What is a Cryosauna??
A Cryosauna is a step-in upright cryogenic chamber with an open top and a platform that adjusts to the height of the user. The Whole Body Cryotherapy cold sauna employs the use of liquid nitrogen that produces ice cold, however, dry mist which swiftly lowers the skin’s core temperature to approximately 10°C for a period of up to three minutes. Learn more about Cryosauna and Whole Body Cryotherapy here.
Is the Whole Body Cryotherapy procedure safe??
Most definitely. The liquid nitrogen being utilized during the cryo treatment procedure as a cooling agent does not come into contact with the skin. A trained professional is present at all times during the treatment, monitoring your comfort and temperature levels. We use a cryosauna with a magnetic door closure that opens easily, unlike other competitors’ models that could accidentally get locked. Watch this educational video about the Whole Body Cryotherapy procedure to learn more!
Does nitrogen gas pose any danger to humans??
Not at all. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas which makes up 78% of the air we breathe so rest assured to safely step into the Cryosauna cabin.
Who shouldn’t use Whole Body Cryotherapy??
It is not recommended that people with the following conditions use Whole Body Cryotherapy: Pregnant or lactating women and anyone with a cardiac pacemaker, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial occlusive disease or has a history of blood clots or uncontrolled seizures. People suffering from acute cerebrovascular accident, vein thrombosis, Raynaud’s Syndrome, unstable angina pectoris, acute myocardial infarction, anemia and blood disorders of any sort, kidney diseases, history of cancer, symptomatic lung disorders, as well as cold allergies and unmanaged hypertension (BP>180-100) should avoid this practice. See the complete list of contraindications here.
It is always recommended to check with a physician before starting any new course of Cryotherapy treatment.
Is a shower required before or after the Cryotherapy treatment??
No. The cryo treatment is completely dry.
Is it comfortable??
A Cryosauna treatment is best described like standing nude in front of freezer. It’s a definite chill but does not involve pain. Protective clothing provides clients with extra comfort throughout the very short session.
Can I get a cold as a result of the Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment??
No, the immediate response to the freezing cryo treatment is a rise in the body’s internal temperature for a short duration. However, in the long run the overall stimulation of the immune system will work to prevent the recurrence and severity of future colds.
How long does a Cryotherapy treatment session last??
Cryotherapy cold sauna treatments usually last between two to three minutes. Learn how it can do so much good in so little time, read our “How it Works” section!
What do I wear in the Cryosauna??
Due to the extremely low temperatures clients must wear special foot wear provided by Cryotherapy Health and Wellness Inc., and accompanied by thin socks. Additionally, undergarments or a bathing suit is worn to protect intimate body parts while all other clothing items are removed. Hands are kept elevated during the session to avoid contact with the cooling mist.
How soon can I expect results??
It is possible to start feeling the benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy right after the first treatment as a surge of endorphins, the body’s natural mood enhancer, gives you a lift that will last for about 6 hours afterwards. Immediate pain relief from joint and muscle pain, which is one of the most popular benefits of Cryotherapy procedure, and an increase in energy could be felt right away and can last from hours to days. Long term health benefits include weight loss, improved skin elasticity, reduction in cellulite, and more (browse through our articles under the main menu for other health benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy). These usually take longer to see and will require a course of treatments for optimal results.
I am claustrophobic. Can I use the Cryosauna??
Yes. It is important to note that the Cryosauna cabin is open at the top, with an adjustable platform that rises or lowers to fit the height of each client. The head and neck are open during the entire session so the patient is never fully covered at any point. Also, the chamber door is closed but never locked allowing you to step out any time. Our cabin uses a magnetic door closure mechanism that guarantees easy exit in any situation.
Who can benefit the most from Whole Body Cryotherapy??
Whole Body Cryotherapy is an all-round course of treatment that can benefit everyone. Athletes are great candidates but those suffering from chronic or inflammatory medical conditions or those seeking to lose weight and improve the appearance of their skin stand benefit greatly as well. Young clientele, age 19 and under will require parental consent.
What is the price for the Cryotherapy procedure??
Pricing per session of cryotherapy in Toronto may vary, ranging from $45 – $60 per session; however we are happy to offer specialty pricing for first time clients, as well as with the purchase of any of our 3 bulk packages and ongoing treatment courses. Please contact us at 416-509-4555 for one-on-one consultation to determine the best valued package for your needs. Check out our pricing and specials.
What’s the minimum amount of Cryotherapy sessions recommended??
Although every Whole Body Cryotherapy session counts towards your overall well-being, research suggests that a minimum of 10 sessions over the course of a two to three week period will yield the best cumulative results. We recommend a maintenance program for optimal results, repeating the series of treatments every three month period (individual needs many vary). Professional athletes will require a more vigorous course of cryo treatment with up to two sessions a day to achieve increased performance.
I don’t tolerate cold well, how will I endure such extreme temperatures??
Although the overall feeling is that of extreme cold, in reality this is only a perceived response that puts the body in a state of alert. Whole Body Cryotherapy utilizes hyper-cooled air flow that cools the outer layers of the skin but never freezes skin tissues, muscles or organs. The dry cold holds no moisture, which makes this treatment tolerable even to those who consider themselves cold-intolerant. Check out this video that features one of Cryotherapy Health and Wellness Inc’s clients experiencing this wonderful therapy treatment.
Can’t I just dip in an ice bath or use an electric cooling device??
It is simply not possible to achieve the same effect without a nitrogen based solution. For a cryo effect to take place, the skin’s surface needs to drop to 10°C at minimum in a span of 30-60 seconds, which is impossible to reach using electric devices or ice based solutions. Any attempts at achieving similar results will be long and far from painless; while 2-3 minutes of concentrated nitrogen cooling will yield ideal results with minimal recovery time.