Cold Water Immersion is the practice of taking an ice bath in water temperatures ranging from 39-60 degrees F. Anything below 60 degrees F provides benefits.
Cold Water Immersion involves submerging the body in very cold water. It works by lowering your body temperature for a short period of time which reduces swelling and inflammation in the muscle tissues. Exposure to cold temperatures also prompts the release of the neurotransmitter
norepinephrine. It is involved in maintaining our mood, attention, and energy.
Studies have shown that a lack of norepinephrine can sometimes contribute to depression and ADHD.
More is not always better! You don’t need to be in the cold for very long to get the benefits. Aim for an ice bath time of around 2-5 minutes maximum. Going longer doesn’t increase the benefits in a meaningful way in most cases, and can be detrimental. If you are using it for a recovery tool from a specific injury longer exposures may be helpful.
The benefits include elevating energy, muscle recovery, enhanced performance, boosts mood, reduces pain/inflammation, relieves stress, improves sleep and supports immune function.
That depends on what you want to achieve. If you are wanting to use it for recovery after a heavy workout, long race, game or any physical exertion then it is best to do it as soon as your activity is complete. If you are interested in using CWI for mental wellness or meditation then daily use in the first part of the day is recommended as it will give you a boost of energy.
The Plunge tub has a comprehensive filtration system that includes an ozone filter, a UV filter and a 5 micron water filter. The ozone filter works by charging oxygen to create ozone, which acts as an oxygenator. The ozone in the water neutralizes contaminants and cleans the water by removing things like hydrogen sulfide, manganese, iron, viruses, and bacteria. It causes them to become unstable and break down. This is a great alternative to using chlorine as it's more environmentally friendly and just as effective. The UV filter works by inactivating contaminants. UVC light has a particular wavelength that disrupts the DNA of microorganisms, which stops them from multiplying. It works on things like bacteria, E. coli, and viruses. Finally, the micron filter catches larger unwanted particles like sediment and hair. All three filters work to keep the water amazingly clean and pure! The main filter and the water is changed out regularly as an additional layer of cleanliness.
The Plunge has a chiller that constantly pumps and cools the water. Water is constantly circulating in The Plunge, being pumped out on both sides of the tub, cooled by the chiller, and then pumped back in. One intake pulls the water into the pump and another sends it back out to the tub. This helps keep a constant desired temperature as well.