We all know how good a relaxing sauna session or a warm bath can feel after a long day, or even to start the day. But have you ever considered the benefits of combining sauna and ice bath therapy for an even more invigorating experience? Not only does it feel soooo good, but it also has a positive impact on your health and well-being.
Starting with the sauna, the heat exposure can help boost circulation, relax muscles, and improve protein synthesis. Sauna's have also been known to help with respiratory issues, relieve stress and fatigue, and even promote a better night's sleep. The heat from a sauna can cause an increase in heart rate and blood flow, which can help improve cardiovascular health. And the sweating? Well that is like a fountain for the toxins to come out of our bodies and can even improve skin health.
Now the ice bath. While the thought of jumping in to ice-cold water may seem daunting, the benefits are well worth it. Icy water can help reduce inflammation, improve recovery time after exercise, and boost your immune system. The cold water exposure triggers the release of adrenaline, which can help reduce pain and swelling. It's also a great way to cool down after a sauna session.
So, how do you incorporate both sauna and ice bath into your routine? One method, which is what we do, is to start with a sauna session, about 15 minutes, then jump into an ice bath for 3 minutes. Do this three times and you will feel absolutely amazing. This alternating of hot and cold temperatures is known as "heat shock" therapy, and it can help increase blood flow, improve circulation, and promote cellular health. The heat from the sauna causes blood vessels to dilate, which allows for increased blood flow. The cold water exposure causes blood vessels to constrict, which increases circulation and helps remove waste products from the body.
Whether you're looking to improve your physical health, relieve stress, or simply enjoy a relaxing experience, jumping into the heat and sliding into the cold is sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. So go ahead, give it a try and see the difference it makes in your life!