Combine the use of both hot and cold water immersions to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. 

Contrast therapy, also known as hot-cold therapy, involves switching between hot and cold temperatures to create a pumping effect on our blood vessels. These changes in blood flow across a contrast therapy session work to improve blood flow and nutrient delivery throughout the body, reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, enhance body composition, elevate cardiovascular fitness, and improve mood, attention, and mental clarity.

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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
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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
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Energy, Focus, Resilience

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Lethargy, Soreness, Stress

Contrast Therapy Pools Benefits

Mitigate Inflammation and Boost Muscle Recovery

During exercise, the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles can lead to post-exercise muscle soreness.

Coldwater immersion has demonstrated its efficacy in relieving exercise-induced muscle damage. Additionally, contrast bath therapy, as a comprehensive approach, significantly contributes to the alleviation of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), often experienced a day after intense training. This holistic therapy actively supports the body’s recovery.

Studies conducted with endurance athletes revealed that exposure to cold reduced the typical inflammatory response, supported the anti-inflammatory reaction, and promoted enhanced muscle recovery.

Enhance Mental Clarity and Concentration

One of the profound physiological responses to cold exposure is a substantial increase in norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that influences mood, attention, and various cognitive functions. Regular enthusiasts of ice baths often report heightened mental composure and increased vitality. When coupled with heat therapy, these practices can exert enduring positive effects on the nervous system.

Current scientific evidence suggests that the specific breathing techniques employed during cold water immersions help regulate the nervous system. These techniques aid in concentration and prove highly beneficial when employed during stressful situations to alleviate anxiety.

Accumulated Benefits with Consistent Use

Consistent exposure to cold stimuli through regular training has the potential to diminish stress, enhance resilience, and reshape your cognitive response to discomfort. Merely 57 minutes of heat, coupled with 11 minutes of cold exposure per week, can yield significant benefits.

Scientific evidence suggests that this regimen not only enhances blood flow and blood pressure but also proves beneficial for individuals with cardiovascular conditions.

Enhanced Range of Motion

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

Eases Pain and Reduces Swelling

Warm water temperatures are renowned for their relaxing impact on both the body and mind. Consequently, immersing oneself in hot water can contribute to a decreased sensation of pain by relieving tension in the body.

In contrast, cold temperatures are more associated with diminishing swelling, thereby aiding in pain relief through the reduction of swelling and promoting an improved range of motion.

Eliminates Excessive Metabolites

Subjecting the entire body to varying temperatures in contrast hydrotherapy is a widely adopted recovery method among elite athletes aiming for enhanced post-exercise recovery.

Intense physical activity leads to the accumulation of metabolites in the body, a natural but also fatiguing occurrence that causes soreness. The pumping action of blood vessels induced by contrast bath therapy can boost the body’s capacity to expel metabolites and other toxins, potentially contributing to muscle growth and recovery.

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

Norse

Benefits

  • Energy
  • Focus
  • Resilience

Equipment

  • Contrast Therapy
  • Traditional Sauna

Nomad

Benefits

  • Energy
  • Focus
  • Resilience

Equipment

  • Contrast Therapy
  • Compression

Nordic Cycle

Benefits

  • Energy
  • Focus
  • Resilience

Equipment

  • Steam room
  • Ice bath
  • Traditional sauna

Recover

Benefits

  • Energy
  • Focus
  • Resilience

Equipment

  • Steam Room
  • Contrast Therapy
  • Theragun
  • Compression

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.

Understanding Contrast Therapy and Its Mechanism

Cold exposure functions by constricting blood vessels, diminishing blood flow to injuries, resulting in reduced inflammation and pain perception. Conversely, exposure to heat initiates a gradual rewarming of the body, causing blood vessels to dilate and thereby improving blood flow. This process induces muscle relaxation and promotes optimal nutrient delivery and waste removal throughout the body. The alternating cycles of hot and cold within a contrast therapy protocol generate a pumping action in the blood and muscles

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FAQs

How does contrast therapy differ from an ice bath?

Although ice baths have proven effective in reducing inflammation and enhancing focus, incorporating heat into your cold exposure regimen offers additional noteworthy benefits. Alternating between hot and cold pools encourages the body to undergo multiple cycles of rewarming and recooling, resulting in a substantial enhancement in circulation, stress relief, and muscle recovery.

What should I do after a contrast therapy protocol?

After undergoing contrast therapy or an ice bath, we advise allowing your body to naturally warm up on its own, resisting the urge to immediately use a hot shower or bath. This is because many of the benefits derived from cold exposure, such as enhanced mood, metabolism, and circulation, are a result of allowing the body to naturally rewarm itself after exposure to the cold

How often should I do contrast therapy?

The frequency in which one engages in contrast therapy will depend on their recovery and wellness needs. Individuals who are seeking to recover after gym may opt to do contrast therapy as much as 4 times a week. However, recent research findings have indicated that 11 minutes of cold exposure per week is optimal to experience the benefits of cold exposure. In line with these findings, one can achieve the benefits of cold exposure within a single contrast session (by accumulating 11 minutes in the cold).

Is contrast therapy suitable for everyone?

People with open or infected wounds, diabetes, high blood pressure, untreated epilepsy, those under the age of 16, or individuals who are pregnant are not advised to participate in contrast therapy. If you are ever unsure, always consult with your medical practitioner first when wanting to try new forms of therapy.

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The contrast therapy procedure encompasses alternating sequences of hot and cold, creating a pumping action in the blood and muscles that enhances oxygen and nutrient supply to the body tissues. These changes in blood flow contribute to many of the established benefits of this therapy, including reduced swelling and inflammation, improved energy and focus, and stress reduction, which in turn promotes relaxation.

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