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Contrast (Hot+Cold)

Hot + Cold Therapy (Sauna + Ice Bath)

Used for thousands of years, Hot + Cold Therapy involves alternating between warm and cold environments to improve health and vitality. With a modern twist, our Hot + Cold Therapy involves alternating between our warm infrared sauna and our cool ice bath. With benefits ranging from improved immune function to reducing exercise recovery and easing inflammation enjoy Hot + Cold Therapy in one of our private sauna suites.

Science-Based Benefits

Experience the simulation of adrenaline while immersing yourself into the combination of hot and cold.

Decreases Stress & Improves Resilience

Contrast therapy may increase your resilience to stress. Cold water immersion causes a stress response that evolved millions of years ago to help us cope with a wide range of potential threats. Each time you repeat the practice the stress response is reduced.

This ability to adapt to stress can have amazing benefits when faced with other stresses through a process known as “cross adaptation”. A mechanism whereby one form of stress adapts the body for another. In addition, heat shock stress proteins are synthesized when cells are exposed to a wide variety of physiologic stresses. 

The stress response is evolutionarily highly conserved, suggestive of an essential function(s) for the survival of organisms, protecting them from harmful trauma. Exposure to cold is also known to activate the sympathetic nervous system and increase the levels of the stress-reducing hormone beta-endorphin 

Improves Mood, Anxiety & Depression

Cold water swimming has been shown to have profound positive effects on mood, anxiety and even depression. Some studies have also reported that contrast therapy increases brain chemicals that regulate mood, such as dopamine, following a cold soak, which may explain the post-swim “high” people feel.

Additionally, due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold plunge may send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect.

Improves Exercise Recovery

Athletes might find that contrast therapy helps alleviate post-game fatigue. A 2017 meta-analysis of the research found that contrasting hot and cold baths helped team sports players recover from fatigue 24-48 hours after the game.

Researchers also measured both delayed onset muscle soreness and muscle weakness in elite athletes following strenuous workouts and found that contrast bath therapy improved both the soreness and weakness better than passive resting alone.

Another Study conducted in 2007 showed that contrast bath therapy can also help decrease the lactic acid in your body, helping you recover from the soreness and fatigue of strenuous exercise.

Reduces Inflammation

There is some evidence that contrast baths reduce swelling. In a 2016 study involving 115 people with ankle sprains, contrast hydrotherapy lessened swelling around 3 days post-injury.

Stronger Immune Response

Other studies have suggested that daily exposure to cold water could, over a period of weeks or months, boost anti-tumor immunity.

Increases Weight Loss

Small studies have found that brief immersions (5 minutes) in water less than 59°F (15°C) can even help to increase metabolism.

Avoid Stimulants

Avoid caffeine and other stimulants before your float to make it easier for your body and mind to relax.


Try to ensure that you are well hydrated before your session.

Eat A Light Meal

It’s best to have a light meal 60 to 90 mins. before your session, rather than floating with a full or empty stomach.

Dress Comfortably

How you dress is your choice, some wear bathing suits while others go naked, however, we ask that you sit on one of our organic cotton towels.

Don't Stress Over Time

Lay back and relax, don’t worry about the time as our wellness attendees will let you know when your session is over.

Focus On Your Breath

If your mind is busy, you have difficulty relaxing it’s helpful to focus on your breathing.

Do I need to bring anything?

No, we have some tips and recommendations above to consider on the day of your appointment, however, we provide everything you need for your session.

What do I wear in the sauna/ice bath?

You can go naked, wear a bathing suit or a towel. You will be in a private room alone.

How long do you recommend for each contrast therapy session?

We recommend working your way up to 30- to 40-minutes.  You will have the room for 60 minutes total, giving you enough time to shower, freshen up and change upon completion.

When should I arrive for my appointment?

For your first session, we recommend arriving no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This ensures we can give you a full walkthrough beforehand without taking away from your time in the therapy.

Any sessions past your first time, you can arrive 5 minutes before.

What's the minimum age for sauna use?

Anyone 16 years old and up is able to use our saunas

How many people can fit in your contrast room?

Our contrast room is spacious and comfortable for a private or couples session.

What is an infrared sauna?

Instead of using steam or a physical heating element, an infrared sauna utilizes infrared wavelengths of light. Your body readily absorbs infrared heat, which allows your core temperature to increase slowly and induces a relaxing, healthy sweat. For more information head to our Infrared Therapy Page

Who cannot use contrast therapy?

If you have any ongoing health conditions, such as the following, you must book an appointment to chat with one of our doctor’s first, you can also ask your regular GP.

  • asthma or other breathing conditions
  • heart disease
  • pregnancy
  • epilepsy
  • very high or very low blood pressure
  • people under the influence of alcohol, those taking stimulants, tranquillizers, or other mind-altering drugs

Can I use contrast therapy if I'm pregnant?

We recommend checking with one of our doctor’s first, or ask your regular GP.