Questions about Cryotherapy and wellness services (FAQ’s)

Whole Body Cryotherapy

How long will I go into the chamber for?

If you’ve opted for the Cryotherapy ‘Chamber’, then your first session would last for 3 minutes, but this can be increased to a maximum of 5 minutes, but only under the direct guidance and supervision of your therapist. Our ‘Local’ Cryotherapy treatments are 10 minute sessions.

Who should use Cryotherapy?

Anyone can benefit from using Cryotherapy. It is widely used in athletics and training, for pain relief and longer term pain management, with significant and positive results.

Cryotherapy is used to enhance and maintain general wellness and for providing pain relief for long term medical conditions including: osteoarthritis, rheumatism and fibromyalgia, and of course post-surgical recovery.

Research has proved that Cryotherapy can aid recovery from physical exertion, whoever you are, and that includes athletes and celebrities alike.

In addition, we follow a strict series of medically related questions as part of patient registration, so you can rest assured that no treatment will be given, before this has been completed.

How could cryotherapy help me recover from an injury?

Absolutely, Cryotherapy stimulates circulation and as the skin responds to the cold temperature it sends a message to the brain which triggers a cascade of neurological, endocrine and immune regulatory functions around the body.

This encourages an increase in white blood cell counts, which leads to an anti-inflammatory response, reductions in muscle edema, and enhanced waste transportation as well as possible desirable effects on immune function.

Stepping into the Cryotherapy Chamber will help to encourage muscle repair, cell renewal and reduce excess inflammation helping you to recover.

Do professional athletes use Cryotherapy?

Absolutely – many sports professionals use Cryotherapy as a form of post activity recovery. Not only does it increase blood circulation, but promotes increased strength and energy, and heightens motion and flexibility. It can help to improve muscular fatigue and even promotes improved concentration as the brain receives more oxygen. With such extreme temperatures, the body works to create a balance and with increased blood flow; the immune system is boosted naturally, and healing improved.

Does it hurt, how does it feel?

No, Cryotherapy doesn’t hurt. Depending on which treatment you chose, the sensations will be different. It’s extraordinary and exhilarating all rolled into one.

The Cryotherapy Chamber is cold, but the cold is a dry cold, so not as intense and you might first imagine.

If for any reason you feel uncomfortable, you can stop your treatment at any time or temperatures can be reduced if the intensity is too much for you.

How many treatments are required?

This will be dependent on individual needs and / or the severity of presenting conditions. We find that many clients experience increased vitality, improved sleep and a decrease in muscle pain after only one treatment.

The immediate benefits of a Cryotherapy treatment, generally last between 4 - 6 hours.

If you are experiencing chronic pain then we would generally suggest 6 - 10 sessions to be taken in reasonably closed succession. Your progress will be monitored and your schedule can be altered accordingly.

Is there an age restriction?

Whilst there are no specific age restrictions for Cryotherapy treatments (with the exception of LipoFreeze, you must be over 18), we do ask that those under 18 years of age, who wish to use Cryotherapy, are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Authorised consent will be required before any treatment is given.

Equally, there is no upper age limit, providing there are no known medical conditions that would preclude the use of Cryotherapy. If you have any concerns, please speak to your GP first.

Can I wear jewellery in the chamber?

With the exception of earrings and rings, which will be suitably covered, you will be asked to remove all mental objects. You will be able to leave those will your clothes.

Is it safe?

Yes, Cryotherapy is safe. Protective gloves, socks, slippers, headband and a face mask are worn, along with shorts and a vest top for the ladies and shorts for the gents. All of these items will be provided for you.

For ‘Local’ Cryotherapy treatments, and depending on the area of treatment, you will wear your own clothes throughout, with only the specific areas requiring treatment, exposed.

Do I need a shower before a Cryotherapy Chamber?

No, it’s not necessary to shower before entering the Cryotherapy Chamber. However, if you have opted to shower or you’ve been swimming immediately before hand, please make sure that your hair is dry before entering the Chamber.

What should I wear?

Further to COVID we ask that you bring your own kit along with you. For the guys bring some shorts or swim trunks, thick socks and a mask. For the gals you can either wear underwear, shorts & crop top or a swimming costume – whatever you feel comfortable in.

Can I exercise before or after cryotherapy?

Yes, absolutely. There is nothing to stop you exercising before or after Cryotherapy. There are definite benefits to using Cryotherapy before engaging in exercise as it may increase your pain threshold and muscle viscosity, enabling you to undertake a more intensive exercise regimen.

The use of Cryotherapy, post training / exercise, will likely leave you feeling incredibly energised. Many athletes / sport enthusiasts use Cryotherapy to assist in the management of muscle soreness after sports and exercise and to speed up recovery.

Can I take whole body cryotherapy if I have Breast Implants?

Having breast implants doesn’t mean you can’t do cryotherapy. It is perfectly safe, you may a little more cold in that area but it won’t harm you in any way.

Cryo Facial

What's the process of a Cryo facial?

The process includes cleansing and toning the skin to remove any makeup and dirt to provide a nice base for the facial. Next, using the cryotherapy cooling air at -35 degrees for 10mins (5mins each side of the face), cools the skin temperature down and causes a thermo-reaction. With our luxury facial you will then have luxurious algae face mask. It is applied directly to the neck, face, and forehead which then sets in around 10/15 minutes.

What is Cryo Facial?

Safe and non-invasive, Cryo Facials incorporate cold therapy to the usual cleanse, tone, and moisturise routine to help contract and dilate the blood vessels in the face, scalp, and neck.

What conditions can a Cryo facial be used for?

Rosacea, acne, psoriasis, also effective for active acne and teenagers with hormonal skin as well as dry, sensitive, oily, combination, and those who want to combat and prevent signs of aging.

How does cold therapy benefit the skin?

When having a Cryo facial the cold reacts with the skin temp and causes the muscles to contract in the face. This affects the blood flow to the area which will bring fresh new blood to the face, soothing inflammation and speeding up cell regeneration. By also doing this it stimulates collagen productions meaning the skin will be left feeling firm and plump.

Main benefits of a Cryo facial?

Taking regular cryotherapy facial can aid anti-aging by assisting symptoms of different skin conditions. Many experience mood enhancement (feel-good factor) after the treatment as natural endorphins are released which can result in a decrease of your stress (cortisol) levels and of course, you will feel fresh and refreshed.

How long is the treatment?

The Luxury Cryo Algae Facial has a total treatment time of 1 hour long. Plenty of time to relax. Alternatively, if you are short of time, you could always opt for the Express Cryo Facial which is 25 minutes. this facial does not include the Algae Face Mask.

What is algae?

Algae is an antioxidant formed from different types of seaweed. It is made up of a variety of vitamins which include Vitamins A, C E and B12.

Do I need to bring anything along with me?

No, just bring yourself and relax. We advise coming with minimal make-up applied or make-up free as you can.

How frequently should I have this treatment?

Getting a Cryo facial 2-3 times a week is recommended initially to help repair any damaged skin or to get a youthful glow. Otherwise, bi-weekly then monthly will help keep your skin feeling refreshed and firm.

I have sensitive skin, is this treatment suitable for me?

Yes! We use fabulous Italian products that are specifically suitable for sensitive skin sufferers. Our Algae face mask is made of all-natural minerals and vitamins - no steroids or harmful ingredients are used.

What conditions can a Cryo facial be used for?

Rosacea, acne, psoriasis, also effective for active acne and teenagers with hormonal skin as well as dry, sensitive, oily, combination, and those who want to combat and prevent signs of aging.

Localised Cryotherapy

What is Localised cryotherapy?

Localised cryotherapy is a very short blast of cold air at between -35 to -40 degrees. It is a local treatment to a specific area of the body which is suffering from injury or pain.

What happens physiologically in the body during treatment?

Physiological in the body when the body is subject to temperatures this low your body is going through a state of “Thermo-shock”. The brain reacts by sending fresh blood to the area at a quicker rate, this is why the area will look very red after the treatment. This blood is full of fresh nutrients that will help to decrease inflammation and speed up healing. Also, the cold will help bring out any bruising quickly further speeding up recovery.

What conditions can it help?

This treatment will help acute conditions such as injuries to ligaments, tendons, and muscles. It will promote healing and speed up the recovery time. For chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, it can help to manage symptoms. It can help reduce pain and inflammation. Cold therapy at this temperature is also known to help skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

How long is the treatment?

The treatment is 10mins long. There is no downtime so it is fine to go about your day.

Does it hurt?

No, local cryotherapy treatments do not hurt. At most, the cold may feel a little more intense than you may be accustomed to and you will likely experience some tightening of the skin. The air jet is dry, rather than wet like ice, so although it will feel cold, it is not painful.

How many sessions should I have?

This will depend completely on your condition. If it is an acute injury you will likely feel some immediate benefit from your initial local cryotherapy session, but the benefits are cumulative and the best results are always achieved through a series of sessions and then followed up with periodic sessions, once a natural balance has been achieved. If it is a chronic injury, then it can help manage pain symptoms so once or twice a month will help aid healing and reduce pain.

Is it safe?

Yes, local cryotherapy is considered to be completely safe and treatments are totally non-invasive. It is important to always check that you are being treated by a qualified therapist and that you have undergone a consultation period prior to any treatment, this will ensure that any concerns that you might have been fully addressed. If you are pregnant or have hypertension or cardiovascular problems, you should avoid cryotherapy (these Q's are covered in the medical waiver to be completed prior to treatment). If you are in any doubt, please consult your doctor.

Deep Tissue/ Sports Massage

What is the difference between sport’s & deep tissue massage?

Put simply, nothing, they are pretty much the same thing. A sports massage is the use of strokes and moves which manipulates deep tissue structures such as muscle, tendons, and ligaments, this helps to provide pain relief and decrease muscles tightness.

What is a muscle knot?

Muscle knots occur when a small layer of tightly contracted muscle has formed an isolated muscle spasm. These usually occur when there has been overuse, inactivity or post-injury to the muscle or structure. When this has happened, it cuts off its own blood supply meaning that the area of muscle is not getting the healing elements in the blood system which irritates it more.

In most cases, you will feel a small lump when pressure is applied, which could cause pain depending on the severity. With massage, it can help relieve the tightness and pain you may be experiencing. By applying direct pressure and smoothing out a muscle knot it can help relieve the tightness and increase the blood flow back to the area.

Will one massage cure-all?

Massage has been closely linked to exercise: the more you do it, the better you feel. If you exercise once you will benefit from the short-term effects but not gain long-term results. The same applies to massage, it should be incorporated into your lifestyle so that you continue to see the long-term benefits and help decrease pain and tightness which will benefit you in your daily life.

Does massage hurt?

It can hurt from time to time, as if there is an area of tension or tightness, working over that area can be painful. Also, if there is any scar tissue from old injuries, they can be sore spots to go over. Sports massage are usually described as a "good" type of pain that feels like it "needs" to be done and the feeling of released tension is the best.

What should I wear when getting a sports massage?

Your choice of clothing will depend on what muscle group is being targeted. For instance, if your legs are the source of your pain wearing shorts would be advised although we can provide towels if necessary.

Is a sports massage painful?

No, not usually. Our therapists are mindful and experienced; they will work up to your individual capacity for pressure. For example, if you’ve just ran a marathon they know you can’t take a lot of pressure on your legs. If they see you are resisting their strokes, they know to back off. But sometimes individuals develop knots, contractures, or trigger points that require stronger bodywork and may cause some discomfort. If this is the case, the therapist and client can communicate about pain levels, working together to make the session as productive as possible and as pain-free as can be. But all of this aside, a typical Sports Massage is a pleasurable experience, not a painful one.

What are the benefits of a sports massage?

All massages can help release the build-up of lactic acid during exercise, improve flexibility and increase blood and lymphatic circulation. It also can significantly reduce pain release from DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) with more flexibility and blood circulation having regular massages can Improve sports performance and reduce injury. Massage also releases muscle spasms and stiffness and accelerates recovery from high-intensity exercise.