We get lots of questions about cryotherapy. The most common ones are answered here, and we're always happy to answer more. Just ask.
+ What is cryotherapy?
While it might sound high-tech, cryotherapy is really just the simple concept of using cold therapy to fight inflammation – the root cause of so many health and pain ailments today. At Invigorate, we use Impact ™ cryosaunas for full-body therapeutic sessions. Unlike an uncomfortable ice bath, cryotherapy sessions last just a few minutes, but can leave you feeling invigorated for hours or even days. When you step into the cryosauna, nitrogen vapor will drop your ambient body temperature, which triggers your body’s natural healing response. OK, so that last part is pretty high-tech, but your body’s response is as old as time.
+ IS IT SAFE? ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS?
Yes! All our specialists are certified to operate the equipment and will be focused on your comfort throughout the process. They will be happy to answer any questions or address concerns you may have.
Unfortunately you can’t participate in whole body cryotherapy if you have any of the following conditions:
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Open sores
- Disease of blood vessels
- Allergy to cold
- Unstable chest pain
- History of blood clots
- Prior heart attack
- Nerve pain in feet or legs
There may be other conditions for which cryotherapy is not appropriate. If you have any questions, check in with your doctor or health care provider to make sure cryotherapy is safe for you.
+ What should I expect on my first visit?
Our specialist will get you signed in and answer any questions that you may have. We will provide you with a robe, socks, gloves, and slippers and point you to the dressing rooms. You will remove all your clothing except underwear (bras are allowed only if they have no metal underwire or clasps) and change into the attire provided. Now it’s time to get into the sauna enclosed from the neck down. Once you are inside, you will pass your robe to the specialist. For the next 3 minutes, the cryosauna exposes you to extremely cold, dry air that is very invigorating. The process is not painful. It is much more pleasant than an ice bath/cold shower. The specialist will be next to the sauna the whole time letting you know what to expect, monitoring the session and answering questions.
+ What should I wear?
Whole Body: You will remove all your clothes except your underwear. If you prefer you can also wear a bra as long as there is no metal in contact with your skin. We will provide you with a robe, gloves, socks and slippers. You must remove all jewelry below the face. If you have piercings that can’t be removed they should be covered up.
Local: The session will be in an open area. Bring or wear clothing that allows easy acess to the area you want to work on.
Facial: You will need to remove any foundation or concealer so we can see your skin during the session.
+ Are there any rules?
There are a few rules for your safety. You must:
- be at least 14 years old
- be at least 60” tall
- wear the socks, slippers and gloves provided to you
- be DRY. This means dry skin without lotions or oils recently applied.
- wear dry underwear
- remove all jewelry below the face
+ Why do people use cryotherapy?
People use cryotherapy for a variety of reasons. Some of their experiences include
- Fewer aches and pains
- Quicker recovery from hard workouts
- Reduced inflammation and pain from injury or arthritis
- More energy and vitality
- Better rest and sleep
+ How often should I come?
As with most things, the answer to this one is it depends. It depends on why you are coming in and what your recovery goals are. Sometimes you just need a standalone pick me up that has a little more kick than your morning coffee. Other times sessions might revolve around a specific training or competition plan. Many people find that a high concentration of sessions up front (3 sessions within 10 days) gives them a nice kick start and then they do follow up visits on a schedule that fits their needs. Whatever your goals are we have packages that can help you meet them.
+ Should I come before or after a workout?
Yes. Come either before or after a workout, whichever you prefer. Unlike an ice bath, there is no reason not to have a session before you work out. If you come after a sweaty workout, make sure you are fully dried off and have a pair of dry underwear.
+ What if I hate cold?
Don’t let that scare you away. We get it. While we do have some natural born cold lovers at Invigorate, we also have a lot of people who love sweating it out at hot yoga or on the beach. While cryotherapy is obviously very cold, the treatment only takes three minutes. It is very tolerable. Unlike standing outside on a cold day where you might have a chill that follows throughout the day, you warm up quickly after a session.
+ How cold is it?
Really freaking cold. Or if you want a more precise number, the temperature in the cryosauna ranges anywhere from -90 C to -120 C. The specialist will select the level of cold that suits you best. Have you been other places that said they were much colder? There isn’t a standard for measurement in the industry. Sometimes temperatures are measured right at the nozzle which gives a much lower reading.