Hot and Cold Pools

Hot Pool

You probably don’t need any encouragement to submerge yourself into a lovely, frothing jacuzzi. Here are just some of the benefits just in case you need to justify your reasons for regular submersion!

1. Massage:

There’s nothing better than a massage to ease aching muscles after a long hard working day. But you don’t necessarily need to book in with a masseuse – the use of water to treat the body is as old as time and still practiced today to aid the body of many different problems. Jacuzzis use hydromassage to stimulate muscles. At a temperature of around 38°C-40°C, the warmth gets to work relaxing the most stressed muscles, while hydromassage increases blood flow and rids the body of toxins. Toxins and restricted blood flow can be the cause of pain and inflammation, so regular jacuzzi use is excellent for improving our health. 

2. Sports performance:

The use of cold and hot jacuzzi therapy is said to have improved the performance of the most prestigious athletes. Finishing your workout with a bubbly jacuzzi in AMBA can help get rid of soreness and can be the perfect reward for a sweaty session.

3. Relaxation:

Getting rid of stress is vital for everyone, but it’s often overlooked, minimised or left until we reach a crisis. Regular relaxation, such as chilling out in jacuzzis, should be an integral part of your life – as important as exercise and healthy eating. It’s one of the top benefits of jacuzzi use, thanks to a combination of heat, massage and buoyancy help to clear the mind and relax. As well as offering the comforting feeling of serenity, jacuzzi jets also ease knotted stressed muscles muscles, making you feel brand new.

4. Lowers blood pressure:

It’s always necessary for you to consult with your doctor before using a jacuzzi if you’ve been diagnosed with a heart condition. Jacuzzis can increase your heart rate and lower your blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and easing pressure to the heart .

5. Improves circulation:

Hydromassage jets combined with the warm water increases body temperature, helping to dilate blood vessels. This improves circulation of the blood and is beneficial to those with conditions such as arthritis, easing movement in water. The gentle caressing of the bubbles will only add to the benefits of joint and muscle stiffness. Again, medical advice should always be sought by those with blood pressure difficulties prior to the use of jacuzzis. 

6. Helps you sleep:

University studies show how poor or disturbed sleep can have a profound negative impact on our overall health, with findings showing that hundreds of genes were affected in people having less than six hours sleep a day for a week. Resting in a jacuzzi is beneficial to a good night’s rest, thanks to all the aforementioned benefits such as relaxation, circulation and massage. Raising the body temperature and de-stressing brings a wholeness to our soul, body and mind and can only be a good thing so for those who struggle to find a good recipe for sleep. It might even lengthen your life. 

Cold Pool

When you take the plunge into your cold plunge pool, the chilled water instantly numbs the nerves that surround your joints and muscles, causing the release of hormones and endorphins. The release of hormones and endorphins acts as an analgesic, which relieves inflammation and alleviates muscle strain and joint pain.

Studies have also shown that cold plunges lead to an increase in glutathione levels. Glutathione is your body’s most powerful antioxidant, which keeps all other antioxidants performing at peak levels.

It strengthens the immune system. The cold water causes the body to release body chemicals known as cytokines, which help to boost the body’s ability to fight off harmful bacteria and viruses.

When practiced for at least four weeks, cold-water therapy stabilizes blood pressure. Cold water triggers the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary functions, such as heartbeat and breathing. The autonomic responses strengthen with each exposure. This stabilizes blood pressure, improves circulation and balances other bodily functions, such as the sleep and wake cycle.

Improves moods. Cold water activates sensory nerves that lead to the brain. Cold water can be emotionally uplifting and prime a person for new experiences. One of the most supportive benefits of contrast therapy is the hormone response that is stimulated by the cold. Namely, the sympathetic nervous system releases hormones promoting the fight or flight response, which makes you feel alert and invigorated. In a study of whole body cold therapy on psychological factors, the cold therapy significantly improved mood and feelings of quality of life

Breast cancer patients who underwent cold water therapy for four weeks experienced significant gains in their levels of disease fighting white blood cells.

The average temperature of a cold plunge pool should be between 10-12 degrees Celsius. The best approach is to rinse off with a warm shower and then do a quick cold rinse. Get into the tub and make as few movements as possible.  Slowing down your breathing or holding your breath during the initial few seconds of your contact with the cold water helps ease you into it. Start with short and shallow immersions and slowly work up to a longer and deeper immersion. One way to start slow is to immerse just your legs first for about a minute and then work up to several minutes with your stomach or shoulders fully immersed.