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FAQ

                                                                                     
 What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) was first used in Japan in the late 1970’s to treat pain and rheumatoid arthritis. The therapy then became popular in Europe where it’s been used for more than 30 years prior to coming to the US. Studies conducted over the last two decades have established WBC as a powerful treatment for inflammatory disorders and injuries.  WBC is administered in a Cryosauna. It’s a metal chamber open on the top equipped with a door and platform that adjusts to each client’s height. The sauna uses cryogenically cooled air to quickly lower your skin temperature in less than 60 seconds. The body is exposed to temperatures low enough to trigger a systemic anti-inflammatory response.

What are the benefits?
Below are some of the common benefits that clients have experienced:
Reduces inflammation
Relieves pain
Eases muscle soreness
Enhances training and reduces recovery time so athletic performance is maximized
Improves autoimmune response
Relieves joint and muscle pain
Increases your metabolism
Heals the endocrine, immune and nervous systems
Increases energy
Improves mood
Elevates overall sense of well-being
Promotes healthy skin by increased collagen production

How does the Cryosauna work?
The Cryosauna is cooled using liquid nitrogen to expose the body to ultra-low temperatures (-40 to -300 F)  The client’s skin surface temperature is lowered by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of 2-3 minutes. The core body temperature remains unchanged throughout the process, however, it may drop slightly afterwards.  While you are in the Cryosauna, blood is pulled inward to the core, causing dramatic peripheral vasoconstriction. The skin receptors signal the brain to produce positive biological responses without causing any damage to tissue.  The skin reacts to the cold which stimulates neurological receptors that send messages to the brain to trigger the regulatory functions of the body. The brain sends out signals to scan all areas of the body, and is then able to acknowledge any areas that may be in need of repair.  When you exit the chamber, blood is pumped vigorously around the body, which is now filled with higher levels of oxygen andnutrients. The oxygen is able to open up areas of inflammation and send the nutrients in to begin the repair process. This induces adaptive changes correlating with effects of analgesia, reduction of inflammation, accelerated tissue repair, and an improvement in removal of toxins.The cold also triggers the nervous system to release feel- good endorphins.

                                                                            Is Whole Body Cryotherapy safe?
Yes! Nitrogen is a non-toxic natural gas.  The nitrogen we use to cool the cryosauna is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (78%).  In the cryosauna the client breathes room-air.  Problems only arise if a client steps into the cryosauna with wet skin or clothing.
At AIR, we provide dry socks, slippers, and gloves.  Towels are also available in the changing rooms.  Men must wear dry work-out shorts or underwear and women, dry sports bra and shorts, bathing suit or nothing at all (women only).
Is one treatment enough? 
Many clients experience noticeable differences after just one treatment, but optimal results typically occur when 10 sessions are completed within your first 1-3 weeks.  After the initial session, the frequency can vary depending on the individual and the reason for seeking treatment. The AIR staff will work with you on a treatment plan to match your goals.

How soon can I expect results?
Many clients feel great after the first treatment because of the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevator.  This lift may last for several hours to several days. 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. Metabolism can be boosted for up to 48 hours.  Changes in skin texture and reduction in cellulite and weight loss will take longer to see results and may require a series of treatments for maximum results.

Is Whole Body Cryotherapy specifically for athletes?
Absolutely not. Cryosauna is for anybody who would like to reduce inflammation, improve their autoimmune response, feel less pain naturally,have reduced muscle soreness, experience better performance, enhance their mood, improve skin condition, burn calories, or improve well-being.

                                                                             How do I feel after Cryotherapy?
During each session the body releases endorphins which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The effects from each session last at least 6-8 hours, but like any therapy, the more sessions, the better the results.  We recommend a month of consistent cryosauna sessions and then maintenance as needed.  Consistent use of the cryosauna can extend the benefits for greater lengths of time.  Decreased inflammation is experienced.  Clients suffering from pain in general will experience relief almost immediately.  Cryosauna sessions will also increase your metabolic rate, burning 500-800 calories that day.  Whole body cryotherapy used on a regular basis can help your body reset it's metabolism.

                                                                  Do I exercise before or after Cryotherapy?
Yes! It is safe either way.  If you exercise before whole body cryotherapy, you will experience increased energy and greater recovery due to the reduction in inflammation.  If you exercise after the cryosauna, you will experience a higher pain tolerance and more energy.

                                                                  Is Cryotherapy the same as an ice bath?
No! Whole body cryotherapy is an advanced form of ice therapy but not the same.  Ice baths can last up to 20 minutes, are painful and damaging to the skin.  In the cryosauna, the skin is never penetrated, yet the body responds on a deeper level, and improves the skin's overall condition.  Whole body cryotherapy is much faster, less than 3 minutes, and results in better recovery which leads to better performance.

                                                                     Will I be able to stand the cold?
There is no actual freezing, only the feeling of being cold.  Whole body cryotherapy is simply very cold air flowing over the surface of the skin.  The air is completely dry and safe with the protective gloves, socks and slippers we  provide.

                                                       If I am claustrophobic can I stand the Cryosauna?
Yes! The door is never locked and a Cryo Technician is with you at all times.  You can request to step out at any time.  Upon entering the cryosauna, a Cryo Technician raises the platform and your head is exposed above the cryosauna.  Clients breathe room-air and an oxygen monitor is operating at all times.

                                                                 Who should not use Cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
Can I use the Cryosauna if I have any plates or joint replacements?
Absolutely.  As long as the plate or joint replacement is covered by skin, you can use the Cryosauna.  In fact, many clients have experienced improved recovery times after surgery and less pain in the joint.

                                                     What are the risks of Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole body cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), redness, and skin burns (only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended).

                                                      What do I expect when visiting AIR Recovery?
You will be pleased!  Our beautiful facility will be inviting and relaxing!  After being greeted, some general information and waiver need to be completed before using the facility.  You will then be given instructions, socks, slippers and gloves and shown to a changing room (please bring your valuables with you in the cryo room).  Once your protective clothing is on, you will enter the cryosauna and more instructions will be given.  Privacy is very important to us! We will only see your face, the rest of your body will be in the cryosauna.  Music is playing, lights are dim, conversation makes the time fly and you instantly feel the effects of the cryosauna.  After 1 to 2.5 minutes you step out and feel the endorphin rush!

                                                          Can I have more than one treatment in a day?
You cannot have more than 2 treatments in one day. We only recommend 2 treatments in one day if you are in heavy training or severe pain.


                                                                  Do I Need to show before or after?
No, you do not have to do either. But you cannot be sweaty during a treatment.

                                                  Is the Cryosauna treatment covered by insurance?
Multiple research studies have been published in medical journals about the effects of whole body cryotherapy, and in many European countries the treatments are covered by medical insurance policies.  In the United States, whole body cryotherapy is considered a non-medical wellness modality.  As such, health insurances do not currently offer reimbursements for the service.