Frequently asked questions

  • How soon can I expect results?

    After completing your first treatment, you will experience a release of endorphins. This ‘lift’ can last for several hours. Depending on your physical condition, you may feel immediate relief from joint and muscle pain, improved energy, and increased flexibility that will last for several hours or even days. Regular usage within a short period of time will provide the quickest results.

  • Is one treatment enough?

    While every Optimal Cryo session is beneficial, research has shown that you will experience improved and cumulative benefits with a minimum of 10 sessions, within a two or three week period. (Professional athletes often have up to two sessions a day to help achieve peak performance).

  • Is there anyone who shouldn’t use cryotherapy?

    For those with medical conditions, please consult your physicians. Specifically though, we recommend that the following are reasons to not utilize cryotherapy: Pregnancy; severe, unmanaged hypertension; a cardiac pacemaker; currently undergoing cancer treatment; deep vein thrombosis; acute or recent myocardial infarction; uncontrolled seizures; fever; unstable angina pectoris; Raynaud’s syndrome; cold allergy; acute kidney and urinary tract diseases; open wounds or ulcers.

  • Is it comfortable?

    The treatment is short, between 1.5 and 3 minutes. The nitrogen-cooled air does not contain any moisture, nor is there any air current, so it is very tolerable. Near the end of the session, you may feel a ‘pins and needles’ sensation, which disappears immediately after the treatment.

  • Is nitrogen dangerous for humans?

    No, it is not. Nitrogen is a non-toxic, natural gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 20% Oxygen, 78% Nitrogen and 2% of other components.

  • How can I tolerate the cold?

    The cool, dry air flows over the skin without freezing the tissues or organs. The freezing sensation is mental perception.

  • How does cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?

    It doesn’t. You are simply unable to achieve the same results with an ice bath. After 12-15 minutes of a shockingly cold ice bath the skin temperature only arrives at 41 degrees whereas with 2-3 minutes of whole body cryotherapy the skin temperature gets as low as 30 degrees, this allows for a different physiological response from the body increasing your speed of recovery and overall healing. During an ice bath, the cold actually penetrates into deeper skin tissue and can be 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 will I feel afterward?

    During each session the body releases endorphins, which are your “feel good” hormones. The effects from each session last at least 6–8 hours. As with any new regimen, consistency is key and increased results will be noted with regular use. Many report a higher pain tolerance when exposure is pre-workout, and decreased inflammation is noted with a post- workout exposure. You will also burn 500 calories or more per exposure, due to the body’s increase in metabolic rate.

  • Can I work out immediately before or after my exposure?

    Yes. In fact, it is recommended. If you work out before your exposure, you can expect greater recovery due to the inflammation reduction. If you work-out after your exposure, you can expect a higher pain tolerance, more energy and greater flexibility.

  • Can I catch a cold from the effects of the cryocabin?

    No. The immediate cold impact of the exposure will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time. The triggering of detoxification can actually help your body recover from a cold.

  • I am claustrophobic. Can I use the cryocabin?

    Yes, you can. The chamber is open at the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber, so you are never fully enclosed. You will remain in complete control as the door is never locked and you can step out if you ever experience discomfort.

  • How often should I use the cryosauna?

    For optimum results, 2-3 times a week. It is safe for you to do two sessions a day but it is only recommended for those in heavy training or rehab.

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

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

  • Why do I need socks and gloves?

    The method of hyper-cooling the skin is so sudden that the body is triggered to pull blood from the extremities to protect the body’s core temperature. The vessels around the core then constrict, holding the blood in the core. We simply protect the areas that are most affected by this reaction to ensure your comfort and safety during your exposure.

  • Is there a weight limit?

    We can accommodate clients up to 400 pounds in our cryocabins. *Please note: You will also have to be able to stand comfortably within the chamber without touching the sides in order to be allowed to purchase an exposure. We will assist you in accessing and measuring in the cabin for your safety.

  • Are there age restrictions?

    We recommend clients be at least 16 years old with parental consent. For those clients who are between 14-15 years old, both a physician’s release and parental consent form are required.

  • What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?

    Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolic (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.