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Achieving Harmony Through Hot and Cold Hydrotherapy

Hot and cold, fire and ice, exact opposites. However, they can work together to create perfect harmony.

Hydrotherapy is an ancient Finnish tradition that has existed for thousands of years. Hydrotherapy combines a cycle of exposure to both hot and cold water, which provides numerous benefits for the body. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at how hot and cold water are beneficial individually as well as how they work well together.


Take The Plunge Into The Cold

In the dead of winter here in Ontario, the last thing you may be considering is submerging yourself in cold water. There are some people out there who swear by taking cold showers for their health benefits. While warm or hot showers may melt away any stress you may be feeling, cold water has its benefits as well.

Increased Blood Circulation: When you immerse yourself in cold water, your body responds by pumping blood, improving your circulation. When your blood circulates, you receive more oxygen to your muscles, which helps alleviate swelling and removes any lactic acid. This is why many athletes and fitness enthusiasts are told to hop in an ice bath post-workout.

Lower Cortisol Levels: Cortisol is the fight or flight hormone your body releases in response to stress. Cold water has been proven to lower cortisol levels, which may ultimately reduce stress levels.

Relieve Itchy Skin: Cold showers benefit those with skin conditions like eczema, whereas hot showers will further dry out the skin.


Feeling The Heat

Stepping into a hot shower or bath feels so soothing and relaxing after a long day, or can be a welcome beginning to a brand new day. Much like cold water, hot water provides specific benefits for you.

Improved Cardiovascular Health: A study looked into the effects of warm water immersion and found that participants who submerged their legs and feet in warm water for thirty minutes saw reduced arterial stiffness; a condition that occurs when the arteries in the body become less flexible and can lead to high blood pressure.

A Better Night’s Sleep: Many organizations recommend taking a hot bath or shower before heading to bed. Hot water can improve sleep quality because of the relaxing effect of hot water as your body temperature rises and falls afterward.

Helps With Blemishes: Hot showers can open up your pores, releasing any dirt or oils trapped in the skin.


Combining The Two

The experience of hot-cold began in Finland thousands of years ago. The experience consists of a cycle where you start with heat, plunge into cold and finish with relaxation to achieve the benefits of both hot and cold water simultaneously.

Transitioning from hot to cold gives your body a thermal shock by raising your heart rate, closes your pores, and gives you an adrenaline boost. The cycle of hot-cold can help activate the lymphatic system to help detoxify your body, all while releasing those “feel-good” endorphins.


Experience The Benefits At Vettä

When we open our doors, we can’t wait for you to experience the relaxing and rejuvenating benefits of hydrotherapy.

Whether you are craving time for yourself or quality time with another, we will have ample amenities for you to choose from. Until that day comes, sign up for our mailing list to hear the latest updates about our facility.

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