How it works

Inflammation in the form of pain, heat, redness and swelling is the body’s protective response to harmful stimuli, such as damaged cells. Some inflammation is helpful and part of the healing process but in many autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the reaction is extreme. Exposing the body to intense cold for a short period activates a

powerful survival mechanism that causes the blood vessels near the skin to contract (vasoconstriction) and reroute the blood to major organs to maintain your core body temperature. During this process, your blood fills with oxygen, nutrients and healing enzymes and this enriched blood rushes back to the skin.

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  • Whole body Cryotherapy reduces inflammation, promotes rapid healing and minimises acute pain in just 3 minutes. It works on joint pain, stiffness and swelling in a similar way to an ice pack but the effects are immediate, powerful and lasting. On leaving the Cryosauna, the blood vessels dilate (vasodilation) and the enriched blood rushes back to the skin.

    Oxygenated blood is circulated and anti-inflammatories released to help relieve pain (the ‘analgesia’ effect) and soothe swollen joints. In addition to being pain-free, the release of ‘feel good’ endorphins means you will leave the CryoSpa clinic feeling positive and relaxed.

  • Cryospot treatments can be used on the neck, shoulders, hands, feet and other small areas to help reduce pain and inflammation.  Cryospot works by emitting a targeted beam of liquid nitrogen directly onto the spot being treated. This immediately cools the area causing a fast decrease in swelling, pain and inflammation. Whole body cryotherapy treats the body from the inside to the outside, where as Cryospot treats the targeted area from the outside to the inside, similar to an ice bath, but far more effective.

    Other benefits of Cryospot treatment includes improved circulation, decrease in muscle tension with long term treatment, improved joint function and increased muscle strength.


  • Cryofacial involves the use of a wand that emits a controlled beam of vaporized liquid nitrogen.  The cold nitrogen helps to fill in fine lines, reduce wrinkles and instantaneously tightening the skin by stimulating the production of collagen.  Furthermore cryofacials reduce the size of pores which keeps toxins, dirt and grime out.

    With continued use of the cryofacial as directed by CryoSpa Canberra, you can experience a rejuvenated youthful complexion, and be the envy of your friends and colleges.

Frequently asked questions

What can I expect?

Once arriving at CRYOSPA Canberra, you will greeted by our friendly staff to assist in your experience however possible. When entering the treatment room for your first session, most people find themselves experience a rush of unknown feelings as people general search all quadrants of their brain to link supreme cold to knowns and the effects they would assume to feel. However once stepping into the CRYOSAUNA, one of our professionally trained staff members will be with you every step of the way as you experience temperatures as low as -150ºC in your 3 minute session. Once exiting the CRYOSAUNA, your body will naturally warm itself back to normal, as this process occurs your body releases endorphins and pumps fresh oxygenated blood around your body.


What should I wear?

When entering the CRYOSAUNA, you will be expected to wear socks and minimal clothing. The more skin exposure to the nitrogen mist the more enhanced the experience and benefits will be. For males they can wear underwear and for females we recommend underwear and a sports bra. (No underwires or metal can be worn into the CRYOSAUNA)

After your arrival to CRYOSPA Canberra, you will be allocated a change room. There you relax and change into your appropriate clothing, we provide you with a waffle gown for your privacy when coming to and from the treatment rooms. When ready to enter the CRYOSAUNA you will be provided with Woollen boots to be worn during treatment, along with the socks you wear aids to help protect your feet from the cold.

Does it hurt?

Many people are surprised at how tolerable and quick the cryosauna treatment actually is. In fact, most say it’s even more tolerable than using an ice bath. The reason being that the cryosauna generates ‘dry’ cold, which is more comfortable than the ‘wet’ cold experienced in an ice bath.

Is it safe?

Yes, cryotherapy is a very safe treatment. The vapor inside the vessel is simply ambient air that has been chilled with liquid nitrogen. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas and makes up 79% of the air we breathe. Furthermore, nitrogen has a higher density and is heavier than air, so the vapor will remain well below the rim of the CRYOSAUNA.

A staff member will be will you and assisting you throughout the entire session and monitors will also be used to track the progress of the treatment and ensure that you don’t exceed the scheduled time limit. If however you do wish to end the session before the time the staff member assisting you will immediately stop the treatment and open the chamber for you to step out.

How often do I need sessions?

The optimal number of cryotherapy sessions is dependant on your personal objectives in terms of recovery, improvements in skin and wellbeing.  With consistent treatment we are sure that you will be able to maximise both the physical and mental benefits and we are more than happy to discuss and customise treatment plans tailored to your personal goals and health concerns. On-going treatment has been found to produce more permanent results, so consistency is key to achieving the best results possible. As a general guide, a few possible treatment plans are listed below.


For an increase in metabolism and weight loss - In conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, 5 sessions weekly for 2 weeks has been found to have effective results. After this time we will asses whether to continue at this intensity or reduce the number of sessions to help maintain results.

For enhanced mental and physical wellbeing - 3 session weekly for 1 month and regular session (1 weekly/fortnight) from there on to sustain the benefits.


For treatment of specific health concerns, injury and pain - After consulting your health professional we will assess the extent of your concerns and suggest a suitable plan from there. We've found that 5 sessions weekly for 2 weeks is a great starting point before reassessing the concern with an aim to decrease the regularity of visits. 


For enhanced skin condition using CRYOFACIAL - We recommend a minimum of 10 consistent sessions to see visible results in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and superficial scarring.


CRYOSPOT - Treatment will be dependant on the nature of the area being treated as well as the extent of injury or health concern.  A minimum of 10 sessions is usually required to begin seeing effective results.

What is the difference between a cryotherapy session and taking an ice bath?

Cryotherapy is the most advanced and efficient form of ‘cold therapy’. Ice baths can be a long and uncomfortable process lasting up to 20 minutes. Furthermore they are painful and damaging to the skin and since they actually freeze the tissue they can cause stiffness and immobility afterwards. Cryotherapy treatment, on the other hand lasts for up to 3 minutes, is not painful and does not involve freezing the tissue. Cryotherapy treatment works to improve mobility, decrease inflammation and reduce pain along leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated

Is cryotherapy safe for everyone?

Generally, Cryotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for most people, however it is unsuitable for anyone who has:


a pacemaker

a heart condition

deep vein thrombosis

cold allergy

cancer (or previously had cancer).



If you are concerned about any conditions you have that may prevent you from undergoing Cryo treatment, please check with your doctor.

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