Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a cold air session that works by standing or sitting inside a cryotherapy chamber for a period of 2-3 minutes. Cold air is blown over the body to stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, causing a dramatic peripheral vasoconstriction followed by a dramatic vasodilatation. The Cryosauna uses gasiform nitrogen to lower the skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of two-three minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that acts as a stimulant to the regulatory functions of the body, causing a flight response and adrenaline response. The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins.
How does Cryotherapy work?
The body's response to cold air from WBC is merely due to the perceived threat that the body is freezing; when, in fact, only skin temperature is affected. WBC stimulates the sympathetic nervous system via alpha-adrenergic receptors (thermoreceptors), causing dramatic peripheral vasoconstriction. This induces adaptive changes correlating with effects of analgesia (pain relief), reduction of inflammation, and an increase in blood serum markers for tissue repair.
Is it comfortable?
During a session, clients wear minimal protective clothing (gloves, socks, and undergarments (NO UNDERWIRE BRAS-your sports bra is best). You will remove your clothing and any jewelry, and step inside the Cryo-chamber and the when the door is closed, you will hit the button for the operator. You will be supervised at all times during each session. Only your hands and face are visible to the operator during the procedure, so modesty is preserved at all times. Additionally, it is a dry, gaseous cold and is not painful like ice baths. This means the session is tolerable even to those who may consider themselves cold-intolerant.
How do I feel after I finish a session?
During each session, the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session last at least 6-8 hours and increase with number of sessions. Many clients have expressed that they have the best night of sleep after a Cryo session.
What are the risks of Cryotherapy?
Whole body Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks. Those who are treating for hypertension, or who are pregnant, may not be able to treat using Cryotherapy. Fluctuations in blood pressure occur during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically. This effect reverses after the end of the procedure as peripheral circulation returns to normal but can be stressful on the heart to those with heart conditions. Rare allergic reaction to extreme cold (Reynaud’s disease), anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc may also be contraindications to use. Let your doctor know of any concerns or conditions before your session.
Whole Body therapy
Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment can trigger receptors deep within your skin telling the body to increase production of collagen. This increased production of collagen will leave your skin feeling smooth, firm and tight. Whole Body Cryotherapy can also decrease the appearance of cellulite, varicose & spider veins. While sticking to a certain regimen of sessions, clients could notice a healthier and balanced skin tone, revived skin elasticity and overall increased skin health & appearance.
ATHLETIC / TRAINING RECOVERY
Our goal as athletes is to maximize our abilities on the playing surface, wherever that playing surface may be located. Muscle soreness and injury can be detrimental obstacles that could keep an athlete sidelined, off the playing field and away from reaching their goals. Introducing Whole Body Cryotherapy to your training regimen can help keep your body in peak physical shape and give you the edge on your opponents. You can utilize your body to its maximum potential with Whole Body Cryotherapy.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Whole Body Cryotherapy can help reduce chronic medical conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Auto-immune deficiencies & disorders, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Osteoporosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Osgood-schlatter's Disease, etc. The effects of Whole Body Cryotherapy on psychological, mood and mental state have also been very positive; Whole Body Cryotherapy can be a beneficial method of treating mood disorders, anxiety and depression.