What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy comes from the Greek words Cryo meaning cold, and Therapy meaning cure. Cold therapies have been utilised from as early as the 17th century to help diminish pain. Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a modernistic strategy to traditional cold therapy’s which utilises an innovative climate-controlled chamber to deliver a variety of therapeutic and recovery benefits.
WBC is an alternative to cold water therapy or ice products which exposes clients and athletes to cold, dry air for up to three minutes. WBC is non-invasive and is significantly more comfortable than an ice bath or any other traditional forms of cold therapy, whilst delivering accelerated results. Cryosaunas provide whole body cryotherapy and fast and effective results.
How does Whole Body Cryo work?
During a cryotherapy session, your body constricts peripheral tissues, sending blood from the skin surface, muscle tissue and surrounding joints to the core to protect core temperature. As the blood travels to the core, it follows the body’s natural filtration pathway and passes through the cardiovascular system where its cleansed of toxins and pumped full of oxygen, nutrients and enzymes. The body continues to flush the tissue of toxins and circulate blood, continuing its normal flushing process and reaction to subzero temperatures.
After a cryotherapy session, your body immediately begins to return the enriched blood to the peripheral tissues delivering blood back to the skin, muscle tissue and surrounding joint space delivering an array of benefits.
What to expect at your first session
On arrival our trained staff will greet you and answer any questions you may have to ensure you are completely comfortable prior to commencing your session.
You will complete and sign a waiver which identifies any pre existing conditions that may prevent you from using Cryotherapy. All clients will be supplied a robe, dry socks, gloves and an area to change in. Men need to wear cotton briefs or boxes and women can wear underwear, sports bras or equivalent (not containing metal).
Once you are changed you will enter the Cryosauna to begin your first WBC (Whole Body Cryo) treatment.
We take your privacy very seriously and it is important to us! You are able to de-robe inside the sauna once the door is closed with only your head and neck being visible from the outside. Your robe will be given back to you allowing you to dress before you exit the sauna.
The platform will rise to the correct operating position. During the cold but quick 3 minute session you may feel an array of immediate benefits begin including a refreshing and energised feeling triggered from the brain releasing endorphins whilst burning 500-800 calories… with more benefits throughout the remainder of the day.
Once the treatment ends and you are re-robed you will then exit sauna, re-dress in privacy and continue to reap the benefits of your first Crysosauna treatment!
Depending on the condition you are treating, our professional staff will recommend a session that last between 1.5 and 3 minutes. No session is longer than 3 minutes.
Generally 2-3 treatments a week are sufficient for most people, however treatment schedules vary depending on your level of athletic activity, severity of soft tissue ailments, and other factors.
Your body’s natural healing mechanisms are transported via your blood. WBC “tricks” your body into implementing the same responses it would if you were freezing, which means blood moves more quickly than normal in order to warm your extremities. Increased, hormone- and enzyme-rich blood flow means increased oxygen content, minimized toxins, and enhanced muscle recovery.
WBC “tricks” your body into implementing the same responses it would if you were freezing without the discomfort. Your body works much harder than normal in order to heat your body up. Consequently, it’s been reported that 500-800 calories are burned as a result of each session.
While using the Cryosauna your extremities will be protected by gloves, socks, and slippers. All jewellery must be removed. Women can choose whether to remove or wear undergarments; men are required to wear cotton underwear for protection.
WBC is a process of exposing the body to ultra-cool air for no more than 3 minutes at a time in order to trick the brain that the body is freezing, triggering the body’s natural healing mechanisms. As your core works intensively to heat blood and transport it to your extremities, circulation is increased, purifying blood by replacing harmful toxins with oxygen. This oxygen-purified blood, full of hormones and enzymes, then courses to your muscles and organs, accelerating healing and recovery.
When the session is complete, your skin will return to its normal temperature within minutes. Immediately after you may feel a slight tingling sensation, but within minutes you will likely feel relaxed and muscular pain generally begins to subside immediately. Many patients report feeling invigorated with diminished pain symptoms immediately after WBC. Additionally, many experience better sleep after a session, and the invigorating effects of a session are cumulative and long-lasting with additional treatments. Follow-up sessions are recommended for maximum results.
Before entering the Cryosauna for the first time, our trained staff will walk you through the process step by step so you know exactly what to expect. While using the Cryosauna your extremities will be protected by gloves, socks, and slippers. Women can choose whether to remove or wear undergarments; men are required to wear cotton underwear for protection. The session will last between 1.5 and 3 minutes. During this time your core body temperature will not change. Because the air does not contain any moisture, you will feel chilled but not uncomfortably cold.
Yes. It’s common for athletes to utilize WBC prior to workout in order to increase flexibility, range of motion, blood flow, and oxygen flow. Similarly, it’s common for athletes to participate in Whole Body Cryotherapy after working out in order to expedite soft tissue healing. It is recommended that you shower prior to a session and avoid using any lotions or other topical products beforehand.
No preparation is needed prior to arriving at the center. Because dry air is used, there is no need to shower afterwards. It is common for patients to use the Cryosauna during a lunch break from work as the process is quick, clean, and simple.
An ice bath involves submersing a patient in cold water for about 10-20 minutes to encourage the body to increase circulation and healing. An ice bath will feel much colder and uncomfortable due to direct conductivity of water to the skin. However the air conductivity to the skin is different hence you don’t feel as cold as an ice bath. WBC triggers the same and advanced healing mechanisms by exposing the body to hyper cool air, resulting in a more comfortable and more effective session after only 3 minutes max. WBC purifies the blood, increases the body’s nutrient flow, and removes toxins from the system.
Throughout the entire Whole Body Cryotherapy process, your head is kept outside of the sauna and is constantly exposed to normal, room temperature air. The door to the Cryosauna closes but does not lock, so you are always in control. In addition a trained operator is always present to ensure your maximum safety.
WBC should not be used if you are:
- Are pregnant
- Have cold, fever, or seasonal infection (flu, sinusitis, etc.)
- Have cold-induced asthma
- Have an open wound or sore (including teeth abscesses)
- Have severe hypertension
- Have hyperthyroidism
- Have tumor diseases
- Have a heart or cardiovascular and respiratory disease (which may include heart disease, hyper- or hypotension, angina, heart failure ischemic heart disease or other rhythmic conditions)
- Have acute respiratory disease
- Have a pacemaker
- Have peripheral arterial disease Expired venous thrombosis
- Have seizures
- Have bacterial and viral skin infections
- Have acute kidney and urinary tract disease
- Are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Heart attack which dates less then 6 months
- Have severe anemia
- Have Raynaud’s syndrome
- Have Polyneuropathy
Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or generally seeking enhanced health and wellness, WBC can help your body achieve its ultimate potential.
Yes. Whole Body Cryotherapy has been used in its modern form in Europe and Asia for over 30 years by health practitioners(including MDs). Countless studies have been done on the various health benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy.
Yes. Because WBC uses cold air, the cooling agents never actually come into contact with your skin. The air is chilled using liquid nitrogen, and nitrogen makes up 78% of the air we breath. Because the temperature change to your body is only superficial, your internal body temperature remains constant throughout treatment. Your head is always kept outside of the low temperature area.
The Cryosauna is equipped with a number of safety features. While the door closes, it never locks, so you are in full control of your environment. A trained operator is always present to ensure your maximum safety. In addition the room is equipped with oxygen sensors and proper ventilation systems to ensure optimal air quality. Our staff is fully trained to make sure you experience both ultimate healing and ultimate safety.