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What to Expect

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What happens during a whole-body cryotherapy treatment?

The reactivity in the brain is two-fold

Whole-body cryotherapy, from a review of various studies and sources, shows two very prominent systemic responses. The “cold-shock” reaction happens when you enter the chamber and skin temperature all over the body drops rapidly. The thermoreceptors (nerve ending neurons) send distress signals to the brain.

First, there is a Central Nervous System (CNS) reaction where endorphins are quickly released in vast amounts. Endorphins generally elevate mood and block pain reception signals. Additionally, norepinephrine is released (said to be twice the average producing levels) triggering vasoconstriction. Clients experience improved range of motion with pain reduction almost immediately as restrictive connective tissue relaxes without pain reception.

Additionally, the brain initiates a parasympathetic (Autonomic Nervous System) reaction. Blood draws from the extremities to the core to protect vital organs. This occurs within 30 seconds to one minute of exposure. Blood in the core oxygenates and is enriched with nutrients. When you exit the chamber, as the skin temperature rapidly rewarms, the brain releases the blood supply back to the extremities. This process flushes areas of injury of toxic waste and bad cells, replenishing with fresh blood to stimulate cellular regeneration.


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Whole-body cryotherapy treatment process:



What to wear and how to prepare before entering the chamber.

Prior to chamber entry, we will give you necessary protective wear. We recommend minimal clothing, and you can wear whatever you’re comfortable in, as long as there’s no metal. You must be completely dry to prevent frostbite. We measure and record every treatment session with start and exit temperatures so we can adjust treatment exposure times as we know BMI and vascularity as well as size and other factors play a role in skin temperature drops. A certified staff member will give you a full explanation of the process, and safety instructions to ensure an optimal experience.



What to do and what’s happening during treatment in the chamber.

The air in the chamber is dry, breathable air. Due to the lack of moisture (humidity) or wind chill, it is not painful like an ice bath. You can breathe and move normally in the chamber. During the treatment, your skin temperature will decrease between 30-45 degrees over the 2.5 to 5 minutes inside the chamber. All first-time clients start at 2.5 minutes. Our staff will continuously monitor you through the chamber door. The chamber doors can’t lock, so if you feel uncomfortable, you can easily exit at any time. If you are intimidated by going in alone, a staff member is always available to go in with you.



How you’ll feel and what to do after you leave the chamber.

When you step out of the chamber, you may feel exhilarated or energized. Our staff will record your skin temperature and discuss results. You will immediately start to warm after exiting the chamber, with full range of motion in your muscles and joints, unlike water or ice treatments, where the joints remain stiff. Once you are fully warmed up (typically 5-10 minutes), you are ready for any additional treatments. We recommend you drink more water than usual for the next 24-48 hours.

The body can be amazing in healing itself. However, with whole-body inflammation and chronic conditions, sometimes efficiencies break down. To jump-start or accelerate recovery, the ”cold-shock” response to whole-body cryotherapy can reset the system while producing more of the functional and productive hormones and proteins to do their jobs.

Children under 18 must have parental consent and have a parent present during treatment.