Benefits of Cryo Roller & Other Ice Massage Tools

At some point, we’ve all experienced the sweet pleasure that comes with a well-timed, well-placed cold compress, whether that be a washcloth doused with water or a frozen bag of peas. Therefore, it should not be too grand of a surprise to learn that ice massages and cryo tools provide a host of pain-related benefits, from swift relief to inflammation reduction and expedited healing. 


However, the potential rewards don’t end there, as such practices can also do wonders for your complexion. To better understand both the benefits and optimal cryo tools for receiving such benefits, keep reading! 

Benefits of At-Home Ice Massage


Benefits of Cryo Massage for Your Body


Not unlike how heat therapy can soothe sore muscles, short applications of cold can help reduce swelling, provide pain relief, and encourage healthy circulation to affected areas of the body. Ice massage tools can benefit both minor, one-off injuries or chronic conditions like tendonitis, arthritis, and nerve pain. 


The benefits of ice or cold massages start with reducing inflammation, where the massage and cold target specific areas. By reducing the blood flow to the sore or injured area, cryo massage can decrease swelling and inflammation at its source. 


Using cryo tools with massage can also help relax tight muscles and reduce spasms, offering the ultimate relief. Prevention is just as important, if not more so, than recovery, so keep in mind that regular use of cold massage after workouts can help aid in muscle recovery and prevent future injuries. 


Tools and Methods for a Pain-Alleviating Cryo Massage


If you are new to ice massage, there are a variety of ways you can utilize this practice at home. The easiest option is to use a Cryo Massage Roller, a purpose-driven cold therapy tool that can be used on your body or face. By placing the steel ball in the freezer for at least 2 hours before placing it in the holder, you can use this cryo tool for extended periods to give yourself a targeted icy massage without feeling the chill on your hands. We manufacture this roller using stainless steel to ensure it stays rust-free and is easy to clean, as well as is a tool that will retain the icy temperatures for a prolonged period. 


If you’re not yet ready to invest in a cryo roller or alternative tool, try this ice massage technique. 


  1. Fill a reusable ice massage cup (or small paper cup) about three-fourths full with water and freeze it.
  2. Remove the top of the cup to expose the ice, allowing the bottom to serve as a handle.
  3. Keep your makeshift icy massage tool in regular motion as you rub it around the hurting area, as it’s not ideal to apply ice directly to the skin for a sustained period.

During the ice massage, your skin should go through burning and numbing sensations within 10 minutes, at which point you should stop. This process can be repeated up to five times a day, allowing an hour between massages to let your skin return to its normal temperature. 


Cold stone therapy is another excellent option for cold therapy massage. The cold stones draw heat out of the body while addressing muscular injuries or increasing blood flow and energy throughout your body. 


Benefits of Cryo Massage for Your Face


Cryo massage offers the same anti-inflammatory benefits for the face as it does for the body, along with a number of skin benefits too. Cold temperatures on the skin cause constriction of blood vessels, which can reduce redness and puffiness, making it a great option for puffy eyes. Cold massage of the face and neck can help with lymphatic drainage, providing overall health benefits. Ice massage can also help battle acne by decreasing redness and inflammation. Studies even show that ice massages can help reduce eczema!


Examples of Facial Tools to Deliver Cryo Massages


A popular choice for facial tools is a Crystal Gua Sha Stone, which can be refrigerated and then used to tone and tighten skin while promoting blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. Combined with your favorite facial serum or lotion, this is an excellent tool for massaging in products and reaping skin healing benefits at the same time. 


Crystal Face Rollers are another in-demand facial tool, particularly beloved for its ease of use. Designed to give you a mini face massage, increase circulation, decrease puffiness, and more, a Crystal Face Roller offers even more significant impact when combined with serums, including ingredients like Full Spectrum CBD, like in the Elite Elixir Box or Skin Elixir Set


FAQ About Using Cryo Tools


What are examples of cryo tools?

You won't have trouble finding options when it comes to cryotherapy tools. Gua Sha stones, ice globes, frozen masks, rollers, and ice wands are all easy-to-find cold therapy tools that help de-stress and soothe skin. 


Is there anyone who shouldn’t use cold massage tools?

Cold massage tools are generally safe for anyone to use; however, when it comes to whole-body cryo massage, those who have severely high blood pressure, heart conditions, or are pregnant should consult with their doctor beforehand. 


Can I combine cryo tools with massage oils?

Using oil with cryo tools is a must because it lubricates the skin, helping the tool glide more easily. When using facial tools, consider using them with your normal serum or moisturizer to work your facial products deeper into your skin. 


What should I look for in a cryo massage tool? 

Any suitable cryo massage tool should be fairly simple to sanitize and made from a non-porous material that won’t absorb natural skin oils or any serums you use in conjunction with the roller or applicator. What’s more, the tool should have a handle purposefully designed to shield your hands from experiencing the lower temperatures. 


Pay attention to how your skin reacts, being mindful of any allergic reactions or overly harsh ingredients


A good cleanser should make your skin feel clean, not irritated, and never leave it feeling dry, red, or worse off than before you washed it. If you are concerned with how your skin will react to a new facial cleanser, you can spot-test it on small areas of facial skin before using it to wash your entire face. 

 

 By Emily Wegener

With a unique background as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Masters Degree in Teaching and experience in Psychology, Emily spends much of her time researching and trying out new holistic healing modalities.