How does cryotherapy work?

Liquid nitrogen is compressed into the sauna and released as vapors. Temperatures range from -170 to -270 °F for 2 to 3 minutes or the duration of the treatment.

The nitrogen gas rapidly lowers your skin’s temperature to about 32 °F. The skin's receptor cells trigger your body’s “fight-or-flight” response. Your blood vessels constrict and the blood in your extremities pools into your core, protecting your vital organs.

When you exit the sauna, newly enriched, oxygenated blood, and anti-inflammatory proteins rush back through your body. This reduces inflammation. In addition, your brain releases serotonin and endorphins, the feel-good hormones, throughout your body. The effects of this process last from 6 to 8 hours. During this time, your metabolic rate rises to warm your body back up, causing the body to burn 500 to 800 calories.


What do I wear in the sauna?

When you arrive for your session, you will be shown to a changing room. All jewelry should be removed. You will be given cotton socks and slippers for your feet, and gloves to cover your hands. They protect your hands and feet from frostbite.

You will be given a robe to wear. Women may go in naked or with underwear on. Men must wear underwear or boxer shorts. Once in the sauna, you are asked to remove your robe and hand it to our technician. At no point will anyone see you while you’re in the sauna. Only your head will be visible. The goal is to expose as much skin to the nitrogen gas as possible, to help ensure the best outcome.


How many treatments will I need?

Everyone is different. Depending upon the condition being treated, you should undergo 8 to 10 sessions. If you have a disease that is especially debilitating, you may require more.

Initially, cryo sessions should take place in close succession or every other day. After this loading period, maintenance sessions should be done once or twice a week.


WBC has been undergoing research and testing since it began in 1978 in Japan. Studies have also been done in Germany and Soviet Russia showing that WBC reduces inflammation with little to no side effects. (See our page on “What is Cryotherapy” for a link to clinical studies).

While in the WBC sauna you will breath filtered room-air and a trained operator will always be present to ensure you are safe and comfortable throughout the duration of the treatment.

Is Cryotherapy proven and safe?


There are minimal risks involved in WBC. A 10-point systolic fluctuation in the blood pressure during a session has been observed. This reverses as your body's circulation returns to normal.

People with an allergic reaction to extreme cold should not have cryotherapy. Also, dizziness may occur in rare situations. Overall, WBC is tolerated very well by most people.

What are the risks of Cryotherapy?


Yes. At Lake Effect we have many clients with claustrophobia who cryo! Since the top of the cryo sauna is open you are able to see up and out during the entire session.

To ensure you are safe and comfortable a technician will always be present and the door on the sauna will never be locked so a session can be ended or exited at any time.

I’m claustrophobic, will I be able to cryo?

Yes. The following are health contradictions to Cryothearpy:

  • Heart attack or stroke within the past 6 months.

  • Currently pregnant or nursing.

  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure.

  • Active cancer.

  • Pace maker.

Are there any reasons I shouldn’t cryo?