A Step-by-Step Introduction to US Cryotherapy
- Register and complete a health screening at a computer kiosk.
- Next, check in with a technician who will set up the right treatment for your individual wellness needs.
- If necessary, change in our changing rooms.
- Next, a technician will provide a tour of the facility and explanation of the wellness modalities.
- Put on your Cryo kit, including headwear, mask, gloves, footwear.
- A technician will gauge and record your skin temperature, assess your attire and monitor your experience from outside the chamber.
- After your 2- to 3-minute treatment, exit the chamber. A technician will gauge and record your skin temperature and discuss your results.
- Move on to the exercise area and warm up for 5 to 10 minutes.
- You’ll then be ready for your next wellness treatment
What to Expect
The first step toward faster recovery and better health is to ensure you complete the Physical Readiness Questionnaire at a kiosk. This form helps our technicians set up the right treatment plan for you and identify any health issues not fit for whole-body cryotherapy.
Your visit continues with a tour and explanation of our various wellness and recovery services, which may include whole body cryotherapy, localized cryotherapy treatment (targeted spot treatments), hydro message, Vibration Plates, Normatec Compression and Facial Rejuvenation. Services may vary by location.
Because we believe in empowered wellness and have created the safest, most effective cryotherapy treatment in the country, our technicians provide you with a full explanation of the process, including the science behind cryotherapy. Prior to chamber entry, you’ll receive a cryo kit to wear inside the chamber to protect your more sensitive areas where not as much blood flow occurs – hands, feet, ears and nose (see What to Wear).
Cold air therapy in the whole body chamber is a dry fresh, oxygenated air so you won’t experience shivering, goosebumps or other reactions that you might associate with being cold. Because of this technology, unlike an ice bath or immersion, cryotherapy is not painful. 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’ll listen to music of your choice while a technician monitors your treatment through a large glass window or door outside the chamber. The chamber doors are incapable of locking, and you can easily exit the chamber at any time before your treatment ends. Likewise, our technicians love to join first-timers and veterans during their treatments, if requested.
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.
Your safety and comfort level are our priorities. Make note of the following before treatment:
- Do not wear damp socks or clothing in chamber. (Loaner apparel available upon request)
- Gloves, footwear, long socks, mask, and ear protection required.
- Remove ointments or lotions.
- Refrain from touching walls with bare skin.
- Maintain relaxed breathing and movement.
- Remove or cover jewelry.
- Remember, you may exit the chamber at any time.
Post Whole Body Cryotherapy Chamber Warm-Up Process
After exiting the Whole-Body Cryotherapy (WBC) chamber, we recommended five to 10 minutes of light cardio. This further supports the circulatory response of flushing where stagnant blood within the muscle tissue – contributing to muscle swelling and inflammation – is reduced or eliminated.