Curious About Cryo?

Cryotherapy is relatively new in the Midwest. We understand that it is new to many people. You likely have some questions about cryo, here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Q: Where did Cryotherapy come from?

A: Whole body cryotherapy originated in Japan in the late 1970’s as a means of treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis.  In the years since it has been researched and further developed in Europe.


Q: Is it uncomfortable? 

A: No. You may experience a prickly sensation just as you would if you were outside for an extended period on a cold day. This feeling goes away quickly after your session.


Q: Why haven’t I heard of this before? 

A: Yes. Cryotherapy has been used for years among pro athletes and the like. Cryotherapy spas like Fit Recovery MN make this effective treatment option accessible to the masses.


Q: How does cryotherapy work?

A. During a cryotherapy session, the temperature is the cyrosauna will dip to around -245 degrees Fahrenheit. The extreme temp will cause your body to prepare for hypothermia increasing blood flow throughout the body. As your body warms, enriched blood flows back through the body through a process known as vasodilation.


Q: How does it get so cold?

A: Cryotherapy uses liquid Nitrogen which is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe actually consists of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% other gases.


Q: How long does a treatment last?

A: 2-3 minutes is all it takes!


Q. What should I expect?

A: When you arrive for the first time we will take a health history and you will sign a waiver. As long as you don’t have any of the conditions (listed below) you will be provided a robe, socks, slippers, and gloves to put on. If you are more comfortable wearing shorts and a t-shirt feel free to do so. You will then enter the cryosauna, the door will be closed, you can remove your robe, enjoy the chill for 2-3 minutes, toward the end your robe will be handed back to you, when you are ready to exit the chamber the staff member will open the door, you will step out and go change back into your clothes.


Q: Anything else I should know?

A: Yes.

  • Avoid applying lotions before coming in for cryotherapy. 
  • Remove jewelry below the neck – body piercings. 
  • We provide socks and gloves to protect your digits – guys please wear undies! 
  • Don’t touch the sides of the cryosauna.
  • Warm up naturally/slowly following cryo


Q: What can I expect to feel like after the treatment?

A: Let’s be honest, you may feel a bit chilled. Your body will release endorphins that will boost your energy. Most people say they feel great.


Q: How many treatments should I do?

A:  We’d love to see you every day and depending on what your goals are that may be recommended. However, typically for whole body cryotherapy, we recommend 3-4 treatments per week for the first month and then 1-2 treatments per week from that point on.  For local cryotherapy and cryofacials an individualized treatment plan will be set up for you. 


Q: What if I’m claustrophobic or disabled and can’t use the cryosauna?

A: If you are concerned about feeling claustrophobic please note that your head will be above the chamber and you’ll be able to look around, this is comforting for many people. However, for anyone unable to use the cyrosauna we recommend the localized treatment.

Q: Do I have to shower before or after a session?

A: No. Your skin needs to be dry. You can easily do cryotherapy and return to work or another activity.


Q: What if I get too cold or something doesn’t feel right?

A: You will never be left unattended. While you are in the chamber a trained staff member will be in the room with you. If you feel like you need to be done simply tell us and we will turn off the cryosauna immediately.


Q: Who should not use whole body cryotherapy?

A: People with the following conditions should not use 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
  • Acute Kidney and Urinary Tract Diseases
  • Hypothyroidism


Q: What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?

A: Overall, whole body cryotherapy is well tolerated by most people. Reports of negative side effects are very unusual.    

Ready to give cryo a try?