What is a cryosauna?
A Cryosauna is a single person chamber used for individual sessions.
During a cryotherapy session the cryosauna is managed by staff who monitor the machine with temperatures between -110 to -160 degrees celsius. The treatment within the cryosauna usually lasts between 1 to 3 minutes, but to feel the full benefits we recommend staying in the sauna for the entire 3 minutes. Of course, this depends on the preference of the individual.
During your time in the cryosauna, your circulatory system focuses on your internal organs and reduces the blood flow to your extremities. After the treatment, your body commences working hard to circulate blood back around your whole body to return its temperature back to normal.
What are the benefits of using a cryosauna?
- Decreases fatigue, soreness and inflammation.
- Reduces general aches and pains.
- Helps with pre and post surgery recovery.
- Reduce arthritis pain.
- Ease joint pain.
- Boosts immune system.
- Anti ageing, boosts collagen production.
- Improves sleep quality.
- Aids in quicker muscle recovery.
- Euphoric feeling.
- Increased energy.
How does it work?
During a session your body is performing multiple survival mechanisms, it is taking the blood from your extremities and this flows through to your core. During this process the blood is being re-oxygenated and replenished. Upon stepping out of the chamber your blood flows back through the body providing the multiple benefits that have been listed above.
You will be surrounded with a mist of nitrogen gas which cools the body’s outer temperature. The gas is in a controlled and safe environment, every safety measure has been taken and is all up to Australian Standards. At no stage are you ever exposed to liquid nitrogen.
* Please note:
Cryosauna sessions only available Friday's 10am-3pm and Saturday's 11am-2pm
What should I expect?
After completing the initial consultation paperwork at reception. You will be shown to your change room where you will be provided with a set of gloves, socks and Ugg boots to wear in the sauna. You will undress to your underwear and put on a robe which is provided. This is designed to protect your extremities against the cold whist delivering the maximum skin exposure for the best results.
The session does feel cold, but it is very tolerable. There is an initial shock of cold to the body, but the deep cold is not felt from two minutes onwards. When you exit the sauna the body releases endorphins which make you feel happy and give you a general well being feeling, it also assists in reducing pain. Most clients report feeling energised, awake and physically rejuvenated. The mood-enhancing benefits from each session can last for a few days.
What do I bring and wear?
Female: You'll need to wear a sports bra or bra without underwire, also wear undies/bathing bottoms or sports shorts.
Male: It's recommended to wear normal underwear or sport shorts.
Please note: You'll be provided with a robe to wear upon entering the Cryosauna which will be taken off and passed to the operator over the top of the sauna when the door is closed. Once the session is complete a staff member will hand the robe back before you exit the Cryosauna. This it to keep your privacy and make you feel comfortable at all times.
All jewellery needs to be removed prior to treatment.
Its advised to not shower before the treatment, your body must be completely dry.
What are the risks of cryo?
Cryotherapy saunas are generally tolerated very well and have minimal risks. Possible risks can include:
Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal)
Allergic reaction to the extreme cold (rare)
Skin burns (only if exposed to temperatures longer than recommended or skin is wet prior to entry).
Cryo - ice bath
A debate that seems to be raging is Cryo vs ice baths. Both have their advantages and disadvantages the choice of which you use is dependent on you. All cold exposure is beneficial and studies are showing that. In the small amount of time that researchers have had with the effects of Cryotherapy use, it is remarkable and with further studies being undertaken the industry will continue to grow.
Cryo or Ice Bath?
Ice baths have been used for decades by those looking to speed up recovery and reduce inflammation. Ice baths and Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) rely on the body’s response to cold to produce their benefits, but they affect the body in completely different ways.
- Ice baths are generally tolerated as uncomfortable and a struggle to withstand during a session. A cryosauna is a quick three minute session with temperatures dropping between -110°C and -150°C. You’d think at this temperature you’d be screaming and uncomfortable, but a majority of people do not scream and though it is cold, people feel the session is quick and easy to manage through the cold.
- During a 15-20 minute ice bath, your tissue freezes and muscles lose their capacity. The body generally needs a much longer rest time by doing this. It’s often advised to wait until the next day after an ice bath to resume training. With Cryotherapy, tissues do not freeze and muscles don’t lose their capacity. Meaning individuals can get back to training as quickly as 15 minutes after a treatment.
- A Cryosauna sends your body into a false shock, into its survival mode! It’s the body’s natural response to surviving this cold treatment. It gives the illusion the body is being frozen, which creates a range of benefits. When it says cold shock and survival mode, this is an internal response and not a shock that makes you panic.
Both have their benefits, but a Cryosauna is safe, more tolerable and studies are showing it is highly beneficial.
Is there anything stoping me from doing cryo?
There are people who will not be able to enter the cryosauna as it could cause harm.
- If you're pregnant.
- Have high blood pressure or heart complications.
- If you've had a heart transplant or have a pacemaker.
- Intolerance to cold.
- Raynaud's disease.
- Cold urticarial.
- Diseases of the central nervous system.
- Gangrenous and purulent skin lesions.
- Neuropathies of sympathetic nervous system.
- Local blood circulation disorders.
- Acute or recent myocardial infraction.
- Acute or recent cerebrovascular accident.
- The effect of drugs / especially neuroleptics / and alcohol.
- Emaciation and hypothermia.
- Unstable angina pectoris.
- Venous thrombosis
- Symptomatic lung disorders.
- Uncontrolled seizures.
- Acute urinary tract or kidney disease.
- Any open wounds, sores, healing/bleeding disorders.
- Contraindications determined by a physician for a particular client.
Minors aged between 16 - 18 require parental consent and children under 16 are not permitted to enter the cryosauna.
We strongly recommend that our clients seek the opinion of a medical professional before using cryotherapy if they are unsure about their health and the impact the cold may have.
Is one treatment enough?
You don't go to the gym and do 10 sit-ups and immediately have a six pack, it is a gradual repetition of the effort you put in. Cryotherapy is the same, this is part of the recovery for your body; you only have the one life so take care of yourself.
Please consult with our team to help you reach your particular goals or if you have any concerns.
Below is a session breakdown found from;
ACUTE PAIN AND INFLAMMATION: 3-10 SESSIONS (2-4 TIMES/WEEK)
CHRONIC PAIN AND INFLAMMATION: 10-20 SESSIONS (2-4 TIMES/WEEK)
SPORTS MUSCLE RECOVERY: 1-2 SESSIONS
IMPROVED SLEEP: 1-30 SESSIONS (2-3 TIMES/WEEK)
WEIGHT LOSS: 10-20 SESSIONS (3-5 TIMES/WEEK)
POST SURGERY RECOVERY: 1-10 SESSIONS (2-4 TIMES/WEEK)
INCREASED ENERGY: 1-10 SESSIONS (2-3 TIMES/WEEK)
INFLAMMATORY SKIN ISSUES: 10-20 SESSIONS (2-4 TIMES/WEEK)
FIBROMYALGIA: 10-20 SESSIONS (2-3 TIMES/WEEK)
MIGRAINE HEADACHES: 5-10 SESSIONS (2-3 TIMES/WEEK)
ALLERGIES: 3-10 SESSIONS (2-3 TIMES/WEEK)
What machine do you use?
We use the JUKA (pronounced Yuka) cryosauna which is manufactured in Poland.
Juka is the most used and trusted cryosauna in the world today. They are a pioneer in this industry with over 3 million successful treatments conducted worldwide.
The cryosauna has continuous flow technology which delivers an immersive, 360 degree delivery of nitrogen gas. The open top design, combined with a height adjustment floor eliminates potential claustrophobia and makes it suitable for clients of any height.
There are numerous integrated safety protocols and intensive training for operators. The geometric design of the inner cabin optimises convection for improved results. A heated ventilation system minimises moisture buildup and vents used nitrogen.
*WBC (Whole Body Cryotherap) is not a miracle cure for disease and/or pain. It stimulates the body to heal itself. Any type of chronic health problem or injury will take time to overcome. WBC needs to be viewed as a consistent form of therapy to help aid with its surrounding benefits. At CryoCare we’re committed to helping you, but we are not medically trained and if you’re considering or unsure if cryotherapy is a form of treatment for you, we highly recommend consulting with your local GP.