BY The Elm
11 April

Contrast Therapy

Contrast therapy is a well-known form of therapy that involves alternating between hot and cold temperatures to promote healing and recovery. It’s been used for centuries in many Nordic cultures. One of the most popular forms of contrast therapy is the use of a cold plunge tub and infrared sauna.This therapy has a variety of benefits for the body and mind, including improved circulation, decreased inflammation, and increased relaxation, and better mood. We are excited to now offer the Nordic Suite Experience, a private contrast therapy room tucked away inside The Elm Massage + Bodywork and Ignite Chiropractic & Wellness for clients, patients, and newcomers alike.

There’s been a lot of hype about cold plunging lately, but once you understand the benefits and take the plunge yourself you will soon understand the craze. Here are a few reasons you’d actually WANT to submerge yourself in 45 degree water and bask in a hot sauna.

One of the primary benefits of contrast therapy is the improvement of circulation. When the body is exposed to cold temperatures, blood vessels constrict, which helps to reduce inflammation and swelling. When the body is then exposed to heat, blood vessels dilate, allowing for increased blood flow and oxygenation of the tissues. This increased circulation can help to speed up the healing process and reduce recovery time after intense physical activity. In addition to improving circulation, contrast therapy can also help to decrease inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a natural response to injury or infection, but chronic inflammation can contribute to a variety of health issues, including arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. By exposing the body to cold temperatures, contrast therapy can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Contrast therapy can also have mental health benefits. The alternating temperatures can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation, which can be particularly beneficial for those who experience anxiety or depression. The quiet, private setting of our Nordic Suite can also provide a calming and meditative space to escape from the stressors of everyday life.

Using a cold plunge and sauna in a private suite also offers the added benefit of privacy and convenience. Many people feel more comfortable using these therapies in a private setting, rather than a public spa or gym. The ability to control the temperature and duration of the therapy also allows for a customized experience tailored to the individual’s needs and preferences.

In conclusion, contrast therapy using a cold plunge and sauna has numerous benefits for both the body and mind. From improved circulation and decreased inflammation to increased relaxation and stress relief, this therapy offers a unique and effective way to promote healing and recovery. Whether you’re an athlete looking to speed up your recovery time or someone looking to reduce (parents and overworked professionals, we’re talking to you) stress and improve your overall health, contrast therapy can be a valuable addition to your wellness routine.