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Origins of Cryotherapy 

Applications of cold (water, ice) to strengthen immune system, to reduce inflammation and swelling and to minimize pain have been known for centuries. Many professional athletes have been using ice baths throughout their careers to help the body recover after exhausting workouts and competitions.

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is the evolution of cold therapy, much more effective than local applications of cold, much more efficient, beneficial and comfortable than whole body immersion in an ice bath. By definition, WBC is a short-term exposure of the entire body to extremely low temperatures to trigger the body’s most powerful mechanisms of self-protection, self-recovery and self-rejuvenation. Cryotherapy treatment implies contact of uncovered skin with dry cold air ranging in temperature between -166 F and -274 F (-110 C and -170 C) for 2.5 to 3 minutes.

Extreme cold was first applied by Dr. Yamaguchi of Japan in 1978 - it appeared to significantly benefit his rheumatoid arthritis patients. In the early 1980s, the cryotherapy concept was brought to Europe, where it has been intensively studied and applied in sports medicine and various other disciplines ever since. In 1994, a vertical immersion single person walk-in cryotherapy chamber, today’s most popular modality of whole body cryotherapy equipment, was introduced by the Russian company Krion. This design was lighter, portable and more affordable than its predecessor, a two-chamber walk-in cryosauna. It was also better received by users, as it required less protective gear and did not cause claustrophobia. So, the number of whole body cryotherapy saunas in use started growing.
Since the procedure is not medical and the equipment is not really the sauna we found it more accurate to call the procedure "CryoCycling™", and the equipment "CryoCabin™", and will use this terminology from nowon. The full set of terms is listed on our site.

M-CRYO is a proprietary whole body CryoCycling™ device aka CryoPool™, fully sourced/made in USA by since 2021. Its operating system allows for web based interface and remote performance monitoring and troubleshooting. This novelty makes CryoPool™s M-CRYO™ stand out from the competition.

"First working CryoPool™ was imported from Europe and installed in Dallas, TX"

​​Although the whole body CryoCycling™ concept was introduced in late 1970s and continuously growing in popularity in Europe since early 1980s, this holistic treatment modality was unknown to the American public until 2009. Then the first working CryoPool™ was imported from Europe and installed in Dallas, TX, by Millennium ICE, Inc. As CryoPool™s were something completely new to America, it took Aleksandr Matorin (born in Kiev, a Russian American and the founder of Millennium ICE) a couple of years to build a small community of believers. 

The first people to join the CryoCycling™ movement in the US and to commit to its development were those of European descent or with strong connections and experiences in Europe. Among them, there were some of the current leaders of the industry. The CryoCycling™ concept was also supported by some respected thought leaders, such as meritorious long distance runner Alberto Salazar with his Nike Oregon Project and integrative health care promoter and bestselling author Dr. Alan Christianson.

​To better serve the needs of the growing American market, Millennium ICE, Inc stopped importing CryoPool™s from Europe. A manufacturing company was established in 2021, and CryoPool™s

M-CRYO™ have been manufactured in Richardson, TX ever since.

M-CRYO™ is a trademark of and represents a new generation of CryoPool™s, offering significant efficiency improvements and web based performance monitoring possibilities.

All M-CRYO™ cabins are fully sourced in the US, and are 110 V “plug and play”.

We now use specially coated plywood which resists water and cold damage.

Team at work

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