Safety Precautions and Best Practices for Using Ice Baths and Infrared Saunas

As ancient healing modalities, ice baths and infrared saunas offer numerous benefits for physical recovery and overall well-being. However, it’s essential to understand the safety precautions and best practices to ensure a safe and effective experience with your Ice + GLOW pass here at our Denver studio.

Contraindications for Denver’s Ice Bath + Infrared Sauna

Contraindications for both ice baths and infrared saunas include several medical conditions and situations where the therapies may pose risks to individuals’ health. These contraindications include a history of aneurysms, blood clotting disorders, fainting, syncope, seizures, certain prescription medications, fever, alcohol consumption, pregnancy, heart conditions or heart disease, and individuals outfitted with a pacemaker or experiencing blood pressure irregularities. It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating these therapies into your routine, especially if you have any underlying medical conditions.

Hot + Cold Therapy While Pregnant

When it comes to pregnancy, safety considerations are paramount. While using the ice bath during pregnancy is a personal decision best made in consultation with your healthcare provider, we recommend waiting until later in the pregnancy to try it out, ideally during the second half of the second trimester or during the third trimester. Research suggests that pregnant women may experience improved sleep and reduced inflammation, particularly swelling in the legs and ankles, from using the ice bath. However, it’s essential to prioritize caution and listen to your body’s signals.

On the other hand, we do not recommend using the infrared sauna during pregnancy due to the potential risks of overheating and dehydration. Pregnant women should avoid prolonged exposure to high temperatures, as it can raise the body’s core temperature and potentially harm the developing fetus. Safety is paramount, and we encourage expectant mothers to explore alternative methods of relaxation and rejuvenation during pregnancy.

Guided Ice Bath Experience

At Ohana Yoga + Barre, we prioritize your safety and well-being during your ice bath experience. Our professionally trained guides are available to lead you through the process, providing support and guidance every step of the way. They will help you connect with your breath and move through any fear or discomfort associated with being in freezing cold temperatures. With their expertise and encouragement, you can experience the transformative benefits of the ice bath in a safe and controlled environment.

Regular Cold Exposure

Ohana’s Ice + GLOW offers a unique opportunity to enhance your wellness routine by incorporating intentional cold exposure regularly. By immersing yourself in the ice bath at least twice a week and up to once daily, you can amplify the benefits of your practice and experience a deeper sense of rejuvenation and resilience. Regular hot and cold exposure has been shown to support muscle recovery, improve circulation, boost immune function, and increase mental clarity and focus, but what we love about this practice is what it does for the mind to help you prepare for life’s hardest challenges. Embracing this holistic approach to self-care allows you to harness the power of contrast therapy and optimize your well-being on a physical, mental, and emotional level.

Maintaining a Clean Environment

Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene is paramount to ensuring a safe and enjoyable ice bath experience. At ‘Ohana Yoga + Barre, we uphold the highest standards of cleanliness and sanitation. Before entering the ice bath, each participant is required to take a full-body shower in their swimsuit to remove any oils, lotions, or impurities from their skin. Additionally, our Morozko Pro Ice Bath is equipped with a state-of-the-art filtration system, including microfiltration and ozone filtration, to ensure that the water remains crystal clear and free of contaminants. This advanced filtration technology provides peace of mind and ensures that each ice bath experience is optimized for your health and well-being.

Ice + GLOW Best Practices

Incorporating Ice + GLOW into your self-care routine offers a transformative journey of healing and growth. By embracing intentional cold exposure and practicing mindfulness in the ice bath, you can cultivate resilience, release tension and stress, and deepen your connection to your body and breath. Whether you’re seeking physical recovery, mental clarity, or emotional balance, the ice bath (#truthtub) offers a powerful tool for self-discovery and personal evolution.

While ice baths and infrared saunas offer remarkable benefits for recovery and relaxation, it’s essential to approach them with caution and mindfulness. By understanding the contraindications, respecting your body’s limitations, and seeking guidance from trained professionals, you can enjoy the therapeutic effects of these modalities safely and responsibly. At ‘Ohana Yoga + Barre, we’re committed to supporting your journey to optimal health and well-being, every step of the way.