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How Does Hot / Cold Therapy Support Exercise Recovery

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

What is Hot / Cold Therapy

Hot / Cold or Contrast Therapy is whole body immersion in water alternating between hot and cold. Contrast therapy is a stronger form of regular icing or heating.





How Does Hot / Cold Therapy Support Recovery From Exercise?

Swap between the hot and cold baths to receive the benefits of contrast hydrotherapy.


When you alternate between the hot and cold water, your body alternates between relaxing and contracting the blood vessels.


The following benefits can be gained from swapping between the baths:

  • Lessens muscle fatigue, decreasing pain, swelling and lactic acid buildup

  • Detoxes your organs

  • Boosts your immune system

  • Stimulates the central nervous system, further reducing fatigue

  • Aids in the removal of metabolic by-products from exercise

  • Shuttles metabolic by-products of exercise away

  • Brings in inflammatory molecules and protein to help with repair

  • Delivers glycogen, which has been depleted during exercise

  • Reduces swelling & inflammation caused by exercise, which decreases pain & soreness and therefore, improves muscle function


How To Do Hot/Cold Therapy

There are a few variation available. Always end with cold.

  • One minute of cold for every three to four minutes of heat. Repeat the alternation between hot and cold approximately three times.

  • Heat for two minutes, then cold for one minute. Repeat the alternation three or four times.


What Hot / Cold Therapy Packages Are Available at W Wellness Centre?

If you've been considering committing to a regular schedule with this life changing therapy, we offer the following packs:


• Hot/Cold Kickstart Pass - three hot/cold sessions in the same week


• Hot/Cold Performance Pass - five hot/cold sessions with a six month expiry


• Sauna + Hot/Cold Kickstart Pass - three sauna + hot/cold sessions in the same week


• Sauna + Hot/Cold Performance Pass - five sauna + hot/cold sessions with a six month expiry


Please call or message us for pricing and to book.


*Disclaimer: The written article is based on a summary of existing literature on the topic of hot/cold therapy. The article is for educational purposes and the information provided below cannot be taken as a promise to help with acute health problems or diseases.

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