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Cyro Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

People who use cold showers often report their skin shifting from dry and lifeless to a soft, smooth and radiant. Your natural skin oils have benefits far beyond any topical moisturizer. Much like a cold shower, the cryosauna steam closes your pores, preventing these important oils from being lost. The closed pores block a buildup of dirt and grime. The cold steam creates goose bumps, which invigorate your tissue, tightening your skin. It also stimulates the production of collagen, found in your skins facial layer, improving tone and youthful appearance.

About the CRYO Arctic Cryochamber at Touch Free Wellness Spa in Towson:
The °CRYO Arctic is designed to deliver the easiest, safest, and most effective whole body cryotherapy treatments in the industry.
Built using state of the art technology, and created to ensure that you are never in direct contact with nitrogen vapors, the °CRYO Arctic matches its futuristic design with the highest safety standards.Unlike other cryotherapy chambers, the CRYO Arctic only exposes you to breathable cold air, and not to harmful Nitrogen gas.
Nitrogen is used only as a cooling medium and does not come into contact with a person inside.
The CRYO Arctic has more space for you to move around inside the chamber, so you don’t feel claustrophobic.

The minimum age for cryotherapy is 14 years old. A parent or guardian must accompany individuals under the age of 18 to receive Cryotherapy.

The Whole-body Cryosauna uses a gaseous form of nitrogen to lower skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees during a two-three minute session. The exposed skin reacts to the extreme temperatures by sending messages to the brain that stimulate natural regulatory functions of the body. In addition, the skin’s exposure to these subzero temperatures trigger the release of anti-inflammatory molecules, endorphins, toxins, and increases oxygen circulation within the bloodstream.

Whole Body Cryotherapy stimulates the body to release endorphins, the hormones that make us feel alert and energetic. The energized effects from each session typically last six to eight hours post-treatment. The more treatments you do in close succession, the longer the endorphin high lasts. Many clients also report improvements in their sleep quality after Cryotherapy. Muscle aches and stiff joints also feel a sense of relief.

Whole Body Cryotherapy treatments result in a very different response from the body compared to traditional ice baths. Two to three minutes in the Cryosauna, which is a cold, dry nitrogen vapor, is equivalent to 20-30 minutes in an ice bath without the uncomfortable feeling of submerging in ice cold water. The nitrogen vapor chills the top skin layers and cold receptors lowering the outer body’s temp 30-50 degrees. This causes the brain to restrict blood flow to your extremities, which is the bodies natural fight-or-flight response to extreme cold. The body reacts to the Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment by releasing anti-inflammatory proteins and endorphins resulting in super-charged blood. Fifteen minutes in an ice bath of cold water initially causes the body to move blood to the extremities and results in a lowering of the body’s core temperature. Ice baths do not supercharge the blood like Cryotherapy.

After completing your first treatment your body will release endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. This feeling will likely last for several hours. Depending on your physical condition, you may feel immediate relief from joint and muscle pain, improved energy, and increased flexibility that will last for several hours or even days.

The most important safety precaution is that the client and their clothing are completely dry upon entering the chamber. Because of the very low temperatures, clients are required to wear foot slippers plus either cotton underwear (for men) or a bathing suit to protect intimate body parts. All other clothing is removed. Jewelry should not be worn.

Showering is not necessary before or after Cryotherapy. The entire procedure is dry and does not make your skin wet. Many clients come by during their lunch break since the entire treatment is only 3 minutes long. We can accommodate your specific scheduling request

Anyone who is pregnant, has severe unmanaged hypertension (BP> 180/100), has a cardiac pacemaker, is being treated for cancer, has deep vein thrombosis, acute or recent myocardial infarction, uncontrolled seizures, fever, unstable angina pectoris, Raynaud’s syndrome, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, open wounds or ulcers, or is under influence of drugs or alcohol is advised not to use Cryotherapy.

While every therapy session is beneficial and you’ll feel immediate results, research has shown that you will experience improved and cumulative benefits after a minimum of 10 sessions, within a two or three week period. (To achieve peak performance, professional athletes might benefit from having up to two sessions a day). After that you can take fewer treatments spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (For example, once or twice a week).

No, you can’t. The stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.

No, the liquid nitrogen that a chilling agent does not come into contact with your skin, and it is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). In the chamber, a person breathes room-air. For added safety, the Juka cryosauna is equipped with an oxygen monitor. A trained operator is always present during the treatment to control the temperature levels and monitor your comfort.

The treatment usually only lasts between 2.5 to 3 minutes, and the cold air contains none moisture, nor is there any air current, so it is very tolerable. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a pins and needles sensation, but it wll disappear immediately after leaving the cryosauna

Yes, some Cryosaunas such as the Juka Cryosauna is open at the top and adjusted to fit the height of the client, and your head and neck are always above the opening so you are not fully enclosed. Although the cryosauna has a door that will be closed during the treatment, I will not lock it so you may step out if needed.