FAQs

How does Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) work?

We use an upright, step-in CryoSauna. Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) safely lowers your skin temperature for a period of up to 3 minutes. Skin receptors sense the cold and send signals to the brain to promote regulatory functions of the body and release anti-inflammatory proteins and calming endorphins into the bloodstream. Once you step out of the CryoSauna, your skin temperature returns to normal levels.

How often should I do WBC to achieve results?

To achieve optimal results from your WBC sessions, we recommend a minimum of 4 WBC sessions in a month. This routine jump starts your body into responding the way it’s suppose to. We have found this to be the best routine for our clients.

What should I do to prepare for a WBC session?

We ask that you hydrate and fuel your body properly before a WBC session. View your treatment as a workout. Your body needs proper nutrients from food and water to be healthy. Eat before or after a session and make sure to stay hydrated throughout your day. (If you are on an extreme diet or cleanse, we advise you to not try WBC at that time.)

I hate the cold. Will I like Cryotherapy?

Yes! The cold of WBC is different than the cold you are used to. It is a dry, gradual cold. Co-Owner of Calistoga Cryo hates the cold as well, but she would rather endure the temperatures of WBC than standing outside on a cold night! Plus, WBC gives you a refreshed cold that holds a magnitude of benefits that no cold night could give you.

Who should use Cryotherapy?

WBC benefits everybody from elite athletes seeking muscle recovery to people with chronic pain and inflammatory conditions, to everyday people who are seeking to speed up their metabolism, rejuvenate their skin, boost their mood, combat depression, and rehabilitation post-surgery.

What is the origin of WBC and is it a proven treatment?

WBC was originlly developed in Japan in the 1970’s for the treatment of Rheumatoid Artritis. The benefits have been studied and refined in Europe and Asia. Sports, Health, and Spa professionals here in the United States, use WBC for inflammation reduction, muscle recovery, pain management, skin care, and beauty treatments.

It has been used for around 30 years in Europe and Asia. (European countries cover WBC treatments in their medical insurance policies.) In fact, over the past 7 years, more than 2 million sessions have been preformed in Europe alone.

Professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MMA, and FIFA have made Cryotherapy an important part of their recovery routine, with CryoSaunas being added into their training facilities. In the United States, WBC is considered a non-medical modality like chiropractic work, massage, or acupuncture.

How does WBC compare to an Ice Bath?

The body’s response to WBC sessions is a very different response than the traditional ice bath recovery treatment. WBC is 2-3 minutes of sub zero temperatures that only target the top skin layers and cold receptors causing the brain to restrict blood flow to an internal cycle. WBC causes the body to release anti inflammatory proteins and endorphins resulting in super-charged blood. In an ice bath, 15 minutes of cold water initially causes the body to move blood to the extremities and results in a chilled lowering of the body’s core temperature. Because the blood is trying to flow through the freezing muscle tissue underneath the skin, it causes physical pain until the numbness of the ice sets in. Ice baths do not supercharge the blood and it does not allow you to train afterwards, like you could after a WBC session.

Is Cryotherapy comfortable?

WBC involves dry, hyper-cooled air flowing over the skin. Your muscles and organs are never frozen. Before entering the CryoSauna, clients are instructed on proper protective clothing. Privacy is important to us at Calistoga Cryo and it is maintained, as only the head is visible in the CryoSauna. The cold is very gradual, never shocking, and considered well tolerated. If for any reason you want to pause or stop your session, it is very easy for your Cryo Technician to do so. Describing a session is like standing naked outside on a brisk morning! WBC improves circulation throughout the body and your future ability to tolerate cold should improve.

Is Cryotherapy dangerous?

Cryotherapy treatments are not dangerous, the liquid nitrogen that is used as a chilling agent does not come into contact with your skin. (Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas, the air that we breathe is made up of 78% of it) A trained Cryo Technician is always present during a treatment. They control the temperature levels, monitor your comfort, and are there to keep you feeling your best. (A treatment can not happen without a Cryo Technician being present to start and continue a session.)

Are there any reasons why I shouldn’t do WBC?

Anyone who has a history of or is being treated for cancer, has had a prior heart attack, has unstable chest pain, has a history of blood clots, has nerve pain in feet or legs, has unmanaged hypertension or a pacemaker, has a cold allergy, or may be/is pregnant should not use WBC. We, at Calistoga Cryo, are not trained medical professionals. If you have any questions about whether you have any risk with WBC, please consult with your healthcare provider.

How long does a Cryotherapy session last?

We recommend a 2 minute (or less) session for all first time users. The maximum time for a treatment is 3 minutes long. Clients can do up to 2 sessions a day.

I’m claustrophobic and am nervous about the CryoSauna.

Our Impact CryoSauna is open at the top and all height requirements are adjusted with risers. Your entire head remains exposed and above the CryoSauna. The CryoSauna is equipped with a door that is closed but NOT lockable. You can easily open it from the inside with a push of a finger.

What do I wear during my treatment?

Due to the sub zero temperatures that the body is exposed to, our clients must wear foot and hand protection. We provide you with dry socks, gloves, a robe, and shoes. For women, clothing is optional. Men must wear underwear. (We have some disposable underwear available.) No metal or jewelry from the neck down. We ask our clients to remove all piercings prior to entering the CryoSauna. (No metal touching skin.) We provide a private and comfortable changing room for all our clients.

How soon after my treatment can I expect results?

Results can vary dependent on the individual. Calistoga Cryo can not guarantee that any of our clients will see specific results. However, we can tell you that you will have an awesome experience! The number one reported benefit from our clients is better sleep. Depending on your physical condition, you may feel immediate relief from joint and muscle pain, improved energy, and increased flexibility that can last for several hours or even days. *Results may vary based on individual*

Can I catch a cold from WBC? Can I do WBC if I’m sick?

You will not catch a cold from WBC, and it can help combat your sickness! The immediate cold impact of WBC will raise your internal body temperature for a short period of time. (Because of this, a client with a fever is not allowed.) The overall simulation of the immune system can actually help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds. A few of our clients have reported their cold and flu symptoms disappearing after a WBC session.

Do I have to shower before or after a session?

Showering is not necessary before or after a WBC session. The procedure is dry and does not make your skin wet.

How do I feel after a session?

During your session, the brain receives cold signals from the skin, which in turn triggers the auto preservation mechanism within the body. This causes the release of endorphins, the hormone that makes us feel alert and energetic, into the bloodstream. They relax the body and flush toxins out. This process is responsible for the feel good and energetic mood of the client after a session and it can last up to 8 hours. Many clients have reported having a euphoric feeling immediately after and the best night of sleep after their WBC session.