As devoted lovers of the shvitz and, to be honest, anything hot in general (we are looking at you hot sauce, hot temps and steaming hot coffee) you may be surprised to find us writing about the benefits of doing ANYTHING in the cold; yet, here we are, because as it turns out cold therapy can be a real difference maker for your wellness practice.
Cold therapy exposes your body to a cold environment for a limited period of time, generally in water that’s around 59°F. There are many methods of cold therapy including ice baths, taking a cold shower, cryotherapy, swimming in cold waters (and of course The Polar Plunge).
The real question is, who isn’t? If you missed the Netflix goop Lab series, you missed an entire episode on The Wim Hof Method. In it, we learn about Wim Hof’s three part Method that includes meditation, cold exposure and breathing techniques. Hof claims that this three part combination will help “increase energy, improve sleep, reduce stress levels, increase willpower and improve your immune system”.
Cryotherapy generally involves standing in a Cryo chamber for 3-5 minutes. Today there are also cryo-facials, and cryotherapy wands that focus on specific body parts. Interested in learning more? Check out our friends at Finish Line Physical Therapy and book a session.
First and foremost check with your healthcare provider to make sure that practicing any form of cold or cold water therapy is appropriate for you. When given the all-clear try these on for size:
Don’t worry, when you’ve had enough of the cold, we’ll be here to heat things back up with Livestream, VOD, and Outdoor classes (coming this Spring).