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Cold Water Therapy

Cold Water Therapy & Ice Baths!

What is Cold Water Therapy?

This is a practice where we gradually immerse our limbs and eventually the whole body into cold water.

How it works

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Benefits of cold water therapy

In the Ice Bath, we face the ego and observe how it responds to being uncomfortable. It may kick and scream to get you to get out or it may submit and relax into the present moment. The choice, of course, is always yours!
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Is cold water therapy safe?

Yes, when done correctly! We do not simply jump in and hope for the best.

Cold water acts as a stressor causing the ego to respond in order to protect you. Conditions like hypothermia occur after unexpected, long exposures to cold water – in this practice we monitor, control and adjust as needed. 

There are no long term negative effects if performed under proper supervision and guidance. Short term discomfort is possible: cold hands and feet, shivering, pain in fingers and toes, discomfort and desire to change what is – all clever workings of the ego.

Cold Water Therapy is an Integral Part of the 7-Day Retreat!

We are honored to coach and guide every participant through gradual cold water exposure as a part of our bespoke program that we offer during our 7-day retreat. We believe that in order to maximally benefit from our time together, physical and mental toughness must be in place to withstand uncomfortable environments you may find yourselves in throughout your journey and when you integrate going forward. The truth is, there will always be challenges in our lives, but we can improve our mental and physical resilience to live a life free from pain and suffering.

What is the Program for the 7-Day Retreat?​​​

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Upcoming Events

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Mar182024

The 7-Day Grand Rebirth Retreat

8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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✔ The All-Inclusive Retreat Mar 11 – 18, 2024.

✔ Arrive to Liberia Airport, Costa Rica and leave everything else to us!

✔ All Treatments, medicines, transportation from and to the airport as well as food and lodging is included in the retreat fee.

OCT272022

@ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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@ 12:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why Practice Cold Water Therapy?
    The benefits are many! Improved cardio-vascular system, immune system, increased concentration and relaxation are some of the effects of this practice. Increased level of well-being and life satisfaction are often observed.
  • Is it Dangerous For Your Health?
    It could be unsafe if not performed under careful supervision. The exposure to the cold needs to be gradual and controlled. With regular practice and correct preparation it is completely safe and enjoyable.
  • How Does Breathwork Help With Cold Water Immersion?
    Various breathing techniques are used to prepare the body and the mind for the exposure. Circulation is greatly improved as well as the concentration to face your fears and re-establish who is in charge here. You or the fear.
  • How Long Do I Need To Be In The Water?
    Every person is different. Generally speaking, 15 sec to 30 sec is enough to start, however your endurance and confidence in yourself will take you to a couple of minutes mark and longer within a week or so.
  • Am I Too Young Or Too Old To Practice Cold Therapy?
    If you are old enough to read this text – you are safe! No matter what age you are, with proper guidance, you will find yourself becoming a transformed person in a very short time.
  • How Often Do I Need to Practice?
    Every person is different. You can practice once per week, every other day or daily. You will quickly realize what the best schedule is for you. It is better to engage in shorter immersions, but on a regular basis versus long exposure to the cold from time to time.
  • How to start cold water therapy?
    Starting cold water therapy, especially for beginners, involves a gradual and mindful approach to cold exposure. Here are some steps to help you get started with cold water therapy:
    • Set Clear Goals: Determine your goals for cold water therapy. Whether you're looking to improve circulation, boost energy, or reduce inflammation, having clear objectives can help tailor your practice.
    • Start with Contrast Showers: For beginners, it's often recommended to begin with contrast showers. Start with a warm shower for a few minutes, then gradually decrease the water temperature to lukewarm, cool, and finally cold. Alternate between warm and cold for 30 seconds to a minute each.
    • Gradual Cold Exposure: Once you're comfortable with contrast showers, you can progress to full cold showers. Begin with shorter exposures and gradually increase the time as your tolerance builds. Pay attention to your body's signals and never push yourself too far too quickly.
    • Focus on Breathing: Deep and controlled breathing is crucial during cold water exposure. Practice slow and steady breaths to help your body adapt to the cold and reduce the stress response.
    • Safety First: Always prioritize safety. Cold water exposure can be intense, so never engage in it if you're feeling unwell, have open wounds, or are alone without supervision.
    • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water before and after your cold water therapy sessions to stay hydrated and support your body's recovery.
    • Warm-Up After: After cold exposure, warm up gradually with dry clothes, blankets, or physical activity to raise your body temperature and avoid feeling excessively cold.
    • Consistency is Key: To experience the benefits of cold water therapy, consistency matters. Consider making it a regular part of your routine, but always listen to your body and adjust as needed.
  • What Condiotions Can Be Treated With Cold Water Therapy?
    • For Arthritis: Cold water therapy may provide relief for individuals with arthritis by reducing joint inflammation and relieving pain. The cold water can help numb the affected area, offering temporary relief from discomfort.
    • For Fibromyalgia: When used judiciously, cold water therapy can be a complementary approach for managing fibromyalgia. The cold temperature may help alleviate muscle pain and reduce the hypersensitivity associated with fibromyalgia.
    • For Anxiety: Cold water immersion can induce a physiological stress response, which may help individuals adapt to stressors over time. This adaptive response can potentially reduce anxiety symptoms and increase resilience to stress.
    • For Depression: Cold water therapy's stimulating effect can lead to increased alertness and the release of endorphins, which are natural mood elevators. Some individuals find that cold water exposure can help improve their mood and alleviate depressive symptoms.
    • For Weight Loss: While not a direct weight loss method, cold water therapy can indirectly support weight loss efforts. Exposure to cold water may activate brown fat, which burns calories to generate heat, potentially contributing to weight management when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.
  • What is the best temperature for Cold Water Therapy?
    The optimal temperature for cold water therapy primarily depends on individual preferences and specific objectives. Typically, cold water therapy utilizes water temperatures hovering around 0°C (32°F), which provides a profoundly cold and invigorating experience. By using ice cold water, we keep water at the same temperature during every immersion to maintain consistency.

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