FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Whole Body Cryotherapy below. If you have additional questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact us, and one of our knowledgable staff members would be happy to help.
Cryotherapy uses cryogenic gas (nitrogen) to lower the skin surface temperature from normal body temperature to 10°C for two-three minutes. The sudden drop in temperature activates receptors, triggering the brain to send messages to the body, stimulating the immune system and basic body systems. Upon exiting the Cryosauna, blood is pumped vigorously around the body, enhancing oxygen supply and accelerating the removal of toxins. The cold also triggers the nervous system to release endorphins, and the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response, reducing pain of any origin.
A Cryosauna is a cold sauna used to provide Whole Body Cryotherapy. The cryosauna is a step in unit, with an open top, and raising platform to accommodate a user of any height. During the treatment the cryosauna temperature is safely reduced to between -110°C to -150°C for two to three minutes using gaseous nitrogen. The users head always stays above the cabin.
Yes it is – the length of the session maxes at 3 minutes and our Cryosauna has an auto shut-off timer. The liquid nitrogen that is used as a chilling agent does not come into contact with your skin, and it is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (78% of it). Our staff are trained on all safety and operational protocols, and are capable of stopping the session should you want to get out before the session is done.
While cryotherapy can reduce unwanted nerve irritation, it sometimes can leave the tissue affected with unusual sensations, such as numbness or tingling, or with redness and irritation of the skin. These effects are generally temporary. We can always increase or decrease the time of treatment for future sessions based on your response on last cryotherapy treatment.
Lastly, the cryosauna is equipped with an oxygen monitor and there is no lock on the door, so you can step out at any time.
Cryotherapy should not be used if you have any of the following: You are pregnant, have a pacemaker, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, arrhythmia, acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, severe hypertension (>180/100), peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, severe claustrophobia, cold allergy, or acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, a history of cancer . Additional contraindications exist, so each client should read and understand the waiver before participating in a session. If you have, or develop any of these conditions, please let your Cryo Mississauga team member know. It is recommended to consult with your physician before participating.
Yes, although the cryotherapy triggers normal body responses to cold, ours are only designed for an adult-sized body. It cannot hurt children, yet they are simply too small for our cryotherapy sauna. We recommend clients be at least 18 years old.
If you are 16 we would require parental consent.
For those clients who are between 14-15 years old , both a physician’s release and parental consent form are required
After you check-in at the front desk, one of our team members will walk you to the Cryosauna area where you can get changed. Once changed, you will stand inside of the Cryosauna and one of our trained technician will get you ready for the session. The open-air shape of the cryosauna ensures that your head remains outside of the sauna during the treatment. Our team member will cool the Cryosauna to between -120°C to -150°C for the two to three minutes of treatment.
We would recommend that you eat and are well hydrated before your session.
No, cryotherapy is completely dry and your body does not get wet. We have clients who drop in for a quick session before work or during their lunch break.
Due to the very low temperatures, all jewelry and metals need to be removed before entering the cryosauna. Clients are required to wear socks, booties and gloves (provided), and undergarments. All other clothing is removed. You will also be provided with a robe, which you will remove once you are inside the Cryosauna and the door is closed.
Depending on your experience and activity level, the session will last between 2 to 3 minutes. Most clients prefer to start out at 2 minutes for their first few sessions until they get used to the therapy.
Cryotherapy involves hyper-cooled air flowing over the skin surface so the process never freezes skin tissues, muscles or organs. The result is only a “feeling” of being cold.
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session can least six to eight hours and increase with number of treatment sessions.
Typically most clients feel immediate decrease of inflammation, improved energy, and increased flexibility within the first few minutes or hours, that can last for several hours or even days. Clients also may not feel the first impact until the next morning after a sleep cycle, some report deeper sleep and relief from joint and muscle pain, and inflammation over the following 48-72 hours.
The long term health benefits including weight loss, improved skin elasticity, reduction in cellulite, usually take longer to see and require a course of treatments for optimal results.
While every Cryotherapy session is beneficial and you’ll feel immediate results, research has shown that you will experience improved and cumulative benefits with a minimum of 10 initial sessions, within a 2-4 week period (Professional athletes will often have up to two sessions a day to help achieve peak performance). After that you can adjust your treatment schedule to maintain or improve on your results (e.g. once or twice a week, individual needs may vary).
Whole Body Cryotherapy is an all-round course of treatment that can benefit everyone. Athletes are great candidates as are those suffering from chronic or inflammatory medical conditions or those seeking to lose weight and improve the appearance of their skin. Clients under the age of 18 require parental consent and need to be accompanied by an adult.
Yes! Your head remains fully outside of the sauna. The sauna door is magnetic and you can exit the session at any time.
Cryotherapy can be used as a great rehabilitative tool, however we recommend consulting with your doctor before embarking on a regime.
Yes, it is recommended in fact. If you workout before your exposure, you can expect greater recovery due to the inflammation reduction. If you work-out after your exposure, you can expect a higher pain tolerance, more energy and greater flexibility. A lot of clients come in before and after workouts for muscle recovery!
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All cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to your booked appointment time. Cancellations can be made over the phone or through email. If you do not cancel your session at least 48 hours prior to its start time or you fail to attend your session, cancellation charges may apply.
The information presented here is from a scientific, rather than a medical point of view. Statements on this page, and within this site are based on research studies and have not been evaluated by Health Canada or the FDA. Whole Body Cryotherapy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary. Use at your own risk.