If you’re into health and wellness trends, here are three more for your radar: whole-body cryotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and oxygen-based spa treatments. Spouting health benefits like muscle recovery, immune health, wound healing, metabolic boosts, anti-aging, and more, these therapies prove to have some major health benefits. These cutting-edge treatments are gaining popularity among Hollywood stars, elite athletes, and health enthusiasts, popping up at wellness centers and spas around the world.


What Is Whole-Body Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy, or whole-body cryotherapy, comes from the Greek word “cryo,” meaning cold. An alternative treatment to cold-water immersion, whole-body cryotherapy offers a host of health benefits including weight loss, athletic recovery, sleep improvement, skin condition help, anti-aging, enhanced athletic performance, and inflammation reduction.

While similar in name, this whole-body therapy is not to be confused with the more localized cryotherapy often used for skin tags, warts, and more. For whole-body therapy, individuals stand inside a specially designed tank or chamber and are exposed to cold, dry air as low as -224°F for around three minutes. During the process, nitrogen, a non-toxic gas, is used to achieve the super-cold temperature. The cold temperature kicks the body into survival mode, as the skin has a sub-zero reaction in its surface temperature. The blood then rushes to the core, absorbing nutrients and oxygen. Following the treatment, the blood quickly replenishes the body while removing the inflammation, allowing healing to begin within the body.

A man standing in a chamber for whole body cryotherapy

Completely natural and safe, this particular therapy is great for a wide range of people, lifestyles and ages. Typically used for athletes and those with chronic pain, cryotherapy also offers a way for many to improve their overall health. And while a single whole-body cryotherapy session is beneficial, wellness experts say anywhere from two to three sessions per week can provide the best results.


What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Oxygen has proven to be one of nature’s great healers, particularly for inflammation and injury. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy relies on this, using 100% pure oxygen to help accelerate the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

During this therapy, users enter a special chamber to breathe in pure oxygen in air pressure levels 1.5 to 3 times higher than average. The goal is to fill the blood with enough oxygen to repair tissues and restore normal body function. Using a controlled and pressurized chamber, oxygen is delivered to body tissues at a concentrated rate, delivering the healing gas to the body directly.

For years, wellness centers and hospitals have used this therapy to treat patients with a multitude of health issues and illnesses. Today, the therapy is most commonly used for individuals with severe anemia, brain abscesses, burns, decompression sickness, skin or bone infection, non-healing wounds, and vision loss. In addition, it’s often used for healing patients with carbon monoxide poisoning and gangrene. Since this therapy is more medical in nature, it may require a prescription prior to use.


Oxygen-Based Spa Treatments

Woman doing an oxygen based spa treatment to another woman

Now if you’re just here to relax, here’s the wellness treatment for you: oxygenated water. This is water that boasts additional, pressurized oxygen thanks to an oxygenated water system. Though fairly new — and mostly cosmetic — its benefit purportedly increases blood flow, circulation, and hydration of the skin while detoxifying and invigorating muscles. Often used in facials, manicures, and pedicures, this enhanced water improves the therapeutic efficacy of spa treatments. Plus, it feels nice.

CalOx is dedicated to making medical- and food-grade gas delivery, storage, and service simple, straightforward, and dependable. We have been serving the Greater Los Angeles area for more than 50 years.

If you’re a wellness professional looking to add one of these specialized treatments to your offerings, contact us for a consultation.  Of course, contact us if your spa, salon, or wellness business needs to refill its medical-grade oxygen and liquid nitrogen for cryotherapy practices.