Old Town | Cryotherapy FAQ's

Insight into Cryo


Is it cold? Painful? Yes, it is cold but not painful. The temperatures reach downward to -249F to -321F depending on your program selection.

Do I have to wear anything specifically for Whole Body Cryo? No, while in the Cryochamber you will only be wearing socks, slippers and gloves, and men also wear briefs. This allows for 90% of your skin to be exposed to the hyper cool air. It is fine to leave your hair down and have on face lotion or makeup. We just ask that you do not apply lotion to your skin an hour before and that your skin is dry prior to your session. No jewelry or metals can be worn below the neck.

How should I dress for a Spot Specific Cryo Session?  For Spot Specific it is recommended that men wear shorts/briefs and women shorts and a sports bra. We do have robes as well but the above clothing will allow us to treat more freely areas of concern. 

Can I wear make-up if I'm scheduled for a Facial Focus? Yes, we just ask that there is no moisture on the face. We can treat right over make up making this a quick and easy procedure with amazing benefits 

What if I have piercings below the neck?  We ask that you cover the piercings with provided band-aids, underwear, briefs, or a sports bra if applicable. As long as they are covered you should be fine. 

How long will my first appointment take? The first appointment can take between 15-20 minutes extra then your appointment time. We like to fully educate our clients and help with any questions they may have. After the first appointment, sessions typically take 5-7 minutes for Whole Body or 4-10 minutes for Spot Specific or Facial toning.

Will I feel anything after my first session? Because the effects of cryotherapy are different for every client, it will depend entirely on how your body reacts to the session. Typically, most clients feel an increase of energy and flexibility and a decrease of inflammation within the first few minutes or hours. Some clients feel the first impact the next morning after a sleep cycle. Many report noticing a deeper sleep and feeling reduced pain and inflammation the following 48-72 hours.

Do I have to do anything specifically after my session? Is there anything I should avoid? No, there is nothing you have to avoid and nothing you should do after your session. Exposure to extreme cold temperatures warms the muscle tissue. This allows our clients to continue their normal tasks throughout the day, typically with more energy.

Is there anything dangerous about cryotherapy? No, unless conducted by an untrained technician or if you have a contraindication. The cooling agent, nitrogen, is in 78% of the air we breathe every day. CryoUSA’s certified technicians running your sessions are fully trained on safety and operational protocols and are capable of stopping the session if you should want to get out before your session is done. Likewise, there is no lock on the door of the Cryochamber so you can step out at any time. 

How does the cryochamber get that cold? We use nitrogen to cool the cryochamber from -249F to -321F. It is transformed into hyper cool air, which is what cools the chamber and allows it to get into “cryo temperatures.”

Is it safe to go that cold? Yes, it is. The length of the session maxes at 3 minutes. This short period of time does not allow your body to reach hypothermia.

How often should I do cryotherapy?
This is very dependent on what you are using cryotherapy for. Most clients who are using it for overall health and wellness receive a cryotherapy session 1-2 times a week. Clients who have an injury, inflammation, and aches and pains receive cryotherapy sessions 2-4 times a week.

Can I use insurance as a form of payment? At this time we are unable to work with insurance companies. You can always ask your insurance provider if they can reimburse you, but we do not accept insurance for payment. Many of our clients use their health savings account cards just like a credit card.

Can I share my package? Yes, cryotherapy packages can be shared amongst as many people as you would like but memberships can only be used by one person.

Is it possible to do it too much? If you notice you are not seeing the same results as when you first started to do cryotherapy sessions, we recommend taking 2 weeks off and then starting over with 1-3 sessions a week. Your body will never become completely used to the effects of extreme cold exposure but the results will seem less intense with prolonged overuse.

Are there any limitations on using cryotherapy? Yes, a client under the age of 14 cannot use cryotherapy. Clients age 15-17 must have parental consent. A client cannot have high blood pressure, have or have had seizures, have a severe case of Raynaud’s syndrome, be pregnant, have any existing heart issue, have any major vascular issues, have clots or have had a brain aneurism, have any severe reaction to cold or have had a stroke. Other contraindications exist for which each client should fully read the waiver.