Soothe aching muscles and get a mental boost
Cold water immersion has fantastic benefits, from happy hormones to potential improved weight loss and overall health and well being. A regular ice bath can improve blood flow, and even so much as cold showers can improve energy levels and decrease pain levels.
The Benefits of Contrast Therapy
Do NOT practice cold exposure if you have epilepsy, heart disease, high blood pressure, are pregnant or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You should consult a physician if you have any coronary or heart-related risk factors. Do NOT combine breath-holds with cold exposure to avoid accidental fainting and drowning.
What we offer:
We have a range of cold exposures available at TH7 BodyLabs. Our main large ice bath which can host 12 people comfortably will be set to 10-12 degrees. This is a great starting point to those that haven’t had an ice bath or any cold exposure before. One of our friendly staff will be with you to guide you through the whole process.
Our protocols are dictated by where you are in your recovery journey, so the time spent in the ice and hot bath will vary with this. Generally, we recommend at least 1 minute per degree the water is. It can be accumulated with changing between the ice bath and the hot pool.
For individuals that prefer it colder – like members of our 6 minute Polar Bear Club – we have two smaller ice baths that will be set to 6 degrees and 8 degrees. These settings can change from day-to-day and we hold regular challenges and courses that go even lower!
Increase mental clarity and focus
One of the strongest physiological responses to the cold is a huge increase in norepinephrine, which mediates mood, attention, and other cognitive capacities. Ice bath regulars report improved mental calmness and increased energy.
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.
What is an Ice Bath?
Cold thermogenesis, otherwise known as cold water therapy, is a treatment that involves people immersing their bodies in cold water for 2 – 15 minutes at a time.
An ice tub is a pretty commonplace aspect of recovery protocols for professional athletes and even fitness enthusiasts. Post-workout, after those intense training sessions, sitting in that cold water stimulates your body to flush out lactic acid reduce inflammation.
In a nutshell, the science behind the treatment is immersion in cold water releases noradrenaline into the brain. Noradrenaline is both a neurotransmitter and a hormone that is involved in cognitive functions like focus and mood. It also plays a role in inflammation and muscle recovery.
Book Your Ice Bath in our Brisbane clinic Today
If you are interested in trying out this exhilarating treatment, please do not hesitate to make a booking on our booking page.
Do ice baths reduce cellulite?
Since ice baths stimulate circulation, it is believed this can also aid in losing some cellulite. Improved circulation results in higher levels of oxygen being sent to the skin, which will improve the texture of your skin.
How long should you be in an ice bath?
Our main large ice bath will be set to 10-12 degrees. This is a great starting point for those that haven’t had an ice bath or any cold exposure before. One of our friendly staff will be with you to guide you through the whole process. Our protocols are dictated by where you are in your recovery journey, the times spent in the ice and hot bath will change with this. Generally, we recommend at least 1 minute per degree the water is. It can be accumulated with changing between the ice and the hot.
Don’t be a hero - avoid afterdrop
Afterdrop is a mild state of hypothermia that occurs when you stay in cold water too long, often characterised by uncontrollable shivering and difficulty warming up. It can last for a few hours.
Not only is afterdrop dangerous, but it’s also incredibly uncomfortable and can set you back in your cold exposure training. That's why we suggest to keep to the 1 minute per degree rule.
How often should you take an ice bath?
The optimal time for cold exposure can be as little as 11 minutes per week. Like all things, regular exposure has longer benefits. Depending on where you are in your recovery journey, we recommend getting in the ice at least twice per week.
What should I do immediately after an ice bath?
When you have finished your session, the first thing you might want to do is to jump into a hot shower, don't do this! We recommend having a cold shower (this will feel warmer than our ice bath) to rinse off, then you can get dry and put on clothes. We want your body to naturally heat up over the next thirty to sixty minutes.