Frequently Asked Cryotherapy Questions

What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?

WBC was first used in Japan in 1978 by Dr. Toshiro Yamauchi to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers were astonished when their test studies produced other beneficial results beyond arthritis pain management. The cold therapy is administered in our Cryosauna which was developed and manufactured here in America. Sessions range from 2 to 3 minutes the time needed for your skin receptors to signal your brain to produce positive biological responses.

What scientific research exists on Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Many research studies have been conducted showing positive benefits and verifying safety of WBC. In 2010, WBC began to thrive in America due to its growing popularity among athletes and the backing of athletic trainers and medical doctors. In 2015, respected orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, M.D., founder of the ASMI, American Sports Medicine Institute, came out in full support of WBC. Please see our research and publications link below for peer-reviewed scientific studies.

Is Whole Body Cryotherapy safe and tested?

Yes, WBC has been used in Europe for the past 30 years without any severe adverse reactions recorded, as long as proper protocols are followed.

How long will my visit to GLACÉ take?

​One of the greatest advantages of WBC is its convenience. Your first session will take from 15-30 minutes because you will review and fill out a waiver form, and a receive a thorough explanation of the process. Subsequent sessions will take 10 to 15 minutes from start to finish. The actual Cryotherapy session is never longer than 3 minutes.

What do I wear while inside the Cryosauna?

GLACÉ provides a robe, gloves, socks and slippers to protect your extremities. Males wear underwear, while females can be nude (bra optional but no underwire). Minimal clothing such as bathing suits or undergarments are acceptable, but the optimal effects of WBC come when more skin surface is exposed.

How often do you recommend Cryosauna sessions?

Clients initially take 10-20 treatments in close succession within their first 30 days to maximize results, followed by 2-3 treatments per week to maintain. Some experience noticeable improvement after just one treatment, but optimal results typically occur with at least 10 sessions within your first month. At GLACÉ we we will advise you based on your reasons for seeking WBC. Once you experience the increased energy, improved sleep, metabolic boost and the rush of endorphins, you will want to make Cryo a part of your lifestyle.

After the session is over, how will I feel?

​During each session the body releases hormones called endorphins that make you feel energetic and uplifted. The mood-enhancing effects from each session can last for days. Many individuals say WBC leaves them relaxed and rejuvenated. The effects vary with each individual.

If the therapy has been around for 30 years why haven’t I heard of it?

​It has been around for 30 years in Europe, where it has become very popular among the athletic community, specifically rugby and soccer players. Europe was ahead of the curve and it wasn’t until around 2010 that many athletes in America began experiencing the wonderful effects of WBC. Since then it has quickly spread and the field is growing significantly.

Is Whole Body Cryotherapy specifically for athletes?

​Cryotherapy is for anybody who wants to feel less pain without drugs, have reduced muscle soreness, experience better performance, enhance their mood, improve their skin and burn calories.

Is Nitrogen gas safe?

Liquid nitrogen is harmless. Nitrogen is a non-flammable and non-toxic gas. The nitrogen that cools the Cryosauna is the same nitrogen that makes up 78% of the air we breathe.

Will I feel discomfort during the treatment?

Many people say the treatment is quite tolerable, and even pleasantly invigorating. We provide gloves, socks, and slippers for your comfort.

What activities can I perform after a session of Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Anything! The great thing about WBC is that just five minutes after a session your muscles will not feel numb as they would after a typical ice bath.

Can’t I get the same effect from an ice bath?

​It is not possible to achieve the same benefits with ice-cold water. Compare the temperature of an ice bath (30o F to 50o F) to that inside the Cryosauna (-190 o F to -270 o F.) The biological effects of Cryotherapy are more powerful than any other cold modality and the benefits from WBC come after only 180 seconds.

Are there any health contraindications to Cryotherapy?

Safety is the most important concern to the team at GLACÉ CRYOTHERAPY. We cannot permit certain individuals to enter the Cryosauna due to the following conditions, diseases, or lack of research:
Untreated Hypertension: (Fluctuations in blood pressure during a session result in an increase of 10mm/Hg Systolic, but reverses once session is over)
Systolic Blood Pressure above 170 mm/Hg or Diastolic Blood Pressure above 100 mm/Hg
Congestive Heart Failure
Heart Attack within the previous 6 months
Unstable Angina Pectoris
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or known circulatory dysfunction (blood clots)
Severe Anemia
Severe Raynaud’s
Cold Allergenic Phenomenon
Seizure disorders
Hyperhidrosis (heavy perspiration)

What is the difference between a monthly membership and a package?

A monthly membership allows 1 session per day for up to 5 days a week for a month, after which it expires. A package of sessions will not expire.

Do you take insurance / is WBC covered by insurance?

Although WBC is covered by insurance in many European countries, it is not yet covered by insurance in America.

Any special instructions before or after a session?

Once your session is complete there are no special instructions to follow. Enjoy your day and feel great!