatment. Most people will also notice a nice energy boost.
- I sleep terrible already. Will Cryo keep me up at night?
Many of our clients who have trouble sleeping, actually report that after completing their first 3-5 Cryo sessions that they sleep deeper, better and longer. If you have trouble sleeping, we suggest you schedule your session before 4pm, so you can enjoy the energy boost and get a good night’s rest. Night night, sleep tight!
- Has Cryotherapy been tested?
Researchers and providers in Europe have been developing and refining cryotherapy for more than thirty years.
- How many times can I get Cryotherapy in a day?
We recommend no more than 2 times a day and only then if you are in heavy training.. Otherwise a consistent regiment of two or three times a week for most people is adequate.
- Do I have to take a shower before and/or after the therapy?
No. Cryotherapy is an absolutely dry process and does not make your skin wet.
- Can I catch a cold because of whole body cryotherapy?
Immediate cold impact of the cryo-session will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time (around 30-40 sec). This rise has a positive effect on chills and may help to fight the cold.
- I am claustrophobic. Will I feel comfortable in the cryosauna?
Yes. The door is never locked and you can step out at any moment. Also, the base inside the cabin is adjusted to your height, insure your head is above and outside the cabin at all times.
- How can anybody endure the cold and how do I feel after?
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 is only a “feeling” of being cold. During each session endorphins, or the body’s natural “feel good” substance, are released. The buoyant effects from each session lasts approximately six hours.
- Is nitrogen gas dangerous to human beings?
Please Note: The air we breathe everyday is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen, 78% Nitrogen and 5% of other components. The client in the cryotherapy chamber does not breath in gasiform air or nitrogen gas. The client is elevated above the chamber from the chin up and breathing clean oxygen. This is ensured by proper ventilation and verified by an oxygen sensor at all times.
- Who Should NOT Use Cryo?
• Untreated hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Heart disease
• Chronic liver disease
• Blood clots
• Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or known circulatory dysfunction
• Allergy to cold conditions
• Reynaud’s disease
This is not a complete list of contra-indications. We always encourage and expect our client to review with their doctors. Exceptions may be discussed on a case-by-case basis and only with a doctor’s note of approval.