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No, you won’t freeze your buns off!
How’s that for an icebreaker?
Yes, cryo is cold, but it’s not painfully cold.
We know, we know.
You may have some more questions.
Good news? We’ve got answers.
What Is Cryotherapy?
Cryo uses a dry cold that only freezes the surface of your skin.
Unlike “wet” cold (rain, snow, hail, ice baths), cryo doesn’t hurt or sting.
Imagine getting all of the benefits of sitting in an ice bath for 30 minutes, except without the ice bath, and all in just 3 minutes.
That’s the beauty of Cryo.
It reduces inflammation in your body, so you feel better, faster.
During a Whole Body Cryo Session, you’ll step into a Cryosauna, wearing the appropriate protective wear, including gloves, socks, and slippers (we’ll give you all of this!). Then, a very cool mist set at approximately -150 degrees celcius will surround your body (from the neck down), for 1.5 minutes to 3 minutes.
Yup, it’s just like getting a hug from a snowman.
What can Cryo help with?
Cryotherapy can help with a variety of ailments, such as…
- Muscle tension & pain
- Strains & sprains
- Sports injury & rehabilitation
- Skin disorders
- Slow metabolism
- Excess weight
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Stress & anxiety
- Mental fogginess
- Autoimmune diseases
- Surgical recovery
If you’re looking for a way to quickly improve your overall health & wellness, Cryotherapy is an awesome addition to your existing routine.
Wait, give me the #science!
You got it! Cryotherapy works by dilating your blood vessels using extreme cold. When your body temperature returns to “normal,” blood rushes back in, flooding your body with oxygen, flushing out toxins, and promoting cell regeneration.
The main goal of Cryotherapy is to decrease cell growth and reproduction (cellular metabolism), increase cellular survival, decrease inflammation, decrease pain and spasm, promote the constriction of blood vessels (vasoconstriction), and when using extreme temperatures, to destroy cells by crystallizing the cytosol, which is the liquid found inside cells, also known as intracellular fluid (ICF). #science
You want the history too? Okay!
The term “Cryotherapy” comes from the Greek cryo (κρυο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεια) meaning cure. Originally developed in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatoid arthritis, Cryotherapy, cold therapy, is now used worldwide for health and wellbeing, fitness and sport, and beauty and anti-aging.
Is it safe?
Yup! Cryotherapy is 100% safe for anyone who’s NOT pregnant or suffering from a heart condition. Everyone else… what the freeze are you waiting for?
I googled and found out someone once died from Cryo… how do I know I won’t die?!
Yes, this did once happen. Out of the hundreds of thousands of people who do Cryo, there was a practitioner in Vegas who foolishly self-administered her own Cryotherapy and died in the Cryo chamber. It was also found that she wasn’t licensed to operate the chamber. But, that’s not a reflection of the safety of Cryotherapy, it’s merely a reflection of how NOT to do Cryo. Make sure you only get Cryo from licensed practitioners, don’t self-administer, and don’t stay in the chamber longer than 3 minutes! The point? Cryotherapy is completely safe when it’s administered by a professional in the appropriate way for the appropriate amount of time.
Who should NOT do Cryo?
Anyone who’s pregnant or has a heart condition of any kind should run away screaming from Polar Bare Club Cryo — after dropping off their non-pregnant, non-heart condition friends and family for treatment, of course.
What happens at the appointment?
At your very first appointment, you’ll be asked to fill out a form and a sign a waiver if you haven’t already done so online. Then, we’ll have a brief consultation with you about your health, your goals, and what you’d like to get out of your Cryotherapy treatment.
Yeah. We like to get to know you before we ask you to get naked.
After your consultation, you’ll be taken to a private area to undress. Yup, Cryo is administered fully nude. Men, please keep your undies on! Ahem, we like to keep your extra extremity intact 😉 Also please note that we’d like you to refrain from body lotion before your treatment. We’ll provide you with some clean gloves, socks, and slippers so your appendages can stay warm and cozy while the rest of you goes popsicle cold.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Just yourself! As we mentioned, you’ll want to make sure your skin is clean without any lotions on it. If you’re doing a full body Cryo session, you can have lotion on your face. If you’re doing a Cryo facial, ideally your face is lotion and makeup-free as well. This prevents any impurities from getting locked into your pores (because the treatment tightens up your pores — pretty awesome, right?) That being said, if you show up with lotion or makeup on your face we can still safely administer the treatment. No worries!
What about localized Cryo? Do you guys offer that?
Yup, we absolutely do.
Localized Cryo is what we call it when we do a part of your body instead of the whole thing. We can absolutely do a localised Cryo treatment for your face (a “Cryofacial” is great for fine lines and wrinkles) or a spot treatment for skin or muscle issues.
Surprise! Cryotherapy is great for skin conditions like eczema as well as sprains, strains, and soreness. So, if there is just one area you’d like to focus on, just let us know when you book your session, and we’ll be prepared when you arrive.
How long is the session?
Whole body sessions are just 3 minutes long. Localised cryotherapy sessions are longer, and range from 5 to 10 minutes.
3 minutes?! Why so short?
3 minutes are all you need to safely receive the benefits of cold therapy. As temperatures as low as -162ºC can be reached by our devices, you’ll receive the same benefits as hours of icing — but in a much shorter time.
What does it cost?
A “BREAK THE ICE” single session costs $95 for the whole body, $85 for facial, and $70 for spot. We also have all kinds of package discounts you can check out by clicking here. If you’re having a specific ailment and want to talk it out, we’re happy to tailor a program to your needs.
How many sessions do I need?
Cryotherapy, like many health & wellness practices, has cumulative benefits. That means the more consistently you do it, the more results you’ll see and feel. We typically recommend starting with a series of treatments very close together to see the greatest initial benefits — like 10 treatments over 2 to 3 weeks. We’re happy to consult with you on your first session to help create a treatment plan that fits with your schedule and needs.
Where are you located?
We’re in Sydney’s Bondi Junction area.
Our address is:
368 Oxford Street
Bondi Junction 2022
If you’re traveling by BUS, hop on the 352, 355, 389, 440, or M40 bus and hop off at the Newland Street Stop.
If you’re arriving by TRAIN, take the South Coast Line, T4 Eastern Suburbs or Illawarra Line to the Bondi Junction Train Station.
If you’re coming by CAR, turn into Oxford Street from York Road (off Syd Einfeld Drive), and you’ll find parking on Grosvenor Street, Ebley Street, and Denison Street. We’re a 3-minute walk from any of those spots.
How do I book my first session?
Simply click here to head to our booking page. You’ll be directed to create an account, fill out a quick welcome form and waiver, and then you can secure your date and time right there!
Need more help or have more questions?
Let’s talk it out. We’ll never give you the cold shoulder.
If you’re really excited about the possibilities of Cryo but can’t get over the price…
We get it. Lots of people ask “why so much money for just 3 minutes?,” to which we reply:
It’s not about the time or the money; it’s about the benefits that Cryo can give to you, quickly.
We racked our brains to try to find another treatment that reduces inflammation, improves sleep, speeds up your sport and surgery recovery time, gives you an energy boost, leaves your skin tighter and brighter, heals skin conditions, and increases your mental clarity – in 3 minutes or less – and we couldn’t come up with one.
So, how much is looking and feeling like a million bucks worth?
Cheat sheet: Probably a million bucks.
Get Your Freeze On.