Hydrotherapy for Detoxification, Anti-aging, Skin health, & Cellulite.
Alternating hot and cold showers AKA contrast showers are a primary example of using HYDROTHERAPY for great health and vitality.
Hydrotherapy has been used in various ways since the 1800s and essentially means you are using the properties of water for therapeutic purposes. Ladies, if you’ve ever done an ice cold dunk from the hot steam room at Body Blitz https://bodyblitzspa.com/, you know what I’m talking about.
Your home shower probably doesn’t look like a spa, at least mine doesn’t, but you can use it to apply those same hydrotherapy principles.
Hot and cold showers use hot and cold water temperatures to create a makeshift “pump” in your circulatory system. Your blood vessels will dilate when exposed to hot water and then constrict when exposed to cold water, therefore giving your circulation a boost. This means greater flow through your blood vessels and lymphatic system. These networks of vessels transport oxygen, nutrients, and immune cells to your tissues and cells and remove wastes (among other important functions)!
If you’ve never tried this before, you’ll probably hate it. I’ve done it many, many times and I still squeal at the first blast of that ice cold water…BUT you will feel incredibly energized and refreshed afterwards.
When you might want to consider trying alternating hot and cold showers:
1. Alongside your detoxification or cleanse program
2. Recurrent colds and flus
4. Poor circulation
The official way to execute hydrotherapy is to contrast hot temperatures to cold temperatures in a 3:1 ratio. As an example, every 3 mins of hot you would do 1 min of cold. I’m not great at measuring things all the time, so here’s the quick and dirty (clean) way.
Start your shower on a hot temperature and increase it to as hot as you feel comfortable in. Shampoo your hair thoroughly.
Switch the temperature to, as cold as you can stand it, while you rinse your hair out.
Back to hot as you condition your hair and wash your body.
Switch the temperature back to cold while you rinse.
Back to hot as you shave your legs (guys…insert something with a time equivalent here…)
Cold blast as you rinse off.
If you follow the directions above, you will have done 3 rounds. It is typically recommended to complete 3-5 rounds and always end on cold. This might seem particularly unappealing as we head into the cooler months, but you will feel the greatest benefits during these seasons.
Caution: cardiac or respiratory condition, hypertension, pregnancy, loss of sensation, recent alcohol or drug use.