You know the benefits of sauna. You know the benefits of a cold shower. But did you know the benefits of combining both? According to several studies, there are many.
While hot baths and saunas are popular for their health benefits, not many realise that immersing in a cold plunge pool after a sauna session can do wonders. Also, known as cold-water immersion, cold plunge pools are often used by professional athletes, as they reduce inflammation and pain after exercise, as well as hasten recovery time.
After your next sauna session, experience something life-changing with a dip in a cold plunge pool. In Perth, where the weather can climb to uncomfortable heights, it’s fairly easy to find a swimming pool that can give you this.
The Hot-and-Cold Experience
Hot-and-cold therapy isn’t anything new. In many Nordic traditions, a proper sauna session involves a 15-minute immersion in the heat, followed by a dip in cold water or a cold run. This hot-to-cold transition goes on until every ounce of tension leaves the body. The alternating extremes create a unique, intense experience that can have invigorating effects.
Health Benefits of Hot-and-Cold Therapy
People with rheumatoid arthritis and related illnesses experience relief during a sauna session. But sometimes, symptoms such as inflammation may worsen the next day. Cold-water immersion following a sauna bath can prevent this problem. A cold shower may also improve blood flow and ease recovery from muscle damage and soreness.
Sauna elevates the heart rate, adrenaline and endorphins, and a cold dip only heightens the effect. This can help ease pain and improve your overall mood.
Once again, science shows that traditions are traditions for a good reason. Taking the time and summoning the bravery to take an icy plunge after a sauna is more beneficial than the sauna alone.
It’s important to note that while sauna bathing and cold water immersion are generally safe, do check with your doctor for any cardiovascular conditions you may have. The key is to listen to your body and respect its responses.