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Whole Body Cryotherapy

Whole Body Cryotherapy
London’s first CryoAction cryotherapy chamber

Harpal Clinic St Pauls is home London’s first CryoAction Cryotherapy Chamber.

CryoAction is a whole body cryotherapy chamber, allowing all of the body to be exposed to the cold to enhance the cryotherapy treatment.

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Learn about cryotherapy at Harpal Clinic

"There are more cold receptors above the shoulders than anywhere else on the body, which promotes an active response to the autonomic nervous system."

Dr Harpal Bains

Dr. Harpal Bains

How cryotherapy works

One of the most consistent and profound psychological responses to extreme cold cryotherapy exposure is the release of hormones into the bloodstream as well as the Locus Coeruleus region of the brain – which is why it’s essential that whole body cryotherapy includes the head. These hormones are neurotransmitters and can increase vigilance, focus, attention and mood. They also have a profound effect on pain, metabolism and inflammation.

Cryotherapy for elite sports

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Cryo means extreme cold while therapy means a treatment aimed at relieving or healing a disorder. Therefore, Cryotherapy involves exposing the body to low temperatures averaging The chamber can be programmed depending on the treatment to temperatures from minus 80° to minus 130° and the treatment lasts for no more than 3 minutes to facilitate faster recovery and healing after a workout.

Exposing the body to extreme temperatures causes the skin sensors to signal the brain to send more blood the body’s core. Toxins are eliminated as the blood rushes through to the core. Blood is also enriched with more oxygen and nutrients in the process. After leaving the cryotherapy chamber, blood is forced to rush back through the body which accelerates the recovery process.

Three things happen during cryotherapy; one, there is the release of endorphins, two, there is increased production of collagen, and lastly, there is an acceleration of the metabolic rate. The simultaneous occurrence of the three processes shortens the recovery process. The endorphins also help the body in handling excess pain and inflammation. The other benefits of this type of therapy include improved skin smoothness and elasticity plus an increased amount of calories burned by the body.

What happens during a cryotherapy session?

Cryotherapy for athletes + other elite sports

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Cryotherapy has helped many athletes to get to the top of the leaderboard. For example, earlier this year, Fulham became the first elite sports club to tailor cryotherapy after learning about its effectiveness in injury recovery. Football players who underwent cryotherapy took less amount of time than expected to return to training and physical fitness. Other English Premier League teams such as Leicester City and Arsenal FC have also embraced cryotherapy.

 

Is cryotherapy safe?

Every cryotherapy session administered by a trained technician is considered safe. The hands are covered with insulated gloves while the feet are covered with booties to reduce the risk of being exposed to the extreme conditions. Cryotherapy sessions last for 3 minutes, allowing the client to feel the benefits. The body is fully protected from exposure to the dangerous temperatures.

Cryotherapy for elite sports is widely regarded as a natural performance enhancer for athletes which help in speeding up recovery allowing faster repair of any damaged muscle tissue hence reducing the pain and giving room for more frequent training sessions. Sometimes, the process can be administered in such a way that it targets specific areas suffering from an injury. The therapy aims to reduce the pain and provide a physical therapy without any form of muscle manipulation.

The therapy can benefit injured athletes who want to heal faster or competitive athletes who are looking for ways of improving their performance.

"Although it may vary from one individual to another, the immediate results of cryotherapy include improved recovery time, pain relief and reduced inflammation"

Dr Harpal Bains

Dr. Harpal Bains

How much does cryotherapy cost?

We offer discounted prices for multiple sessions, and group bookings. Please see our prices below.

Fees

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Cryotherapy – single session

£100

Cryotherapy – 5 sessions

(Save £50)

£450

Cryotherapy – 10 sessions

(Save £200)

£800

Cryotherapy – 20 sessions

(Save £600)

£1,400

Team cryo 30

Half an hour with up to 4 people. Each person will enjoy a 3-minute whole body cryotherapy treatment

£300

Team cryo 60

One hour with up to 8 people. Each person will enjoy a 3-minute whole body cryotherapy treatment

£520

Full-spectrum infrared sauna therapy (30 min) followed by whole body cryotherapy – Single session

£125

Full-spectrum infrared sauna therapy (30 min) followed by whole body cryotherapy – 5 sessions

(Save £62.50)

£562.50

Full-spectrum infrared sauna therapy (30 min) followed by whole body cryotherapy – 10 sessions

(Save £250)

£1,000

Full-spectrum infrared sauna therapy (30 min) followed by whole body cryotherapy – 20 sessions

(Save £750)

£1,750
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