Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is an effective approach of exposing your body for a maximum of 3 minutes to an intense cold temperature ranging from -110 ° C to -180 ° C. This cold stimulus delivers dramatic biological as well as physiological advantages such as improving blood flow, boosting your immune function, assisting in speedy muscle rehabilitation, enhanced skin glow as well as uplifting your mood among others. Whole Body Cryotherapy has been recommended by health care professionals across the globe for decades. Numerous researches have also been conducted to demonstrate the advantages of full-body cryotherapy.
Who developed this therapy?
Cryotherapy was developed in 1978 by healthcare practitioners in Japan. The excellent results obtained in treating rheumatism using nitrogen paved the way for the further progress of whole-body cryotherapy. Today whole-body cryotherapy is widely used across developed countries with certain countries like Germany and France even reimbursing the treatment cost through health insurance.
How safe is it?
Before every session, our therapist will apprise you about the cryotherapy and the safety instructions to be followed. The cryochamber is chilled using liquid nitrogen vapours. The skin is only in contact with this cool air while liquid nitrogen is safely vaporised internally within the cryotherapy equipment away from you. Nitrogen being a non-hazardous gas, the exposure to the same is similar to that of breathing regular air, whose composition includes 78% of Nitrogen. Additionally, the chamber is also elevated with your neckline above the chamber enabling you to breath regular room-air. Your comfort is our primary interest; hence the chamber doors are never locked giving you control over the therapy at all times.
Enter the chamber only after the therapist requests you to do so. Make sure you are completely dry and suitably clothed before entering the chamber. Additionally, any metallic clothing, jewellery or piercings should be removed and can be stored safely in the lockers provided.
How comfortable is it?
The therapy is very tolerable and for most parts relaxing too. Although the thought of extremely low temperature may seem very cold, the air within the chamber is dry making it very comfortable. As the therapy only takes a maximum of 3 minutes, you do not feel the cold to be unpleasant except towards to the end of the treatment where some pinning sensation may be felt which goes away instantaneously once you exit the chamber.
I’m claustrophobic? Can I use it?
Of course, you can use it. At all times during the session, your head is always above the chamber. You will be breathing regular air and our therapist will always be in eye contact with you. Additionally, the door of the chamber is never locked. In case of any un-comfortability, you may step out of the chamber anytime.
What happens during the treatment?
At such intense cold atmosphere, the temperature at the surface of the skin reaches close to freezing. This initiates the receptors in the skin to transmit signals to the brain, indicating that the body is in a critical situation.
The body then immediately reacts by activating your survival instincts. The overall blood circulation will be enhanced and production of serotonin, endorphins (Natural painkillers and Happy hormones) as well as natural anti-inflammatories will flow through the blood stream. Toxins are also flushed out from critical organs because of the enhanced flow of blood enriched with oxygen and nutrients. The body prepares to heal itself and sets in process a self-reparatory phase.
How do I feel after the treatment?
Every therapy release endorphins and serotonin, which are the elements that provides our body with additional energy and all overall state of feeling good. You will also find yourself with less muscular and joint pains than before the session. You will have enhanced flexibility, glow of skin as well as a fresh feeling. These effects will last for about 18-24 hours. An improvement in sleep quality can also be witnessed. With continuous sessions, you can see differences in skin tightening, weight loss and also a reduction in cellulite.
How many treatments should I do to see changes?
The number of sessions depends entirely on your requirement. A single session gives you an instant jolt of energy, recovery and an overall feel good factor that may last for up to 24 hours. If you are an athlete or fitness enthusiast, getting a pre and post workout session will help increase your strength and endurance along with assisting in the active recovery from your training. If you are suffering from rheumatism, it is ideal to come every day for a period of 2 or 3 weeks. If followed, this continual therapy can result in about 9 to 12 months of reduced pain.
Ultimately the number of sessions is completely based on your need and our therapist will be more than happy to discuss the same with you and come out with a plan.
Do I need to shower before/after a session?
Since the exposure in the chamber is to extremely low temperature air, it is preferred to keep yourself dry before the treatment. Hence the requirement to take a shower does not arise. Similarly, as the entire treatment is completely dry, you get dressed immediately after the conclusion of your session.
Who should avoid Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Guests with certain contraindications may not be able to undertake Whole Body Cryotherapy treatments. Some of them include
- Moderately or severely elevated blood pressure (blood pressure above 180/95 mmHg)
- An acute heart attack, or a heart attack within the past 6 months
- Unstable angina pectoris: chest pain that occurs without direct cause and will not simply cease by itself (imminent heart attack)
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Cardiovascular diseases in which symptoms are present
- A pacemaker
- Intermittent claudication (also called peripheral arterial disease)
- Venous thrombosis: a blood clot in the veins
- Acute cerebral haemorrhage or a stroke in the past
- Epileptic seizures
- Raynaud’s phenomenon
- Lung conditions in which symptoms are present
- Bleeding disorders
- Severe anaemia
- Claustrophobia (fear of small or confined spaces)
- Cold allergy
- Persons younger than 18 years old (parental consent is required for treatment)
- Acute kidney diseases and acute disorders of the urinary tract
Our trained therapists are always available to clarify any questions you may have and to advice you accordingly.
What are the risks of Whole-Body Cryotherapy?
Whole body Cryotherapy is reasonably a low-risk therapy and is well tolerated by all our clients. A blood pressure variation by few points is expected during the therapy due to vasoconstriction and this returns to normal once the therapy ends. Protective clothing provided by us will prevent and safeguard your sensitive areas from being frostbitten.
Can I get Cold from a Cryotherapy session?
You will definitely not get a cold. In fact, under such intense cold, the temperature of the body increases. The cryotherapy stimulates the immune system and makes you less susceptible to colds.
How can cryotherapy help rheumatic patients?
Cryotherapy cannot cure rheumatism. However, it can help alleviate some of the pain. A course of 10 to 20 treatments in quick sequence will have the much-desired effect. Rheumatism patients will experience that the pain is reduced greatly, even months after the treatments.
Is there anything I should avoid following a cryotherapy treatment?
After a cryotherapy session it is best advised to avoid a Jacuzzi or Hot Sauna for a period of at least 6 hours. Consumption of alcohol should also be avoided for couple of hours after the treatment.
Can I work out before/after a cryotherapy session?
Of course. In fact, we highly recommend that you indulge in some sort of workout immediately after your session. Working out after a session can make the benefits of the session last longer. Our therapist will be happy to provide a short schedule based on your requirements.