The COLD Hard Facts About Cryotherapy and Weight Loss

It seems like something out of a futuristic Sci-Fi movie… Stripping down to the bare essentials and jumping into a chamber that will basically freeze the surface of your skin, all in the name of weight loss. However, there’s a reason that Cryotherapy is fast becoming the go-to treatment for star athletes and celebrities all over the world.

Whole Body Cryotherapy works by passing liquid nitrogen vapor over the skin, causing the surface temperature to drop dramatically. This triggers an immune response in the body resulting in reduced inflammation, decreased pain and an increase in metabolism, something that could help with your weight loss goals.

That’s right, Whole Body Cryotherapy can be a fantastic calorie burner. After a 3-minute Cryotherapy session, your body will burn up to 800 calories, that’s the equivalent of 45 minutes of rigorous cycling! However, it should be noted that sessions of Whole Body Cryotherapy alone won’t make you lose weight. These treatments should be used as an aid in weight loss, to be used alongside a healthy diet and exercise regime.

So, how does it work? Due to the freezing cold nitrogen vapor, your brain triggers your body’s survival mode. This results in the secretion of adrenaline and an increase in blood and oxygen to your skins surface, causing a boost in immunity, rapid cell renewal and an increase in metabolism. As your body is tricked into thinking it’s beginning to freeze, it will start breaking down that stubborn brown fat in order to raise your core temperature. Using a large amount of energy like this to heat up the body is what burns those pesky calories.

Following your treatment, for around 8 hours, your body will keep on burning around 2000−3300 Kilojoules of energy. So you can see why, in conjunction with a healthy diet and active lifestyle, Cryotherapy can help you with your weight loss goals.

Not only will Whole Body Cryotherapy assist in burning extra calories, but it will also improve sleep and boost your energy, leaving you in the best possible mindset to do your usual exercise routine. Also, while working out, our bodies can become tired and even injured. As Whole Body Cryotherapy decreases inflammation and pain caused by sports and rigorous exercise, it can help get you back to your workout much quicker, and make those rest days so much more beneficial.

BUT! …..

If you’re looking for the magic bullet to miraculously lose weight – then CRYOTHERAPY IS NOT FOR YOU!  Some Cryotherapy clinics (rather, some general clinics too) are making pretty astounding claims that you’ll lose weight through Cryotherapy and their modality. These are pretty radical claims. Obviously, there is no such thing as a magic pill. There are no shortcuts!

If you’re looking for an AID in your weight loss plan, to work in conjunction with your current exercise routine and nutrition plan, then Whole Body Cryotherapy is definitely the way to go!! We’ve witnessed hundreds of clients successfully lose their weight, reduce their stress and completely change their lives. While we can’t guarantee a certain % of body fat loss, we can definitely guarantee less inflammation, a better mood, potentially the best night sleep of your life and the BEST FUN (especially if you bring a friend – or two)

We offer a wide range of Cryotherapy treatments, including Whole Body Cryotherapy options. We have fully trained staff and arguably the safest state of the art CryoSauna just waiting to help in your wellness journey. Click HERE for more information and to book your session.

The History of Cryotherapy

The use of cold has been used to treat ailments, pain and inflammation since before 2500 BC. One of the first recorded uses of applying cold as a medical treatment was written in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian text. The Egyptians would use cold to treat trauma and to serve as an aid during more complex surgical treatments. There are many occasions where the use of cold was said to release pain and to treat inflammation throughout the text.

In 400 BC, the famous Greek physician would use ice and snow to release swelling and pain for his patients. The name Cryotherapy actually comes from the Greek words Cryo meaning cold and Therapeia meaning cure.

However, it wasn’t until 1845, during the works of DR. James Arnott, that the benefits of using cold as a treatment were officially noted. Arnott would use cold to treat headaches and neuralgia, and he noted the almost immediate benefits. He also created a solution of salt and crushed ice which he used to ‘freeze’ various tumours. In 1851, Arnott exhibited his solution and apparatus and the use of cold to treat pain and inflammation became widely accepted.

The complex studies and findings of Dr. James Arnott sparked the curiosity of many other physicians, and in 1977, Cailletet of France began working on an expansion system for cooling gases. After many years and the contribution of many great scientific minds, the first medical use of cooled liquid air took place in 1889. The leading doctor in this field, Campbell White, used the liquid air to treat herpes, warts, cancroid and many other adverse skin conditions. In 1907 Dr. White wrote a paper describing the great benefits spot treatment Cryotherapy had on 15 different types of skin cancer.

However, It wasn’t until 197, when Dr. Yamaguchi of Japan introduced full-body Cryotherapy. Yamaguchi used short bursts of Cryotherapy to treat rheumatoid arthritis and found that a rapid decrease of the skins surface temperature leads to a release of endorphins numbing sensitivity to pain. His research led to the production of the first even Cryotherapy chamber, used today in modern full-body Cryotherapy treatments.

This treatment quickly migrated to Europe, where the use of Whole Body Cryotherapy was used on athletes to treat chronic inflammation and pain. In 2008, Cryotherapy chambers were being used all over the United States, and have since spread all over the world.

Today, the use of Cryotherapy is widely accepted and practised in almost all 1st world countries, and there have been over 69,000 studies made on the use of Cryotherapy and the effects on the human body.

What to Expect From Your First Cryotherapy Treatment

Although Cryotherapy is perfectly safe and extremely good for your health, the idea of entering a chamber at -110°C can be a little daunting. In this post, I will set your mind at ease by walking you through each step you will experience in your very first Cryotherapy treatment.

The very first step on your road to better health and faster recovery is to complete a health screening form. This will make sure there are no underlying health issues which could stop you from being able to proceed with the treatment.

After your form has quickly been assessed, you will proceed to the changing area where you will be given complimentary gloves and slippers to keep your toes and fingers protected. You should also wear a swimsuit or shorts (and sports bra for women) when using the Cryotherapy chambers.

Once you are primed and prepped for your treatment to begin, a fully certified Cryotherapy staff member will give you a rundown of all the benefits, process and safety precautions to follow during your treatment. This allows for an optimal experience and optimum results.

Your skin temperature will then be measured and you can finally proceed to step into the cooling chamber. Once inside the chamber, your assigned Cryotherapy specialist will close the door and begin the process.

There is absolutely no actual freezing involved in a Cryotherapy chamber. Cold, dry air is passed over your body which causes your skin temperature to drop between 30 and 45 degrees. This is where the magic happens, your immune and central nervous systems kick in, and your body begins the process of healing.

The feeling of the cold air moving over your body may feel unusual, but it won’t hurt at all. Unlike ice baths, Cryotherapy uses completely dry air, so it doesn’t cause pain or damage the skin.

During your time in the chamber, there will be a member of staff monitoring the whole process, and the doors of the chamber never lock, so you can step out at any time.

After 2 to 2.5 minutes your treatment will be over, and you can step out of the chamber. At this point the member of staff attending you will record your skin’s temperature again, to better assess your progress and tailor your next treatments to your body’s exact needs.

As soon as you step out of the Cryotherapy chamber your skin will feel cold to the touch and endorphins will be racing around your body by this point. After around 10-15 minutes your body will return to its normal temperature. To speed up this process some clients may be asked to do around 2-3 minutes of light cardio.

Even after you leave the studio, your body will continue to heal and rejuvenate, and you will burn around 500-800 calories throughout the day of your treatment.

Is Cryotherapy Painful?

Is Cryo Painful? Would have to be the most commonly asked question. Closely followed by another common statement… “I don’t like the cold”.

The short answer is, no. Whole Body Cryotherapy is not painful at all. Though it’s not uncommon for people to feel a sensation in a part of their body that is in pain, inflamed or perhaps sore from a tough training session.

Cryo can sometimes just be uncomfortable. Especially the first session as it’s such a new and unbelievable concept. The toughest part we’ve found here at Polar Bare Club is our clients’ mindset. Especially our clients’ first session. Most of the time the few minutes prior their treatment is worse than the actual treatment itself. (First timers that is, our regulars nail it every time!) Almost always when we start a three minute -150°C treatment, we’re asked: “is this it?!”

Cryotherapy can be such a strange experience to explain. Your hands are covered in warm woolly mitts. You’ve got thick socks on. Gorgeous Ugg slippers on your feet. Your head pops out of the Cryosauna. You talk to your friends or to the Cryotherapist as normal, yet clearly, our body is cold. It truly is such a hard feeling to articulate.

Not everyone has a hard time giving Cryo a try, whilst some may swear and curse at us (with a beaming smile of course) there are a great number of our amazing clients who don’t even flinch – not a bother at all. It’s truly amazing to see the vast effect it has across all our clients.

Does it get easier with every treatment?

The other great thing about Cryotherapy is that, just like anything we start and stick to, our clients are well and truely acclimatised to the cold and it rarely bothers them. This can take up to 3-6 visits generally, from our experience.

We often have a chuckle with our regulars, when reminiscing on how tough they found their first session, to now how easy and fast their sessions are.

More Questions?

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us. There is no such thing as a stupid question. We’re only too happy to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.

A first time Cryotherapy treatment

Cryotherapy for Pain Management

We’ve met and treated a variety of clients. From the Elite, well-primed professional athlete, to everyday people looking for the latest trend in weight-loss and improved wellbeing.

BUT – what we never thought we’d see so much of, is desperate people in such chronic and excruciating pain, suffering!

By suffering, I mean frustrating, life-changing, inconvenient “I can’t even walk around the shops” type of suffering. The kind of suffering that not even their Doctor’s or Specialists can diagnose nor treat.

By the time these poor sufferers have walked through our door they’re reluctant but desperate after so many attempts at alternative treatments, to put Cryo to the test.

Success! Pain management sorted!

The best part, aside from meeting these still highly-ambitious and positive people in their desperate quest for pain management, Cryotherapy has worked! Due to the nature of Cold Therapy and the anti-inflammatory effects it has on the body these poor people who have been living in pain, who struggle to walk and do normal day-to-day activities can now walk so much easier and with greatly reduced pain and swelling in their problem areas. Their sleep has now improved as well as their mood (and relationships!)

AND if that isn’t enough, a single session only takes 3 minutes. These people, suffering, in chronic back, leg, shoulder pain come in once a week for 3 minutes and they’re set for the week. Buh-bye pain! Hello life!

More benefits of Cryo can be found here

Don’t believe it? Then go ahead and give it a try? Dare to bare! It only takes 3 minutes and it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE! You can get your first session half price for $44.50 when you sign up to our Newsletter.

Better still…you can contact us if you have any questions regarding Cryotherapy and how Cryo can benefit you.

Cryo for pain management