Cold Water Treatments

The practice of taking cold showers or baths has multiple benefits:

  • increasing circulation
  • increasing your tolerance of both high and low temperatures
  • increasing immunity
  • increasing metabolism
  • increasing energy levels
  • improving stress response
  • reducing inflammation
  • reducing pain

However, you don’t need to stand under or submerge yourself in freezing waters to get benefits! Here are some less challenging methods

  • Simply turn the shower to as cool a temperature as you feel comfortable in for 30-60 seconds at the end of your usual warm shower before drying off. Over the next few weeks turn the dial down a little more each time
  • At the end of your usual warm shower turn the dial to as cool as you can comfortably manage for 30 seconds before turning the temperature to warm or even again. Repeat three times, ending on a cold blast.
  • Wrap your torso up in a warm towel before sitting in a shallow bath of cool or cold water for 5-10 minutes
  • At the end of a hot bath let the plug out and run cold water in until the temperature is as low as you can comfortably stand. Put the plug back in and remain submerged for 5-10 minutes. (This can be particularly beneficial after an Epsom salt bath.)