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Infrared Sauna and Cold Plunging

Welcome to contrast therapy. The ultimate workout for your vascular system. To maximize the benefits of this practice, integrate contrast therapy regularly into your life as you would a meditation or workout routine. This is another powerful tool in your approach to wellness.

Regular use of this therapy helps the body's ability to adapt to two extremes in temperature thereby allowing the body to become stronger and more resilient. Exposing your body to contrasting temperatures increases your mental and physical resilience, allowing you to develop strategies to confront and deal with your daily stresses.

 

It is suggested that approximately 11 minutes of cold plunging and 60 minutes of sauna bathing per week offers the most benefits.​

These sessions are private and not shared with other clients. Enjoy the space to yourself or with your guest.

Benefits of contrast therapy

  • Supports the immune system

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Activates muscle repair and recovery

  • Increases metabolism and burns fat

  • Improves cardiovascular health

  • Improves lymphatic drainage and one's ability to metabolize and excrete waste

  • Renews skin

  • Improves relaxation and reduces stress

  • Improves mood, energy and sleep quality

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Cold Plunge between 1-3 minutes
Sauna between 10-15 minutes

Or build your inner heat with sauna bathing for 35-50 minutes and end your session with the plunge. Practice extending your time in the plunge over several visits. 

  • WHAT TEMPERATURE IS THE COLD PLUNGE?
    We will have it set between 52-55°. If there is greater demand for colder temperatures, we may have days dedicated for this.
  • HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR COLD PLUNGING?
    Try cold showers at home. A cold shower is anything below 70 degrees. Turn your shower to cold for 10-30 seconds and practice breathing through this. Shorter inhales and longer breath exhales will lower the heart rate and increase your calm.
  • IS IT DANGEROUS TO GO FROM HOT TO COLD AND VICE VERSA?
    This practice is not recommended for those with cardiovascular problems. Cold plunging causes blood vessels to constrict causing an increase in blood pressure and therefore is not recommended for those with high blood pressure. Sauna bathing would be the better option as it causes blood vessels to dilate and reduces blood pressure. Please check with your doctor first.
  • WHO SHOULD NOT USE THE COLD PLUNGE TUB?
    Anyone who has high blood pressure or any heart condition should consult with their physician before using the cold plunge tub.
  • SHOULD I PLUNGE BEFORE OR AFTER SAUNA BATHING?
    The traditional nordic cycle is cold plunging after sauna bathing. However, you can reverse the sequence. Going into cold after hot is more of a shock because the blood vessels are dilated from the heat causing you to cool down at a faster rate. But often best to end with cold plunging to close skin pores and leave with the invigorating energy boost from the cold water.
  • CAN YOU DO SAUNA AND COLD PLUNGING ON DIFFERENT DAYS?
    Yes, you can combine how you like. It depends what you're trying to accomplish. If you find yourself especially stressed and tense you might just want to use the sauna. If you feel sluggish maybe you need the energy boost from the plunge. But the greatest benefits (assuming there are no pre existing heart conditions or high blood pressure) will come from going from the sauna to the cold plunge.
  • ​ HOW LONG SHOULD I PLUNGE FOR?
    This is a process. A gradual process. Start with brief exposures of 10-30 seconds. Do this for the first few visits and slowly increase your exposure time. Even brief cold plunge exposures will have benefits. Eventually, you can aim for 2-10 minutes.
  • WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I ENTER THE COLD PLUNGE?
    Relax and try not to contract your muscles. Surrender to the experience and try to feel the weight of your body anchor in the tub. When we relax blood can circulate more easily from the heart to the rest of the body. Immersing yourself in cold water is a challenge to your sympathetic nervous system. The idea here is to breathe naturally; inhale through your nose and exhale for a slightly longer count. See if you can do 5-10 breaths. Don't force anything. Observe the changes in your body. Breath holding is prohibited.
  • HOW IS THE WATER IN THE COLD PLUNGE KEPT CLEAN?
    The cold plunge tub is equipped with circular filtration to help with water quality as well as an ozone sanitation and a micron filter to pull out debris. We have a weekly water maintenance protocol where we monitor and test water PH and other levels and regularly empty the tub to deep clean it.
  • WHAT SHOULD I WEAR IN THE COLD PLUNGE TUB?
    Bathing suit is optional.
  • CAN I GET A MASSAGE AFTER COLD PLUNGING?
    Absolutely!
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