Whole Body Cryotherapy
How It Works
When we subject our bodies to ice cold temperatures, our bodies go into a fight-or-flight response that is meant to keep us from freezing. As the cryosauna exposes the skin to extremely and excessively cold temperatures, our bodies go into emergency survival mode and the blood rushes to our most vital organs to protect them for as long as possible. At this stage our organs are enriched with oxygen and nutrients as our body works in super-survival mode. As soon as we step out into the warm air, the oxygenated blood rushes back out, flooding the peripheral tissues and flushing out toxins.
How This Helps The Body, Skin And Muscles
Cryotherapy has been proven to stimulate collagen production similar to laser treatments, improving skin tone and promoting cellulite reduction. The constriction of blood vessels followed by the post-cryosauna flushing also flushes out toxins and helps with conditions like psoriasis and rosacea. The procedure also boosts endorphins and increases metabolism, pushing the body to burn calories in the few hours after the procedure (and more over time with regular sessions). The anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect also helps with joint disorders and muscle soreness.
Why It’s Better Than An Ice Bath
Ice baths can be painful, and even after around 30 minutes of submersion your skin temperature doesn’t go lower than -5 °C or so. By that time, the muscles are literally frozen and pretty immobile which is far from ideal for athletes, as they cannot afford the downtime. With cryosauna treatments, the skin is exposed to dry cold of -120 °C. As soon as you step out of the cryosauna, blood rushes back out from your core and you feel a rush of endorphins and energy – making for a quick and high-octane return to physical activity.
In simple terms, Whole Body Cryotherapy is a faster, more efficient and hygenic version of an ice bath. In CRYOCLINICS Australia’s cryosaunas your body constricts peripheral tissues sending blood from the skin surface, muscle tissue, and surrounding joint space to the core to protect core temperature (vasoconstriction). As the blood travels to the core it passes through the cardiovascular system where it is cleansed of toxins and supplied with oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes. As long as the exposure to the extremely cold temperature continues the body continues to flush the tissue of toxins and circulate blood between the cardiovascular system and the vital organs on a continuous loop. This continues to cleanse the blood over and over while continuing to add oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes. Once the participant exits the cryosauna, the body immediately begins vasodilation, returning the enriched blood to peripheral tissues that have been cleansed of toxins.
During an ice bath, tissue begins to freeze and muscles temporarily lose capacity. Muscle tissue then needs time to return to normal which requires the body to rest. Therefore, an ice bath must be scheduled at the end of a rigorous workout so the participant can recuperate overnight. In contrast, the cryosauna does not actually freeze muscle tissue. In fact, upon exit from the cryosauna, the blood flow back to the peripheral tissues warms the muscles almost immediately. Accordingly, the participant may use the cryosauna both before and after a workout which is an effect that is impossible to realize with an ice bath.