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Why contrast therapy?

Contrast Therapy, which combines the use of ice baths & saunas, offers a unique set of benefits by using the contrasting effect of heat and cold on the body.

  • Enhance Recovery
    Contrast therapy helps the body to recover quicker and better. The cold ice bath reduces muscle soreness and inflammation, while the heat of the sauna promotes relaxation. The contrasting temperatures improve circulation, remove waste products, and speed up the recovery time.
  • Improve Athletic Performance
    Contrast therapy enhances athletic performance by boosting circulation, aiding muscle recovery, and increasing physical resilience. You can recover faster, reduce risk of injuries, and optimise your overall performance with regular sessions.
  • Increase Metabolic Rate
    Contrast therapy can boost metabolism. The cold exposure activates brown adipose tissue (Fat) that burns calories, and the sauna heat temporarily increases metabolic rate, supporting weight management goals.
  • Stress Relief & Relaxation
    Contrast therapy helps manage stress by providing both soothing heat and invigorating cold sensations. The sauna induces relaxation and relieves mental tension, while the ice bath stimulates the release of feel-good endorphins and can increase dopamine levels by up to 300% for hours after exposure.
  • Mood Enhancement & Mental Wellbeing
    The release of endorphins and dopamine uplift mood, increase motivation, reduce anxiety, and promotes a sense of overall well-being. The relaxation and mental clarity achieved through contrast therapy also benefits mental health and has been seen to positively treat depression.
  • Improved Sleep
    Sauna heat contributes to better sleep quality. The heat induces relaxation, calming the mind and promoting deeper, more restful sleep. It can also help regulate sleep patterns and contribute to overall sleep hygiene.
  • Improve Skin Health
    The increased circulation and sweating during sauna sessions can cleanse pores and remove dead skin cells, resulting in a clearer and more radiant complexion. Additionally, the heat can improve collagen production, promoting skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Respiratory Health
    The dry heat of a sauna can help open up airways and alleviate and restore congestion. This can be especially beneficial for anyone with conditions such as asthma.
  • Detoxification
    Saunas aid in detoxification by inducing sweating. Sweating is a natural process that helps the body eliminate toxins, heavy metals, and other impurities. The heat from the sauna opens up pores, allowing for deeper cleansing of the skin. This detoxification process can leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
  • Improved Circulation
    The heat in a sauna causes blood vessels to dilate, promoting better blood flow and circulation throughout the body. Improved circulation helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to muscles, organs, and tissues, supporting overall cardiovascular health. It can also help soothe aches and pains by reducing inflammation and promoting healing.

The Reasons

Here are the key advantages of contrast therapy and protocols to follow;

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