You don’t need to wear anything specifically; we will give you everything you need. You will undress in a private dressing leaving only socks and underwear on. We will provide you with gloves, shoes, and a robe to wear. Once inside the cryo sauna, you will remove your robe. We will only see your face; the rest of your body will be concealed. We ask you to not have any moisture on you or on your clothes. No external metals like jewelry are allowed, except for metals inside the body like medical metal plates.
Although it may sound very cold, it’s not painful. In fact, it’s a very tolerable experience since it’s a completely dry treatment. You will not feel the cold pain as if you were in an ice bath. Safety is a top priority. A trained and certified technician will remain with you during the entire session.
You can expect your first visit to last around 12-15 minutes. Every visit thereafter will be around 5 minutes.
There is nothing specific that you should do or avoid. At the conclusion of your session your muscles will warm immediately after blood rushes back to your peripheral tissues. You can go on about your normal day.
It largely depends on your conditions, your goals, and lifestyle. You should undergo WBC on an as-needed basis. For performance-enhancing, you may want to use WBC in between 2 closely separated intense workouts. For recurring pains, as single session will bring you relief. For users interested in metabolism boosts, we recommend 2-3 sessions per week. For clients seeking the skin benefits, it will vary from client to client.
Fort Lauderdale Cryotherapy Center offers Whole Body Cryotherapy treatments in the best Cryosauna currently available. Our Juka Cryosauna is a high-tech, best-in-class cylindrical open-topped chamber used for individual treatments. The client stands in the chamber that has an adjustable platform to accommodate to the height of the user and are misted with dry air that has been chilled with liquid nitrogen. The Juka reaches temperatures ranging between -220F to -260F. The dry mist envelopes the body, which drops the skin’s core temperature to approximately 50°F. Each session can last for 1 to three minutes.
Cryotherapy is an advanced more efficient form of an ice bath. Ice baths can last up to 20 minutes and can be damaging to the skin. During Ice baths your tissue becomes frozen which can cause stiffness and immobility. The Whole Body Cryotherapy session only last 3 minutes and does not freeze the skins tissues but improves the mobility by reducing inflammation and pain in the body. Three minutes in a Cryosauna provides the equivalent inflammation reduction of an one-hour, (which your body wouldn’t be able to withstand) full-body ice bath.
Absolutely. The liquid nitrogen being used during the Whole Body Cryotherapy session is a cooling agent that does not come into contact with the skin. A trained technician is present at all times during each session. We use a Juka cryosauna that has a magnetic door closure that opens easily and can be pushed open with minimal effort at any time during the session. This time limit can never be exceeded–the machine will automatically turn off after 3 minutes.
Due to the low temperatures clients must wear special foot wear we provide, socks and slip-on slippers for your feet. We also provide light cotton gloves for your hands. Men should wear undergarment or shorts at all times. Women are not required to wear undergarments but can wear undergarments without wires or a bathing suit to protect intimate body parts. All jewelry, watches, chains, bracelets and earrings are removed. The idea is to expose as much skin as possible so that the body’s core temperature can reach the recommended degrees for optimization.
The minimum age for cryotherapy is 14 years old. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to receive cryotherapy.
Showering is not necessary before or after cryotherapy. The entire procedure is dry and does not make your skin wet. Many clients come by during their lunch break or right after work since the entire treatment is only 3 minutes long.
A Cryosauna treatment is best described like standing nude in front of freezer. It’s a definite chill but does not involve pain. Most clients are surprised to feel how tolerable a session is given the extreme temperatures. The reason for this is that the cryosauna generates a “dry cold”, which is much more comfortable than a damp, wet cold like an ice bath or winter day. Clients wear socks, leather clogs and gloves while in the cryosauna which keeps hands and feet comfortably insulated and warm.
No. The immediate cold impact of the cryotherapy will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time. The frequent stimulation of the immune system can help prevent recurring colds and the severity of the future colds.
Yes, you may. The door is never locked and you may open the door at any time with minimal exertion. The chamber is open at the top and your head is raised above the level of the chamber allowing you to see and communicate with the cryotherapy technician at all times. The head and neck are open during the entire session so the patient is never fully covered at any point. Also, the chamber door is closed but never locked allowing you to step out any time. Our cabin uses a magnetic door closure mechanism that guarantees easy exit in any situation.
Individuals with the following conditions should consult with their doctor and determine if cryotherapy is contraindicated:
• untreated hypertension (above 160 systolic)
• peripheral arterial occlusive disease
• heart attack within last 6 months
• valvular heart disease
• unstable angina pectoris
• ischemic heart disease
• prior heart surgery
• COPD, emphysema or bronchitis
• chronic liver disease
• individuals NOT cleared for moderate exercise by a physician should consult with a medical doctor prior to utilizing cryotherapy treatment
Circulatory and Skin Conditions:
• DVT- Deep vain thrombosis
• Raynaud’s disease
• bacterial or viral infections of the skin
• Severe Anemia
Nervous System, Kidney and Liver:
• acute kidney or urinary tract diseases
• seizure disorders
General Health Conditions:
• Respiratory issues
• cold allergenic phenomenon
• alcohol or drug related contraindications
• open wounds
Whole Body Cryotherapy has minimal risks. Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (reverses after the procedure as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores, etc.) due to stimulation of the immune system. Your heart rate will increase during cryotherapy approximating that experienced during moderate exercise
Protective clothing (socks, gloves, undergarments) must be dry in order to avoid frostbite.
It is possible to start feeling the benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy right after the first treatment as a surge of endorphins, the body’s natural mood enhancer, gives you a lift that will last for about 6 hours afterwards. Immediate pain relief from joint and muscle pain, which is one of the most popular benefits of Cryotherapy procedure, and an increase in energy could be felt right away and can last from hours to days. Long term health benefits include weight loss, improved skin elasticity, reduction in cellulite, these usually take longer to see and will require a course of treatments for optimal results.
Whole Body Cryotherapy is an all-round course of treatment that can benefit everyone.
Whole Body Cryotherapy is ideal for athletes seeking muscle recovery, people with chronic pain and inflammatory conditions, and those seeking weight loss and skin rejuvenation. Cryotherapy is used post-surgery to accelerate healing and reduce pain without the side effects of pain medications. Younger clients, ages 14 to 18, can use Whole Body with parent’s consent.
Yes, an advantage of cryotherapy over ice therapy is that tissues and muscle are not frozen. Ten minutes of light exercise post cryotherapy will induce more rapid vasodilation of the blood vessels and capillaries, and extend the period of not being in pain.
Whole Body Cryotherapy stimulates the body to release endorphins, the hormones that make us feel alert and energetic. The positive effects from each session typically last for six to eight hours. Many clients report improvements in their sleep quality after cryotherapy.