How Cryo Works

Whole-body cryotherapy is a  quick, easy and fun treatment! You stand in a cryosauna, which looks a  lot like a stand-up tanning bed, only your head is sticking up out of  the top. 


For 3 minutes, cool dry air flows over the surface of your  skin. Even though we're taking you between 200-300 below zero, the air  is so dry that you will hardly feel the cold, and you might not even  shiver! It's an invigorating, energizing experience. 


Your body's cold sensors  are triggered, even though the air is too dry to penetrate your skin.  Your body reacts to the cold temperatures by pulling blood away from your extremities and into your core. (You'll be wearing socks and gloves  to protect your fingers and toes!) Your vessels constrict, holding the  blood from your extremities into your core, causing a boost of nutrients  and oxygen to your organs.


Your metabolism revs up to protect your core temperature from dropping,  resulting in calorie-burning that can last anywhere from 5-8 hours!  

Endorphins are released into the brain, causing a happy/relaxing  sensation. Many clients report feeling a natural high or euphoria. Your  nervous system is calmed, which gives you a wonderful soothing feeling,  and is especially beneficial for those suffering from nerve damage or  fibromyalgia.


Your serotonin is regulated, which can improve your focus  and promote deeper sleep. Most clients notice better sleep after just  one session!


Once your 3 minutes is up, you step out of the  cryosauna, and all the nutrient/oxygen enriched blood flows back into  your extremities, promoting healing and a major detox as toxins are  flushed out from the body. This is very beneficial for your lymphatic  system, as we typically take in an overwhelming amount of toxins daily.


Your skin is now glowing, any pain you had is minimized or diminished  completely, you feel refreshed and energized, and the detoxing effects  can last for days! This can help to clear up all kinds of skin  conditions including scarring, acne, eczema, psoriasis and many other  ailments.


Many people use the cryosauna for pain relief, because it  causes a major reduction in inflammation. In fact, it was originally  developed to treat people suffering from arthritis. We see all types of  clients from soccer-moms to the Dallas Cowboys. Whole-body cryotherapy  is beneficial to everyone!

Check out this fun cartoon, explaining cryo!

FAQ's

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Who developed the cryosauna?

Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978, and  the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time.  The cryosauna has just recently been introduced into the United States,  becoming immediately popular among doctors, chiropractors, physical  therapists and most professional athletes.

Has whole-body cryotherapy been tested?

Yes. Researchers have been developing and refining whole-body  cryotherapy for over two decades. The treatment is 100% natural and  safe!

How does the cryosauna work?

The cryosauna uses nitrogen gas to lower the client's skin surface  temperature from normal body temperature to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in 30  seconds or less and keeps it that way for 2-3 minutes. The skin reacts  to the cold and sends messages to the brain that act as a stimulant to  all regulatory functions of the body. It produces the scanning of all areas that may not be working to their fullest potential.

Is nitrogen dangerous to human beings?

No, it isn't. Nitrogen is a non-toxic, natural gas. The air that we  breathe is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen, 78% Nitrogen and 5% of  other components.

Is it comfortable?

Yes! The air is very dry, which is why some people don’t even shiver!  Also, only your face is visible to the operator during the procedure, so  your privacy is kept at all times.

How will I feel afterward?

During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones  that make you feel good and energetic. The effects from each session  last at least 6 – 8 hours, but like any therapy, the more sessions, the  greater the results. Regular use of the cryosauna can extend benefits  for greater lengths of time. A higher pain tolerance is also achieved,  and decreased inflammation throughout the body. This is why athletes and  people suffering from pain in general are able to find such quick  relief. You will also burn 500 calories or more per session, due to the  body’s increase in metabolic rate. The cryosauna, used on a regular  basis, can help the body reset its metabolism.

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Can I work out immediately before or after my cryo-session?

Yes! It is completely safe either way! In fact, it is recommended! If  you workout before your cryo-session, you can expect greater recovery  due to the inflammation reduction. If you workout after your  cryo-session, you can expect a higher pain tolerance, more energy and  greater flexibility. If you simply can't decide which is a better  option, try both! It is completely safe to do multiple cryo-sessions in  one day!

Can't I get the same effect from an ice bath?

No. This treatment simply does not compare to an ice bath. It is not  possible to achieve the same effects with an ice bath, plus ice baths  are anywhere from 12-15 minutes longer. (compared to under 3 minutes in a  cryosauna) The cryosauna gives you a quicker and better recovery and  enhanced performance. During an ice bath, the cold actually penetrates  into the tissue and is damaging to the skin. In the cryosauna, the skin  is never penetrated, yet the body responds on a deeper level, even  improving the skin's overall condition.

How is all of this possible in just 3 minutes?

All of these benefits are not just happening in the 3 minutes that  you are in the cryosauna. 3 minutes is all it takes to trigger the  body's natural responses to begin healing itself. The cryosauna can  accelerate the body's healing, and that's why so many people find the  cryosauna so helpful. As you age, your body's natural healing slows down. The cryosauna simply speeds it back up!

Can I eat before my cryo-session?

Yes, you most definitely can! In fact, many of our clients have reported  being able to tolerate the cold much better after having eaten within  the past few hours before their session.

How can I stand the cold?

There is no freezing involved, only the feeling of being cold. This  process is simply cold air flowing over the surface of the skin, which  in turn, creates the beneficial results. The air is completely dry,  making it surprisingly comfortable.

Can I catch a cold from the effects of the cryosauna?

No. The immediate cold impact of the cryosession will raise the internal  body temperature for a short period of time. The stimulation of the  immune system can actually help decrease the severity and frequency of  future colds and the flu. 

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I am claustrophobic. Can I use the cryosauna?

Yes, you can. The door is never locked and you may step out at any time.  The chamber is open to the top and your head is raised above the level  of the upper rim of the chamber, so you are never fully enclosed.

How often should I use the cryosauna?

We recommend at least 10 sessions in the first 30 days for optimal  results. Some people will need more. If you aren't sure how many  sessions you need, a Cryo-X employee will be happy to help you customize  a plan. After this, all you'll need to do is maintain your results, so  sessions can be cut down to 1-2 times a week or less. If after a month  or two, you are ready for another boost, you can start the process over  again.

Do I have to take a shower before and/or after the procedure?

No, you don't. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet.

Why do I need socks and gloves?

While in the cryosauna, the body pulls the blood away from the  extremities and into the core, therefore the extremities must be  protected. The vessels around the core then constrict, holding the blood  in the core. The body then begins working to protect and boost the  vital organs, producing and releasing all kinds of nutrients into the  blood. This is why most people notice very little discomfort in their  chest, stomach and back area. The body is producing heat as well to  protect the core!

Who should not use whole body cryotherapy?

The following conditions are contraindications to whole body  cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or  recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia,  symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, 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, cold allergy(being allergic to cold), acute  kidney and urinary tract diseases.

Is there a weight limit?

We can now accommodate clients up to 350 pounds. (325 at our Frisco location) The cryosauna is an amazing jumpstart to weight-loss, due to the increase in metabolism!

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Are there age restrictions?

Yes. Although the cryosauna produces completely natural effects, ours  are only designed for an adult-sized body. It cannot hurt children, yet  they are simply too small for our cryosaunas.

What are the risks of whole-body cryotherapy?

Whole-body cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks:  Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points  systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as  peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme  cold (rare), and activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc.  due to stimulation of the immune system.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email info@cryo-x.com