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1. Who developed the cryosauna?
The cryosauna was originally developed in Japan by Dr.Yamaguchi in 1978. Initially explored for the purpose of treating rheumatoid arthritis, Dr.Yamaguchi found he could significantly reduce the soreness and pain his patients usually felt during the manipulation of their joints. The rapid decrease of temperature of the outer layer of skin led to the immediate release of endorphins and therefore less sensitivity to pain. Researchers in Europe have been developing and refining whole body cryotherapy for over three decades.
2. How does cryotherapy work?
The cryosauna uses nitrogen gas to lower the client’s skin surface temperature from normal body temperature to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in 30-45 seconds, and keeps it that way for 2-3 minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends signals to the brain that stimulates the body to go into survival mode by shunting blood from extremities to the core where blood is enriched with oxygen, enzymes, and nutrients. As the body re-warms, this nutrient-rich blood is pushed back to the extremities. Enriched blood promotes internal organ regeneration, expels toxins from subcutaneous layers, initiates cell renewal process, triggers replacement of damaged cells, and eliminates dead cells from peripheral tissues. Simply put: it is rejuvenation of the body on a cellular level.
3. How can I tolerate the cold?
The air is very dry, some people don’t even shiver. The cooled air flows over the skin, which in turn, creates the beneficial results. The process never freezes the skin tissues or organs. Only the sensation of being cold is perceived.
4. How does cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?
It doesn’t. You are simply unable to achieve the same results with an ice bath. 12-15 mins in a shockingly cold ice bath only gets skin temperature to 41 degrees, whereas cryo gets it 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.
5. How will I feel afterward?
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are your “feel good” hormones. The effects from each session last 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 noticed with post-workout exposure. You will also burn 500-700 calories per exposure due to the body’s increase in metabolic rate.
6. Can I work out immediately before/after my exposure?
Yes. In fact, it is recommended. If you work out before your exposure, you can expect greater recovery due to inflammation reduction. If you work out after your exposure, you can expect a higher pain tolerance, more energy and greater flexibility.
7. Can I catch a cold from the effects of cryotherapy?
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.
8. I’m claustrophobic. Can I use the cryosauna?
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.
9. How often should I use cryotherapy?
Anywhere from 2 times per week to 2 times per month. Many experience results from once per week. More frequent use is recommended for chronic pai, rehab and people in heavy training.
10. Do I have to shower before or after the procedure?
No, you don’t. This procedure is absolutely dry and doesn’t make your skin wet.
11. 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 exposure.
12. Who should NOT use cryotherapy? What are the contraindications?
Pregnancy, severe/untreated hypertension (BP >180/100), acute/recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina lector is, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Reynaud’s syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, allergy to cold, accute kidney and urinary tract disease. Any client with a recent (past 6 months) history of cardiac disease or episodes will be required to have a physician statement clearing them to try whole body cryotherapy.
13. Is there a weight limit?
Our machine can accommodate up to 350 lbs. You will also have to comfortably fit in the chamber without touching the sides. If you are unsure, LI Live will gladly help you determine if you will be able to be accommodated in person.
14. Are there age restrictions?
Yes. Our cryosauna is only designed for adult-sized bodies. It cannot hurt children, yet they are simply too small for our cryosauna. We recommend clients be at least 15 years old with parental consent.
15. What are the risks of cryotherapy?
Whole body cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks. Fluctuations in blood pressure 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 the stimulation of the immune system.