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Who developed the cryosauna?

Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan, in 1978, by Dr. Yamaguchi. The benefits have been studied and refined in Europe ever since. Initially explored for the purpose of treating rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Yamaguchi found he could significantly reduce the soreness and pain his patients usually felt during manipulation of their joints. The rapid decrease of temperature of the outer layer of skin led to the immediate release of endorphins and therefore less sensitivity to pain.

How does the cryosauna work?

The cryosauna uses nitrogen gas to lower the client’s skin surface temperature from normal body temperature to 30°F in 30-45 seconds, and keeps it that way for 2-3 minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that stimulates the body to go into survival mode by redistributing blood from the extremities to the core, where the blood is enriched with oxygen, enzymes and nutrients. As the body re-warms, this nutrient-rich blood is pushed back to the extremities. Enriched blood promotes internal organ regeneration, expels toxins from subcutaneous layers, initiates cell renewal process, triggers replacement of damaged cells and eliminates dead cells from peripheral tissues. Simply put, cryotherapy initiates rejuvenation of the body at the cellular level.

How does cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?

It doesn’t. You are simply unable to achieve the same results with an ice bath. After 12-15 minutes of a shockingly cold ice bath, the skin temperature only arrives at 41°F, whereas with 2-3 minutes of whole body cryotherapy the skin temperature gets as low as 30°F. This allows for a different physiological response from the body, increasing your speed of recovery and overall healing. During an ice bath, the cold actually penetrates into deeper skin tissue and can be damaging to the skin. In the cryosauna, the skin is never penetrated, yet the body responds on a deeper level, even improving the skin’s overall condition.

Can I work out immediately before or after my exposure?

Yes. In fact, it is recommended. This is also a feature that varies greatly from your typical ice bath. After an ice bath it is essential not to perform strenuous exercise because of the water penetrating deeper than the cryosauna. If you work out before your exposure, you can expect greater recovery due to the inflammation reduction. If you work out after your exposure, you can expect a higher pain tolerance, more energy and greater flexibility.

How often should I use the cryosauna?

For optimum results, we recommend 2-3 sessions per week. It is safe for you to do two sessions a day, but only recommended for those in heavy training, in rehab or recovering from surgery.

Who should not use whole body cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is not intended for individuals with the following conditions:

  • 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
  • Cold allergy (being allergic to cold)
  • Acute kidney and urinary tract diseases