Revitalise your mind and body with contrast therapy.

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Harness the benefits of contrasting temperatures for optimal health and wellness.

Infused with magnesium for maximum benefit, our pools comfortably hold up to 10 people and are thoughtfully laid out to deliver the most effective contrast therapy protocol.

Contrast therapy involves immersing yourself in alternating hot and cold environments. There is an abundance of existing and emerging evidence supporting the health benefits of doing this regularly. From supporting your recovery from exercise and injury by alleviating muscle soreness and inflammation, to promoting stress resilience through increasing heart rate variability and regulating your nervous system – contrast therapy enhances your health and wellbeing in myriad ways.

Benefits include

Improved recovery time

Ice baths and contrast therapy can help to reduce muscle soreness and inflammation, which can help to speed up recovery time after a workout or injury.

Increased circulation

The cold water in ice baths can constrict blood vessels, and then when switching to warm water, it causes them to dilate. This process can help to improve circulation, which can bring more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles.

Increased endurance

Regular use of ice baths and contrast therapy can help to increase endurance by allowing the body to better handle the stress of exercise and training.

Reduced risk of injury

Cold water immersion has been found to help reduce muscle soreness, which in turn can help to reduce the risk of injury.

Improved mental focus

Cold water immersion has been found to improve mental focus and concentration by reducing fatigue, increasing energy and sharpening the mind.

Reduced inflammation

Cold water immersion has been found to reduce inflammation and swelling, which can help to reduce pain and improve joint function.

Boosts the immune system

Cold water immersion has been found to boost the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells, which can help to fight off infection and disease.

Improved sleep

Cold water immersion has been found to improve sleep quality by promoting relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety and allowing the body to recover more efficiently.

Improves heart rate variability (HRV)

Alternating between hot and cold temperatures has been shown to help to balance the activity of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, leading to increased HRV and improved cardiovascular health.

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Contrast therapy promotes natural healing and stimulates the production of your pain relieving, feel good hormones – endorphins.

While it can take a couple of sessions to get comfortable plunging into cold water for a few minutes, your body will quickly acclimatise to the experience. Plus, luxuriating in the warm water makes the dip into the cold all the more enjoyable. And we guarantee you’ll get addicted to how good your body feels after every session!

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Some of our most frequently asked questions

How long should I stay in the warm and cold pools during my contrast therapy session?

The duration of immersion in an ice bath or contrast therapy will vary depending on your specific needs and your tolerance for the temperature of the water. You may like to begin with shorter immersion times, such as 1-4 minutes in the ice bath/cold pool, followed by 1-4 minutes in the warm/hot pool. As your body becomes more accustomed to the temperature changes, you can gradually increase the duration of each immersion. Don’t push too hard too fast as it can lead to injury or hypothermia.

The ideal duration of immersion will also depend on the intensity of the exercise and your individual recovery needs. For example, if you are an athlete who engages in intense training on a regular basis, you may need longer durations of immersion. On the other hand, if you are someone who engages in moderate physical activity, shorter durations may be sufficient.

If you are concerned or suffer from a specific health challenges, you may wish to speak to your preferred healthcare professional. They can provide guidance on the appropriate duration of immersion, as well as any necessary precautions or modifications to your contrast therapy sessions based on your individual needs.

How often should I come to P3 for contrast therapy?

Contrast therapy can be a great way to help with recovery and overall health. However, it’s important to start slowly and not to push yourself too hard too fast. We recommend starting with 1-2 sessions per week, and then gradually increase the frequency as your body becomes more accustomed to the changes in temperature. This will help your body to adapt without any negative side effects.

It’s also important to note that the frequency of use will depend on your own personal needs. For example, athletes who engage in intense training may need more frequent sessions, while those who have a more moderate exercise routine may need fewer sessions. Of course, it also depends on what actually works with your schedule as well. We have some customers who come every day and others once a week. Just know that every single contrast therapy counts. So whatever you can manage, you’re still doing great things for your body and your health!

Are there any risks or precautions for contrast therapy?

If you have any medical conditions like Raynaud’s disease or cold urticaria, we recommend you to talk to your doctor before jumping into an ice bath. These conditions can make you more sensitive to cold temperatures, so it’s important to be extra careful. Of course, you can still enjoy the warm pools, infra red sauna and recovery lounge.

The only other things to note is to take it slow when you first start contrast therapy and work your way up to longer immersions, particularly in the cold plunge pools. And if something doesn’t feel right, or you’re not sure if it’s the right fit for you, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before continuing with contrast therapy.

Can I use contrast therapy for injuries?

Contrast therapy can be a great way to alleviate pain and inflammation caused by injuries, but it’s important to use it correctly and, depending on the injury, under the guidance of a healthcare professional. The cold and ice pools help to constrict the blood vessels which can reduce blood flow and inflammation of the injured area. On the other hand, the warm and hot pools will increase mobility, which is ideal for long-term injuries and/or chronic pain or inflammation.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that contrast therapy, in particular ice baths, may not be suitable for everyone. If you have certain medical conditions such as Raynaud’s disease, cold urticaria, or hypothermia, you should avoid immersing yourself in cold temperatures. We advise chatting with your preferred health professional if you have any existing health conditions.

Can I use contrast therapy if I have diagnosed poor circulation?

It’s important to consider your individual health needs and conditions when deciding whether contrast therapy is right for you. While alternating between hot and cold water can help improve blood flow and circulation by dilating and constricting the blood vessels, we recommend you consult with a healthcare professional beforehand if you have a medically diagnosed circulation problem. The cold temperatures you immerse yourself in, in particular, may exacerbate symptoms of chronically poor circulation.

If you have poor circulation and your healthcare professional has cleared you for cold water therapy, take it slow to begin with. Start with shorter duration of immersion and increase it gradually. You may also benefit from warming your body up in the warm or hot plunge pools or infrared sauna before getting into the cold or ice bath.

Is contrast therapy suitable while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Contrast therapy is not advised during pregnancy as the extreme temperatures may be harmful for both mother and baby. While there are no specific contraindications for contrast therapy while breastfeeding, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. We’d recommend chatting to your health professional who can provide you with personalised advice and guidance based on your individual circumstances.

What temperature are your contrast therapy plunge pools?

Our Hot Bath is between 35-40°C, Warm Bath between 28-34°C, Cold Bath between 10-15°C and Ice Bath between 5-10°C.

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