Note: Given the current context, whole body cryotherapy sessions are currently suspended for hygiene reasons.
At the Cryomotion® center, located in the heart of Lyon, come and discover the unique universe of whole-body cryotherapy.
One session of whole-body cryotherapy at Cryomotion® will infuse you with new energy. It will ease your chronic or inflammatory pain and boost your performance and sense of well-being.
Whole-body cryotherapy is a non-invasive, hyper-cooling process that quickly and efficiently exposes the body to temperatures of -110 °C to -150 °C.
Applying cold locally to combat pain or for other therapeutic purposes is nothing new.
The first uses of snow or ice for their analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties can be found in the ancient sayings of Hippocrates (460 - 377 BCE).
The development of whole-body cryotherapy as we know it today started more recently. The first cold chamber opened in Poland in the 1980s. The technology has since been adopted in many countries, across Europe specifically, in different forms.
The whole-body cryotherapy chamber with liquid nitrogen, such as the one used by the Cryomotion® center represents the most advanced form of this technology.
During a short session (3 min*) of whole-body cryotherapy at Cryomotion®, the body is temporarily exposed to a temperature as low as -150 °C.
* 3 min out of your lunch break to boost your well-being, for example!
The goal of being exposed to cold this intense is to create a “thermal shock”.
The body is suddenly exposed to a temperature ranging from -110 to -150 °C.
This controlled thermal shock leads to vasoconstriction (the blood vessels contract and the blood flow is reoriented primarily towards the essential organs in order to protect them); it activates the release of adrenaline in the blood stream.
The thermal shock also leads to an analgesic effect and a reduction in swelling thanks to the lowering of tissue temperature.
During the post-session warm-up, the blood vessels dilate again (vasodilation), generating a modification of the blood flow and better tissue oxygenation.
An immediate sensation of well-being is felt, linked to the massive liberation of endorphins.
To extend the benefits of WBC over the long term, it is necessary to have maintenance sessions.
Extreme cold for extreme performance!
High-level athletes regularly use whole-body cryotherapy to prevent muscular pain and improve their recovery time after training sessions and sporting events, or to boost their performance.
Intense cold to ease your pain!
One session of whole-body cryotherapy has an anti-pain and anti-inflammatory effect.
A reduction in pain can be felt as of the 1st session of whole-body cryotherapy.
Most often, effects appear after several sessions: the soothing effect generally lasts longer after regular sessions.
No more than two whole-body cryotherapy treatments per day are advised.
Areas of application:
*after medical advice and certificate of no contraindication
Cold treatment increases your dynamism and motivation.
Whole-body cryotherapy has no demonstrated effect on weight loss.
The benefits of whole-body cryotherapy, be they for health reasons, fitness or well-being, are suitable for everybody, except in the case of medical contraindications or subject to medical opinion for users over 65 years of age.
In all cases, at your 1st whole-body cryotherapy session, we will ask you:
Certain contraindications must imperatively be taken into consideration and excluded from the practice of whole-body cryotherapy. These are mentioned on the medical questionnaire.
They consist of:
*unless accompanied by a doctor's note certifying the absence of a contraindication
During a whole-body cryotherapy session, certain precautions must be respected:
What to wear during a whole-body cryotherapy session:
For the sake of hygiene, single-use under-gloves, under-socks and bathrobes will be given to you at each session.
Only one person may enter the chamber at a time.
The session duration (3 min maximum) and the temperature are determined according to the stated indications and the desired effects.