Fire & Ice!
While many people have heard of the “hot sauna cold plunge” technique, the health benefits are not always fully understood. The benefits of a “hot sauna cold plunge” go way back to the Nordic cultures who originated the technique – a 20-minute sauna session, followed by a cold water dip or cool shower. Ideally the hot/cold exposure is repeated until the body is completely relaxed. The “hot sauna cold plunge” technique is intense, and the combination of hot and cold has some definite health benefits Sometimes referred to as the Nordic Cycle, the “hot sauna cold plunge” triggers the blood vessels to constrict rapidly and therefore elevates blood pressure.
The benefits of the “hot sauna cold plunge” are both physical and psychological, and immediately noticeable.
Going back and forth between the two is an amazing experience that benefits your body & mind in numerous ways. Our fire & ice room is available for private sessions of 1 to 4 people. The sauna & cold plunge are in the same private room, along with a shower. We recommend you bring a large water bottle and your birthday suit. If your small group prefers to wear swimsuits together that is fine too.
We keep our sauna at 125°f and our cold plunge at 52°f. If you want hotter and/or colder please note that on your reservation, we may be able to accommodate. We can go up to 150°f and down to 39°f.
People with inflammation-related ailments can experience joint relief with the plunge technique.
Improved Blood Flow
For some, the cold immersion after a hot sauna can improve blood flow. Indeed, cold shower enthusiasts maintain that a cold shower is rejuvenating, simply because of increased blood flow.
The hot/cold experience elevates heart rate, adrenaline, and the release of endorphins. This has proven to actually ease pain and lighten mood.
The hot and cold plunging technique has a way of triggering lymphatic circulation. This allows for body waste to be eliminated and for a “flushing” process to have a detoxifying effect on the body.
Sauna heat is noted to decrease muscle aches and soreness. Cold can also help joint ailments.
The hot sauna/cold plunge stimulates blood flow, and therefore influences skin health.
It’s always important to be cautious with the hot sauna cold plunge
Needless to say, the hot/cold experience is not for everyone. For example, it’s not recommended for those who are prone to high blood pressure. In these situations, the extreme temperature change may even be shocking to the system. Additionally, pregnant women should be cautious. When it comes to the cold plunge, experts recommend a momentary plunge.
Like anything health related, the hot and cold technique should be discussed with a doctor, particularly if there are outstanding health issues.