Contrast Therapy Pools Sunshine Coast

Stimulate the body’s natural healing processes.

Contrast therapy involves dipping icy water and switching to hot water, which forces your body to create a pump similar to when you do light exercise. The contrast in effects cold and hot water have on your body can lead to several health benefits like improved blood flow, reduced inflammation and swelling, and help relieve stress.

for 20 min total
Group bookings available

Benefits of Contrast Therapy Pools Sunshine Coast

The alternating cycles of hot and cold offered by a contrast therapy protocol create a pumping action in the blood and muscles (similar to that produced by a low-intensity workout), whereby oxygen and nutrients are better able to reach the tissues within the body. Combining both hot and cold water immersions has the benefits of reducing swelling and inflammation, improving energy and focus and encouraging relaxation and stress reduction

During physical activity, the muscles accumulate lactic acid, potentially leading to muscle soreness following intense exercise.

Coldwater immersion is recognized for its ability to alleviate exercise-induced muscle damage post-workout. Simultaneously, comprehensive contrast bath therapy can significantly contribute to addressing delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), typically occurring a day after training, thereby promoting the active recovery of the body.

Research conducted with endurance athletes indicated that exposure to cold reduced the standard inflammatory response, supported anti-inflammatory mechanisms, and facilitated enhanced muscle recovery.

Enhance Cognitive Clarity and Concentration

Experiencing cold triggers a significant surge in norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that influences mood, attention, and various cognitive functions. Regular users of ice baths report heightened mental tranquility and increased vitality. When coupled with heat therapy, this dual approach can yield enduring positive impacts on the nervous system.

Current research indicates that the breathing techniques employed during cold water immersions help regulate the nervous system, promoting focused attention. These techniques prove highly advantageous when reintroduced during stressful situations, aiding in anxiety relief.

Accumulated Advantages through Consistent Practice

Frequent exposure to cold training can diminish stress, enhance resilience, and reshape the brain to embrace discomfort. A weekly regimen of 57 minutes of heat paired with just 11 minutes of cold is sufficient for these benefits.

Scientifically supported outcomes of this practice include enhanced blood flow and improved blood pressure, particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with cardiovascular disease.

Expanded Range of Motion

The therapy’s heat can alleviate muscle soreness and enhance the range of motion by targeting the reduction of inflammation in both joints and soft tissues throughout the body.

Eases Discomfort and Diminishes Swelling

The warmth of hot water is renowned for its soothing impact on both the body and mind. Immersing yourself in hot water can notably decrease the sensation of pain by relieving tension in the body.

In contrast, colder temperatures are associated with the reduction of swelling, contributing to pain relief by diminishing inflammation and subsequently enhancing the range of motion.

Eliminates Excess Metabolites

Engaging in contrast hydrotherapy, where the entire body is exposed to extreme temperatures, is a popular recovery practice embraced by elite athletes aiming for enhanced post-exercise recovery.

During intense workouts, the accumulation of metabolites in the body is a normal occurrence, contributing to feelings of soreness and fatigue. The pumping effect on blood vessels induced by contrast bath therapy can elevate the body’s capacity to expel metabolites and other toxins, potentially promoting muscle growth.

Pro tip
If strength and size are your primary training goals, research suggests that you should refrain from using cold exposure to aid recovery by at least 4-6 hours after training. This is because cold exposure will blunt the muscular adaptions following strength training necessary for muscle growth.

Try one of our Contrast Therapy Pools protocols

We have combined Contrast Therapy Pools with other equipment into specialized health protocols


38 mins
  • Sauna: 20 min
  • Contrast therapy: 18 min
  • Cold exposure: 3
The initial increase in body temperature in the sauna encourages the body to cool itself down through increasing blood flow and heart rate, contributing to cardiovascular conditioning, similar to the effects of moderate exercise. In combination with the traditional sauna, the contrast pools work to constrict (in the cold) and then dilate (in the hot) the blood vessels, creating a pumping like mechanism. These changes in blood flow over a contrast session, stimulates neurogenesis, increases endorphins levels, reduces inflammation, and accelerates muscle recovery.


40 mins
  • Compression: 30 min
  • Contrast therapy: 18 min
  • Cold exposure: 3
A 30-minute session in our NormaTec compression devices, the pulse technology mimics muscular contractions, optimising lymphatic function to remove built-up waste, reducing muscle soreness and inflammation. Followed by hot and cold pools triggering blood vessel constriction and dilation, enhancing blood flow, reducing inflammation, and aiding muscle recovery.

Nordic Cycle

60 mins
  • Sauna: 20 min
  • Contrast therapy: 12 min
  • Steam room: 20 min
  • Cold exposure: 1
By actively engaging the body’s thermoregulatory system through a sequence of both hot and cold therapies the nordic cycle will work to improve your circulation, reduce stress and enhance muscle recovery.


40 mins
  • Steam room: 20 min
  • Contrast therapy: 20 min
  • Cold exposure: 2
During this protocol, begin by relaxing your muscles and mind in the warm and humid environment of the steam room that will work to improve blood flow, reduce inflammation and help you relax and recover. Pair this with the rejuvenating and energising benefits of both contrast therapy and compression which work in combination to alleviate muscle soreness, reduce inflammation, boost blood flow, and foster relaxation – all crucial elements for enhancing overall recovery.

How does our contrast therapy Sunshine Coast work?

When you expose yourself to icy water, your muscles tighten, constricting your blood vessels, which causes less blood to travel to injured areas, reducing inflammation and pain. On the other hand, exposing your body to hot water causes your muscles to loosen as it rewarms itself. This leads to your blood vessels widening and allowing a larger volume of blood to flow through them, increasing the efficiency of nutrient and oxygen transportation. Immersing yourself in hot and cold water interchangeably has beneficial effects, such as enhancing your focus, reducing inflammation, relieving muscle soreness, and aiding in muscle recovery.

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Contrast Therapy Pools FAQs

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Contrast therapy is suitable for most people. However, people with open wounds, high blood pressure, diabetes, untreated epilepsy, or women who are pregnant shouldn’t do contrast therapy.
Contrast therapy is usually safe but still requires caution. Exposing yourself to icy conditions could be a greater risk for people who struggle with heart issues, Raynaud’s disease or circulatory disorders.
You may find relief by doing contrast therapy if you have Arthritis or another joint-related issue. The alternating temperatures can help manage inflammation, reduce pain and improve blood circulation around the joint.

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