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Experience the amazing benefits of cryogenic therapy at RLab’s state-of-the-art facility in Shop 5, 7 Gregory Hills Drive, Gregory Hills, Sydney. Cryotherapy is an efficient, effective and non-invasive way to maximise your body’s performance capabilities and help it to recover faster. The treatment involves your body being immersed in a chamber filled with fine nitrogen mist that is cooled to -110 to -170 degrees for up to three minutes.

Chilling your body to this temperature activates our most powerful survival mechanism, causing our blood vessels to contract and send blood from the skin surface to our major organs as a way to maintain our core body temperature. As the blood is moving, it fills with oxygen, nutrients and healing enzymes, before returning to your skin and muscle tissue. Cryotherapy has been proven to elicit a myriad of benefits, including relieving muscle soreness and pain, accelerating injury recovery, boosting collagen production, reducing cellulite and improving immunity levels.

 

Why RLabs for cryotherapy treatments?

RLabs was created to provide innovative treatments that are backed by science to the public. We’re passionate about technology and health colliding to change the way we live and feel for the better. Our forward-thinking treatments bring tomorrow into today, providing high-tech relaxation and rejuvenation facilities that ensure you leave feeling like your absolute best self every time you visit us.

01 / Pain relief and muscle healing

Cryotherapy can provide relief from chronic pain and reduce the amount of time it takes for muscles to heal from strains. Think of it as one giant ice pack for your body.

02 / Weight loss

Cryotherapy is an excellent addition or ‘booster’ to any weight loss routine. Being cold forces your body to work harder to stay warm, supporting the weight loss process. The treatment is fantastic for healing Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).

03 / Reduced inflammation

Chronic inflammation is a result of the body becoming overly reactive when it comes to fighting infection. Studies have shown that reducing inflammation can improve overall health, and cryotherapy is an excellent method for this.

04 / Reducing anxiety and depression

As cryotherapy can reduce inflammation, it can also improve mental health conditions that are associated with inflammation, like anxiety and depression. You’ll leave the chamber with a burst of serotonin making you feel refreshed and positive.

05 / Anti-ageing and skin health

Cryotherapy can achieve amazing results for your skin’s appearance and health. By freezing the outer layer of the skin, the body is encouraged to produce more collagen, meaning the skin regains elasticity and appears younger, smoother and more refined.

06 / Sports recovery

Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is caused by micro-tears in muscles, and is the curse of athletes and enthusiastic gym-goers alike. Luckily, cryotherapy can help you recover (and get back in the gym) faster.

With the right tools, the right team, and the right vision – we believe anything is possible.

Have some questions?

How does cryotherapy work?

Cryotherapy works for our bodies in a few different ways. Firstly, it induces the release of norepinephrine into our bloodstreams. This hormone is also a neurotransmitter that plays an important role when it comes to our ability to focus, our cognition levels, our mood and our energy levels. It does this by limiting the amount of TNF-alpha that the body releases, inhibiting inflammatory pathways.

Cryotherapy treatments also make our bodies release ‘cold shock proteins’. This special type of protein is involved in the metabolism of lipids, meaning your body will increase its ability as a lean, mean, fat-burning machine.

 

Does cryotherapy hurt?

We like to describe cryotherapy as a combination of goosebumps and pins and needles. Some areas are more sensitive than others, and sensitivity tends to increase the further away you get from the core of your body. We often find that the worst part for first-timers is the anticipation, and if it does get too much – you can stop at any time!

Frequently asked questions

The RLabs team are passionate about ensuring you leave every visit to our laboratory feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and recovered, while receiving the highest standards of safety and care.

01 / What types of cryotherapy does RLabs offer?

RLabs offers local, facial and whole body cryotherapy for treating a wide variety of needs. Our cryosaunas are the premier CRYO Arctic™ Chamber models. They’re the safest machines in the industry, and combine futuristic design and state-of-the-art technology with the highest possible safety standards. Unlike other cryotherapy chambers, the CRYO Arctic only exposes you to breathable cold air, and not to harmful nitrogen gas. While in the chamber, you’ll have constant communication with us through the Bluetooth enabled audio, as well as a digital touch screen so you’ll be able to see how long is remaining for your treatment (as well as the temperature inside!)

02 / What’s the difference between cryotherapy and an ice bath?

An ice bath involves physically sitting in a bath of ice water, and creates a physical sensation where your body is actively trying to warm up, with the key point being physical contact with the ice. Your body goes through a large amount of stress when in an ice bath, and needs to recover after the experience, meaning taking ice baths too often can actually do more harm than good.

Cryotherapy, although it may not seem like it, is actually gentler on the body, and can be performed regularly for extremely beneficial results. It involves using ultra-cooled nitrogen gas to create the sensation that you’re in a very cold environment and signals a response from your central nervous system. Your body temperature will normalise much faster as your deep muscle tissue will not have frozen, while still signalling the same (or some would say even better) adaptations as an ice bath would.

03 / How cold does a cryosauna get?

Cryosaunas can reach negative 110 to 140 degrees celsius for up to four minutes.

04 / How many sessions of full-body cryotherapy should I have and how often?

This will depend on your training levels and what you want to get out of cryotherapy. For non-professional athletes who are wanting to enhance their recovery, you can do about seven to 10 sessions to start with (in a row), and then drop down to one to two sessions per week for a maintenance phase. For professional athletes, cryotherapy is beneficially performed up to twice per day.

05 / How much do cryotherapy sessions at RLabs cost?

06 / Who shouldn’t receive cryotherapy treatment?

People who should seek medical advice before undergoing a cryotherapy treatment include:

  • Those with major health issues
  • Those with cardiovascular issues (including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, low or high blood pressure and circulatory problems)
  • Those taking prescription drugs
  • Those under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • The elderly
  • Children
  • Those with chronic conditions or diseases associated with the reduced ability to perspire (multiple sclerosis, central nervous system tumours and diabetes with neuropathy).
  • Hemophiliacs
  • Those experiencing fever
  • Pregnant people
  • Those with joint injuries
  • Those with pacemakers or defibrillators

07 / How should I prepare for my cryotherapy session?

If it’s your first time with us at RLabs, please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your appointment time so our team can welcome you and discuss any needs you may have.

Before your cryotherapy session, the main thing is that you need to be completely dry, so we’ll give you a towel to dry yourself off before your session starts. You can wear your boxers or underwear, and women can wear a bra if they wish too. We’ll also provide you with socks and mittens, as your hands and feet tend to get cold the quickest. You’ll be supervised throughout the entire procedure, so if at any point you’re uncomfortable, we’ll be able to cease the procedure extremely quickly.