Whole Body Cryotherapy

  • Reduce recovery time from exercise (without the discomfort of an ice bath)
  • Regain mobility post-op or post-injury (ACL Surgery, Shoulder surgery, Ankle Sprains etc.)
  • Manage the symptoms of Arthritis
  • Reduce inflammation in your body

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) uses a Cryo Cabin filled with nitrogen gas to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities with short term exposure (150 seconds) to ultra-low temperatures (-130 degrees Celsius). The results are a reduced recovery time from exercise, improvements in mobility, relief from arthritis pain, and reduced inflammation.

What to expect:

  • With your head outside of the Cryo Cabin, it begins to fill with nitrogen gas
  • A rapid cooling of skin receptors stimulates the Central Nervous System & releases Norepinephrine (causing a feeling of alertness & euphoria)
  • In an attempt to maintain homeostasis (keep you from freezing in this instance) there is dramatic peripheral vasoconstriction (blood flow is directed away from limbs & into core to help maintain a temperature of 98.6)
  • After 150 seconds in the Cryo Cabin (with temperatures reaching -130 degrees Celsius) you step out of the Cryo Cabin feeling refreshed
  • Within 30 seconds of being out of the Cryo Cabin you no longer feel the cold and instead feel the warmth of circulating blood
  • It is suggested you perform some gentle exercise or go for a walk after Whole Body Croytherapy to encourage circulation and get all the benefits of accelerated recovery from exercise


Q: Am I going to get frost bite?

A: No. Due to the short term exposure (150 seconds) inside the Cryo Cabin your core temperature never changes, but the temperature receptors on your skin sense the cool air and signal to the body to direct blood flow from the limbs to the hips and torso. The temperature is quite manageable, but you will feel a some cold and might shiver. If you are very sensitive to the cold it might be wise to eat something an hour or two before your session so you don’t feel as cold.

Q: Is it similar to an ice bath?

A: Ice baths and Whole Body Cryotherapy work in similar ways and provide similar benefits (when done properly). In order to get the full benefits of either form of Cryotherapy the temperature has to be right. Unless you have a lot of ice at home you may just end up having a long and uncomfortable cold bath without the benefits of cryotherapy. Ice baths also require a long time to warm up from and will often mean you don’t exercise the rest of the day. Whole Body Cryotherapy allows you to return to exercise immediately (we actually suggest a walk or light aerobic exercise right after). Whole Body Cryotherapy is a great option for those who can’t stand the cold of an ice bath; don’t have access to tubs/ice, and for athletes with a heavy training schedule or during a competition season.

Q: Are there any contraindications for Whole Body Cryotherapy?

A: Yes.
- Pregnancy
- Severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100)
- Acute or recent myocardial infarction (heart attack; need to be cleared for exercise)
- Arrhythmia
- Symptomatic cardiovascular disease
- Acute or recent cerebrovascular accident (stroke; need to be cleared for exercise)
- Uncontrolled seizures
- Fever
- Symptomatic lung disorders
- Bleeding disorders
- Infection
- Intolerance to cold
- Age less than 18 years (without consent)
- Incontinence

If you are interested in reading any of the research available on WBC please visit: “Freeze Away Inflammation with Cryotherapy”

For more information or to book your first session call (613) 507-5282 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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