Why is cold therapy important and what’s the point of sitting in an ice bath?
It’s not for ego, competition or because it feels like the latest trend.
In the ice we put our body under controlled stress and by doing this we use the breath to control the stressful situation. When we control our breath we control our life.
When we practice this on a regular basis, if something stressful happens in our day, we know to call upon the same breath technique to calm our nervous system and react differently in that situation too.
When we slow our breath down and make our exhale longer than the inhale, we activate our parasympathetic nervous system; the rest & digest state. This slows down our heart rate, lowers our blood pressure and helps aid digestion.
Not only that though! Cold water therapy also
-activates our metabolism
-trains our cardiovascular system
-increases immunity by increasing white blood cells
-releases endorphins (happy hormones)
-helps reduce inflammation in the body
There are so many benefits to this practice!
If you are curious to learn more about cold water therapy and using the breath stay calm in stressful situations please get in touch