Whole Body Cryotherapy FAQs
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities through exposure to extreme cold. Whole Body Cryotherapy was developed by 1978 by Dr. Yamouchi in Japan as a treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. In 1984, the German Rheumatologist, Professor Reinhard Fricke, brought Whole Body Cryotherapy to Europe, where it became increasingly popular. Over the past three decades it gained even more popularity as it’s performance enhancing and general health and wellness benefits have become more well known. In the United States, WBC became more well known when the 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks used WBC during their NBA championship title run. Today many professional athletes among all sports use WBC to improve recovery time and celebrities use it for overall wellbeing. There is no other therapy known to elicit such a powerful, positive and holistic response.
When your body is exposed to extreme temperature, the cold receptors on your skin send a message to your brain and central nervous system that your core temperature could be in danger of dropping. This forces the blood away from peripheral tissues, joints and muscle towards your core and internal organs. During the 2-3 minute session, your blood short loops through your natural filtration system (heart, kidney and liver) and removes toxins and inflammatory properties of the blood. After exiting the Cryo Spa, filtered blood flows back to the peripheral tissues with oxygen, nutrients and enzymes and improves circulation. Over the next 48 hours, the body returns to homeostasis by reducing pain and inflammation and increasing energy levels. Most importantly, the cold stimulates your body’s central nervous system, enhances immune function and improves other regulatory systems in the body. Recovery times from strenuous workouts and injury are improved and shortened.
• IMPROVED OXYGEN UTILITZATION
• PAIN REDUCTION
• PREVENTION OF DEVELOPMENT OF PAIN MEMORY (CHRONIC PAIN)
• REDUCES OXIDATIVE STRESS
• ACCELERATED MUSCLE AND TISSUE REPAIR
• MODULATE ACTIVITY LEVELS IN THE BRAIN, THEREBY CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS A BALANCED MENTAL STATE
• IMPROVES SLEEP PATTERNS, STRESS MANAGEMENT, AND HELPS WITH STATES OF DEPRESSION
• STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
The following conditions are contraindications for Whole Body Cryotherapy: Pregnancy, high blood pressure (BP > 160/100), heart attack or any other cardiovascular disease, stent, cardiac pacemaker, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s syndrome, fever within the last 24 hours or recent infection, bleeding disorders and cold allergy. Any open wounds will have to be bandaged.
Check-in with a Next Gen Cryo Consultant to fill out your information and complete a waiver. You will then be shown to the private Cryo Spa room, where you will be instructed on what to do. Please do not apply lotions, oils, perfume or any alcohol-based products prior to your session. We will provide you with a clean pair of socks, gloves and slippers.
MEN: you must wear briefs, boxers or swim trunks. Undergarments must be dry for your safety. A towel and blow dryer can be provided if needed.
WOMEN: you may wear undergarments or a bathing suit or a soft bra with no metal underwire, but it is not necessary.
For your safety, please remove all jewelry from the neck down before entering into the Cryo Spa. Metal items that cannot be removed can be wrapped in an ace bandage or a sock. Metal inside the body is safe because it is insulated from the cold temperature.
Your consultant will explain the process, answer any questions and be with you for the entire session. The consultant will leave the room while you undress and step into the chamber. You will then a ring a doorbell and the consultant will step back into the room.
We respect your privacy and we only see your face, as the rest of your body will be in the Cryo Spa. Cryotherapy sessions will last between 2 ½ to 3 minutes based on tolerability, but most clients find the three minute treatment to be manageable.
After you have completed your session, the consultant will leave the room and let you get dressed.