Get the most out of your SoJo Spa Day by taking advantage of the many benefits of alternating hot and cold therapies.
Contrast therapy is a type of therapy that involves alternating between hot and cold experiences. When the body is exposed to heat, a process called vasodilation occurs in which your blood vessels expand and your heart starts increases blood flow to your extremities. When the body is exposed to cold, the opposite phenomenon occurs – vasoconstriction. Blood flow to the extremities slow down and blood flow in the core of the body increases.
Alternating between hot and cold therapies encourages a “pumping” action in which your body is relaxing and contracting your blood vessels. A similar process also occurs in your lymph system, which normally does not get circulated the way our heart circulates our blood, resulting in an immune system boost. This reinvigorating therapy offers numerous wellness benefits, not just for the body but for the mind as well.