What is whole body cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is the practice of using cold temperatures to support healing and wellness and dates back to ancient civilizations. Whole body cryotherapy is the modern application and stimulates the same rejuvenating and recovery benefits at a whole new level of cold in just three minutes.
Is it like an ice bath?
Whole body cryotherapy is similar to an ice bath in that it is a cold therapy. There are key differences. A whole body cryotherapy session is a maximum of three-minutes and an ice-bath is is a maximum of twenty-minutes. Cryotherapy is a dry, painless cold and an ice-bath, at a minumum, is uncomfortable. Whole body cryotherapy cold only penetrates the top layers of skin; an ice bath penetrates into the muscles and joints which introduces the potential for tissue damage and the potential to lower the body’s core temperature. Whole body cryotherapy cold dissipates quickly; ice bath cold dissipates gradually.
Why do people use whole body cryotherapy?
People use whole body cryotherapy to compliment health and wellness initiatives.
What do I wear during a cryotherapy session?
During a cryotherapy session a participant wears dry thermal socks, thermal gloves, cryo boots and undergarments.
How will I feel during the cryotherapy session?
During the cryotherapy session participants feel an extreme dry cold on the surface of their skin. Some participants may even shiver.
How will I feel after the cryotherapy session?
After the session, participants report a sense of invigoration and euphoria.
How often can I have a cryotherapy session?
Cryotherapy can be as frequent as daily and many find the daily routine provides the most consistent results.
What is Whole Body Cryotherapy
First off, let’s discuss cryotherapy (or as some call it… “cryo therapy”/ “cryogenic therapy”) in and of itself first before we dive into the “whole body” aspect of it. Cryotherapy, as defined by the ever-reliable Merriam-Webster dictionary, means “the therapeutic use of cold.” Based off of this definition cryotherapy, in the simplest of terms, is essentially, COLD THERAPY.
Let’s back up for a second, what is the purpose of cold therapy? Studies have shown that exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures, aka cold therapy, can help reduce inflammation, relieve muscles soreness, improve energy, boost endorphins, and much, much more. Nice!
Now to discuss whole body cryotherapy. Whole body cryotherapy deals with exposing the WHOLE BODY to cold temperatures… cold as in -202ºF! Wowza, that’s cold.
Now how does one expose their entire body to frigid temps? Well you could stand out in the middle of Antarctica while barely wearing anything… but that doesn’t sound very fun… or safe… OR you could hop on into an Impact Cryotherapy cryosauna for a quick 3-minute whole body cryotherapy session!