Benefits of hot and cold water

Throughout time, people have recognized the health benefits of using hot and cold water to increase circulation throughout the body and improve overall health. Some people even take cold showers as a way to promote their health. It may seem like a shock to the system to be in water that is colder or hotter than you are used to, but both temperatures have their own advantages. 

Effects of cold water. When you immerse your body in cold water or even take a cold shower, the colder temperature of the water improves circulation because the body reacts by pumping blood more efficiently. Blood helps bring more oxygen to the muscles and tissues, which can help relieve swelling and remove lactic acid. Improved circulation is good for the body overall, including the heart. Some athletes or fitness enthusiasts may use cold water or ice baths to help muscle tissue repair itself after finishing a workout. 

Effects of hot water. There's a reason people enjoy soaking in the hot tub or taking a long hot shower — it's relaxing. Immersing the body in hot water can help relieve tension, stress and muscle pain. The temperature of the water also helps to increase circulation throughout the body, while being in water helps give your body a break from the effects of gravity. 

Combining hot and cold. Alternating between hot and cold water can have therapeutic effects. At our Brooklyn Spa, you can move between the hot tub, saunas, steam room and Arctic Plunge pool. Our wet lounge allows you to take reap the benefits of heat and cold, while you relax, detoxify and rejuvenate. 

Visit Body by Brooklyn today to learn more about our wet lounge and many other beneficial spa amenities. 

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