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What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy uses extremely cold temperatures to give you a variety of health and pain relief benefits.

During a whole body cryotherapy treatment at Alpha Cryo, you will stand in our super-cooled, cryogenic chamber for two to three minutes to rapidly reduce your skin’s surface temperature.

What does Cryotherapy do?

As your skin’s temperature is super-cooled, your body releases endorphins (the “feel good” chemicals in your brain.) During the cryotherapy session, your body reacts by constricting blood vessels and centralizing blood around your internal organs. This blood becomes super-oxygenated and nutritionally rich. Once you step out from the cryo chamber, your brain identifies injured or weak areas of your body. The now super-oxygenated and enriched blood resupplies your entire body while prioritizing these problem areas.

You will immediately notice increased energy and relief from aches and pains. With repeated treatments you will also enjoy tighter, toned skin and weight loss. Our active clients also report better endurance and faster recovery from their workouts. Finally, many clients have told us that they enjoyed the most restful, deepest sleep of their lives after their cryotherapy session.


Cryotherapy benefits include:

  • Reduced soreness and inflammation

  • Activation of your body’s own, natural healing properties for faster recovery from exercise and injuries

  • Smoother, brighter and tighter skin

  • Long-lasting boost of energy

Where did cryotherapy start?

Cryotherapy originated in Japan in 1978 as a treatment option for those with serious cases of rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation and muscle pain/fatigue. Due to its high level of success, it quickly spread to Europe (where it is covered by medical insurance) becoming a staple for trainers, athletes, and physical therapists. Today, it has spread throughout the United States, and is becoming a popular, natural treatment for a variety of problems.

Whether to treat sports-related injuries, reduce chronic pain, burn calories, improve athletic performance, tone and tighten skin, recover faster between workouts or just feel overall more energetic and healthier, whole body cryotherapy has been proven a powerful technique for over three decades. Many professional athletes and models use cryotherapy as their secret weapon to look and feel their best.

What is the Alpha Cryo story?

We are the DC metropolitan area’s premier cryotherapy provider and have first-hand seen the benefits of cryotherapy on our thousands of satisfied clients. Our clients report that their cryotherapy experience is invigorating and improves a variety of conditions such as stress, insomnia, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle and joint pain, fibromyalgia, eczema and psoriasis. Pain and signs of inflammation (as evidenced by blood tests) remain suppressed for weeks. The benefits of whole body cryotherapy have been supported by a variety of scientific studies.

Unlike other cryotherapy machines, our state of the art cryotherapy chamber provides even, consistent cooling via a patent-pending vapor delivery system. Our innovative, octagonal guard at the top of the cryotherapy chamber ensures that the super-cooled air remains in the chamber and surrounding your body for maximum efficiency and cooling.

At Alpha Cryo, our thousands of satisfied clients are a testament to the beneficial effects of cryotherapy. Book your cryotherapy session today!

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Sports Recovery


  • Relieve soreness and inflammation
  • Boost athletic performance
  • Reduce post-workout recovery time
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Speed recovery after injury or surgery
Health & Wellness


  • Stimulate anti-inflammatory response
  • Boost immune system
  • Improve sleep and decrease stress
  • Detoxify and enhance circulation
  • Increase metabolic rate
Cryo Beauty


  • Reduce cellulite
  • Boost collagen production
  • Tighten and rejuvenate skin
  • Treat skin disorders
  • Diminish varicose veins

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