Frequently asked questions

 

What is Cryotherapy?

The therapeutic use of cold – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The concept of cryotherapy is not new. Humans have long used ice packs and cold plunge pools for sports or injury recovery.

What does Cryotherapy mean?

The term cryotherapy comes from the Greek cryo, meaning cold, and therapeia, meaning cure.

How old is Cryotherapy?

The history of cryotherapy can be traced back to ancient Greece, where is believed Hippocrates prescribed the use of ice and snow to treat inflammation.

When was Whole Body Cryotherapy developed?

Whole Body Cryotherapy originated in Japan in 1978, when a Doctor Yamaguchi began using freezing temperatures for short durations on patients’ skin to manage the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Today, whole body cryotherapy is provided in over 50 European hospitals and medical clinics and is now used in many spas and athletic training facilities.

How does Whole Body Cryotherapy work?

Our Cryo Pod works by using cold, dry, circulating air to expose user’s body to temperatures ranging from -120 to -180 degrees Celsius for 2 to 4 minutes. This super-cooling is believed to stimulate blood circulation, promoting healing and recovery. Cold air constricts the body’s peripheral tissues. The body responds by sending blood from the skin and muscle tissue to vital organs to protect core temperate. This is a natural survival process your body does in cold environments to retain essential body heat. It is called vasoconstriction, and involves the narrowing of blood vessels

Once you step out of the cryo pod, your body immediately begins vasodilation, which is the widening of blood vessels, increasing blood flow to tissue that needs it most.

How does Whole Body Cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?

It is very different. An ice bath isn’t anywhere near as cold. An ice bath is generally an uncomfortable, wet 20-minute process. Whole Body Cryotherapy is a dry cold, with temperatures ranging from -120 to -180 degrees Celsius for 2 to 4 minutes.

How cold does it feel?

Even if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like the cold, you will be pleasantly surprised at how your body responds. Treatment is just 2 – 4 minutes and the cold is completely dry, so it is tolerable, invigorating and refreshing.

I don’t like being in small spaces. Does this matter?

The pod has an open top, so your head is above and outside the pod at all times. The pod door is not locked – you can step out at any time.

Do I need a shower before or after?

No. The session is dry and does not make your skin wet.

What do I wear?

You wear your underwear. You will be given a fresh, clean Cryo Kit to wear, which includes socks, slippers and gloves. You wear a dressing gown to and from the dressing room to the pod.

How will I feel after a session?

Many users report feeling uplifted, refreshed and buoyant, with effects lasting eight hours or more. Many report better, more restful sleep the night following a session.

How many sessions should I have?

Many users report on-going benefits with subsequent sessions. If you enjoyed the results of your first session, we recommend taking our 5 or 10-session package.

Who should not use Cryotherapy?

Super-cooling or whole-body cryotherapy has risks and should not be used by some people. Check with your doctor before proceeding.  

You will not be allowed to use the facility if you have any of the following conditions:

You are pregnant, have severe hypertension, cardiovascular disease, a cardiac pacemaker, flu or common cold.