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FAQs

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC)

What do I wear?

The CryoBar provides every client with a robe, socks, slippers, and gloves for the purpose of protecting your extremities during treatment. Men are required to wear their own underwear or shorts. All clients must remove jewelry and exterior body piercings below the neck. Additionally, clients should not apply oils, lotions, or cologne prior to treatment.

How long is each session?

A WBC treatment is two to three minutes in duration; however, you may end the session at any time.

How cold does it get?

The Cryosauna reaches temperatures between -225F and -250F, lowering the skin’s surface temperature by 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Who should avoid cryotherapy?

The following conditions are contraindications to WBC:

  • Pregnancy
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure >150 not controlled by medication
  • Cold-Activated Asthma
  • Severe Raynaud’s Syndrome

Children under 18 must have written consent and a guardian present.
Clients with severe medical conditions not listed above should get doctor’s consent before doing WBC.

How often should I do cryotherapy?

The peak benefits of WBC are best enjoyed as a result of a regular routine. While clients may experience benefits from a single treatment, we recommend doing WBC three to five times a week for the first two weeks. This will induce cumulative effects in the body. After that, maintenance as needed to sustain benefits.

How does Cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?

The benefits of a three-minute WBC treatment are equivalent to that of a twenty to thirty-minute ice bath. Unlike an ice bath, there is no downtime to cryotherapy.

Why isn’t there any downtime to whole-body cryotherapy?

There is no downtime because WBC does not cool the temperature of the body’s muscle tissue. Thus, allowing your body to achieve optimal results while warming up at a quicker rate.

Is whole body cryotherapy comfortable?

Yes. Cryotherapy involves dry, hyper-cooled air flowing over the skin’s surface, so the process never freezes skin tissues, muscles or organs.  The result is only a “feeling” of being cold. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a “pins and needles” sensation like it is falling asleep which will dissipate as soon as the treatment ends.

What if I am often cold or get cold easily?

Cryotherapy is a dry cold with no moisture and tolerable even to those who consider themselves cold-intolerant. Cryotherapy improves circulation throughout the body and stimulates production of brown fat, so your future ability to tolerate cold should improve.

How do I feel after a session?

WBC stimulates the body to release endorphins, the hormones that make us feel alert and energetic.  The buoyant effects from each session typically last six to eight hours. Many clients report improvements in their sleep quality after cryotherapy.

Can I catch a cold from Whole Body Cryotherapy?

No. The immediate cold impact of cryotherapy will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time. The stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.

I am claustrophobic. Can I use Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Yes. Your entire head remains exposed above the Cryosauna during your session.  The door does not lock and a staff member is there through the entire process until your session ends.

Do I have to take a shower before or after a session?

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. 

Can I exercise after a Whole Body Cryotherapy session?

Yes, an advantage of cryotherapy over ice therapy is that tissues and muscle are not frozen.  Ten minutes of light exercise post cryotherapy will induce more rapid vasodilation of the blood vessels and capillaries and extend the period of analgesia. It is also ideal post-workout to speed athletic recovery and ease sore muscles.

Is Nitrogen gas dangerous?

No, nitrogen is a friendly, non-toxic gas.   Nitrogen composes 78% of the air we breathe.  The other components are 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen and 5% other gases.  Nitrogen is as common as Oxygen.

How long is the CryoToning Facial treatment?

The CryoToning Facial is a ten-minute treatment with no downtime.

How do I prepare for a CryoToning Facial?

A CryoToning Facial does not require any special preparations. Additionally, this facial may be done over makeup.

How long is a Localized Cryotherapy Treatment?

A localized cryotherapy treatment lasts between five and ten minutes, depending on the size of the area, which is typically the time it takes to achieve and maintain desired skin-surface temperature. An infrared thermometer is used to ensure this.

Infrared Sauna

Can I do whole-body cryotherapy and the infrared sauna on the same day?

Yes, but a minimum of 5 hours is recommended between the two treatments so as not to interfere with the body’s metabolic response to these extreme temperatures.

What should I wear in the infrared sauna?

Clients may undress to their comfort level, as infrared wavelengths are best absorbed by increased skin exposure. Our West Loop and Bucktown locations offer private rooms dedicated to the infrared sauna, while Lincoln Park offers a sauna separated from view by a privacy curtain.

How do I prepare for an infrared sauna session?

Hydration is key. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your sauna session. Please arrive equipped with a water bottle.

Is there a shower available?

The CryoBar does not offer showers. However, our restrooms are stocked with dry towels, deodorant, and other personal care items suited for freshening up after your session.

Who should avoid the infrared sauna?

The following conditions are contraindications to infrared sauna use:

  • Pregnancy
  • Hemophilia
  • Heart conditions
  • Conditions associated with impaired sweating
  • Anyone with a severe medical condition not listed above should get doctor’s consent before doing the infrared sauna.

Are children able to use the infrared sauna?

Children are able to use the infrared sauna. Generally, children over the age of 8 regulate their body temperature at a similar rate to adults. However, children under the age of 8 should observe reduced temperature settings. Fifteen-minutes is a sufficient treatment time for a child under the age of 8. Children under the age of 12 must have an adult in the session with them at all times.

Cryoskin Slimming and Toning

How long is a CryoSkin treatment?

  • A slimming treatment is 45-minutes long.
  • A toning treatment is 30-minutes long.
  • A CryoSkin Toning Facial is 20-minutes long.

Are there any before and after-care restrictions?

For optimal Cryoskin Slimming results, clients cannot have any sugars or carbs for at least two hours pre- and two hours post-treatment. Clients should also drink plenty of water before and after their sessions.

How many CryoSkin sessions are recommended?

Three to five sessions are recommended per area being treated, depending on the person. In some cases, 10 treatments, alternating between Slimming and Toning is optimal.

How often can I do a CryoSkin treatment?

Slimming treatments may be done once every two weeks. Two weeks is the average length of time for a lymphatic system to naturally flush itself of toxins. Your body requires this two-week period to process the fat cells addressed by each CryoSkin session.

Toning treatments may be done once per week, or every 3 to 4

How long will the results last?

Cryoskin Slimming results are a permanent, non-invasive loss of fat cells in the area treated. However, there are still billions of fat cells throughout other areas of the body. Those fat cells remain vulnerable to unhealthy habits.

Cryoskin Toning results in the last 3 to 5 months. Toning does not stop the aging process but helps restore the body as it ages.

Celluma Light Therapy

How do I prepare for a Celluma Light Therapy treatment?

The treatment area should be free from clothing, makeup, moisturizers, or anything else that may deflect the red, blue, and infrared lights from the skin.

How long is a Celluma Light Therapy treatment?

30 minutes.

Are there any side effects?

LED devices are considered extremely lopermanentw risk when used as intended for Celluma Light Therapy.

Compression Therapy

How long is a compression therapy session?

Each session is 10 to 30 minutes long, depending on what the client wants.

What areas may be treated by compression therapy?

The CryoBar offers three different compression therapy attachments: Hip, legs, and arms. The hip attachment treats the gluteal area, lower back and hip flexors; the leg attachments treat both legs from bottoms of the feet to tops of hamstrings/quads; and the arm attachments treat both arms from shoulders to hands. A single treatment is comprised of each attachment, except the arms which can only be done one at a time.

May I do compression therapy on more than one area at a time?

No. Only one area may be done at a time.

What should I wear for a compression therapy session?

All clothing must be dry. Additionally, it is best to wear fitted material, as opposed to baggy fabrics that may bunch up beneath the attachment.

The following conditions are contraindications to compression therapy:

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Edema
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Inflammatory skin condition such as Cellulitis or Erysipelas
  • Ischemic Vascular Disease (Atherosclerosis)
  • Severe Peripheral Neuropathy

General

Do you take insurance?

Cryotherapy treatments are not covered by traditional insurance; however, it may be covered by your Health Savings/Flexible Spending Accounts for non-aesthetic services such as whole-body cryotherapy and localized cryotherapy. Each HSA is different, so you need to check with your individual provider.

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