Cryotherapy Treatment FAQs


Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is an alternative to cold water immersion or ice packs. This treatment consists of exposing individuals to extremely cold, dry air (below -110C) for up to three minutes in a climate-controlled Cryo Chamber. To achieve the subzero temperatures required for WBC treatment, cold air cooled by liquid nitrogen is pumped into the chamber at a steady and controlled pace.

The chamber is designed for two to three-person use and is popular with groups of athletes or couples. During these exposures, individuals wear minimal clothing to maximise skin exposure. The dress code usually consists of shorts for males and shorts and a crop top for females. Gloves, a woollen hat covering the ears, and a nose and mouth mask, in addition to dry shoes and socks, are commonly worn to reduce the risk of cold-related injury.

Whole Body Cryotherapy was initially intended for use in a clinical setting to treat patients with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammation and multiple sclerosis, and although WBC is provided in over fifty European hospitals and medical clinics, it has now been implemented in many private clinics, health spas and athletic training facilities in the Western countries. WBC application scope has widened dramatically, and people young and old use WBC to rejuvenate their bodies and minds.

The technology was implemented in Europe almost three decades ago and has been refined ever since. Numerous studies have been published in European Medical Journals about the positive effects of WBC. This technology has been very popular in the United States for elite athletes and for use in health spas and beauty salons.

Whole Body Cryotherapy chamber temperature is set between -110  and -140 degrees Celsius, depending on the treated person’s requirements.

Depending on the condition you are treating, our professional staff will recommend a session that lasts between 2 and 3 minutes. No session is longer than 3 minutes.

Your body’s natural healing mechanisms are transported via your blood. WBC “tricks” your body into implementing the same responses it would if you were freezing, which means blood moves more quickly than normal in order to warm your extremities. Increased hormone and enzyme-rich blood flow mean increased oxygen content, minimised toxins, and enhanced muscle recovery.

WBC “tricks” your body into implementing the same responses it would if you were freezing without the discomfort. Your body works much harder than usual in order to heat your body up. Consequently, it’s been reported that 500-800 calories are burned due to each session.

An ice bath involves submerging a patient in cold water for about 10-20 minutes to encourage the body to increase circulation and healing. An ice bath will feel much colder and uncomfortable due to the direct conductivity of water to the skin. However, the air conductivity of the skin is different; hence you don’t feel as cold as an ice bath. WBC triggers the exact and advanced healing mechanisms by exposing the body to hyper-cool air, resulting in a more comfortable and more effective session after only 3 minutes max. WBC purifies the blood, increases the body’s nutrient flow, and removes toxins from the system.

The short answer is Yes. Whole Body Cryotherapy with CRYO SYSTEM chambers are very safe and have been used for three decades without severe adverse reactions being recorded.

Our WBC chamber is equipped with multiple monitors to ensure all aspects of the cryotherapy process are as they should be. Oxygen sensors and proper ventilation systems are there to ensure optimal air quality.

Our staff is fully trained to make sure you experience both ultimate healing and ultimate safety. There is an emergency stop button and an emergency exit door in case there is ever an emergency or evacuation required. All sessions are supervised by an instructor who explains the procedure to the clients before they enter, and monitors the session from start to finish.

In addition, the room is equipped with oxygen sensors and proper ventilation systems to ensure optimal air quality. Our staff is fully trained to make sure you experience both ultimate healing and ultimate safety.

It is important to be well prepared for the treatment, though. The skin, hair and undergarments must be dry. Avoid swimming, showering and exercising immediately prior to a cryotherapy session.

Minus 110 degrees in the WBC chamber is cooled by liquid nitrogen, and nitrogen makes up 78% of the air we breathe, but there is no direct exposure to nitrogen in the chamber. Clients simply breathe normal room air, which has been cooled. A mask is provided to ensure the air is warm around the mouth and no discomfort is caused.

WBC is generally tolerated very well and has minimal risks: fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points (this effect reverses after the treatment, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to the extreme cold (rare), minor redness, and skin burns(only if exposed to temperatures longer than recommended or skin is wet before entry).

Suppose you are pregnant, suffering from a blood or heart condition, being treated for cancer, suffering from seizures, suffering from a kidney or urinary tract infection, having open wounds or ulcers, or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In that case, WBC can potentially have adverse effects.

The cryotherapy treatment is cold but not painful! The temperatures are very tolerable.

Yes, you may. Our WBC chamber has no roof to ensure the experience is as enjoyable and least confining as possible. The chamber door is never locked and is held shut by magnets to prevent the cold from escaping. If you feel uncomfortable at any time, you may simply push the door and walk out, or the instructor can pause the treatment and help you come out.

Throughout the entire process, your head is kept outside of the sauna and constantly exposed to room temperature air every day. The door to the WBC closes but does not lock, so you are always in control. Besides, a trained nurse is always present to ensure your maximum safety.

You should not take Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment if you are experiencing:
Pregnancy, severe hypertension (BP>160/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumour disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding orders, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy, acute urinary tract or kidney disease. We strongly recommend that our clients seek a medical professional’s opinion before using WBC if they are unsure about their health and the impact the cold may have.

Yes, you must be at least 18 years old.

The Cryotherapy session is only 3 minutes long, but it’ll be the best 3 minutes of your day! The first appointment with CRYO SYSTEM can take about 40 minutes because we would like to prepare you and answer any questions they may have fully. After the first appointment, a cryotherapy treatment with a follow up warm-up session typically takes up to 40 minutes.

No preparation is needed before arriving. Because dry air is used, there is no need to shower afterwards. Thus, it is common for patients to use the WBC during a lunch break from work as the process is quick, clean, and simple.

While using the WBC, your extremities will be protected by gloves, socks, and slippers. All jewellery must be removed. Women can choose whether to remove or wear undergarments; men are required to wear cotton underwear for protection.

CRYO SYSTEM will provide all your protective wear for your treatment, including comfy socks, hat, slippers, & gloves. We ask that ladies leave on their undergarments and men wear cotton boxers.

Yes. It’s common for athletes to utilise cryotherapy before a workout to increase flexibility, range of motion, blood flow, and oxygen flow. Similarly, it’s common for athletes to participate in Whole Body Cryotherapy after working out to expedite soft tissue healing. It is recommended that you shower before a session and avoid using any lotions or other topical products beforehand.

Before entering the WBC for the first time, our trained staff will walk you through the process step by step to know precisely what to expect. While using the WBC, your extremities will be protected by a hat, gloves, socks, and slippers. Women can choose whether to remove or wear undergarments; men are required to wear cotton underwear for protection. The session will last between 2 and 3 minutes. During this time, your core body temperature will not change. Because the air does not contain any moisture, you will feel chilled but not uncomfortably cold.

After the treatment, you are instructed to spend 15 to 30 minutes in our low impact gym or infrared sauna to warm up. Additional water should also be consumed post-treatment to ensure the maximum benefit is derived from the therapy.

When the session is complete, your skin will return to its average temperature within minutes. Immediately after you may feel a slight tingling sensation, you will likely feel relaxed and muscular pain generally begins to subside immediately within minutes. Many patients report feeling invigorated with diminished pain symptoms immediately after the treatment. Additionally, many experience better sleep after a session and the invigorating effects of a session are cumulative and long-lasting with additional treatments. Follow-up sessions are recommended for maximum results.

Depending on the treatment condition, you should initially do ten treatments in close succession (e.g. three per week) to maximise your results.

Generally, 2-3 treatments a week are sufficient for most people; however, treatment schedules vary depending on your athletic activity level, the severity of soft tissue ailments, and other factors.

The WBC treatment lasts three minutes, and the client is wearing a provided uniform designed to protect against the cold whilst delivering the maximum skin exposure for maximum results. The treatment does feel cold, but it is very tolerable. The cold is delivered by radiation as opposed to conduction (ice bath). There is an initial shock of cold to the body, but the deep cold is not felt till two minutes onwards. The body releases endorphins which make you feel happy after the treatment and assist in reducing pain also. Most clients report feeling energised, awake and physically rejuvenated. The mood-enhancing benefits from each session can last for days.

When the session is complete, your skin will return to its normal temperature within minutes. Immediately after you may feel a slight tingling sensation, you will likely feel relaxed and muscular pain generally begins to subside immediately within minutes. Many patients report feeling invigorated with diminished pain symptoms immediately after WBC. Additionally, many experience better sleep after a session and the invigorating effects of a session are cumulative and long-lasting with additional treatments. Follow-up sessions are recommended for maximum results.

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