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Cryo PDX Pearl

As it celebrates two years in business, popular CryoPDX has unveiled a range of nifty new treatments and therapies.

Crofton Diack has good reason to believe in CryoPDX. “I didn’t have to take opiate drugs right after surgery when I broke my shoulder, and I credit cryotherapy,” she says. “It was an instant relief of pain—plus now I feel livelier and more alert during the day and sleep better at night.”

Two years ago, Sydney Hagen and Deborah Weissenbuehler opened CryoPDX (1128 NW 13th Ave, 503-809-2796,, which specializes in Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC). The treatment entails brief sessions in a chamber chilled by liquid nitrogen vapors, and it’s known to reduce pain, speed recovery, and increase endorphins and serotonin levels.

The company now has a second location in Tigard and has added a slew of alluring services, all with the guiding principles of science-based healing, recovery, and wellness (with a smidge of beauty enhancement).

CryoPDX Facial

At this soothing studio, you can now experience localized cryotherapy, which hyper-cools pain-prone areas, such as knees, hips, and elbows. The pressurized nitrogen vapor aims to relieve muscle spasms, aching joints, inflamed tissue, and even migraines. You can also try a cryofacial. Vapors are applied to the face and neck to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the size of pores, and stimulate collagen production. Clients do WBC before localized cryo and cryofacials to increase the benefits of the treatment.

You can take cosmetic cryo a step further with Cryo T-Shock treatments. Using heat and cold, this method instigates a thermal shock response. Sessions focus on destroying fat cells, reducing cellulite, and toning skin.

CryoPDX Somadome

CryoPDX also offers noncryo services. Originally developed by NASA, Celluma is a form of photobiomodulation light therapy known to relieve localized aches and pains and speed healing. Wondering about the cool new-age space pod in the lobby? It’s a Somadome. Made with micro-crystalline tiles, it combines the power of meditation with color and sound therapy to inspire serenity and balance.

Clients can also stretch out in plush chairs while taking advantage of NanoVi Technology, during which they breathe a stream of humidified air altered to promote the metabolism of oxygen and enhance cellular repair. While you enjoy this experience, let NormaTec Pulse Massage Pattern knead away muscle tightness. NormaTec is sequential compression therapy (think thigh-high massage booties) created to enhance blood and lymph flow and speed recovery. Using it after WBC is very popular and aptly dubbed the “freeze and squeeze.” – Ellee Thalheimer | Photos by Donna Severson