Whole Body Cryotherapy in SLO
Come chill with us
…and experience the benefits of regular whole body cryotherapy!
- increases metabolism
- improves brain function
- boost your immune system
- promote healthy & happy skin
- faster muscle recovery
- better sleep
- less pain
- more mobility
What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a type of cold immersion therapy that exposes the skin to very cold air (-230 degrees), which causes a rush of endorphins and norepinephrine (a hormone and neurotransmitter that controls inflammation) into the body.
The constriction of blood vessels pushes blood from skin and muscle to the core of the body where it circulates for about 2 minutes. The blood circulates to the core for about 2 minutes. Then when you get out of the chamber, the entire body vasodilates and delivers oxygen rich red blood cells to extremities, joints and the rest of the body.
To battle the cold, the body also revs up the metabolism, which burns fat and provides a boost of energy. (Some people have burned up to 900 calories during a 3 minute session!)
Once the session is over, blood delivers oxygen rich blood cells carrying freshly released neurotransmitters and hormones that can dramatically lower inflammation, increase collagen levels, boost mood, accelerate recovery, and increase focus among many other benefits.
Who should receive cryotherapy?
Our guests are coming in for all different reasons! Some came in to help recover from hard workouts and found that their digestion and mood improved. Others are coming in to help address skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema while simultaneously getting the best sleep they’ve ever had! Many others are coming in to get relief from chronic pain and improving their mobility at the same time.
How often should I do cryotherapy?
Every body is different. It truly depends on your goals and if you’re trying to address any chronic conditions.
The general recommendation is to do 10-12 cryotherapy in close succession (so every day, or every other day) to help establish a new baseline for inflammation before going into maintenance mode. For someone who is healthy and looking for more preventative care or to address minor health concerns, this may be 1-2 times each week. For people who are dealing with more severe, chronic conditions, 3-5 days/week may be what is needed to achieve the desired results.
How did cryotherapy start?
Cold immersion therapy was used in ancient times by Egyptians to treat diseases and ailments. Over time, cold has been used to address different conditions from headaches to tumors.
Whole Body Cryotherapy was coined in the 1970s by Dr. Yamuchi by using short freezing treatments on rheumatoid arthritis patients for the purpose of pain management. Over the next 10 years, his clinic treated over 2,000 patients with rheumatic disease, reporting that 80% of them returned to normal life without pain.
In the 1980s, some European countries adopted cryotherapy, with Polish scientists adapting Yamaguchi’s approach to decrease recovery time and increase athletic performance. In May 2000, the Olympic rehabilitation center opened in Poland, featuring cryotherapy machines for training and injury rehabilitation.
Now, cryotherapy chambers can be found in many hospitals throughout Europe and Asia, and is becoming more popular in the United States as the benefits are becoming hard to ignore.
How should I prepare for my session?
Before coming in for a session, we ask that all guests complete this health intake to ensure that it is safe to receive cryotherapy. It is crucial that the skin is clean and dry (no sweat, oil or lotion). If you wear a bathing suit or outfit that is free of metal while exposing as much skin as possible (while still covering sensitive areas), that would be awesome! If not, we just ask that you wear clean, dry undergarments, and we’ll provide you with a robe before your service. Your cryotherapy experience from start to finish should only take about 15 minutes.
Who cannot receive cryotherapy?
The extreme temperatures of cryotherapy puts the body under eustress (or beneficial stress), and so it is contraindicated for certain conditions. Each guest fills out a detailed health intake form before coming in for cryotherapy. People who have any of the conditions listed below cannot received cryotherapy.
• Chronic Liver Disease
• Unstable Angina Pectoris
• Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease
• Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or known circulatory dysfunction (blood clots)
• Acute Febrile Respiratory (Flu-like respiratory conditions)
• Acute kidney and urinary tract diseases
• Severe Anemia
• Hyperhidrosis – heavy perspiration
• Untreated Hypertension
• Heart Attack within the previous 6 months
• Decompensating diseases (edema) of the cardiovascular and respiratory system
• Cold Allergenic Phenomenon (known allergy to cold contactants)
• Heavy consumerist diseases (abnormal bleeding)
• Seizure disorders
• Bacterial and viral infections of the skin, wound healing disorders (open sores or discharging wound/skin conditions)
• Alcohol and drugs relative contraindication
• Valvular Heart Disease
• Condition after heart surgery
• lschemic Heart Disease
• Raynaud’s Disease
• Congestive Heart Failure