Cryotherapy is the whole-body or localized use of extremely cold temperatures in therapy. The term “cryotherapy” comes from the Greek words Cryo meaning cold and therapy meaning cure.
The goal of cryotherapy treatment is to offer you better health and reduce stress & anxiety.
The treatments consists of a short visit of 1-3 minutes to the cold Cryosauna cabin (-110 to -190ºC), which is a cold air cabin filled with nitrogen vapours and air mix. The customer enters the cabin in warm socks and underwear made of natural fabric. Because the whole body chamber is dry air (due to the lack of moisture (humidity) or wind), and is therefore not painful like an ice bath. During the treatment, your skin temperature will decrease more than 18°C over 3 minutes (or less) inside the chamber; however, your core temperature will only lower slightly. You will immediately warm after leaving the chamber, with full range of motion in your muscles and joints, unlike water or ice treatments, where the joints remain stiff for hours.
In the cold temperatures, the blood vessels quickly constrict forming a protective layer while the core body temperature is maintained or drops slightly. The process naturally stimulates blood circulation as the body’s hormone, immune, and nervous systems are activated. Benefits of cryotherapy treatment have been widely publicized. Short time exposure to super low temperatures tone and strengthens blood vessels and prevents appearance of vascular spiders, it restores metabolism and increases general wellbeing, a faster recovery from injury and invigorates the mind. In beauty therapy cryotherapy is efficient for acne treatment, in anti cellulitis and weight reduction programmes.
Give it a try and find out for yourself what this cold sensation does to you! In Spain the SHA Wellness Clinic is the only place where they offer this type of therapy. Click here for more information about programs, which include Cryotherapy.