A Step by Step Introduction to US Cryotherapy
- Complete health screening form at kiosk
- Check-in at reception
- Change in locker rooms (if necessary)
- Proceed to chamber
- View/listen to instructions
- Enter monitored chamber and begin treatment
- Exit chamber and check skin temperature
- Do 5 minutes of moderate cardio exercise
- Optional Treatments include: Hydromassage bed, Compression therapy, Facial Rejuvenation treatments
What to Expect
The first step toward faster recovery and better health is to ensure you complete the Physical Readiness Questionnaire at our touch screen computer kiosks. The process takes under 5 minutes, and is important in identifying any health conditions which may preclude you from using our whole body cryotherapy chamber.
After completing the check-in, a receptionist will review the various US Cryotherapy service offerings which include: whole body cryotherapy, localized cryotherapy (targeted spot treatments), hydro message, Vibration Plates, Normatec Compression and Facial Rejuvenation. Services may vary by location. Every treatment and service offered throughout our centers is managed electronically for your convenience. If needed, we have lockers and rooms to change into proper attire (see What to Wear)
Ready to begin your treatments? You will be given a full explanation of the process, benefits and safety instructions by a US Cryotherapy certified staff member to ensure an optimal experience. Prior to chamber entry, you will be provided with necessary protective wear (see What to Wear). Our whole body cryotherapy chambers can accommodate multiple users at one time, (may vary by location and size of chamber) so bring family members or friends to share your experience.
Cold air therapy in the whole body chamber is a dry fresh, oxygenated air — due to the lack of moisture (humidity), and is not painful like an ice bath or immersion. During the treatment, your skin temperature will decrease between 30-45 degrees over 2.5 to 3.5 minutes inside the chamber. All first time customers start at 2.5 minutes. At US Cryotherapy, we record every treatment in our database. We measure skin temperatures before and after treatments (in the core region of the body) which allows us to make recommendations for your future treatment exposure times. Individuals, based on BMI and vascularity, respond differently to cold and skin temps vary. You will immediately warm after exiting the chamber, with full range of motion in your muscles and joints, unlike water or ice treatments, where the joints remain stiff for hours. Even if you don’t like being cold, this process will rejuvenate your body, skin and mind, and you will leave feeling warmer than when you arrived.
During your experience you will listen to music to pass the time and an attendant will be monitoring your every movement through a large glass window or door at the technician station outside the chamber. The chamber doors are incapable of locking, so if you feel uncomfortable, you can easily exit the chamber at any time. If you are intimidated about going alone, no worries, our friendly staff is always available to go in with you, and most often at our centers, there’s a member always willing to introduce a first time visitor as a companion inside the chamber.
Review the The Process section which diagrams your full US Cryotherapy experience.
What to Wear
Because of the exposure to extremely cold temperatures, there are mandatory requirements for apparel to be worn in the chamber. You should arrive in or bring the following gym attire:
Men recommended: (swimsuit or shorts, T-shirt, socks, and gym shoes).
Women recommended: (swimsuit or shorts and top, socks and gym shoes).
If you do not have gym shoes or socks, US Cryotherapy provides Slippers and socks in various sizes for your use. US Cryotherapy will also provide a complimentary pair of gloves for your use at the chamber. You will be provided a headband or beanie to cover your ears, and a respiratory mask to cover your mouth and nose. If desired, you will be offered forearm and calf sleeve covers for hyper-sensitive skin. You will have covering for your (fingers, toes, nose & ears) which is simply precautionary. Loaner shirts and shorts are available for those who drop in unprepared.
This short duration of exposure would be safe even without the protective apparel. However, US Cryotherapy insists that you wear the mandatory cover for your protection and comfort to maximize the benefits of your experience. Cooling these small vessel areas is not vital to the systemic reaction you will receive from the whole body skin cooling.
Heavy exercise or showering just prior to chamber treatment is not recommended, and do not apply lotions, oils, cologne or any alcohol based products just prior to treatment. A simple towel wiping the skin dry of any perspiration or oils will suffice. Makeup or deodorant on the skin are not a concern.
US Cryotherapy Cares About Your Safety:
- No Damp Socks or Clothing (Loaner apparel available upon request)
- Gloves, Footwear, Tube Socks, Mask, and Ear Protection Required
- Remove Ointments or Lotions
- Do Not Touch Walls with Bare Skin
- Relaxed Breathing and Movements
- Remove or Cover Jewelry
- Horseplay Strictly Prohibited
- You Can Exit Chamber at Any Time
Post Whole Body Cryotherapy Chamber Warm-Up Process
After exiting from the Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) chamber, it is recommended that light cardiovascular movement be performed for a period of up to 10 minutes to further promote re-warming within the muscles which creates a more favorable circulatory effect to bring fresh blood into the muscles and promote the flushing of stagnant blood within the muscle tissue which contributes to muscle swelling and inflammation.