Frequently Asked Questions

Is Whole Body Cryotherapy new technology?

No, Whole Body Cryotherapy has been around for decades. It was originally developed in 1978 in Japan by Dr. Toshiro Yamauchi to assist patients in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. In general, the use of cold to relieve pain has been used for thousands of years!

Is it safe?

Yes. Cryotherapy has been used around the world for the past 30+ years. It has been clinically proven to be a safe and effective method for people with a variety of different conditions and ailments. It’s relatively risk-free, as long as our clients follow simple guidelines. The nitrogen used to cool the cryosauna is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). Our certified staff is trained in creating a safe and comfortable environment to ensure the best possible experience.

Can I catch a cold from Whole Body Cryotherapy?

No. Contrary to popular belief, a cold environment does not cause the common cold. Studies have shown that cryotherapy can actually boost the immune system and help defend against germs, viruses, and chronic illnesses.

I am claustrophobic. Can I use Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Absolutely! Your entire head remains above the cryo-sauna at all times. The door cannot lock and a trained staff member is there monitoring you throughout the entire process until the session has ended.

How many treatments should I do?

Every client and every situation is different. Some clients find one session to have outstanding results, while others need several more to feel the effects from cryotherapy. Initially, we generally recommend 2-3 sessions, within the first two weeks, as this gives our clients a better judgement of how cryotherapy is affecting them. We always suggest doing cryotherapy more often in the beginning stages, and later maintaining with fewer sessions. There are no negative effects to doing cryotherapy on a daily basis; in fact, most clients find that when they complete more cryotherapy sessions in a close succession, the effects of the therapy become significantly more powerful.

Who is it recommended for?

Cryotherapy benefits everybody from elite athletes, to weekend warriors, those seeking weight loss and skin rejuvenation to people with chronic and inflammatory medical conditions. Cryotherapy has numerous proven health benefits, so we believe everybody can benefit.

Who should not use Whole Body Cryotherapy?

The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy.

  • Pregnancy
  • Severe hypertension (BP>180/100)
  • Acute or recent myocardial infarction
  • Unstable angina pectoris
  • Arrhythmia
  • Symptomatic cardiovascular disease
  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
  • Venous thrombosis
  • Acute or recent cerebrovascular accident
  • Uncontrolled seizures
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Fever
  • Tumor disease
  • Symptomatic lung disorders
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Severe anemia
  • Infection
  • Cold allergy
  • Age less than 14 years (parental consent needed for those under 18 y/o)
  • Acute kidney and urinary tract disease

Do I have to take a shower before or after?

Neither! The session is completely dry and does not make your skin wet, nor does it leave behind any residue. So there is no need to shower before or after your session. However, if you do plan on showering before your session, please refrain from applying moisturizers or oils as the skin should be completely dry before entering the cryo-sauna.

What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?

WBC 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 session, 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).

What should I wear?

During your session, women should remove all clothing, while men are required to wear undergarments. We recommend wearing something you can easily take off and put back on. We also recommend taking off all jewelry before arriving as you will be required to take off anything from the neck down before entering the cryo-sauna. Socks, slippers and gloves will be provided for you.

How do 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.