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Cryotherapy is a treatment involving exposure to cold air. Research has shown that as your body feels a sudden drop in heat, emergency signals are sent to the brain which reduces the blood flow to the area being treated. Once the treatment stops, your body warms, and blood flow to that area is increased once more. This blood is more oxygenated and can help to reduce any build-up of toxins in the affected areas.

When undergoing Cryotherapy, your body never comes directly into contact with liquid nitrogen. It is used to cool the air before you enter the chamber. A common misconception is that the skin is frozen during treatment. This is not the case. Your body is, rather, cooled. The temperature in the cryochamber ranges from -156 Celsius to -196, depending on the treatment.

Cryotherapy can be used for a range of different benefits including targeted pain relief, full-body treatments for fat loss, and even facials. After the treatment, you will benefit from an increased metabolic rate for a period of 5-8 hours. This can support fat loss and muscle recovery.


Targeted cryotherapy is effective in providing pain relief. It can be used for athletes to prevent muscle inflammation and soreness, or as pain management for people suffering from conditions such as arthritis.

Cryo Retford also offers facials as part of our cryogenic treatments. The outer layer of the skin is very briefly frozen, this activates the layers of collagen deep within the skin, reducing both blemishes and wrinkles. It can also give your skin a clearer and tighter appearance, reducing pore size and toxin intake. This treatment can also benefit people with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.