Contrast therapy has been used for hundreds of years in many different cultures. By alternating hot and cold treatments, it helps to improve the lymphatic and immune systems, increase circulation, reduce muscle tension, support weight loss, and boost your sense of wellbeing.
Enjoy total relaxation in our private sauna space with visual sensory projections that calm your mind and restore your inner peace before plunging in the 8-10˚ dream pod ice bath. Repeat as desired.
Sauna sends richly oxygenated blood to the brain to improve cognitive functions. Regular sauna use potentially decreases the risk of dementia, Alzheimer's, and other forms of mental decay, by reducing inflammation and the inflammation markers linked to these specific illnesses.
As the body's most vital organ, it's important to keep our cardiovascular system strong and healthy. A study out of Finland found that frequent sauna sessions substantially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
ANXIETY & DEPRESSION
Cold water immersion sends huge electrical impulses from your peripheral nerve endings up into the brain. This alleviates symptoms of anxiety and depression and improves alertness, focus, and cognition. Regular cold water use has existed for centuries and is one of the best holistic ways to treat anxiety and depression.
The hot air of a sauna enhances collagen production which rejuvenates your skin's elasticity and complexion. The increase in heat also allows your skin to shed dead skin cells and sweating cleanses the skin, flushing out all the congestion in pores and improving blood circulation for nourishment. You'll find that your skin feels and looks healthier and is less prone to skin impurities such as acne and blackheads.
Cold water immersion lowers heart rate, constricts blood and lymphatic vessels, and shunts blood back to your core to maintain its temperature. This sends oxygenated blood to your internal organs and pumps lymph fluid through nodes, flushing out waste and triggering white blood cells to destroy foreign bodies.
Cold exposure reworks the fat cells in your body. White fat is storage, while brown fat is metabolic. A cold plunge encourages stem cells to form brown fat which will increase your resting metabolic rate, meaning you'll burn more calories in a rested state. Studies suggest you need a total of 11 minutes per week of cold water exposure to activate this.
RECOVERY & PAIN
When you're in the sauna, your body prevents your core from overheating by directing more blood to your limbs. Increased blood flow drives oxygen deeper into muscles and joint tissue which shortens the time for injuries to heal and increases the body's ability to recover from athletic performance. It also soothes aches and chronic pain
Is it right for me?
Contrast therapy is beneficial and relaxing for most people.
For pregnant women becoming overheated in a sauna is not recommended and should therefore be avoided.
Is there a maximum time for the sauna?
We recommend no longer than 15 minutes for one sauna session.
For how long should I be in the cold water?
Try spending 1 to 5 minutes in the ice bath for maximum results.
Any recommendations on how to make the ice bath more manageable?
The cold water can be a bit of a shock. Focus on deep meaningful breaths. Breath through it with 6 in- and 6 out-breaths and try to relax.
Shall I finish with sauna or ice bath?
Always finish with the cold in the ice bath.
Shall I wear a bathing suit?
Bathing suits are optional. You decide how you feel most comfortable.
Will you provide towels?
There will be soft towels for you to sit on in the sauna and to use after the shower and ice bath.
Why do I need to shower before entering the sauna and then again before plunging in the ice bath?
A shower before the sauna will cleanse your body of fragrances, sweat skincare, etc. The shower after the sauna helps rinse away sweat to keep the cold plunge clean.
What do you mean by visual sensory projection?
We project relaxing and calming images on the wall opposite our spa. You can pick the theme you prefer to relax to.
Will I have to share the sauna with other people?
You book our sauna and ice bath spa exclusively.
Can I take my partner or a friend?
Our sauna is designed for a capacity of three people maximum. Please feel free to come with your partner or a friend with whom you feel comfortable. It is only $10 extra for each additional person. Please note though that only one person can plunge into our ice bath at one time.
Will I be able to take my kids?
This is an adults-only spa. Unfortunately, we cannot accept anyone under the age of 18.
Is contrast therapy known under other names?
Contrast therapy is also known as immersion therapy or hot/cold immersion.