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Whole body cryotherapy

The science

Since time immemorial, humans have used the cold as a form of health treatment. Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) which was developed in Japan in the 1970’s, involves the exposure of the whole body to a very dry and intense cold (between -80c and -120c) for a couple of minutes. This invigorating but surprisingly pleasant treatment, takes place in a Cryocabin, which is electrically cooled to the required temperature.

Drop in skin temperature

Exposure to such extreme cold, creates a thermal choc which produces a series of beneficial effects in the body. These include an analgesic one (or reduction of pain), by the slowing down of nerve impulse conductivity and an anti-inflammatory one, via the reduction in the temperature of the tissues. In addition the superficial blood vessels contract throughout the body, meaning that the blood drains away from the skin and superficial tissues and is redirected towards the vital organs. This results in the oxygenation and detoxification of all the blood.

The nervous system

In addition the sympathetic nervous system is stimulated in association with an increase in the synthesis of adrenalin. These changes combined stimulate a powerful analgesic effect reducing both acute and chronic pain. The generalised survival reflex activated against the extreme cold, also produces vasomotor changes as well as anti-infectous and anti-inflammatory effects.

After a session

When you leave the Cryocabin, your oxygen enriched blood, returns to your tissues and muscles to nourish and warm them. At the same time, your body releases endorphins, relaxes, de-toxifies and repairs itself. For all these reasons Cryotherapy is highly apreciated by the medical profession, sportspeople and the general public.

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Cryotherapy is well known by sportsmen and women for its benefits during training as well as its role in helping recovery after injuries and trauma. It also helps athletes to stay in shape as well as improving their recovery and boosting their performance.
Full Body Cryotherapy has been used for years by sport teams for physical and mental preparation before competitions, and has also been adopted by some professional athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo.

We have now made this innovative therapy available for all sports men and women, residents or visitors in Serre Chevalier-Briancon and the surrounding area.

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after sport
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Sports preparation and performance

Whole Body Cryotherapy, improves muscular performance and oxygen levels by increasing oxygen and enzyme levels in the blood. It also ensures optimum performance through an enhanced blood flow .


Thanks to improved blood flow as well as an anti-inflammatory impact, Cryotherapy enables a faster and more complete recovery. It enables sports people to avoid injuries by acting on the three underlying causes of muscle damage: blood pooling, micro-traumas, and muscle acidosis. Creatine Kinase, an indicator of muscular micro-trauma, is reduced significantly by Cryotherapy.

Sports Injuries

Cryotherapy reduces inflammatory cytokines and increases anti-inflammatory cytokines. This shows that Cryotherapy improves tissue repair and boosts recovery. It is therefore not surprising that Cryotherapy is known for its positive impact on post-surgical swelling, ligament sprains, muscle injuries and tendinitis.


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Full Body Cryotherapy works by inducing what is known as "thermal shock" as a response to a rapid drop in skin temperature. This process activates endorphins, and stimulates vasoconstriction, reducing chronic pain and inflammation in addition to stimulating blood flow .
The lymphatic system is also stimulated, improving drainage and reducing water retention. In effect Cryotherapy induces a natural detoxification of every organ in the body!

Furthermore this reaction stimulates white blood cell production, activates the immune response and speeds up the healing process. In this way Cryotherapy helps to improve the symptoms of joint and auto-immune diseases. It acts on every level, from the nervous system to the skin, and by stimulating blood circulation helps to eliminate lactic acid, thus improving muscular recovery.

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Poor circulation

Blood vessels have the capacity to contract and dilate in response to external stimuli. During a Cryotherapy session the intense cold reduces skin temperature by 15°c and as a result blood drains from the superficial vessels returning to the internal organs and boosting circulation. It is in this way that Cryotherapy can help with varicose veins and water retention.

Skin diseases

Thanks to the ulta-low temperature, Cryotherapy stimulates vasoconstriction of the blood vessels of the skin, releasing anti-inflammatory and healing effects at a cellular level. As a result Cryotherapy is able to help with dermatological diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and lichen planus.

Post injury recovery

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) stimulates tissue healing and can consequently speed up your recuperation after injury or surgery. It is therefore unsurprising that WBC is increasingly prescribed by doctors to reduce both post-surgical swelling and other complications.

Anxiety and Stress

By stimulating the fight and flight mechanism, Cryotherapy helps balance the hormonal and nervous systems. Problems such as poor sleep, anxiety and depression are a result of a neuro-hormonal dysfunction and will therefore be helped by Cryotherapy. For the same reasons WBC can help migraines, chronic fatigue, fybromalgie as well as chronic physical tension and psychological disorders.

Joint pain and swelling

Through it’s anti-inflammatory mechanisms, and its rebalancing of the immune system, Cryotherapy can reduce the symptoms of auto-immune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondilitis and Multiple Sclerosis. It is also effective in reducing the symptoms of arthritis such as swelling and pain.


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Health and well-being

The body’s reaction to intense cold has very positive effects on our physical and mental well-being. Our metabolism is reactivated, improving blood flow, drainage and even calorie consumption. At the same time, our hormonal and nervous systems are rebooted, reducing the symptoms of stress, such as anxiety and insomnia.
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Slimming and Wheight Loss

Even if Cryotherapy is not a miracle cure, it can be a useful part of your wheight loss program. By raising your metabolic rate, improving lymphatic drainage, and re-booting your hormonal and nervous sytems, it will help you become healthier as well as eliminating toxins and excess water. For example, better sleep which is one of the well known benefits of Cryotherapy, speeds up wheight loss. Also by making you feel better, you can cope much more easily with changing your eating and exercise habits. Our team is also able to give you some nutritional tips as well as advising you on other potentially useful tools to help you get back into shape!

Vascular problems

Blood vessels are able to contract and dilate as a response to stimuli. During a Whole Body Cryotherapy session, the intense cold reduces the temperature of your skin by around 15°c. As a consequence your body goes into survival mode, and your superficial blood vessels contract in order to allow the blood to focus on supplying the vital organs, (no panic, the blood returns as soon as you leave the cold!). As a result of this boost to your blood circulation, Cryotherapy can help varicose veins and water retention as well as improving the blood supply to all your tissues.

Insomnia and Jet Lag

Cryotherapy is well known for its ability to improve our sleep, infact it would seem to be one of its most reliable effects. This is likely to be the result of the rebalancing of the hormonal and nervous sytems that follow a Cryotherapy session. As a consequence our circadian rythms are restored and we are once again able to benefit from proper restorative sleep. It is via the same mechanism that Cryotherapy helps treat the symptoms of jet lag.

Anxiety and Stress

Cryotherapy releases endorphines and in doing so improves one sense of well being. People who suffer from anxiety and depression are often lacking "happy hormones" and get a real boost from the endorphines as well as a normalisation of the nervous and hormonal systems. For the same reasons Cryotherapy can help stress related disorders such as migraines, chronic fatigue, mental breakdowns and chronic muscular tension. It is this very same endorphin release which produces the very pleasant "high" which so many peole get after a session.

The skin

As has already been mentioned Cryotherapy gives a big boost to the blood circulation. As a consequence many skin conditions such acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis can be helped. Also by flushing the blood through the skin, toxins are eliminated, and water retention reduced helping to improve the symptoms of cellulite. The cold also stimulates collagen production, tightens up the skin, making your skin seem younger and more elastic.