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What Cryotherapy Chamber Is Best After COVID-19?

With wellness centers and gyms reopening many business owners are asking What cryotherapy chamber is best after COVID-19? With the entire landscape of health and wellness changed from the global pandemic many industry leaders are warning that all equipment must satisfy the post-pandemic customer. What does this mean for current cryotherapy chamber owners after COVID-19 and how can new businesses satisfy what the customer wants?

Four people standing in a cryotherapy chamber after COVID-19
Cryotherapy after COVID-19 will not be a group activity anymore, even with masks, according to a poll of 3500 CR readers.

The Best Cryotherapy Chamber After COVID Is…

Without endorsing any specific brand the best cryotherapy chamber after COVID is the one that makes the client feel safe. By and large most people will not want to participate in cryotherapy in pairs or groups. This has become a problem for electric based chambers such as the US Cryotherapy and Cryo Arctic.¹ Consumers want a personal experience where they are not exposed to another person’s germs. Chambers must now have an anti-porous interior. Some chambers I reviewed have antibacterial materials (such as the XR by Cryo Innovations). Others, such as the Juka have padded cloth interiors that do not allow wipe-downs effectively, and actually absorb liquids.

Is Head-out Cryotherapy The Best Now?

There has long been a healthy debate about whether or not cryo is best with the head exposed or not. While clinical studies are conclusive that it doesn’t not matter the debate continues due to marketing pressure. But cryotherapy and COVID have changed a lot. A Cryosauna Reviews poll of 3500 households (with 2965 people responding) the head-out cryosauna option is a clear winner. The reasons stated by respondents were telling: clients simply did not want to be in a chamber that could contain someone else’s breath even if everyone was wearing masks. The psychological effect of having one’s head out of the chamber was enough to make clients feel safer.

Is This The End Of Enclosed Chambers?

Enclosed cryotherapy chambers are here to stay, but with pandemic concerns now a regular conversation it may not be the time to invest in one. Clients are highly concerned about their immune systems and seek out cryo for its potential immune system benefits. Enclosed chamber owners should immediately address how they will sanitize the chamber and provide air-out times. For clients who do cryotherapy regularly it appears a definite shift is happening to choose cryosaunas instead of enclosed chambers.

  1. http://Louis, J., Schaal, K., Bieuzen, F., Le Meur, Y., Filliard, J. R., Volondat, M., Hausswirth, C. (2015). Head Exposure to Cold during Whole-Body Cryostimulation: Influence on Thermal Response and Autonomic Modulation. PloS one, 10(4), e0124776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124776
  2. Both the US Cryotherapy C1 and Cryo Artic are single person chambers by design; however, in practice this author has seen operators allow two people in these chamber at the same time.
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What Cryosauna is Right for You?

What cryosauna is right?  Two cryochambers side by side with a man standing inside each.
Choose wisely when purchasing a cryosauna.

What cryosauna is right for you depends on where you will put it in your business. If you have a large warehouse gym with plenty of room then any of these options will work. However, if you have a small space for your cryotherapy chamber then you must decide carefully. Choosing the wrong machine will only produce problems. You must consider nitrogen or electrical supply, venting, and maintenance in determining what cryosauna is right.

What Cryosauana is Right for a Small Building?

Most cryotherapy businesses have only one room for providing cryotherapy. This room must fit the chamber itself and provide enough room to open the chamber door. Additionally you must determine if you will want nitrogen tanks or an electric machine. Nitrogen tanks can be easily delivered and connected. Electric chambers must be professionally installed. They may also require HVAC construction and some plumbing work.

Liquid Nitrogen Cryosaunas are right for small businesses

Small business owners by far choose liquid nitrogen cryosaunas (or cryochambers) because of how easy they are for a startup. Deliveries of the chamber and liquid nitrogen come directly to your door. After uncrating the chamber and plugging it into a standard wall outlet all you need to do is attach the liquid nitrogen and turn it on. This is as easy as attaching a garden hose. The chamber regulates the flow of nitrogen and makes the process automatic. When the nitrogen runs low you can request a delivery and the delivery person will roll the new dewar of nitrogen into your store and remove the empty one. That’s it.

Electric Cryochambers are right for major venues

Electric cryochambers cool the air by a compressor. This is the same way an air conditioner works. Many stadiums use electric chambers because they simply have the room and the budget, and the 220 volt plugs and beefy circuit breakers they require. These chambers are more expensive than nitrogen machines, often costing almost twice as much. Additionally you will most likely have to hire a general contractor, electrician, and a plumber to install the machine. If you are leasing your building this may be impossible.

Liquid Nitrogen Cryosaunas

Liquid nitrogen cryosaunas were designed because of the problems with electric cryochambers. Many small business owners simply cannot afford a $100,000 chamber and hire a contractor, engineer, and maybe plumber. Nitrogen cryosaunas cost half of that and are plug-n-play machines. Roll it in, plug it in, and you are in business. Furthermore, nitrogen cryosaunas are the coldest available, reaching -230°F, while electrics typically reach only -150°F.