As the first Whole-Body Cryotherapy center on the East Coast, we have a long history of healing guests and the experience needed to back that up. Check us freezing Jenn Frederick on Good Day Philadelphia below!
We’ve been located in Holland, Southampton PA since 2010, and our mission to improve the Greater Philadelphia area with Cryotherapy is just getting started.
But why is it so popular? Below you’ll find answers to most of your questions about cryotherapy…
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is the use of low temperatures in medical therapy.
These low temperatures may be applied locally or generally to the whole body, as a way to treat a variety of conditions, including relief of inflammation and pain experienced in many autoimmune diseases, tendinitis, bursitis, and recovery after trauma.
Cryotherapy is not new. In fact it may date back to the seventeenth century, but the Japanese introduced whole body cryotherapy as a wellness treatment in the late 1970s, with walk-in cryo-chambers used successfully in many treatments ever since.
It has been a regular feature of wellness centers in Europe and, in the past decade, has grown dramatically in popularity in the U.S.
How does it work?
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Cryotherapy cools the body by subjecting it to temperatures as low as -130C to -190C (-266F to -320F) using gasiform nitrogen.
The skin temperature drops to -1C (30F) in the first 30 seconds of the procedure, while the core body temperature remains unchanged during the treatment, though it may drop slightly afterwards.
The effect of this sudden drop in temperature of the skin is that the brain receives messages that stimulate the body’s regulatory functions, checking the body for areas that may not be functioning to optimal levels.
The body may also experience an immune system ‘restart,’ helping patients’ bodies to forget about previous pain.
Cryotherapy as releases anti-inflammatory proteins and endorphins, helping to reduce inflammation and provide an analgesic effect, as well as improving mood.
A corresponding improvement in blood circulation helps bring blood to the joints. Joints do not normally have intense blood flow, meaning that, even in the best case scenario, recovery can be slow. Cryotherapy promotes increased blood circulation to the joints, helping to significantly speed up recovery, and it has a similar effect on lymph circulation.
The ‘Three Levels of influence”
Some cryotherapy authorities refer to its three levels of influence on the body. Briefly, these are:
The Biochemical level – this is the effect on the circulatory system, as a natural response to protect the body from the illusion of a survival threat in critically low temperatures.
The Energy level – the difference between the cold temperature of the skin and the warm core causes increased energy to flow to the network of energy ‘meridians’ located throughout the body, overcoming stagnation and boosting health.
The Information level – during a cryotherapy session the brain, in response to perceived critical conditions, surveys all body parts and analyzes the returned signals, creating a complete, up-to-date scan of the body’s health. The brain then uses this to properly allocate resources to ensure the vitality of the body.
The founder of the Cryo Spa Natural Healing Center, Lucy Goldstein, has a Masters degree from the University of Cryogenics. We ensure the highest quality cryotherapy meeting all official recommendations and guidelines.
Whole body cryotherapy is safe, effective–and easy!
Before cryotherapy you will have in-depth consultation with a certified professional to ensure your schedule of treatment is the most appropriate for what you want to achieve.
During a whole body cryotherapy session at the Cryo Spa Natural Healing Center you will generally follow this procedure:
Prepare the necessary protective clothing such as socks, slippers, and gloves, which we provide to protect sensitive areas.
Enter the cryo-chamber (often called a ‘cryosauna’) in a bathing suit or underwear and remain there for up to three minutes. Most people find it easy to tolerate the dry cold low temperatures which only affect the upper skin layers (as opposed to cold from water or moisture which can penetrate to the bone).
That’s it – you step out of the chamber, feeling invigorated and with an easing of the symptoms of your condition.
The cryo-chamber you use is well equipped with the latest technology, ensuring the highest standards of safety and reliability.
To find out more about cryotherapy programs for individual conditions check our cryotherapy recommended session guide.
Is it safe and are there any side effects?
Cryo-chambers have been used safely since the 1980s and no serious adverse reaction has ever been reported when patients have followed the instructions of a certified professional.
The only danger is if you are inappropriately prepared such as having wet clothing or wet hair because water freezes instantly upon entering the chamber.
Inside the cryo-chamber you breathe normal room air, as the platform you stand on is raised above the level of the nitrogen vapors that cool the body; your oxygen level is monitored as an extra safety precaution.