Cryotherapy Faqs - Revital Ice
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Cryotherapy Faqs

Who developed cryotherapy?

Whole body Cryotherapy was developed in Japan in the 1970’s and introduced to Europe in the 1980’s. Since then, it’s been well studied and refined. Europeans have been using cryotherapy for its health and beauty benefits.

Cryotherapy was only introduced to the United States and Australia in the last decade.

How does Cryotherapy work?

At Revital Ice, our cryotherapy techniques use liquid nitrogen to create a gas that lowers your skin surface temperature from normal body temperature to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. This occurs in about 30 seconds. In our whole body cryosauna, this temperature is maintained for about two to three minutes.

The nerves in your skin react to the cold and send messages to your brain and stimulate your body’s regulatory functions to kick in. This reaction causes blood vessels to constrict and endorphins (your body’s natural pain inhibitors and mood elevators) to be released, among other things.

When your body warms up after your session, the enhanced circulation activity decreases inflammation by clearing toxins and metabolic waste with a supply of oxygen and nutrient enriched blood to stimulate cellular regeneration (faster healing).

These benefits are why cryotherapy sessions are used by elite athletes and pro teams for muscle and injury recovery.

Whole body cryotherapy is well documented in Europe for the management of pain, inflammation, energy, and stress related conditions.

Are there any risks for whole body cryotherapy?

Whole Body Cryotherapy is generally well tolerated and has minimal risks. Some of the identified risks include:

  • Fluctuations in blood pressure during your session, by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal)
  • allergic reaction to extreme cold (this is very rare)
  • claustrophobia or anxiety
  • activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system.

Our cryosauna technicians are trained to look for any signs of reaction in our guests. If you ever feel unwell during your session, please let your technician know immediately.

Is cryotherapy comfortable? What do i wear?

your undergarments be made of cotton and be metal-free. (Ladies, underwire bras are not allowed in the cryosauna.)

You will also be provided with a robe, which you will put on after you disrobe, and will remove once you have entered the Cryosauna and closed the door.

A cryosauna technician will remain in the room with you during your session. Only your hands and face are visible to your technician during this time, so your modesty is preserved.

The cryosauna uses a dry, gaseous cold. Which means even if you are cold-intolerant, your session will not chill you the way standing outside in a winter storm might. Whole body cryotherapy sessions are about 3 minutes long and most people tolerable them quite well.

If you want to stop your session at any time, you can alert your technician, or open the cryosauna door and exit on your own.

How will I feel after a cryotherapy session?

During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic.

Local cryotherapy sessions will release a small amount of endorphis, while a whole body cryotherapy session will release a lot of endophins.

The feeling you have after each session may last six to eight hours. This time period may increase with the number of sessions that you’ve had.

Many people also report that they experience the best night of sleep after a cryotherapy session.

Is cryotherapy safe for everyone?

Cryotherapy is generally safe and well-tolerated by all. For your own safety, we do quickly review your overall health with you before starting your session. The following conditions will prevent you from using whole body cryotherapy:

  • pregnancy
  • severe hypertension (BP > 180/100)
  • acute or recent myocardial infarction
  • unstable angina pectoris
  • arrhythmia
  • symptomatic cardiovascular disease
  • cardiac pacemaker
  • peripheral arterial occlusive disease
  • venous thrombosis
  • acute or recent cerebrovascular accident
  • uncontrolled seizures
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • fever
  • tumors
  • symptomatic lung disorders
  • bleeding disorders
  • severe anemia
  • infection
  • claustrophobia
  • cold allergy
  • acute kidney and urinary tract diseases

If you have any questions about your specific use of whole body cryotherapy, please consult your own personal health care practitioner.

We do not offer medical consultations at Revital Ice and we are not medical professionals. No member of the Revital Ice team can give you medical advice.

In addition to the conditions listed above, if you are under 18 years of age, we do require parental consent for each session.

How many cryotherapy sessions do I need?

The number of cryotherapy sessions you need will depend on your goals and condition.  Before you start a session, one of our helpful team members will talk with you and help you decide this!

Many of our guests opt for 3-5 treatments in a short timeframe when they start. This gives them a chance to see immediate results and make rapid progress towards their goals

What if I'm claustrophobic? Can I still do whole body cryotherapy?

The door on your cryosauna is never locked and you may step out at any time.

The chamber is open at the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber.

You will be able to see your technician at all times, and we try to keep you busy during your session to make the time pass quickly.

Is the nitrogen dangerous?

The liquid nitrogen that we use is turned into a gas before it encounters your skin. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. In fact, the air that you breathe is made up of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% other gases, including carbon dioxide.

Do I have to take a shower before my cryotherapy session?

No, you don’t. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet. In fact, your skin needs to be dry to prevent cold-related injuries.

Can I catch a cold from cryotherapy?

You cannot catch a cold from cryotherapy. The immediate impact of the cold from your cryotherapy session will raise your internal body temperature for a short period of time. This will stimulate your immune system, which actually can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.

Is working out after a whole body cryotherapy session a good idea?

Although your core body temperature will not drop during a 3 minute whole body cryotherapy session, it may start to cool a couple of degrees after exiting the chamber because of your body’s heat loss.

To stabilize your body temperature and promote vasodilatation (the expansion of your blood vessels) we do recommended about 10 minutes of light exercise after your whole body cryotherapy session.

Just moving about in place will induce a more rapid vasodilatation. This can extend the period of analgesia (pain relief) that you’ll experience from your session, and may also extend the feelings of well-being that result from the endorphins that are released.

This is one of the reasons we offer a free vibration session with every whole body cryotherapy session!