Cold Exposure (Ice Plunge, Cryotherapy)

When you make proper cold water exposure a part of your daily practice, you unlock a multitude of health benefits. Cold shock produces hermetic stress which increases the brains sensitivity to endorphins, increases the production of a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine (focus, attention, vigilance, mood), and can increase stress tolerance.

Cold therapy, as experienced in the cold plunge or cryotherapy has a multitude of mental and physical health benefits. Dr. Rhonda Patrick goes in detail, describing the benefits of heat and cold therapy.

Similar to heat exposure, cold exposure causes the body to produce hermetic stress, which actually serves as “good stress” as it activates genetic pathways that help in the regulation of life stressors. This increase in stress regulation decreases the body’s sensitivity to stress and increases stress tolerance.

Cold exposure increases the production of a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine (focus, attention, vigilance, mood). As a result, cold therapy can produce a feeling of calm, happiness, and well-being, which can support the mitigation of mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety.

A typical session lasts about 2 – 5 minutes, it may be recommended you engage in multiple sessions depending on your needs. We recommend bathing or athletic wear when using either the cold plunge or cryotherapy, clean towels are provided. Cold therapy is often paired with heat therapy such as infrared sauna. This type of treatment is typically recommended in conjunction with other treatment modalities like heat therapy, counseling, or psychotherapy.

Additional cold exposure benefits include: reduction in inflammation, improved immune response, increased energy/focus, and aids in weight loss (fat burn).

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