Our specially designed infrared saunas gently warm your body, dilating your blood vessels, and increasing blood flow to your muscles. This soothing warmth aids in muscle recovery, promotes relaxation, and gives you a sense of deep calm.
After basking in the comforting heat of our infrared sauna, you’ll step into our refreshing cold plunge pools. The sudden transition from hot to cold causes your blood vessels to constrict, helping to flush toxins and metabolic waste from your muscles. This process stimulates your nervous system, boosting your mood, and enhancing your alertness. A cold plunge might sound daunting, but we assure you, it’s a refreshingly invigorating experience that leaves you feeling energized and alive.
We recommend repeating the process for 2 cycles for the best results, but the journey is yours to customize.
*Remember, at Studio Lotus Sauna, your well-being is our priority. We ensure that all our practices are safe and beneficial. However, we recommend that those with heart conditions or other serious health issues consult their doctor before beginning any new therapy involving extreme temperature changes.
Contrast Therapy: How-To
Using alternating infrared sauna and cold plunging (also known as contrast therapy) can provide several health benefits, including improved circulation, relief from muscle soreness, boosted immune system, enhanced mood, and increased metabolism.
Here’s a basic guideline on how to use both:
- Infrared Sauna Session: Spend time in the infrared sauna. The heat will help to dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow to your muscles, potentially aiding in recovery and relaxation. We recommend 15-20 minutes.
- Cold Plunge: After your sauna session, immediately immerse yourself in cold water for a cold plunge. The cold water will cause your blood vessels to constrict, which can help to flush out toxins and metabolic waste from your muscles. This part of the process can also stimulate your nervous system, potentially boosting mood and alertness. Typical cold plunges last 3 minutes.
- Repeat: Repeat the process for a total of 2 cycles. Ending on a cold plunge is often recommended.
- Rest and Hydrate: After you finish, take time to rest and rehydrate. Drink plenty of water to replace fluids lost through sweating.
Benefits of Contrast Therapy
The switch between hot and cold can help flush out lactic acid and bring fresh, oxygenated blood to the muscles, reducing muscle soreness after intense exercise.
Reduced Swelling & Inflammation
The cold part of the therapy can help reduce inflammation and swelling, while the heat can promote blood flow and speed up healing.
The alternating temperatures can help to improve circulation, as the body responds to the changing temperatures by constricting and dilating blood vessels. This can help deliver nutrients to cells and remove waste products.
Cold water immersion can boost your mood by stimulating the production of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel-good” hormones. It’s a great way to combat stress and anxiety.
*Remember, everyone’s body reacts differently to these types of therapies, so it’s essential to listen to your body and adjust accordingly. For those with heart conditions or other serious health issues, it’s important to consult a doctor before beginning any new therapy involving extreme temperature changes.