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WHAT IS ICE BATH?

In recent years, cold body therapy has gained serious popularity, because it is linked to numerous health benefits. This kind of therapy is characterized by sitting inside a bucket of ice for a short amount of time, while extremely cold air is circulated around the body.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

Step 1: Stretching.

Loosen up the muscles around the ribcage and open up the chest to help the air flow easier when we breathe.

Step 2: Breathwork.

Alkalizing the body, reduce pain receptors, and tap into the deepest area of our mind to help control it and get into the ice bath with ease.

Step 3: Qigong.

Ancient Chinese combining movement and breathing to help the flow of “Qi” which means energy in Chinese. This will help us get into the ice without force.

Step 4: Ice bath.

Optimizing blood flow circulation, and oxygen delivery to our muscles and cells to get the physical and mental benefits of the cold.

 

Taking an ice bath is a great natural and effective way to increase the level of neurotransmitters in the brain. Temperature variation creates a chemical burst that makes you feel good and boosts energy. Cold water also allows you to build up a higher stress tolerance.

Regular and sufficiently frequent cold exposure is the key to improving cold tolerance and unlocking all of the potential health benefits of cold. Studies have shown that regular ice swimming increases the amount of dopamine and endorphins in the blood, which is associated with a decrease in depression and stress and an improvement in stress tolerance. Two out of three cold swimmers experience improved mental function and lower stress levels. Cold water dips also reduce the amount of uric acid in the body, which helps to control stress.

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    DID YOU KNOW

    Vincenz Priessnitz was the first to discover cold water therapy in the year 1817 through observing nature and use its harmony to heal the human body.

    The Guinness World Record for sitting in an ice bath is one hour, 52 minutes and 42 seconds accomplished by a Dutch adventurer mamed Wim Hof.

    Benefits of Ice Bath

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    Improved blood and lymphatic flow

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    Reduced inflammation, swelling, and sore muscles

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    Increased metabolism

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    Improved quality of sleep

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    Improved immune system

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    Better focus

    WHY ARE ICE BATHS SO POPULAR?

    Cold relieves pains. Many people with musculoskeletal disorders feel that they benefit from cold treatments. Cold treatment is one of the most common physical treatments and self-treatment methods. It’s used to reduce pain, inflammatory reactions and swelling caused by injuries or diseases. Inflammation of the muscles and joints is relieved when local blood circulation increases under the influence of cold.

     

    Cold causes a stress reaction in the body that results in the secretion of noradrenaline, the contraction of the skin’s surface blood vessels, and an increase in blood pressure and heart beats. Repeated cold exposure increases the body’s ability to produce pain relief contraindications and improves perceived health and wellbeing.

     

    According to Finnish studies, plasma’s noradrenaline content increases by 2-3 times after ice bathing, which may promote pain relief.

     

    Ice baths bring many people relief from all kinds of aches and pains. It’s also a safe way to relieve the pain caused by infections. Pain meter studies have shown a significant decrease in the pain expressed by subjects during the cold treatment period compared to the control period.

     

    Cold improves resistance. Cold activates immune function and strengthens myocardial and blood circulation. For example, ice swimmers experience an increase in resistance and a decrease in upper respiratory tract infections, and more than half also report a marked reduction in flu symptoms. The results suggest the adaptation of the immune system to cold.

     

    Cold also activates the stress hormone adrenaline. According to a new study, the human nervous system and natural immunity are interconnected. The cold pool challenges the body beyond its comfort zone, which has a direct effect on immune functions. In addition, the functioning of the nervous system in the cold affects oxygen uptake, which is reflected in increased energy.

     

    Cold reduces stress, raises mood and revitalizes. Cold water helps stimulate the chemicals in our brain. These chemicals control our emotions, concentration and alertness. Cold water causes a stress reaction when the body begins to secrete the stress hormones – adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. At the same time, increased levels of the pleasure hormones endorphin, serotonin and dopamine are also released.

     

    Cold improves sleep quality. In Finland, ice swimming has always been seen as a cure for aches, stress and sleep problems. The effect of cold releases serotonin, which helps alleviate difficulty sleeping. Long, high-quality sleep is important for everyone but it is especially important for competitive athletes who need to be in optimal condition almost every day. Today, more and more attention is being paid to recovery, rest and sleep as part of an athlete’s overall coaching plan and wellbeing.

     

    A more scientific approach and studies among ice swimmers reveal that there are a number of causes behind the positive effects of cold water. Cold water baths have been successfully used, for example, in the treatment of postpartum depression. Studies have also shown that regular cold exposure has sometimes even been effective in cases where medication has not worked.

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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    The therapeutic effect is a factor of temperature and time. The colder it is, the less time is required to cool the tissue to a therapeutic level.
    The recommended time varies from 10 to 20 minutes on a 5 degrees temperature.

    Eating right before ice bath will exhaust the organs and kidneys, resulting in inability to stay longer and fatigue. It is recommended to eat at least an hour before doing ice bath

    Avoid taking a shower right after ice bath. It is better to let the body warm up in its own instead of shocking it with hot water.

    You can start taking cold showers few days before to get used to the cold sensation.

     

    Tips:
    -Don’t get fully into the shower first
    -Place your extremities first. Hands and feet for 1 minute
    -Slowly bring the cold water over your shoulders
    -Get the rest of the body in
    -Stay a couple of minutes then get out or switch to warm water