Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) originated in Japan in 1978 for rheumatoid arthritis. This treatment expanded into Poland by scientists who began using it as a physical therapy tool. These scientists realized that not only was WBC an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, many other areas of the body responded to this therapy with positive results.
What happens during a treatment?
The patient enters the cryochamber as the nitrogen gas fills and cools the chamber to approximately -250 fahrenheit. Over a period of 3 minutes the patient’s skin surface is lowered approximately 30-40 degrees. This sudden drop in temperature triggers the body’s survival mechanisms. As a result, there is a release of endorphins as well as a rapid circulation of oxygen rich blood throughout the body. Capillaries will expand up to four times their natural diameter, which enables your white blood cells to access and heal your injuries up to five times faster.
Are there any age restrictions?
Yes. No one under the age of 13 will be allowed treatment. If your age is 13-18, we require parental consent. ages 13-16 should have a physician’s referral.
What do I wear?
PLEASE BE SURE NOT TO WEAR ANY LOTIONS, OILS, OR SPRAYS ON YOUR BODY AS THE MOISTURE MAY CAUSE FROSTBITE. Clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks and underwear (men). You will be provided mittens and booties to protect your extremities. Modesty is preserved at all times as only your face and hands are visible to the technician.
Is nitrogen dangerous to humans?
No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 78% nitrogen.
Can I have multiple treatments in one day?
Yes. You must wait four hours between treatments.
Should I work out before or after a treatment?
Both are completely safe. Receiving treatment before working out will enhance your energy and endurance, promoting muscle recovery and rejuvenation. We recommend light exercise after your cryo treatment. This will assist in stabilizing your bodys temperature, promote vasodilation and extend the period of analgesia.
Who should not use cryotherapy?
The following are contraindications for WBC:
Pregnancy, untreated hypertension (BP 180/100) , heart attack within previous 6 months, congestive heart failure, COPD, ischemic heart disease, tumor diseases, chronic liver disease, unstable angina pectoris, pacemaker, deep vein thrombosis or known circulatory dysfunctions, acute febrile respiratory conditions, acute kidney and urinary tract infections, severe anemia, seizure disorders, open sores, Raynaud’s disease, vasculitis, hyperhidrosis or uncontrolled diabetes.
What are the risks?
Whole body cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has very small risks. A small increase in blood pressure up to 10 points systolically can be expected but does not happen to all clients. The rise in blood pressure quickly returns to normal after the treatment. Allergic reactions to extreme cold are very rare but may happen.
*the Whole body chryotherapy sauna is not considered a regulated medical device by the FDA.
How does it work?
The machine itself functions by a Peltier effect (thermoelectric cooling) regulated by a hydraulic system which ensures a very high inertia which is absolutely necessary for the correct application of the treatment in a minimum of time. These characteristics, which are very difficult to obtain, make it possible to enact a very rapid cooling of the fat tissues while avoiding the risk of lesions of the skin tissue due to an application that is too long. The principle of the treatment is to lower the temperature of the fat cells enough to cause what is called the phenomenon of apoptosis. This phenomenon is triggered when the temperature of the fat tissues is between 17 and 12 degrees and consists in a self-programming of the death of these cells.
What are the benefits?
The major benefit sought is a large decrease in fat mass which was visualized by CT scans and measured between 15 and 40% according to the subjects tested. It must not be forgotten that the apparatus is not only capable of emitting cold but also of heat and of causing the two to alternate, thus causing “thermal shock”. This method of thermal shock is medically recognized to be particularly restorative for tissues by significant increase of local microcirculation and collagen.
How is Cryoskin 2.0 different from other cryotherapy treatments?
Tests and experience have shown that no other machine is currently capable of an inertia as strong as the Cryoskin. This inertia is due to the fact that the device does not only produce cold. It works by heat exchange with the body and the ability to descend very strongly and quickly the temperature of the tissues by absorption of calories, accumulation of calories and evacuation by a system equipped with a ventilated hydraulic radiator. Cryoskin is also less expensive, painless and more effective!
How does it feel?
The feeling is rather pleasant thanks to the start of the treatment which is generally done with a short period of skin warming and a gradual but rapid decrease of the temperature. At the end of the treatment, the thermal shock appears very quickly, which gives a feeling of warmth and lightness at the same time.
Who shouldn’t do it?
There are few contraindications to the treatment. We must still be vigilant to some pathologies:
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
- Allergy to Cold
- Uncontrolled Diabetes
- For Facial CryoToning, you cannot have botox or fillers within the last 90 days.
How often can I do it?
The usual frequency is one treatment every 15 days (for slimming treatments). In some cases this can be reduced to 10 days by the addition of additional drainage treatment but is not necessarily recommended. There is a physiological reason for this: when apoptosis occurs and some fat cells die, waste is formed. This will be eliminated by natural routes (blood, lymphatic system and then urine). Metabolism must therefore be allowed to evacuate this waste without overloading the circuits. Toning treatments can be performed once every week.
Can I workout before / after?
Yes! It is recommended that you perform a strenuous, sweat-inducing workout to help speed the waste elimination process along.
How does the treatment work?
As described above, the treatment works by triggering the phenomenon of apoptosis of the fat cells. This is achieved without risk to the other tissues (in particular muscle tissue) by the fact that the intracellular electrolytes of the fat cell are the first to crystallize in the cold before all the others. This crystallization is information brought to the cell to program self-destruction. One could say that cryotherapy is a homeopathic treatment specific to the fat cell.
How is it helping me look younger?
The Cryoskin machine is capable of causing thermal shock due to its ability to alternate rapidly and automatically between periods of skin warming and cooling. This phenomenon causes a very strong increase in the local metabolism and an acceleration of the microcirculation which are both responsible for the production of collagen. The collagen thus brings elasticity and toning to the skin and makes it possible to visibly and durably combat skin aging. The face treatment lasts a few weeks and is not really permanent, it needs maintenance. You should not receive a facial toning session if you have had ANY injectables in you face IN THE LAST 3 MONTHS!
Is there a certain person who is best suited for this treatment?
The best profile does not apply to overweight subjects (BMI over 30). The treatment is not for clients requiring weight loss but rather for the vast majority of those who have unsightly cellulite or fatty areas (often due to poor diet, poor lifestyle or a static workplace for example). the treatment is a treatment to reharmonize the bodies curves and not a slimming cure.
How quickly will I see results?
The first results are generally visible from the first session and often very encouraging. However, it should be noted that the best results appear from 15 days to 3 weeks after the start of treatment and extend for several months after the end of treatment.
How long do these results last?
Depending on the individual and depending also on their lifestyle and diet, the results last several months or several years. From the testing most people got more lasting results after three to six sessions, it depends on the person. One person had to stop after one session as they lost too much fat. It is advisable to practice two or three sessions six months after the end of treatment to maintain results.
What is the percent of fat reduction?
Cryoskin 2.0 was tested on over 100 people at different temperatures and treatment periods. There was an average of 38% of fat loss on the treated area over 4 sessions in 6 weeks. The maximum fat loss was 45% in the treated area. Some women only lost 15% of fat in the treated area. Men’s abdominal area was particularly effective with a good sample losing 45% of fat in that area.
How should you treat someone who is overweight and has cellulite?
You should do slimming one week and toning the next week and repeat, as this will reduce fat and also stimulate collagen production which breaks down fat. Ideally after the slimming treatments customers would drink lots of water or have a lymphatic massage.
Is there an age limit?
15 years as cartilage is still building.
Why can you not eat sugar for 2 hours after?
To get the best results following a session, you should not eat sugar 2 hours before and after the session. The reason is sugar is a strong power source for fat cells. It’s factual, all nutritionists would attest that to succeed in diet slimming, sugar is the first thing to stop. As you know, the cold weakens and retracts that adipocyte but if you eat sugar, that will give it back immediate energy so that apoptosis effect will be less efficient – even could be canceled. Be careful, when we talk about sugar, we talked about all kinds of sugars as slow sugar (pasta, rice, bread, cereals) and of course fast-acting sugar. If possible, the client could avoid all kind of sugar for 4 to 5 hours before and after the cryo session but it’s a maximum. Two hours is a usual recommended time to get results.