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Cool your way to wellness, experience whole-body cryotherapy - the future of whole-body health!

Experience a revolution in wellness and recovery with Whole-Body Cryotherapy (WBC). Are you tired of the aches, pains, and stresses of daily life weighing you down? Our cutting-edge cryotherapy sessions offer a quick and invigorating solution to revitalise your body and mind. Step into our state-of-the-art cryo chamber, where sub-zero temperatures work their magic to boost circulation, reduce inflammation, and release a rush of endorphins. Whether you’re an athlete looking to enhance performance, or simply seeking relief from chronic pain or fatigue, WBC can be your secret weapon. Don’t let discomfort hold you back any longer – invest in your well-being today and discover the transformative power of Whole-Body Cryotherapy. Choose rejuvenation, choose vitality, choose a life without limits!

How does whole body Cryotherapy work?

Whole Body Cryotherapy causes a reduction of tissue temperature and in core body temperature. This causes a shock to the body and, in turn, activates the nervous system through rising norepinephrine levels, increased blood pressure, and an increased heart rate. During this extreme cold, blood vessels constrict and therefore blood flow is reduced. This means that once you leave the chamber, your blood vessels expand and blood rushes to areas in need, helping with inflammation and leading to an increased presence of anti-inflammatory proteins. Muscle and tissue repair is enhanced by reduced inflammation from highly enriched, oxygenated blood, improved blood circulation and lymphatic detoxification. This therapy is suitable for aged 18+

How does localised Cryotherapy work?

The concept of local cryotherapy is based on the short-term application of extremely low temperatures to a particular area of your body. This procedure causes muscles to contract, increasing the blood flow to the treated area, soothing inflammation, and speeding up cell regeneration. Localised cryotherapy helps to improve physical performance, gives long-term pain relief, reduces inflammation, provides fast muscle recovery, improves blood circulation and skin tone, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, minimises scars.

BEAUTY

Cryofacials Improve Skin Tone
Cryo facials involve cooling down the skin on the face, scalp and neck. These local cryotherapy treatments work from within to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as get rid of blemishes and spots. Cryo facials improve skin tone, reduce redness and puffiness.

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Speeds Up the Body's Healing Process
Spot cryotherapy is a great tool to enhance post-surgery or post-injury recovery. It encourages and speeds up your body’s healing process and repairs tissue damage.

SPORTS

Improved Circulation Promotes Healing
Many athletes use local cryotherapy device for prevention as well as to treat injuries common for people who engage in sports or physical activity. Cold naturally relieves pains and aches, and a rush of oxygenated blood due to improved circulation promotes healing and recovery.

Cryotherapy

WHOLE BODY
£ 45 single session
  • 5 Session Package - £200
  • 10 Session Package - £400
  • 20 Session Package - £750
2 mins

Cryotherapy

LOCALISED
£ 25 single session
  • 5 Session Package - £110
  • 10 Session Package - £215
  • 20 Session Package - £400
10 mins

Frequently Asked Questions

Cryotherapy has various applications. Starting from the 1970s it was used for rheumatoid arthritis treatment, pain relief, inflammation reduction, and for different chronic conditions. It was widely used not only as a treatment, but also as a means of faster recovery of athletes after physical overloads. Later, the positive effects on skin and mental health were noticed. Since then cryotherapy ceased to be accessible to a narrow circle of people and started to be used by different categories of people – from professional athletes to women who want to look better,  people who suffer from different diseases, etc.

There are 2 safety things that usually bother people who are going to try cryotherapy for the first time: is liquid nitrogen dangerous and are cryosaunas safe (as a machine)?

As for liquid nitrogen, it is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (78% of the air is made up of nitrogen). Nitrogen is used for a number of surgical applications; it is even used in modern cooking in gourmet restaurants to prepare exquisite food. However, using it in a cryosauna it is cooled down, so the gas is cold. Therefore, there are a few considerations that need to be made to make sure that everyone is safe – to remove from the body jewellery and any other metal, and ensure that your skin is dry from moisturisers, oils or sweat.

Talking about cryosauna safety itself, much has been done to make this machine 100% safe for its users. Cryomed has developed an innovative safety system (Accident Prevention System) and was the first one on the market of cryotherapy devices who implemented it. It consists of the human-position sensor in the cabin, the door-opening sensor, the session emergency stop button, and ventilation. 

  • The ultrasonic sensor – controls the user’s position in the cabin. It will not allow the procedure to start unless the operator raises the lift step to the desired height. This is made to avoid breathing in nitrogen vapours.
  • Session emergency stop and ventilation – if anything abnormal occurs during the procedure, the cryo safe mechanism instantly stops the session and activates the ventilation. 
  • The door-opening sensor – if the cabin door opens by accident, another sensor will prevent excessive nitrogen vapours from entering the premises by stopping the procedure.

All these features give us the right to say that cryosaunas are safe for users.

Cryotherapy is a safe and painless way to solve your health problems or to prevent them. One can do it every day and even twice a day if there is a need, there are no restrictions concerning the frequency of cryo sessions (except common sense). But in most cases it is not needed.  

People who are just starting their cryotherapy journey are recommended to get in a cryosauna 2-3 times per week for about 3 weeks to give the body time to get used to extreme colds. 

Athletes usually use cryotherapy after physical overloads and hard training to recover faster and eliminate muscle pain. 

People who have no serious health problems to solve and want to use cryotherapy just for general wellness or weight-loss are recommended to do 3-5 sessions per week for one month and more. To get cryotherapy benefits for mood, energy levels or better sleep, it will be enough to have 1-3 sessions per week. 

Those who suffer from chronic pain (for example, arthritic pain) and general inflammation can go for cryo sessions for 3-5 sessions per week for at least 2 months. 

For post-surgical recovery it is recommended to have at least 3 sessions per week for 3 weeks.

Local cryotherapy is a short-term application of extremely low temperatures to a particular area of a patient’s body. For these purposes, local cryotherapy devices, such as Cryofan, are used. The effect of local cryotherapy is not as extensive as that of whole-body cryotherapy, but this makes it more beneficial in some areas where there is no need to affect the whole body by cold. 

Localised or spot cryotherapy is more effective than whole body cryotherapy in the treatment of  particular most affected areas. It is used to minimise pain, promote healing, treat wounds and swelling. This type of cryotherapy can be applied to any specific injured part of the body such as the ankles, shoulders, feet, elbows, knees, and neck. Seems that local cryotherapy is ideal for athletes and active people who are susceptible to injury. But localised cryotherapy has its application in other spheres, like the beauty industry and medicine. 

In medicine it is used in different chronic conditions to inhibit inflammation, to reduce pain and spasms, to decrease muscle tension, to improve blood circulation, for immunomodulation, etc. Localised cryotherapy has shown good results among people who suffer from chronic pain due to arthritis or inflammatory conditions and those who are recovering from an injury or surgery. 
Localised cryo sessions are prescribed to people who suffer from acnepsoriasiseczema, as they help to reduce redness of the skin, irritation and itching. Also, it helps to minimise scars.

The concept of local cryotherapy is based on the short-term application of extremely low temperatures to a particular area of a patient’s body. This procedure causes muscles to contract, increasing the blood flow to the treated area, soothing inflammation, and speeding up cell regeneration. Localised cryotherapy helps to improve physical performance, gives long-term pain relief, reduces inflammation, provides fast muscle recovery, improves blood circulation and skin tone, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, and minimises scars.

During a localised cryotherapy session, which lasts only for 8-10 minutes, the target area is affected by cold and dry air. After a session the body begins to warm up, the affected area gets back the recovering flow of oxygenated blood. Any part of the body can be given this procedure externally like the lower back, upper back, neck, shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip, ankle, knee, and heels. Localised cryo sessions are also used to decrease the issue of acne, scars, psoriasis, eczema, etc. 

The effect is immediate and could last up to 7 days. 

Localised cryotherapy sessions don’t last long – it takes about 5-8 minutes with a working temperature of -130°C to achieve and maintain the desired skin-surface temperature. This time could increase depending on the size of the area that is needed to be affected by the cold.

Compared to whole body cryotherapy sessions that last about 2-3 minutes, localised cryotherapy procedures take much more time. This is due to the fact that in the cryosauna the temperature is about -180°C and the cold affects all the body. At the same time, local cryotherapy sessions are more beneficial for people who are afraid of closed spaces (that’s why they can’t use cryosauna) or have reduced mobility. 

As for the frequency of local cryo sessions, it is recommended to have them 1-3 times a week. 

Despite the fact that most of the clients begin to feel the benefits of localised cryotherapy immediately, to keep the benefits occurring they need to have a course of cryo sessions lasting several weeks (depending on your needs).

Localised cryotherapy uses low-temperature gas streams, consisting mainly of liquid nitrogen vapour. As it contains no moisture, the patient doesn’t feel real discomfort or pain, unlike other traditional cold treatments (ice packs, ice baths). With ice, the affected area is usually left numb and stiff until it has warmed up. But local cryotherapy doesn’t actually freeze the muscle tissues; it only results in the perception of freezing; that’s why there is no post-treatment pain or stiffness. During the treatment, the only feeling that a client may experience is the ‘pins and needles’ sensation, which disappears quickly after the session.

One more distinguishing feature of localised cryotherapy is that there is no downtime after this procedure. Once the procedure has finished the patient is free to move and engage the targeted area immediately.

The effect of localised cryotherapy is immediate and could last up to 7 days. But for a more stable result, it is better to have local cryo sessions every 3-4 weeks.

You don’t need to do any special preparations for your cryo session. You don’t need to take a shower before, but your body should be clean and free of any oils and lotions. Wear comfortable cotton underwear, remove jewellery. Women don’t need to remove makeup or undo hair because a head is placed above a cryosauna.

A cryo session usually lasts not more than 3 minutes; that’s why you can easily go to a session during your lunch break or when you have little free time.

You don’t need to take a shower before or after a cryo session. We use liquid nitrogen, and it is dry; your body will remain dry too. But we recommend that your body should be free of oils or lotions to achieve the best results from whole-body cryotherapy. So just usual personal hygiene recommendations.

The most common argument against cryotherapy is that it is not approved by the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration). Meanwhile, ever since it was invented in the 1970’ as a treatment method for arthritis, it has been widely spread across Europe and became extremely popular in the US recently. 

The thing is that the FDA didn’t approve cryotherapy not because it is dangerous, but because the FDA doesn’t regulate cryotherapy. US regulations in matters of innovative technologies in medicine are too conservative.

“The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation” – says FDA mission.

Cryosauna is not a medical device and cryotherapy never claims to treat any disease or illness. It helps to reduce symptoms, improves blood circulation, and affects the body with positive stress with all the ensuing positive consequences.

Cryotherapy is a pretty new treatment method, and there always will be individuals who will challenge its effectiveness. But let’s see what are the pros and cons of whole body cryotherapy and what is most weighty.

Pros:

  • Its effectiveness in managing pain and inflammation – athletes and people with different chronic conditions (including chronic pain) use cryotherapy and evidence their amazing results;
  • Besides, cryotherapy has some side effects that can definitely be named pros: increasing energy levels, weight-loss, skin condition improvement, better sleep, and mood, etc. So it can be applied not only for treatment, but also for cosmetology, fitness, and wellness. 
  • Cryo sessions are short – it will take just 3 minutes, so it can be easily done during a short break even if you are a very busy person. 
  • Cryotherapy is not painful and 100% safe if you follow all the instructions and you don’t have any contraindications.
  • The effect of cryotherapy accumulates and is long lasting – you can go for a cryotherapy course according to your request and then return to it as needed.

Cons:

  • Cryo sessions are rather expensive – this is justified by the need to cover the costs of liquid nitrogen;
  • Cryotherapy is not approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It is still in the investigational phase, but it doesn’t mean that cryotherapy is prohibited. Read here about Cryotherapy and FDA 
  • There are some groups of people who are prohibited from cryotherapy – pregnant women, people with high blood pressure, people with fever, and others. 

Scientific research into cryotherapy started to appear soon after its invention and still appears. Like any new technology or methodology, cryotherapy has always had its followers and those who doubt its effectiveness. And science is aimed at making it clear.

First researches were general and the subject was mainly how extreme cold effects on the body. The logic of whole body cryotherapy stems from standard-issue cold therapy, which uses ice packs and ice-water baths in treatment. Science has no doubts that cold helps to reduce pain and inflammation; the main question of these researches was about the effect of such low temperatures that whole body cryotherapy uses.

Some research studied the effect of the cold on animals, for example, horses. As a result, localized cryotherapy is now widely used in equine treatment.

Other studies focused on different diseases and chronic conditions and the effect of whole body cryotherapy on them (for example, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, dementia, depression, etc.). Conclusions of some of them are ambiguous; that is why scientists remain studying.

Yes, you can. The thing is that your body is forced to react at low temperatures and works much harder than normal in order to heat your body up. For this it should consume energy out of your body. It’s been reported that 500-800 calories are burned as a result of each cryo session (that equals a full workout in the gym).

Moreover, cryotherapy stimulates metabolism, which also can have a positive effect on the process of losing weight. 

No. During the session your head and face are always outside the cryosauna. That’s why you will not need to redo your makeup or hair after it. The cold affects only your body, that’s why you will need to wear special boots and gloves. 

The whole procedure will take no more than 3 minutes, so from the time you come to a cryo center until you leave it will generally take no longer than 15 minutes.

The session will take from 1.5 minutes up to 3 minutes depending on your previous cryotherapy experience. If you come to a cryo center for the first time, you can stay in a cryosauna for a minimum – that’s enough to activate a therapeutic effect. For best results it is recommended to take a course of 10 sessions at least. It is possible to adjust the temperature to ones own preferences and the session timing can be increased gradually. The goal is not to freeze human tissues but to give the body a positive shock which results in improved immunity which in turn strengthens the body’s systems from within.

 

Right after a cryo session, your skin will return to its normal temperature in a few minutes. You may feel soft pins and needles, but after you’ll become happy, energetic and relaxed at the same time. It is because the level of endorphins increases, it boosts blood circulation and increases collagen production. In fact, the processes will take place in your body for up to 6-8 hours. Additionally, many people experience better sleep after cryo sessions.

The effect is similar to that we get after doing exercises: our mood gets better because of endorphins production stimulation, metabolism is stimulated and our immune system boosts.

Yes, there are some restrictions for whole-body cryotherapy. The main contraindications are as follows:

  • general grave conditions of the patient;
  • decompensation of chronic cardiovascular diseases;
  • acute myocardial infarction and rehabilitation period after the infarction;
  • celebrate strokes;
  • stage II essential hypertension;
  • stage II cardiac insufficiency;
  • prognostically unfavorable heart rate and conduction disorders;
  • fever;
  • pulmonary tuberculosis in active form;
  • malignant growths;
  • hemorrhagic diathesis;
  • hysterical neurosis;
  • individual cold intolerance;
  • pregnancy;
  • age under 10 years.

Sure! Whole-body cryotherapy is widely used by athletes to improve their flexibility, range of motion, blood and oxygen flow before a workout. And of course they use cryotherapy after workouts to recover faster or to treat injury if they have one. Cold treatment is extremely effective for healing sprains, bruises, and any other damage that can happen to you during workout.

If you are going to visit a cryo center after a workout don’t forget to take a shower and put on dry cotton underwear.

You don’t need to do any special preparations for your cryo session. You don’t need to take a shower before, but your body should be clean and free of any oils and lotions. Wear comfortable cotton underwear, remove jewelry. Women don’t need to remove makeup or undo hair because a head is placed above a cryosauna.

A cryo session usually lasts not more than 3 minutes; that’s why you can easily go to a session during your lunch break or when you have little free time.

 

There are some restrictions for whole-body cryotherapy. In any other case it is safe and has much more positive benefits than, for example, an ice bath. It helps to reduce pain and boost your immune system, lose weight and prevent wrinkles and many other benefits that you can read about here.

But cryotherapy is not recommended for pregnant, people suffering from blood or heart conditions, cancer patients, people with kidney or urinary infections, those who have open wounds or ulcers, and some other conditions. In that case a cryo session can potentially have adverse effects, that is why it is recommended to tell your operator any doubts. The full list of main contraindications you can find here.

When you come to a cryo center operator will tell you all the details of a cryo session so you will understand how everything will be. 

First you need to know that you have to remove all the jewelry and wear cotton underwear, felt boots and gloves. 

The whole cryo session usually lasts from 1,5 to 3 minutes. During that time your body will be exposed to up to -180°C, but you will feel it rather gently. You will not experience discomfort like during tempering in ice water, as liquid nitrogen doesn’t overcool the body. When the session is over you will be surprised to notice that although your skin feels cold to touch your body emits a pleasant sensation of warmth from within.

First of all, we want to underline that a cryo session is safe and totally controlled by a well-trained operator.

When you enter a cryosauna your head is placed outside the machine. You can see everything and stop a cryo session at any time. The door of a cryosauna is not locked, so you will know that you can go outside when you want or need it. 

Before the session we recommend, to avoid stress, talk to an operator and tell them about your fears, breathe normally and tune in positively. You can fully rely on the ACCA Team.

Nothing special, but there are some requirements. While using cryosauna you should wear special felt boots and gloves (optional). You will also need to remove all the jewelry. 

Underwear should be made of cotton and be dry and comfortable.

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