Benefits of Hot and Cold Soaking

Benefits of Hot Soaking 

  • Deep muscle repair
  • Joint relief
  • Detoxification
  • Manages pain
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves sleep
  • Builds immune system
  • Stress reduction 
  • Meditative mindfulness

Reduce Pain and Discomfort: The combination of warm water and a level of buoyancy in your limbs allows for muscles and joints to heal from injury, symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia are relieved, and post-workout soaking can reduce soreness overall.

Allows Relaxation: Soaking in hot water allows for relaxation which psychological and physiological impacts. Time spent in the tub unwinding is beneficial in so many ways. Finding time to relax allows for a better night sleep, leading to a more energized morning.

Detoxify the Body: Soaking in hot water increases your body temperature which allows for immune cell travel and tissue repair. Sweating allows your body to pull toxins out of your body, creating energy and peace of mind.

 

Benefits of Cold Water Plunging 

  • Improves circulation
  • Speeds injury recovery
  • Builds immune system
  • Increases energy and well-being
  • Decreases seasonal anxiety and depression
  • Increases testosterone
  • Keeps hair and skin healthy

 

Reduce Sore Muscles: Lactic acid builds up in your muscles post-workout. Cold plunging helps reduce the level of acid in your muscles which means less swelling, less pain and a faster recovery.

Recover Quickly: Using cold plunging has been shown to help in injury recovery. Athletes, coaches, and sports doctors have use cold water therapy as a means to help athletes, and others, recover from overworked muscles and injuries alike.

Reap the Benefits: Cold water plunging lower the temperature of damaged tissue and constricts the blood vessels. This reduces swelling and inflammation. It numbs the nerve endings to bring relief to injured muscles and joints.

 

Articles of Interest:

Hot Water: Therapeutic Benefits of Soaking by Lorrie Klosterman

Ofuro: Bathing Culture of Japan

Contrast Hydrotherapy

The Power of Cold Water by Tony Robbins

Cold Water Can Be Feel-Good Therapy by Dana Claudat