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WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Fill out first time paperwork and go over any questions you may have with our experienced cryotherapy administrator
    • You will meet with your cryotherapy administrator for a one-on-one consultation. All our administrators are trained and certified on how to prescribe and conduct cryotherapy treatments to clients.
    • The cryotherapy administrator will discuss your treatment needs and what temperature will provide you with the best results.
  • Take blood pressure
  • Take off all jewelry, and check that your skin is 100% dry
    • No metal, plastic, lotions, creams, oils, etc.
  • Change into clean dry socks (provided), undress to underwear, put on robe and slippers
    • No underwire bras – sport bras are fine
  • Cryotherapy administrator will open the cryosauna, raise you to the correct height, hand you the gloves and take your robe. When you are ready, they will start the treatment.
  • You will stand in the cryosauna for 3 minutes while cooled nitrogen gas lowers the skin temperature to stimulate the body’s regulatory response.
    • It is best to rotate slowly during treatment for even temperature dispersal.

FAQs*

How does full-body cryotherapy work?

Cryo is fast, effective, and requires no down time! Exposing the body to extremely low temperatures within the cryotherapy chamber alerts your brain to pump more blood to your internal organs which causes vasoconstriction – this means your blood vessels constrict causing your blood pressure to increase. As you exit the chamber, vasodilation happens which reverses the process by decreasing your blood pressure and increasing blood flow plus oxygen to the body. This effect to the body caused by the sub-zero temperatures aids in clearing toxins, decreasing muscle soreness and increasing endorphins.

How does WBC compare to an ice bath?

It doesn’t. It is not possible to achieve the same temperature and effect with an ice bath. Furthermore, an ice bath is generally an excruciating 15-20 minutes or longer, wet process; whereas cryotherapy is only a 3-minute completely dry session.

How does it feel?

This treatment is completely dry which allows your body to withstand the extremely low temperatures. For some people, a slight pins and needles sensation may occur during the final 20-30 seconds but disappears immediately upon exiting the session. After the session, clients experience an endorphin rush and an enhanced mood which can last for days.

How often should I do cryotherapy?

While a single session will instantly help, we recommend doing at least 2 treatments per week for the first month. Many of our customers come 3-4 or even 5-6 times per week to maximize their potential. For ongoing maintenance, we recommend at least weekly.

When will I see results or improvement?

Immediately you’ll notice the positive effects of increased endorphins and adrenaline, leaving you feeling focused and recharged. If you’re looking to see more physical changes, results are seen after about two weeks of regular treatments.

Should I eat/drink before/after?

While it is always good to be hydrated, it's not required to consume anything (or not consume) pre-session. Post-session we recommend hydrating however eating is completely individual and has no negative or positive effect either way regarding the benefits of the treatment.

Do I have to shower before or after?

No, you don’t. This treatment is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet. Clients may wish to shower off sweat after a work out before cryotherapy, however, this is not necessary as long as the skin is dry.

Can I work out before/after cryotherapy?

Yes, you can do both - it is a matter of personal preference. If you choose to work out before your treatment, we ask that you allow enough time to be completely dry (no sweat). Doing cryotherapy before a workout will help loosen you up and prime your body for any physical activity. Doing cryotherapy post-workout will reap the full benefits of recovery and feeling more energized and flexible.

Is it safe?

Yes! Cryosaunas have been used for the last 30+ years without any severe adverse reaction ever recorded. It is important that clients are completely dry when they enter the cryosauna as water will freeze immediately at these temperatures. The nitrogen being used to cool the sauna is the same nitrogen that makes up 78% of the air we naturally breathe. To ensure your safety, we employ the most advanced cryotherapy technology available and a trained technician will accompany you in-room for the duration of your session. In the cryosauna, the technician will raise a platform so that the client’s head is elevated above the nitrogen vapor, allowing for natural breathing. For added safety, the room is equipped with an oxygen monitor which will shut off the nitrogen supply if the oxygen concentration in the room drops by more than .5%. Clients also wear gloves, socks and slippers to add extra protection to sensitive areas.

What are the risks?

WBC is very well tolerated and has minimal risks, such as: fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 systolic points (this reverses to normal at the end of the procedure), redness, and skin burns – only if exposed to cold temperatures for longer than normal or if skin is not completely dry and free of lotions/creams/oils/ointments).

Who should NOT use full-body cryotherapy?

The following are contraindications to WBC: pregnancy, severe hypertension (BP > 160/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral artery occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Reynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 14 (parental consent required for individuals under 18), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.

What do I need to bring with me?

We’ll provide you with everything, just be sure to wear undergarments without metal for your treatment and be relatively dry (no sweat).

If I'm claustrophobic can I do cryotherapy?

Yes. Our cryotherapy chambers are open at the top and your head is fully above the machine. The door is held closed by magnets allowing you the ability to exit easily.

Is there an age limit?

Those under 18 years of age require parental consent to treatment needed. Cryotherapy produces completely natural effects, so it is safe for everyone from young children to senior citizens.

*All of the information contained on this website and on all printed marketing materials is offered by CryoGeorgetown for informational purposes only. Statements within this site have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.