Frequently Asked Questions About Whole Body Cryotherapy
Are your friends a-buzz about cryotherapy? Have you been seeing the people you follow on social media post about going to the cryo spa? Are you wondering what the heck cryotherapy is? Do you have a basic idea and are thinking about scheduling an appointment at a spa that offers cryotherapy near me?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you’ve come to the right place! Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions that we get about whole body cryotherapy, and have provided answers to those questions so that you can decide if it’s something you would like to add to your health and wellness routine.
Q: What is whole body cryotherapy?
A: The word “cryotherapy” literally translates to “cold therapy”, so whole body cryotherapy means cold therapy for the entire body; well, with the exception of the head. Every part of the body from the neck on down – the shoulders, arms, trunk, legs, feet, etc., are all exposed to icy cold temperatures during a whole body cryotherapy session.
Q: How does cryotherapy work?
A: It’s pretty simple. You enter a device, known as a cryo sauna, which is a chamber that is made of metal, and has a door on the front and an opening at the top. Once you’re in, you place your neck in the opening at the top so that your head pokes out and close the door. Then, a licensed operator will fill the cryo sauna with liquid nitrogen technology to lower the temperature inside the chamber to an icy cold -200 to -300 degrees F (the temperatures vary from cryo spa to cryo spa). Sessions last for about 1 to 3 minutes, though the never exceed 5 minutes, and you can exit whenever you want to.
Q: How long has whole body cryotherapy been around?
While it might seem like a new trend, whole body cryotherapy has actually been around for quite a while. In fact, it was first developed by a doctor in Japan in the 1970s, who explored the effects that exposure to cold temperatures had on patients that suffered from arthritis.
Q: What does cryotherapy feel like?
A: Well, as you can imagine, it’s icy cold. The temperature inside the cryo sauna dips to a frigid -200 to -300 degrees F, which is exceptionally chilly. Most people report that their skin feels a bit tingly, and some have said that their skin feels a bit tight; however, it isn’t uncomfortable, and you start to warm up as soon as you exit the chamber. Also important to note is that if you find that you aren’t comfortable, you can end the session at any time.
Q: What if I’m claustrophobic?
A: While your entire body will be enclosed in the cryo sauna, your head remains outside the chamber throughout the whole session and is exposed to normal, room temperature throughout the entire duration. If, however, you do find that you feel claustrophobic at any time, the door can be opened whenever you’d like. You are always in control and a trained operator will be available throughout the entire session to ensure maximum safety.
Q: What are the benefits of whole body cryotherapy?
A: There are many! Whole body cryotherapy has been found to relieve inflammation and pain, ease anxiety and depression, enhance the mood, boost energy levels, and may even help to promote weight loss, as exposure to frigid temperatures are said to boost metabolic rate. These are just some of the benefits that whole body cryotherapy provides.
Q: Is whole body cryotherapy safe?
A: Yep, it sure is! The cooling agents that are used to bring down the temperature inside the cryo sauna never actually make contact with your skin. Liquid nitrogen is used to cool the chamber, and because nearly 80 percent of the air that we breathe is comprise of nitrogen, it’s totally safe. Plus, since the therapy only reduces your body temperature superficially, your internal body temp will remain constant throughout the duration of the treatment, and our head is out of the chamber and exposed to room temperature. There are also a number of safety features on the chamber, and an operator is always present.
Q: Are there any risks?
A: Cryotherapy isn’t for everyone. Women who are pregnant, those who suffer from cardiovascular or blood conditions, who are undergoing cancer treatments, who have been diagnosed with seizure disorders, suffer from urinary tract or kidney infections, and have open wounds or ulcers may experience adverse effects. Additionally, you should not use cryotherapy if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you are concerned, speak with your health care provider and they will let you know if there are any risks that you need to be aware of and whether or not whole body cryotherapy is the right option for you.
Q: What should I wear?
A: You can come to your appointment in anything you’d like; work attire, workout gear, lounge clothes, etc. Before you enter the cryo sauna, you will be asked to remove your clothing and will slip into a robe. You will also be asked to put on a pair of gloves, socks, and slippers to protect your hands and feet from frostbite. Ladies can keep their undergarments on or they can remove them. Men are required to wear underwear for protection.
Q: What will I feel like after a whole body cryotherapy session?
A: When your session is over, you will re-dress and you can go about your regular routine. Your skin will feel cool, but it will return back to normal within a few minutes. You might feel a bit tingly for a little while after your session, but that will stop soon after, too. You’ll feel a sensation of relaxation, pain relief, and you will likely notice that you’ll feel more upbeat, energetic, and happier, too.
Have More Questions?
If you have any other questions about whole body cryotherapy, give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to answer them! If you’re ready to schedule an appointment for a cryotherapy session at a leading cryo sauna, you know who to call! Either way, we’re looking forward to hearing from you!