Frequently Asked Questions
What is whole body cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is a treatment where the skin temperature is lowered causing the blood to flow towards the vital organs. Whole Body Cryotherapy was introduced in Japan during the 1970s to treat rheumatoid arthritis, and its use quickly spread throughout Europe and is now expanding in the United States. Clients who consistently use Whole Body Cryotherapy have said it helps with pain management, to decrease muscle soreness, to boost energy, to improve mood, to increase endorphin levels, to have better looking skin, to aid in weight loss, to relieve joint disorders, to improve sleep, as an athletic performance enhancement and for other health and wellness purposes. Each session last up to three minutes.
How does whole body cryotherapy work?
The treatment itself takes place in a Cryosauna where you step in to an octagon chamber with your head remaining outside of the chamber. The Cryosauna is filled with nitrogen vapor which drops to temperatures between (minus) -130 degrees F to -185 degrees F. In the cryosauna, the body reacts to the cold by sending blood to the core to protect core temperature. When this happens, the blood is cleansed of toxins and supplied with oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes. Upon exiting the cryosauna, the blood vessels quickly dilate and the blood makes it way back through the body. Our cryosauna is made in the USA and has redundant safety features, including a door that is easy to open from the inside by the user. The maximum run time is three minutes with automatic shut-off. The cyrosauna requires a technician be in the room to operate it and checks for that attendant every thirty seconds.
What are the benefits of whole body cryotherapy?
Clients who consistently use Whole Body Cryotherapy will tell you that it helps with pain management, to decrease muscle soreness, to boost energy, to improve mood, to increase endorphin levels, to have better looking skin, to aid in weight loss, to relieve joint disorders, to improve sleep, as an athletic performance enhancement and for other health and wellness purposes.
Is whole body cryotherapy safe?
Yes. Whole Body Cryotherapy has been used in Japan and Europe for over 30 years without any harsh adverse reactions. That said, it is important that the proper protocols are followed. Treatments at Inner Chill will only be performed by trained technicians and will not be performed if you have a contraindication. Our trained technicians have operation and safety protocols to follow and can stop a session if you want to exit the cryosauna before the session is over. The cryosauna door is never locked and you can step out at any time. In addition, there are safety mechanisms built in so that a technician is required to be present in order for the cryosauna to operate for more than a thirty second increment. Nitrogen is used to cool the cryosauna. The nitrogen that is used is the same nitrogen that makes up 78% of the air we breathe every day. In addition, since your head remains fully exposed you are breathing the air outside of the cryosauna.
What should I wear?
You should plan to wear undergarments or a bathing suit, whatever you are more comfortable in. Most clients opt for their undergarments as we will provide you with a robe to go from a changing room to the Cryosauna. We will provide you with socks, shoes and gloves.
Do I have to shower before or after the treatment?
No as the treatment is completely dry. Many clients come on their lunch hour as the whole treatment takes three minutes or less.
I'm Claustrophobic, can I still use whole body cryotherapy?
Absoultely. Your head is exposed and outside of the Cryosauna. The door cannot be locked and an Inner Chill staff member is always present.
Who is not eligible for whole body cyrotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body Cryotherapy: Pregnancy ● Severe untreated Hypertension (BP> 160/100) ● Acute or recent myocardial infection ● Unstable angina pectoris ● Arrhythmia ● Symptomatic cardiovascular disease ● Cardiac pacemaker ● Peripheral arterial occlusive disease ● Venous thrombosis ● Aute or recent cerebrovascular accident ● Uncontrolled seizures ● Raynaud’s Syndrome ● Fever ● Tumor disease ● Symptomatic lung disorders ● Bleeding disorders ● Severe anemia ● Infection ● Cold allergy ● Age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed) ● Acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
What are the risks?
Whole body Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure 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 (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system.
Can I catch a cold from the treatment?
No. The cold from the session will raise your internal body temperature for a brief period of time. That will stimulate the immune system and can actually help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.