What are the origins of cryotherapy?

The term cryotherapy originated from the Greek cryo meaning “cold” and therapeia meaning “cure”. Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in 1978 in Japan when Dr. Yamaguchi started using freezing treatments of short duration on his patients’ skin surface for pain management for rheumatoid arthritis.

How does whole body cryotherapy work?

Clients stand and slowly turn every 30 seconds while nitrogen vapour lowers their skin surface temperature over a period of two to three minutes. The skin’s cold receptors rapidly signal the brain to activate the body’s most powerful survival mechanisms. This results in various physiological responses including vasoconstriction, reduced nerve conduction, and thermoregulation.

What is a cryosauna?

A cryosauna is a cold step in unit equipment with a fully open top used to provide whole body cryotherapy. The cryosauna has a raising platform to accommodate a user of any height. During the treatment the cryosauna temperature is safely reduced to between -100°C to -180°C for two to three minutes using nitrogen vapour. The head of the client always stays above the cabin during the procedure.

Who shouldn’t use cryotherapy?

If you have any of the following conditions, do not use whole body cryotherapy:

  • Pregnancy
  • Untreated Hypertension
  • Heart attack within the previous 6 months
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Unstable Angina Pectoris
  • Pacemaker
  • Peripheral Arterial Occlusive disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis or known circulatory dysfunction
  • Acute Febrile Respiratory
  • Acute Kidney or Urinary Tract disease
  • Severe anemia, allergy to contactants
  • Bacterial and viral infections of the skin
  • Wound healing disorders
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Polyneuropathies
  • Vasculitis


You may have other health conditions that make whole body cryotherapy inappropriate. Consult with your doctor/medical advisor if you have questions as to whether whole body cryotherapy is right for you.

Is cryotherapy a medical treatment?

We do not recommend the use of whole body cryotherapy as a form of medical treatment without direction from your healthcare professional. If you have any illness or disease, take care to consult your doctor to ensure whole body therapy is appropriate and safe for you.

Disclaimer : The cryosauna is not a medical device and should not be considered a medical device. This equipment has not been tested and therefore, is not approved by Health Canada, the FDA or any other government agencies. Individual results may vary.

Can I use cryotherapy after my surgery?

While it has been shown that post-surgical whole body cryotherapy treatments have helped people tremendously, we advise you to seek direction from your healthcare professional before booking your whole body cryotherapy sessions.

What do I wear in the cryosauna?

You may not wear any jewelry, watches or undergarments with metal attachments in the cryosauna. You are required to wear socks, footwear (provided), gloves/mitts, and undergarments. All other clothing is removed. Your privacy is important to us, we will provide you with a bathrobe, which you will remove once you are inside the cryosauna and the door is closed.

What if I am claustrophobic, can I do cryotherapy?

Yes! Your head is exposed above the cryosauna. The door is never locked and a cryo-technician will always be with you during your session.

How will I feel after cryotherapy?

Once you are out of the session, your body returns to its normal temperature. You will begin to feel the effects of cryotherapy in the next 48 hours. That night, many clients report having the best sleep they have had in years and also experience a noticeable mood change.

How cold is -130°C to -180°C?

The dark side of the moon is the only place we know of that is as cold as the cryosauna at approximately -160°C. Don’t let that scare you though! When you enter the cryosauna, you’ll experience a gradual decrease in temperature and will be out in no time. Imagine if you went outside during winter and it gradually got colder and colder, it’s just like that but all within 3 minutes!

Is cryotherapy safe?

Yes! Cryotherapy sessions never exceed more than 3 minutes and a cryo-technician trained on safety procedures is always present. There is no lock on the cryosauna, so if at any point during the session you feel uncomfortable, you can simply step out.

How old do you have to be?

Children less than 14 years of age may not use whole body cryotherapy. Children less than 18 years of age must have parental consent and be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Children between 14-15 years of age also require a physician’s release to use the cryosauna.

How do I make an appointment?

Please refer to our “BOOK” link at the top of this page! You can also call/text us at 416-278-8130 or send an email to info@cryohealcanada.com.

I bought 10 sessions. Do I have to use them all before they expire?

Whole body cryotherapy sessions bought with Cryo Heal can be used at any time and never expire!

Can I get a refund for unused sessions?

Cryo Heal does not refund any unused sessions that have already been bought. Since sessions do not expire, you can hold on to them and use them later!

Does Cryo Heal have a cancellation policy?

Cryo Heal requires clients to provide 24-hour notice for any cancellations. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation charge.

How can I prepare for my whole body cryotherapy session?

  • Ensure you are well hydrated and not on an empty stomach
  • If you’d like, you can bring your own socks, footwear, and mittens for your session. If not, they will be provided by Cryo Heal.
  • GENTLEMEN, please wear dry tight-fitting cotton underwear (no spandex)
  • LADIES, you do not need to wear undergarments – if you wish to, please wear dry cotton underwear and a bra with no metal pieces/underwire (sports bras without hooks are usually great options)
  • Remove any and all body piercings below your neck
  • Avoid wearing lotion/perfume/deodorant 2 hours prior to your session