cryogenic sauna that combines the effects of vasodilation and vasoconstriction due to our saunas ability to produce heat and cold. These contrasting effects enhance the therapeutic benefits of cryotherapy.
What is It?
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities through exposure to extreme cold. Whole Body Cryotherapy was developed by 1978 by Dr. Yamouchi in Japan as a treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. In 1984, the German Rheumatologist, Professor Reinhard Fricke, brought Whole Body Cryotherapy to Europe, where it became increasingly popular. Over the past three decades it gained even more popularity as it’s performance enhancing and general health and wellness benefits have become more well known. In the United States, WBC became more well known when the 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks used WBC during their NBA championship title run. Today many professional athletes among all sports use WBC to improve recovery time and celebrities use it for overall wellbeing. There is no other therapy known to elicit such a powerful, positive and holistic response.
“Cold applications have become “the most important form of passive physical therapy in sports medicine.”
– From the book “Power of the Cold” by Dr. Winfried Papenfub.
How Does It Work?
When your body is exposed to extreme temperature, the cold receptors on your skin send a message to your brain and central nervous system that your core temperature could be in danger of dropping. This forces the blood away from peripheral tissues, joints and muscle towards your core and internal organs. During the 2-3 minute session, your blood short loops through your natural filtration system (heart, kidney and liver) and removes toxins and inflammatory properties of the blood. After exiting the Cryo Spa, filtered blood flows back to the peripheral tissues with oxygen, nutrients and enzymes and improves circulation. Over the next 48 hours, the body returns to homeostasis by reducing pain and inflammation and increasing energy levels. Most importantly, the cold stimulates your body’s central nervous system, enhances immune function and improves other regulatory systems in the body. Recovery times from strenuous workouts and injury are improved and shortened.
IMPROVED OXYGEN UTILITZATION
PREVENTION OF DEVELOPMENT OF PAIN MEMORY (CHRONIC PAIN)
REDUCES OXIDATIVE STRESS
ACCELERATED MUSCLE AND TISSUE REPAIR
MODULATE ACTIVITY LEVELS IN THE BRAIN, THEREBY CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS A BALANCED MENTAL STATE
IMPROVES SLEEP PATTERNS, STRESS MANAGEMENT, AND HELPS WITH STATES OF DEPRESSION
STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
The following conditions are contraindications for Whole Body Cryotherapy: Pregnancy, high blood pressure (BP > 160/100), heart attack or any other cardiovascular disease, stent, cardiac pacemaker, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s syndrome, fever within the last 24 hours or recent infection, bleeding disorders and cold allergy. Any open wounds will have to be bandaged.
what To Expect
Check-in with a South Hill Cryotherapy consultant who will instruct you on what to do. Please do not apply lotions, oils, perfume or any alcohol-based products prior to your session. We will provide you with a clean pair of socks, gloves and slippers.
MEN: you must wear briefs, boxers or swim trunks. Undergarments must be dry for your safety. A towel and blow dryer can be provided if needed.
WOMEN: you may wear undergarments or a bathing suit or a soft bra with no metal underwire, but it is not necessary.
For your safety, please remove all jewelry from the neck down before entering into the Cryo Spa. Metal items that cannot be removed can be wrapped in an ace bandage or a sock. Metal inside the body is safe because it is insulated from the cold temperature.
Rapid Recovery System
What is It?
Experience the world’s elite athlete’s best-kept recovery secret with our air pressure massage technology. The sequential compression therapy provides temporary relief of minor muscle aches and increased circulation to designated areas. Whether you love running, yoga, CrossFit or heavy weight lifting our NormaTec Recovery System can help you take your performance to the next level.
How Does It Work?
The most important element for effective compression is the massage pattern. NormaTec's founder, Laura F. Jacobs, MD, PhD, a physician bioengineer, realized this fundamental principle when she developed and patented the Sequential Pulse Pneumatic Waveform. Unlike more simplistic compression patterns, NormaTec Pulse Technology is based on normal physiology, and it synergistically combines three distinctive massage techniques to speed the body’s normal recovery process: pulsing compression, gradients, and distal release. Through these mechanisms, the NormaTec Recovery System maximizes circulation throughout the body to help you train harder, recover faster, and perform better.
The benefits of NormaTec Pulse include enhanced blood flow and dynamic compression that ensures that fluids leave the limbs after intense workouts. The system is also designed with distal release, which prevents backflow. The benefits of dynamic compression are supported by research. Some of the benefits reported by studies include increased flexibility and range-of-motion for the lower extremities after workouts. As NormaTec increases in popularity, it’s being used in a variety of settings. Sports teams, CrossFit athletes, runners, cyclists and triathletes are among the people who use this technology.
The risks and benefits of using the NormaTec Recovery System are the same as having a massage. If the pressure feels uncomfortable, you can reduce the intensity or stop the session. Similar to a massage, the benefits can include the temporary relief of minor muscle aches and pains. It can also temporarily increase circulation in the area being massaged.
Rejuvenate | Reinvigorate | Rehabilitate
What is It?
Self-myofascial release, also known as “foam rolling,” has transformed from a once mysterious technique used only by professional athletes, coaches, and therapists to a familiar everyday practice for people at all levels of fitness.
Self-myofascial release is self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. This method can be performed with one of our many tools for myofascial release. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.
What is It?
Only impedance is used to determine your body composition results; no statistical data or empirical equations are used or required to predict your body composition.
Measure your fat, muscle, and water levels in less than a minute. No dunking. No pinching. No discomfort. Simply stand on the device and hold the hand electrodes to test.
Each InBody Test will print out a full-page results sheet detailing the muscle, fat, and water values of the user. The InBody 270 provides you with lean mass and fat values in each segment of the body to give you a proper assessment of body composition.
Segmental Fat and Lean Mass Analysis
Identify how many pounds of lean mass and fat are in each body segment. This can be utilized to determine how specific diets and exercises are affecting the body composition.
You can identify and track inflammation, swelling, and even injuries with ECW/TBW Analysis while monitoring how this ratio changes over time under the Body Composition History chart.
How Does It Work?
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
Safe, low-level currents are sent through the body through the hand and foot electrodes. The impedance the currents encounter are measured, and from there, your body composition is derived. With InBody's patented technology, BIA has never been more highly correlated with gold standard methods until now.
Voice Guidance System
Users can test with and without a trained professional. Follow the steps on the unit's screen and listen for the testing procedures.