how does whole body cryotherapy work?
When you enter the cryosauna or cryochamber, the sudden drop in temperature signals the brain to send the body’s blood supply to the torso to insulate and protect vital organs, which is why you may feel a pins and needles sensation in your extremities. When you exit the chamber, blood is pumped vigorously back around the body, which increases your oxygen and nutrient supply and the removal of toxins. The cold also triggers the nervous system to release ‘feel good’ endorphins, while your body’s natural anti-inflammatory reaction to sub-zero temperatures results in pain reduction.
is it dangerous?
No. KryoLife offers the world’s most advanced cryosaunas and cryochambers. The liquid nitrogen used as a chilling agent does not come into contact with your skin, and is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). For added safety, chambers are equipped with an oxygen monitor to pump additional air into the chamber.
is there anyone who shouldn't use it?
Anyone who is pregnant, has severe, unmanaged hypertension, deep vein thrombosis, acute or recent myocardial infarction, uncontrolled seizures, fever, Raynaud’s syndrome, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, open wounds or ulcers, is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or is being treated for cancer.
is it comfortable? how does it feel?
The cold air does not contain any moisture, nor is there any air current, which is why it doesn’t feel shockingly cold. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a pins and needles sensation, which disappears immediately afterwards.
I'm claustrophobic; can I still use the cryosauna or cryochamber?
Yes. The cryosauna is open at the top so your head and neck remain above the chamber, and you can communicate to the trained technician controlling the machine throughout the treatment. (It’s also important to note that our cryosauna door does not lock). Although the cryochamber is completely enclosed, it is large enough to invite a friend to join you. The speaker system allows you to communicate with a technician who will be monitoring you through a glass window inside the cryochamber to make sure the experience is more enjoyable for you.
what do I wear during the treatment?
Because of the temperature, all jewelry needs to be removed before entering the cryosauna or cryochamber. You are required to wear cotton or wool socks, gloves, underwear, bathing suit bottoms, or sport shorts to protect intimate body parts. All other clothing is removed. Treatment in a cryochamber also requires ear protection.
do I take shower before or after the treatment?
No. It is recommended not to shower before the treatment, and it is not necessary to take one after. The treatment is completely dry.
how soon can I expect results?
You’ll feel great right away! After completing your first treatment, you will experience the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevator; a boost that lasts for several hours. Depending on your physical condition, you may feel immediate relief from joint and muscle pain, improved energy and increased flexibility that lasts for several hours or even days. Changes in skin texture, reduction in cellulite and weight loss take longer to see results and may require a series of treatments for maximum effect. Our Kryolife experts will advise you on a plan to achieve your best outcome.
is one treatment enough?
While every KryoLife session is beneficial and you will feel immediate results, research shows that you experience improved and cumulative benefits with a minimum of 10 sessions, over a two or three week period (professional athletes often have up to three sessions a day to achieve peak performance). You should consult our Kryolife team regarding your particular goals or any concerns you may have.
can I catch a cold because of whole body cryotherapy treatment?
No, you can't. Quite the opposite: the stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of cold occurrences.