What is the Purpose of Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy, or cold therapy, is used to promote natural healing and wellness and is an excellent compliment to healthy lifestyles. Whether you’re looking to manage chronic pain or just trying to bring your A-game, a single 3-minute cryotherapy session might be just what you’re looking for. Many professional athletes, fitness enthusiasts, weekend warriors, chronic pain sufferers, and every day people have added cryotherapy to their regular wellness routine.

Wondering if you can benefit from cryotherapy? Find out here!

Celebs Who Use Cryotherapy

If you think athletes are the only ones trying whole-body cryotherapy, think again. Celebrities who use cryotherapy range from funny guys like Will Smith to Broadway stars and Shark Tank moguls.

Lucky for us, may celebs document their cryotherapy experiences — sometimes with laughable results.

Will Smith
The legendary Will Smith documented his first time experiencing cryotherapy on his recent trip to the Bahamas. It’s no surprise that his video was entertaining to watch. The actor-producer was hesitant at first but afterward said, “IT WORKS! It knocked out all my aches and pains. I hate icing, so this was perfect for me.”

Octavia Spencer
Actress and comedian, Octavia Spencer, stopped by an Impact Cryo client’s location to experience cryotherapy for the first time. The hilarious experience was shared across social media – thanks for keeping us laughing, Octavia!

Anthony Bourdain
The late Anthony Bourdain visited Music City Cryo in Nashville, Tennessee on an episode of his CNN show ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ several years ago.

The dearly missed chef and TV personality spent one minute and 40 seconds in an Impact cryosauna. While he started a countdown to the end, Bourdain was surprised by how quickly the time went, calling it “kind of awesome.”

Leslie Odom Jr.
A New York news station spoke with Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr. about the workout routine he used to keep in shape for his role in the hit musical, ‘Hamilton.’ Odom said he uses cryotherapy to recover after each workout.

He joked that his personal trainer distracts him by talking about other things during the three-minute session. Odom reported cryotherapy benefits including feeling more energized and less muscle restriction.

Barbara Corcoran
Impact Cryotherapy client, GLACÉ Cryotherapy, dove into the waters of Shark Tank as they sought to expand their business. It was real estate and business expert, Barbara Corcoran, who immediately warmed up to cryotherapy – “These kids are golden!” she said of the brother-sister duo behind GLACÉ.

Kerry Lauerman
Washington Post editor Kerry Lauerman also tried whole-body cryotherapy to find out what was behind what he called the “very hot, very cold” trend. He reported feeling giddy and a rush of adrenaline afterward, describing the experience as “intense.” While Lauerman was at DistrictCryo, he spoke with owner Antwain Coward about cryotherapy benefits including better sleep, workout bounce-back, and performance.

Interested in seeing for yourself why celebs use cryotherapy? Check out our cryosauna locator to find a studio near you and see what this “very hot, very cold” trend is all about.

Does Cryotherapy Provide Pain Relief?

Cryotherapy for Pain Relief: The Game-Changing Alternative Treatment

Why cryotherapy? Similar to how athletes utilize ice baths post-workout, cryotherapy is a form of cold therapy that can be beneficial for injury prevention and pain relief. According to a 2016 industry survey with over 300 respondents, cryotherapy goers have reported that pain management is one of the top reasons why they utilize whole-body cryotherapy on a regular basis. Here’s what cryo users are saying about cryotherapy for pain management:

  • “Absolutely love my cryotherapy! Have been going for a shoulder injury and it has worked miracles for me! My doctor and therapist are amazed by my recovery.” – Dolores L.


  • “Cryotherapy has been a major blessing in my life. For the first time in over a decade, I am pretty much pain-free, I have tried everything offered to help the pain in my back for 12 years and cryotherapy is the only thing that has helped and it has REALLY helped! The energy boost and weight loss is a nice bonus too!” – Brandon G.


  • “I’ve tried everything from Western medicine to natural, homeopathic healing, and whole body cryotherapy is one of the things that gives me instantaneous results.” – Dawn P.


  • ” I have had a large herniation in my back, a bulging disk in my neck, arthritis, and sciatic nerve pain.  My quality of life was non-existent before cryotherapy. Cryotherapy gave me my life back.” – Donna G.


From athletes to those who suffer from arthritis, cryotherapy could be the alternative treatment that you’ve been looking for.

If you’re interested in trying cryotherapy, check out our Cryosauna Locator to find a location near you!

What is NormaTec Compression Therapy?

Who doesn’t love a massage? Similar to a massage, NormaTec compression therapy applies pressure on the legs and other areas of the body. This releases tension, increases blood flow, and reduces pain and soreness.

Traditional compression therapy used therapeutic socks or stockings made with elastic, which constrict to allow veins to loosen. In 1998, bioengineer and rehabilitation physician Dr. Laura F. Jacobs created NormaTec® dynamic compression technology to treat patients with circulatory related disorders. Today, NormaTec’s patented compression technology is revolutionizing athlete recovery and many Impact Cryotherapy customers have found that NormaTec’s products fit well with their whole body cryotherapy offering.

Who Uses Compression Therapy

Compression therapy has been used to help those with chronic circulation issues due to injury, surgery, weight gain, blood clots or long periods without movement.

Athletes use the technology to recover quickly from workouts and to rehab injuries. From Olympic athletes to LeBron James, NormaTec compression technology is used daily by:

  • NCAA players
  • NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL teams
  • The US Olympic Committee
  • US Navy SEALs
  • Some of the world’s best triathletes, cyclists, and runners

The Benefits of NormaTec Compression Therapy

NormaTec Recovery Systems enhance blood flow to speed the body’s normal recovery process. This helps keep athletes fresh so that they can maximize performance. NormaTec helps athletes recover faster between training and after competitions, so they can train harder and perform better. Studies have also shown it enhances flexibility.

The NormaTec Treatment Process

Unlike cryotherapy, compression therapy doesn’t use ice. Instead, NormaTec uses compressed air to massage your arms, legs or hips. In a 20- to 30-minute session, the patented technology first molds to your body shape, then compresses your feet, hands or upper quads, before working its way up your limb.

The massage pattern is also patented, and based on physiology. Like with a traditional massage, it compresses in a pulsing manner and then releases.

Interested in trying it for yourself? Visit Cryoshift to experience NormaTec compression therapy first-hand.

How Does Cryotherapy Fit Into an Active Lifestyle?

Cryotherapy for Muscle Recovery & the Active Lifestyle 

Cryotherapy is a three-minute experience, therefore, it can easily fit into a busy schedule. Plus the perks are awesome: frequent cryotherapy users have noted that before a workout, cryotherapy helps increase their energy and endurance. They’ve also conveyed that they experience faster rejuvenation and anti-inflammatory benefits post-workout. Let’s see what MLB Head Athletic Trainers have to say about how cryotherapy helped their pro athletes.

Kansas City Royals

Nick Kenney, Head Athletic Trainer of the Kansas City Royals stated, ”I’m a big fan of cryotherapy and the benefits it offers athletes including recovering from both daily demands and injuries. Winning the World Series was an incredible experience, which means our team will have high expectations for the 2016 season. With Impact Cryotherapy, the ability to train harder and recover faster in order to help the team prepare for another successful year was extremely attractive to us as an organization.”

Oakland Athletics

Head Athletic Trainer of the Oakland Athletics, Nick Paparesta also sang the praises of cryotherapy. He stated, “After seeing our players use Impact cryosaunas off-site at a private supplier, we felt as an organization we needed to provide cryotherapy at our Oakland facility. Players see a noticeable improvement after Impact sessions. They have less fatigue and daily aches and pains from playing 162 games in 180 days.”

Ready to give cryotherapy a try? Click here to find a cryo location near you!

Cryotherapy: A Leading Alternative Wellness Therapy

Cryotherapy users report various health benefits for everything from workout recovery to mental wellness. But we’re only beginning to realize the benefits of cryotherapy for those with autoimmune disorders and other chronic conditions.

Cryotherapy is considered an alternative treatment for a wide range of chronic conditions. About 40 percent of adults in the United States say they use some form of alternative therapy today.

Let’s explore a few of the chronic conditions people say cryotherapy helps.


Whole body cryotherapy started in Japan 40 years ago to fight the inflammation and ease the pain and discomfort caused by rheumatoid arthritis. This chronic inflammatory disorder occurs when the immune system attacks its own tissue. Today, cryotherapy is also used to treat other forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis, and to treat the inflammation of other rheumatic conditions.

One in every five US adults is dealing with some type of arthritis today, making it the most common disability in the country. Because the damage from arthritis is irreversible, sufferers have to find ways to manage the pain. The Arthritis Foundation says that cold therapy is one of the most efficient methods for pain relief that is also cost-effective.

Skin Conditions

Cryotherapy can ease the symptoms of skin conditions such as:

  • Dermatitis, an inflammation that causes an itchy rash and a variety of other symptoms  
  • Eczema, a form of dermatitis resulting in inflamed, cracked skin
  • Psoriasis, a skin disease sometimes associated with psoriatic arthritis

When applied to a part of the body, ice can relieve inflammation in that particular area. Whole body cryotherapy, on the other hand, reduces inflammation throughout the body, healing more than one area at a time.

Other Autoimmune Disorders

Medical studies show that cryotherapy can ease the symptoms of other autoimmune diseases and chronic conditions they cause, such as:

  • Fibromyalgia, which causes symptoms such as muscle and joint pain and fatigue
  • Multiple sclerosis, a nervous system disorder that leads to muscle weakness, coordination and balance issues, and other symptoms
  • Osteoporosis, a bone disease that makes bones weak and more likely to break

We look forward to seeing the results as more studies show how cryotherapy can help patients. If you’re interested in trying cryotherapy first hand, check out our cryosauna locator to find a studio near you.


Why do Celebs Love Cryotherapy?

Celebrities are crazy for cryotherapy  – but why? Because, quite simply, it works! Don’t believe us? Check out what Will Smith had to say about his very first cryotherapy experience at ALBANY, Bahamas!

“My first time ever doing cryo… IT WORKS! I hate icing, so this was perfect for me. It knocked out all my little aches & pains”Will Smith

In addition to Will Smith, Hailey Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Hart, Justin Timberlake and Sarah Hyland are all known cryo users. Want to try it out for yourself? Click here to find a cryotherapy location near you!

Cryotherapy for Spas with Trent Munday

In Episode 65 of Inside the Spa Business, Trent Munday sits down with Impact Cryotherapy’s Chad Finnegan to discuss a cool thing (pun intended) that is really taking off in the world of spas – whole body cryotherapy.

To learn more about adding cryotherapy to your spa business, click here!

Will Cryotherapy Affect my Workout Regimen?

Cryotherapy will not affect your workout schedule – in fact, adding cryotherapy into your daily routine can actually help maximize your workouts and recharge post-exercise.

Participants who use cryo after exercising claim they experience faster rejuvenation and anti-inflammatory benefits. Those who workout after sessions have reported increased energy, endurance, and flexibility during exercise.

“I usually do cryotherapy before my workouts and then sometimes the morning after a tough workout class. I always walk away feeling immediate results. Pre-workout I feel energized and after a tough workout, I feel immediate relief to my sore leg muscles. 10 out of 10 would recommend!”
– Claudia R., Celsius Cryotherapy customer

Ready to add cryotherapy into your wellness routine? Click here to find a cryotherapy location near you!

Breaking Down the Benefits of Cryotherapy for Athletes

According to Webster, an athlete is “a person trained or skilled in exercise, sports or games requiring physical strength, agility or stamina.” With sports reaching unprecedented levels of intensity, today’s athletes are training harder than ever, pushing their bodies to the edge of their physical limits to win and reach their goals. To sustain their game and gain an edge over their competition, many are looking for the right way to rest and recover.

For nearly ten years, athletes have turned to whole-body cryotherapy to stay competitive in peak physical condition.

This month, we’re focusing on the health and well-being of athletes, and in this post, we’ll break down exactly what you need to know about the benefits of cryotherapy for athletes.

Thinking about adding cryotherapy to your sports recovery regime?

You’re in good company. Athletes from around the globe are adding cryotherapy to their health and wellness routines to stay in top physical condition. Because so many users report faster recovery times, this natural wellness method is becoming increasingly popular amongst the athletic and medical communities alike.

From first-round draft picks to gold medalists, all-stars to future hall-of-famers, here are just a few of the benefits of cryotherapy for athletes and the incredible roster of adoptees.

Faster Recovery Time

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo swears by cryotherapy. What started as an attempt to heal an old injury turned into a staple in the star athlete’s recovery regime, “going for treatments up to twice a week to guarantee quick recovery after matches and training and, subsequently, optimal performance.” He even installed a chamber in his home.

Stronger Performance in the Training Room

Many collegiate and professional teams have invested and are investing in cryotherapy. The Georgia Bulldogs and Mizzou use state-of-the-art whole body cryotherapy chambers to ensure their athletes have access to the fastest recovery possible. The Kansas City Royals have used cryotherapy as well, citing it as a “secret weapon” for keeping athletes healthy during postseason.

No matter what your game is, cryotherapy could be the alternative treatment you’ve been looking for and can serve as a powerful addition to your sports recovery regime.

Are the benefits of cryotherapy for athletes just hype?

Since it’s debut, cryotherapy has proven to be very beneficial in the sports world. For more information about the benefits of cryotherapy for athletes, check out this recent podcast episode. Or to find a location near you, feel free to use our cryosauna locator to find a nearby studio!