Whole body cryotherapy exposes the skin to extremely cold temperatures in a short period of time, stimulating the body to increase circulation and ensure its core organ temperatures remain stable. The result is a feeling of invigoration and euphoria when you step out of the chamber.
Achieving your performance goals requires more than just putting in the miles and following a training plan. In order to reach new limits of pace, distance, and achievement, it is important to balance the stress of training for endurance events with an active recovery that enables the body to rebuild itself.
Whole Body Cryotherapy is a revolutionary treatment that uses extreme cold to promote natural healing, recovery, and wellness in just three minutes.
Cryotherapy, the use of cold treatment, dates back centuries and originated with ice and/or cold water to treat inflammation and pain. Whole Body Cryotherapy is a more modern application that uses nitrogen gas at extremely cold temperatures for a short period of time (1-3 minutes) to provide a fast and effective alternative to traditional ice baths.
When the skin is exposed to cryotherapy temperatures (-90ºC/-130ºF to -120ºC/-184ºF), the body sends a strong signal to the brain to take life-saving measures to protect itself in case the temperature continues to fall. The body responds by increasing circulation and enriching the blood with oxygen and nutrients to ensure its core organ temperatures remain stable.
The result? Once you step out of the chamber, oxygenated blood floods the system to flush out toxins and leave you feeling invigorated.
Research has shown the following benefits for endurance athletes:
- Decreased muscle soreness, pain, inflammation, and fatigue
- Reduced Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
- Increased energy and peak athletic performance
- Faster recovery from injury
- Ability to train at a higher intensity and greater volume
- Boosted lymph draining and blood circulation
- Improved muscle strength and joint function
In addition to athletic recovery and injury rehabilitation, whole body cryotherapy has been shown to enhance overall health, wellness and beauty:
- Chronic pain relief for back pain, joint disorders such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, arthritis, fibromyalgia and general inflammation
- Relief from headaches and migraines
- Improved sleep quality
- Increased collagen production enhances anti-aging skin rejuvenation and creates tighter, smoother skin
- Reduced cellulite
- Improved acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin conditions
How Cryotherapy Differs From Ice Baths
Whole body cryotherapy is a more effective and efficient method of utilizing cold therapy to improve circulation and expedite recovery than traditional ice baths. Cryotherapy is a dry, painless cold in a dynamic environment that exposes the body to extreme cold, yet only penetrates the top layers of skin. At the conclusion of the short, three-minute treatment, the cold dissipates quickly, and the body returns to normal temperature – which allows the athlete to return to physical activity immediately.
Ice baths require an uncomfortable, full immersion in cold water in a static environment for 15-20 minutes, which can result in tissue damage as the cold penetrates the muscles and joints. The body is stiff once getting out of the ice bath, and it takes much longer for the body’s core temperature to get warm again – which prevents the athlete from returning to physical activity immediately.
What To Wear During a Cryotherapy Session
Upon arrival, you will be given a robe, dry socks, booties and gloves to change into. You can either choose to enter the machine with no undergarments or wear underwear or towel (+ bra or bikini for the ladies). Please bring a set of athletic clothes (top and bottom) to change into after the session, as it’s advised to spend 5-10 minutes doing active movement to enhance the overall effect.
Cryotherapy works most effectively when done regularly. It can be as frequent as daily; many people find that the regular routine provides the most consistent results.
During the first week, it is recommended to come 4-5 times to receive the most benefit. From there, endurance athletes will see the most consistent results in coming 1-2 times/week throughout a training cycle.
- Single Session / First-time user — $49 (one-time rate for first use)
- Single Session / FLPT patient — $59
- Single Session / Non-patient — $79
- 4-session “First Week” Package — $129 (one per client; expires within 1 week of purchase)
- 10-session Package — $499 (expires within 3 months of purchase)
- Unlimited Monthly Membership — $399/month (each session includes 30-min NormaTec compression sleeves)
Note: cryotherapy is not recommended for those with recent heart conditions, cardiovascular issues and/or diabetes who are not taking medication, or for people who suffer from Renaud’s. View the complete list of Contraindications. Additionally, cryotherapy is not available for people under the age of 18.