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Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a form of cold thermogenesis that involves exposing the body to -240 to -270° F for a timespan of 1.5 to 3 minutes. A WBC session consists of standing in a cryotherapy chamber (also known as a cryo sauna) that has chilled dry air from liquid nitrogen. In 1978, WBC started in Japan as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. It later became popular in Europe and the United States for its anti-inflammatory, pain reduction, and athletic recovery effects.

Cryotherapy is available at various spas, gyms, chiropractic centers, and wellness centers. To find a center near you, please refer to our locations map on the home page.
To protect areas of the body that have sensitive skin or less circulation, it is a safety requirement to wear rubber-soled clogs or slippers, knee socks, gloves, ear muffs, and a face mask (if it is a whole body chamber) during a session. Skin and hair must be dry. Jewelry must be removed and piercings must be covered.
Cryotherapy offers a wide range of benefits. Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) can decrease inflammation, improve sleep quality and mood, enhance exercise recovery, boost immune system, and alleviate pain. It is also known for its anti-aging benefits, such as boosting metabolism, reducing signs of wrinkles, and stimulating endogenous collagen production to reduce cellulite.
To maximize your cryotherapy experience, pair it with other anti-inflammatory lifestyle choices and resources. Click here to see our recommended anti-inflammatory products. During your session, breathe and listen to your body. Do not remove any of the cryotherapy accessories (gloves, slippers, etc.), lock your knees, or lean against the walls in the cyrotherapy chamber. You will feel cold, but you should not feel in pain. If you do notice pain or extreme discomfort, do not hesitate to come out early with the help of the cryotherapy specialist overseeing your session.
Frequency depends on your goals. For overall health and wellness, it is best to do cryotherapy 3 times per week. For athletes, people with autoimmune conditions, and people with chronic pain, it is best to do cryotherapy 1-2 times per day. For maintenance, 1 time per week may be enough.
Cost typically ranges between $50-100 per session. Memberships can range from $150-$350 per month. Session packages are also available at most centers and can be a way to save money.
WBC is a dry procedure that is only felt topically. Unlike an ice bath, it causes your blood vessels to constrict and push blood towards your core, where it is replenished with oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes. An ice bath penetrates beneath your skin. It causes your blood to pump away from your lungs, leaving you with less oxygenated blood. Ice baths require more time and can leave your muscles/tissues feeling chilly for hours. After a WBC session, your body warms up pretty quickly (within 10 minutes).
In 2015, a 24-year-old cryotherapy salon manager died inside of a cryotherapy chamber because she started a session alone with no supervisor present, got trapped inside (typically, the supervisor opens the chamber door for you when it’s time to get out), and died due to prolonged exposure. To prevent risks & have a safe session, ALWAYS do cryotherapy with supervision. Be honest when filling out your health forms. Do not do cryotherapy if you have any contraindications. Lastly, choose cryotherapy chambers that keep your head above the chamber.
Here are a few important qualities to look for when searching for qualified and safe cryotherapy specialists: Make sure they never leave you unattended during your session. Your blood pressure should be taken upon arrival before your first session. The specialist monitoring your session should double check that you are wearing all of the required accessories before entering the cryotherapy chamber: gloves, earmuffs, slippers, knee socks, and face mask. Please note: Facemasks and ear muffs may not be required if your head stays above the cryotherapy chamber. Contraindications must be discussed before your first session. Upon each visit, the cryotherapy specialist should ask you’ve had any major changes in your health or blood pressure. A cryotherapy specialist should allow you to exit the chamber at any time & not allow you to exceed 4 minutes inside the cryotherapy chamber.
To see a list of conditions that are considered contraindications, please visit our contraindications page.
Nitrogen gas is a non-toxic, natural gas that is safe to breathe. It makes up roughly 78% of our atmosphere.
Due to more scientific evidence being needed, WBC has not yet been approved by the FDA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Please view our page of peer reviewed articles and clinical studies to see studies about WBC.

 

DAVE ASPREY
Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof Executive, wrote about his positive experience with Cyrotherapy and its recovery, fat-burning, and anti-inflammatory benefits on his blog.

DR. THOMAS POLASCIK
“Cryotherapy has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any Prostate Cancer treatment.”

Dr. Thomas Polascik

DR. RHONDA PATRICK
“The cold itself is a hormetic stressor that is activating a variety of anti-inflammatory pathways, anti-oxidants pathways, and it also increases norepinephrine… It has been shown that doing 10 sessions of cryotherapy in a row increases the expression of glutathione reductase by two-fold and another glutathione-related enzyme- glutathione practices- by like 68%.”

BEN GREENFIELD
“Cryotherapy and cold thermogenesis can have enormous application for inflammation control, fat loss and cardiovascular enhancement.”

Ben Greenfield

DR. OZ
“Whole body cryotherapy works!”

JOE ROGAN
“Dude, this (cryotherapy) is the shit. You gotta try this… It is ridiculously good for inflammation. It’s ridiculously good for any aches or pains you might have like muscle soreness…”

Dr. Rhonda Patrick

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is not for everyone. Do not try cryotherapy if you have any of these conditions:

  • Diabetes (with sensation defects)
  • Impaired sensation
  • Uncovered open wounds and ulcers
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast feeding
  • Blood pressure higher than 160/100 (uncontrolled hypertension)
  • Cardiac pacemaker or Cardiac Disease
  • Cancer
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Uncontrolled Seizures
  • Fevers
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome (cold hands and feet)
  • Cold allergy or cold hypersensitivity (cold urticarial, cold erythema, cold hemoglobinuria)
  • Acute kidney or urinary tract disease
  • Under the influence of drugs/alcohol
  • Varicose veins
  • Anemia
  • Anesthesia

Please visit the National Institutes of Health website, where you will find over 200 clinical studies regarding Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC).

Below, you will find links to studies that indicate the benefits of WBC.

Pain


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC522152/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10832164
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10101448
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19337708
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18552023
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18548207
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16870097
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18382932
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=the%20assessment%20of%20pelvic%20statics%20in%20patients%20with%20spinal%20overload%20syndrome%20treated%20inw%20hole%20boyd%20cryotherapy

Inflammation/Stress/Recovery


http://media.wix.com/ugd/76b06d_4c8c2b7556506b5b11bc819758c716b7.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20524715
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21574854
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21991843
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21829501
http://www.jhse.ua.es/index
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19779735
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19528900
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17643893
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306456508000958
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17668231
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306456506000313
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21083503
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20020313
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0139028#sec028

Neuromuscular Adaptation


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306456509000205
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17611448

Mood/Mental Health


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11059263
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18250970
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18250970
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18421919
https://www.mendeley.com/catalog/influence-whole-body-cryotherapy-depressive-symptoms-preliminary-report/

Athletic Performance/Energy


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20682489

Safety


http://jultika.oulu.fi/files/isbn9789514290435.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18835219
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19444973