Planning Your First Cryotherapy Session? How to Prepare and What to Expect
Has a fitness blog you follow been talking up cryotherapy weight loss? Have you been hearing people at your gym talking about how they use whole body cryotherapy to alleviate their aches and pains? Are your friends raving about their cryotherapy sessions? Whatever the case may be, if you’ve been hearing a lot about cryotherapy, you might be thinking about giving it a try yourself.
Cryotherapy, which literally means “cold therapy”, refers to the practice of using super-cold temperatures for therapeutic benefits. Applying ice packs to a twisted ankle, a swollen knee, or an aching shoulder is a form of cryotherapy. Whole body cryotherapy, however, and as the name suggests, refers to exposing the entire body to subzero temperatures for therapeutic purposes. It’s a natural way to treat a variety of physical ailments and mental ailments and can provide a long list of benefits, including:
- Mood enhancements
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Improved energy levels
- Boosted metabolic rate and potential weight loss
- Alleviation of inflammation, aches, and pains
- Improved antioxidant levels
- Treatment for skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis
- Faster surgical and injury recovery
These are just some of the benefits body cryotherapy can provide. No matter your specific purpose, if you’ve scheduled your first appointment at a cryo chamber near me, there’s no doubt you have questions. To help ensure your first cryotherapy session goes as smoothly as possible, we’ve highlighted answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from our first-time cryo spa visitors.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Since your skin needs to be exposed to the subzero temperatures, you won’t be wearing much during your cryo session, as wearing too much clothing will prevent you from being able to experience the benefits that cryotherapy provides. With that said, you can wear whatever you’d like to your appointment – work attires, loungewear, workout gear, etc. – but do make sure that underneath your clothing, you’re wearing something “skimpy”, or that you bring something along with you, like a bathing suit or undergarments. Women, if they’d like, can enter the cryo spa in their birthday suits, but for men, a minimum of cotton briefs are required in order to protect those precious bits from the extreme cold.
Q: Is it OK if I’m wet or sweat?
A: Nope. You want to make sure that you are completely dry. If there is any moisture on your skin or clothing, freezing could occur. This includes sweat. As such, make sure that your clothing and skin are thoroughly dried.
Q: What will happen before I enter the cryo spa?
A: Before you enter the cryo spa, you’ll be provided with a bathrobe, booties, and gloves, and you’ll be guided to your own private chamber (so to speak). You’ll be asked to undress (remember, you can keep your underwear or bathing suit on), and to put the bathrobe, gloves, and booties one. The gloves and botties will protect your hands and feet from frostbite. You’ll then enter an acclimation chamber, a that’s a bit colder than room temperature, but isn’t as cold as the cryo sauna, which will help to acclimate your body so that you aren’t totally shocked by the extreme cold.
Q: How cold is cryotherapy?
A: It’s cold, baby! The temperature inside the cryo sauna will drop to an icy -225 to -250 degrees F. Special technology is used bring the chamber down to subzero temperatures, but that technology is safe for the skin. Exposure to these icy temps will bring the surface of your skin down by 30 to 50 degrees F.
Q: Will I be locked inside the chamber?
A: Nope! Not at all! While the cryo chamber does have a door that will need to be closed throughout the duration of the session, it doesn’t lock and you can open it whenever you’d like to.
Q: What If I get too cold, nervous, or uncomfortable?
A: Not to worry! First, we’d like to note that the window of the cryotherapy chamber can be lowered down to where your head won’t be in the chamber at all. With that said, however, if you find that you’re uncomfortable for any reason, you can open the door and exit the chamber, or you can communicate with the technician, who will be dedicated to assisting throughout the duration of your cryotherapy session.
Q: Do I need to remain still during the session?
A: Nope! In fact, we recommend moving about and being fidgety; wave your arms, shake your hands, wiggle your fingers and toes, tap your feet, lift your legs in a marching fashion, and sway back and forth. Movement will help to keep your blood flowing and will maintain your comfort.
Q: How long will the whole body cryotherapy session last?
A: It depends on your preference. On average, sessions last between 1 and 3 minutes; however, to ensure safety, a session will not exceed five minutes. For your first session, you might want to take things slow and remain in for just a minute or so, and then work your way up to longer sessions as you become used to the experience. Keep in mind that you can end your session whenever you’d like.
Q: What will I feel like after my session?
A: After your session, you might feel a pins-and-needles-like sensation throughout your body; however, that sensation should subside rather quickly. You shouldn’t feel any discomfort and you will have full range of motion in your muscles and joints, so you will be able to go back to your regular routine. You can head right back to work, grab a bite to eat, run some errands, or do whatever you’d like.
Looking for a Cryo Chamber Near Me?
If you’d like to learn more about what to expect and how to prepare for your first cryotherapy session, or you’re looking for a fantastic cryo spa, get in touch with us today! We’re a leading cryotherapy Los Angeles spa and we’d love for you to experience all of the benefits that this incredible treatment offers.