Around the world people have experienced the benefits of hot and cold therapy. In Russia, Turkey, Sweden and Finland it has been part of the wellness as well as social lifestyle for generations. The extremes of hot and cold cause muscles to expand and contract, offering detoxification as toxins are squeezed from the muscles. As circulation in the muscles improves, muscle pain recovery eases the body’s immunity improves.
In the Scandinavian countries hot cold therapy is experienced by sitting in a hot sauna and then going outside and rolling in the snow. Or taken to a further extreme is jumping in an icy pond.
Many bathhouses and spas around the world these days offer some sort of hot cold therapy. By a cold pool, a cold shower or by an ice scrub that you rub on to your skin after sitting in a hot bath. In New Zealand some spas have also taken on the spa rituals of hot and cold. At Chuan Spa in Auckland you will find a hot pool and an ice scrub. At Polynesian Spa in Rotorua you have hot mineral pools, cold showers and a cold plunge pool.
How often you repeat the hot cold is up to the individual preference, how ever it is recommended you try it at least three times. Heat up your muscles for a few minutes, than go in to the cold for 30 seconds to a minutes.