Cold Water Exposure
Cold plunges have become increasingly popular in recent years. Ice baths appear to be the latest craze, from the "Ice Man" Wim Hof to influencers and elite athletes, but the practice isn't something new; it's been around for centuries.
Let's face it: Taking a dip in a tub of ice-cold water might not be everyone's idea of fun, and may even bring on fear. I am here to help you overcome your limitations so you can reclaim your inner strength and power.
Cold water immersion can have a number of positive physical, psychological, and emotional effects. Integrating cold water exposure into your regular schedule or along with your fitness routines can pay dividends for your well-being over the long term.
So whether you’re looking for a new challenge or you’re considering adding a new wellness practice into your routine, I'm here to support you on that journey.
No previous experience is required, all are welcome.
Activates your Immune System
A strong immune system is something we all strive for, especially when it comes to cold and flu season. Being immersed in cold water stimulates leukocytes — white blood cells that help fight off sicknesses.
A cold immersion begins with blood being pumped into the vital organs. When the cold exposure is over blood recirculates to the extremities. This process leads to enhanced blood flow throughout the body, oxygenating the cells, organs, and muscles.
Reduced Pain & Inflammation
Cold water exposure causes blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow to injured areas, which helps reduce swelling and inflammation.
Great after a seriously intense workout!
Our bodies have two types of fat: white fat and brown fat. We make brown fat when we get cold. Brown fat produces heat to maintain body temperature and when it is activated, calories are burned.
Mental Clarity & Better Mood
When the body is exposed to cold temperatures, electrical nerve impulses that travel from the brain to the nervous system are activated (noradrenaline and dopamine). Dopamine is a neurotransmitter and hormone that plays a key role in our mood.
The effect of cold water stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system, which helps our body rest and repair - and promotes a feeling of calm to help us sleep. Deeper sleep promotes mental and physical health.
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If there are underlying health conditions including but not limited to high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, a discussion with a General Practitioner is recommended before attempting cold immersions.