Outdoor Cold Plunge
Discover our specially designed outdoor cold plunge tubs. They are ideal for a refreshing dip after a dry sauna or hot tub session. Embrace the therapeutic power of cold water and experience the stimulating benefits of a cold soak amidst the beauty of nature.
What Is a Cold Plunge?
A cold plunge, or ice bath, is a form of cold water therapy that provides numerous physical and mental health benefits. Water temperatures usually range between 33 and 59 °F. This therapeutic and revitalizing practice consists of immersing oneself in cold water for set periods of time. Avid spa-goers commonly integrate a regimen of 15/20. This means 15 minutes of hot exposure following 30 seconds to 5 minutes of exposure to cold temperatures to reap up the ultimate benefit.
Switching between cold and hot intervals in an outdoor sauna offers a beneficial contrast that can enhance blood circulation. This technique is known as contrast bath therapy. It effectively addresses various issues such as edema, stiff joints, inflammation of soft tissues by acting on blood vessels, muscle spasms, and painful limbs.
For maximum benefit, it's ideal to have a 30-second cold exposure 1 minute after exposure to heat.
Subjecting the body to these alternating temperature extremes stimulates the blood flow. It promotes overall wellness and potentially alleviates various discomforts related to circulation and muscular conditions. Practiced in the Nordic region and used as a post-workout muscle soreness therapy for athletes, cold plunges are used as a holistic approach to wellness and overall well-being.
Cold plunge is good for reducing inflammation, but is not recommended immediately after training. In fact, at this point, the inflammation from training pushes the body to become stronger. So, to optimize the benefits of a workout, we recommend a cold plunge beforehand. A post-training cold plunge will be beneficial when an athlete is in competition and needs to recover quickly from injury or exertion.
In combat sports, for example, this will enable the athlete to return to the ring more quickly.
What Are the Health Benefits of Cold Plunge?
Cold water immersion offers a myriad of potential health benefits. Exposure to cold water stimulates circulation, lowers blood pressure which reduces cardiovascular disease, promotes muscle recovery and reduces inflammation. This can enhance overall physical performance and alleviate muscle soreness. Furthermore, cold immersion boosts the immune system, improving resilience against illnesses.
Additionally, regular cold showers or cold plunges in icy waters, when alternating with relaxing soaks in a wood-fired hot tub, have been linked to improved sleep quality and can contribute to mental discipline. This includes better managing stress and anxiety and creating a comprehensive approach to health and wellness.
The sudden change in temperature not only triggers the release of endorphins, but also increases the density of dopamine receptors, helping to boost motivation and long-term well-being.
Is Cold Plunging Safe for Everyone?
Cold plunging is an everyday activity practiced in Scandinavian countries due to its numerous health benefits. However, it might not be safe for some people. Consulting with a medical professional is advisable before engaging in cold water immersion. This is especially true for pregnant women, individuals with diabetes or heart disease, or those with other underlying medical conditions.
However, it's important to remember that cold therapy can be risky. It is therefore advisable to start slowly, and for those who are not used to immersing themselves in cold water, to gradually increase exposure times.
How to install a Cold Plunge at home?
When paired with one of our luxury saunas, you can quickly transform your outdoor space into your own private Finnish spa, thanks to our easy-to-install outdoor cold plunge tub. Experience a stress-free setup using the quick-connect hose for an effortless connection. Powered by a standard 120 V and featuring rapid cooling, you'll be set to relish the invigorating benefits of cold water swimming in no time.