Time to chill out
What is cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is the practice of using cold temperatures to promote natural healing and wellness. Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) stimulates your body using extreme cold produced by dry, vaporized nitrogen. A three-minute session lowers the skin temperature, causes your nervous system to fire, constricts blood vessels, reduces inflammation and sends blood back to your core for reoxygenation. When the session ends, fresh, oxygenated blood rushes out, carries nutrients and anti-inflammatory proteins to speed recovery.
Why Try Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is used for pain management, workout recovery, mental well-being and weight management. WBC is an excellent complement to existing health and wellness initiatives.
WBC isn’t as crazy as it might sound. In fact, most people utilize cold therapy very often. For example, if you have knee pain from a long run, have a fall or sprained ankle, you most likely reach for an ice pack or a bag of ice to cut down the swelling. WBC takes icing to a whole new level.
Accelerate inflammation recovery
Better sleep patterns
Burn fat and calories
Decrease muscle soreness and fatigue
Reduce signs of aging
A Brief History of Cryotherapy
Whole Body Cryotherapy was developed in the 1970’s in Japan by Dr. Toshima Yamauchi for the treatment of arthritis and has been offered in Europe for 30+ years for pain management, athletic recovery, and inflammation.
Will Smith is one of many
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I’m ready to freeze!
What do I wear?
We provide a changing room for you to remove your clothes and supply you with a small robe to cover your mid-section. Men will keep on their underwear. We also provide socks, booties and gloves to cover your extremities.
How do I prepare?
No preparation is needed prior to arriving for your session. Because dry air is used, there is no need to shower afterward. You should not shave below the neck 24 hours prior to a session. You should refrain from applying oils, lotions and creams at least 12 hours prior to a session. It is common for individuals to use the Cryosauna during a lunch break from work as the process is quick, clean, and simple.
How long is a session?
Each session is no more than 3 minutes.
At the end of the session, the technician will hand you the robe to put on before you exit the cryosauna. You remove the booties, socks and gloves. You then return to the changing room to get dressed.
Immediately you will feel a boost of energy. Feel free sit in our “relax and recovery room” for some warm tea before heading out back into your life.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Your head is always outside of the cryosauna and the cryosauna door does not lock, for an easy exit. If you feel uncomfortable at any point during your session, alert the technician. They can pause or stop the session immediately. A technician will be in the room with you at all times. You are never alone.
How cold will it get inside the cryosauna?
Our Impact Cryosauna has 3 cryotherapy session levels with different temperatures for user comfort:
▪ Level 1: -130 degrees Fahrenheit / -90 degrees Celsius
▪ Level 2: -166 degrees Fahrenheit / -110 degrees Celsius
▪ Level 3: -184 degrees Fahrenheit / -120 degrees Celsius
Each session produces cryosauna cabin temperatures at the respective level that was selected, therefore when you chill out on a level 1, you are truly standing in temperatures at -130 degrees Fahrenheit / -90 degrees Celsius.
Does it hurt?
Standing naked in sub-zero temperatures seems like it would be an unpleasant experience. But it’s not! In fact, many people claim it’s more bearable than an ice bath since it’s cold dry air and not wet. The moment your session is complete, your body immediately begins to warm back up.
Should I do cryotherapy before or after exercise?
Participants who utilize cryotherapy before exercise claim they experience increased energy, endurance, and flexibility. Participants who utilize cryotherapy after exercise claim they experience faster recovery and rejuvenation. There is no right answer. Try it both ways and decide your what works best for you.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely. Since the session is only 3 minutes, you can come with a small group of friends and experience the “deep freeze” together; one right after the other. After your session is over, you can hang out in our relax and recovery area to chat about your experience.
How often should I do cryotherapy?
Survey results indicate participants report they experience benefits after 3-5 days of consecutive cryotherapy sessions. Many participants find that to maintain these benefits, they need to do cryotherapy 2-3 times a week. However, we understand that consistent cryotherapy sessions don’t work for everyone. We believe that you do what works for you. Even if you come now and then, you still reap the health benefits.
What is the age requirement for cryotherapy?
Anyone age 18 or older can enjoy cryotherapy if they meet the height (must be at least 5′ 0″ tall) and health requirements. Clients under the age of 18 must have parental consent and a guardian present at the time of the session. The minimum age is 14 years old.
How should I expect to feel during my session?
During a cryotherapy session, you will feel a dry cold. Many clients report feeling a sense of calm or rejuvenation after their session. Others report feelings of euphoria and/or energy.
Are there any health concerns to consider before participating in a cryotherapy session?
Anyone with the following conditions should not participate:
- Uncontrolled high-blood pressure
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
- Allergy to cold
- Prior heart attack
- Unstable heart pain
- Disease of the blood vessels
- History of blood clots
- Uncontrolled seizure disorder
- Nerve pain in feet and legs
- Open sores
- Any disease or condition with increased sensitivity to cold
Does nitrogen pose any dangers to my skin or if inhaled?
To ensure your cryotherapy session is safe and comfortable, you must be completely dry upon entering the cryosauna. Also, the technician will ensure you are at the proper height (with risers) for maximum oxygen consumption and they are present throughout your entire session. Nitrogen is a non-toxic, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas and does not support life. .
First Timer’s Guide
What will your first cryotherapy session be like and what should you expect to happen once you arrive at Imagine Float? This brief guide will walk you through the process so you’ll arrive prepared, anxiety-free and ready to freeze.
We try to make this as seamless as possible. You will find several “BOOK NOW” buttons on our website. Click the button and you’ll be on your way to booking your time and paying in advance so that you have nothing to worry about upon arrival. If this is your first time at Imagine Float we highly recommend the “First Time Cryo-Three Pack”.
If it is your first time to Imagine Float we ask you to arrive 10 minutes prior to your cryo session to assure you have time to fill out our waiver and Client Intake Form. If it’s not your first time here, just be sure to arrive on time.
Check in at our reception desk. One of our technicians will then review your Intake Form, invite you to share any discomforts you are currently experiencing, and answer any questions you may have.
The technician will lead you into our cryotherapy room. First-time guests will be introduced to whole body cryotherapy and get a brief walk-through of the treatment. Our technician will make sure that you are completely comfortable before starting your session.
We have private changing rooms where you are asked to remove your clothes, metal jewelry and piercings. All guests are provided socks, gloves and booties to wear in the cryosauna. Everyone is required to wear some undergarments.
When you are ready, open the curtain to your private changing room and a technician will come get you.
The technician will make sure the cryosauna is set properly so your head is above the sauna. You must be a minimum of 5’0″ tall. Once inside the sauna, you hand your robe to the technician and then your treatment will begin.
After your treatment, the technician will pass the robe back to you. You will then exit the sauna and return back to your changing room to change back into your clothes.
If you have the time, we recommend you spend a few minutes in our “relax and recovery room” before getting back to your day.
290 West Main Street/Rt. 44
Avon, CT 06001
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290 West Main Street
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