How does Whole Body Cryotherapy work?
The cryosauna uses nitrogen vapor to lower the skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees in under 3 minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that acts as a stimulant to the regulatory functions of the body. The skin exposure to extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules, endorphins, increased oxygen in the blood and the release of toxins. Cryotherapy immediately improves blood circulation, delivery of oxygen and nutrients to bodily tissues, and improves the body's natural ability to eliminate toxins.
Is Whole Body Cryotherapy safe?
Yes! Nitrogen is a non-toxic natural gas. The nitrogen we use to cool the cryosauna is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (78%). In the cryosauna, the client breathes room-air. Problems only arise if a client steps into the cryosauna with wet skin or clothing.
What should I wear?
We provide dry socks, slippers, gloves and robes. Men must wear dry work-out shorts or underwear and women should wear dry sports bra and shorts, bathing suit or nothing at all (women only). No wire bras will be allowed in the chamber.
How do I feel after the treatment?
During each session, the body releases endorphins which are hormones that make you feel energized. The effects from each session last at least 6-8 hours. Like any therapy, more sessions lead to better results. We recommend a month of consistent cryosauna sessions and then maintenance as needed. Consistent use of the cryosauna can extend the benefits for greater lengths of time. Decreased inflammation is experienced. Clients suffering from pain in general will experience relief almost immediately. Cryosauna sessions will also increase your metabolic rate, burning 500-800 calories that day. Whole body cryotherapy used on a regular basis can help your body reset its metabolism.
Do I exercise before or after my cryotherapy session?
Yes! It is safe either way. If you exercise before Whole Body Cryotherapy, you will experience increased energy and greater recovery due to the reduction in inflammation. If you exercise after the cryosauna, you will experience a higher pain tolerance and more energy.
Is Whole Body Cryotherapy the same as an ice bath?
No! Whole Body Cryotherapy is an advanced form of ice therapy but not the same. Ice baths can last up to 20 minutes and are painful and damaging to the skin. In the cryosauna, the skin is never penetrated, yet the body responds on a deeper level, and improves the skin's overall condition. Whole body cryotherapy is much faster, less than 3 minutes, and results in better recovery which leads to better performance.
Will I be able to stand the cold?
There is no actual freezing, only the feeling of being cold. Whole body cryotherapy is simply very cold air flowing over the surface of the skin. The air is completely dry and safe with the protective gloves, socks and slippers we provide.
If I’m claustrophobic can I use the cryosauna?
Yes! The door is never locked and the service provider is with you at all times. You can request to step out at any time. Upon entering the cryosauna, the service provider raises the platform and your head is exposed above the cryosauna. Clients breathe room-air and an oxygen monitor is operating at all times.
Who should 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, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases. Anyone under the age of 18 needs a written consent from a parent or guardian. The cryosauna can treat clients up to 350 lbs.
What are the risks of Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy 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 procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), redness, and skin burns (only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended).
Why only 3 minutes?
3 minutes is all it takes to trigger the body's natural response to begin healing itself. There are benefits that last for up to 48 hours improving your overall health and wellness. In addition, the cryosauna speeds up the healing process by 50 percent!
How often should I do Cryotherapy?
We recommend visiting us at Argus Cryotherapy as many times as you are able. This is especially necessary during rigorous activities in your life. To help alleviate inflammation from surgeries and injuries (past or present), we suggest you come in on consecutive days to allow cryotherapy to aid in your recovery process.
What are the benefits of Cryotherapy?
In the short three-minute session, some of the benefits include, but are not limited to, an increase in your metabolic rate, burn up to 500-800 calories, increase short-term energy, promote collagen production in your skin, plus reduce muscle inflammation, pain, and recovery time.