Vanessa Ice Bath

Ever wandered out the back of our clinic to our Recovery Centre and seen our ice bath?

Curious? Interested? Thinking of diving in? We’ve come up with 6 cool* reasons to give it a go with us (*pun intended)

 

Faster muscle repair

Ice Baths Iceberg
If you’ve been smashing your body with ongoing training and you need to stay in tip top shape, ice baths may be key for you. Cold therapy constricts blood vessels and decreases metabolic activity, which reduces swelling, tissue breakdown and flushes out lactic acid. Once you’re out of the water, the underlying muscle tissues warm up, causing a return of faster oxygenated blood flow and primarily, helping your muscles recover.

 

Improved performance

Have you noticed how zapped you feel when working out on a really hot day, in a confined environment, dripping in sweat and desperately praying someone blasts the air con? That’s because one way to swiftly reduce athletic performance is through hot environmental temperatures. Paying attention to your core body temperature is crucial for athletes and ice baths are one of the most effective ways to lowering core body temperature.

 

Burns fat

Ice Baths icicle
That’s right ladies and gents! If you want to turn into a fat burning machine, try adding some cold therapy to your current regime. As human beings, we have two kinds of fat in our bodies – white fat and brown fat (sounds delicious, right?) White fat is the kind we are all trying to get rid of – the kind that seems to stick to our hips and thighs. Brown fat is the kind responsible for burning through calories at a very high rate – this is because it has the very important job of raising body temperature. In order for brown fat to raise body temperature, it needs to draw from another energy source – white fat! While this all sounds fantastic, be aware that this calorie burning frenzy only lasts for as long as you are exposed to the cold/ice. But the more ice/cold baths you do, the more you burn.

 

Efficiency

And fewer injuries.  Notice how people apply ice packs to an area they’ve injured pretty swiftly after it occurs? Think of an ice/cold bath as a gigantic ice pack for your whole body. It cools multiple, large muscle groups at once and far more efficient that applying ice to one area.

 

Energy

Better than a cup of coffee. If you want to feel more alert, awake and focused before or after a training session, skip the pre workout and jump in an ice/cold bath. It will have the desired affect without the caffeine come down.

 

Bragging Rights

Ice Baths Pool

Tempting?

You turn into a bonafide badass. Anyone that has plunged into an ice bath knows it takes serious focus to stay submerged in cold water. Heck, it’s even difficult for most of us to jump into a swimming pool on a sweltering hot day! You definitely need to “grow a pair” before dabbling in cold therapy. But, you earn major bragging rights!

Get out of your comfort zone. Ever heard the expression “Don’t knock it til you try it?” How can you know if something is or isn’t going to work for you, unless you actually try it out for yourself? If you’re keen, give us a call at the clinic and we can book you in!

 

What are the experts saying? If you want to channel your ‘inner nerd’ and read some research base evidence, here’s a couple of articles…

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23247707

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23246445

Wim Hof

Ever heard of the Wim Hoff method? Super cool Dutch dude that has spent 30 years developing a combination of specific breathing techniques, cold exposure and mind techniques and physical exercises to improve health and well being. He’s worth a look too:

https://www.wimhofmethod.com/

 

Did you know about our Recovery Centre casual passes and memberships? We offer so much more than just the ice baths. We’ve got a far infrared sauna, hot baths and recovery pumps to boot. Give us a call on 9939 1133 for more information on how to book in.

Book a recovery session online here: 

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It’s a power pack designed to relieve your sore muscles.  A three-pronged approach to ease inflammation.  A holy trinity of detoxification.  A trifecta of nourishment.

All while you lie back, relax and soak in hot water.

We’ve been making these bath packs for almost ten years now, and there’s a reason why they’re so popular with our clients.  These specially-formulated packs incorporate three pure, natural ingredients, famous for their therapeutic properties – Bentonite Clay, Magnesium Chloride Flakes and Macrobiotic Sea Salt.

Each element plays a significant role in getting your body back in better condition.

 

 

Bentonite Clay

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Your liver and kidneys are your inside detoxifiers; they play a huge role in getting rid of the nasty stuff.  All the excess toxins, and whatever you can’t get rid off on the inside, can get expelled through your outsides – through your skin.

The pure Bentonite clay uses a negative charge to attract the positively charged toxins, effectively sucking them out of the sweat glands of your skin.  It will also bind and remove heavy metals, supercharging your detox bath.

Additionally, bentonite clay will also help strengthen and nourish the skin, as it’s rich in beneficial trace elements, including sodium, copper, iron, potassium, silica, calcium and magnesium.

We put over 100 grams of pure Bentonite Clay in our bath packs, which is more than enough to provide a perfect detox kick to your bath.  It’s a mud mask for your whole body!

 

saltMacrobiotic Sea Salt

How good do you feel after a splash in the ocean?  Sure, the cold water is invigorating, but there’s something special about the salty goodness of the sea.

Salt has been used for centuries for purification rituals and ceremonies,  as well as for nourishment and rejuvenation. In fact, even the Bible refers several times to the healing properties of salt baths.  Certain salts contain loads of beneficial nutrients that are critical for our body to function properly, and often these nutrients are poorly absorbed from the food that we eat.  So it makes sense to absorb them through our skin through a relaxing salt bath.

Our bath packs contain pure Australian Macrobiotic Sea Salt, which is rich in minerals and trace elements, including magnesium, bromide, chloride, sodium, calcium, potassium, iodine, sulfur and zinc.  You might notice any number of health benefits, including better sleep, reduced stress, soothing of skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis, easing of pain from arthritis, reduced muscle soreness and an all-over healthy skin glow.

 

Magnesium Chloride Flakes

The powerhouse of muscle recovery.  In a sports recovery clinic like ours, it’s the one thing that we make sure everyone has enough of, because it’s so effective in reducing muscle soreness after strenuous exercise.

It’s been getting a lot of attention lately, as more and more people realise the health benefits of supplementing with magnesium. Studies have indicated that up to 75% of the population is deficient, and it can lead to things like restless legs, muscle cramps, insomnia, headaches and much more.

Magnesium is best absorbed through the skin, and our Muscle Recovery Bath Packs contain enough of this good stuff to help with a wide range of issues.  The benefits of a magnesium bath can include reduced muscle cramps and aches, joint pain relief, headache relief, improved sleep, better circulation, healthier and better hydrated skin, and much reduced stress.

 

Come in and grab one today

There’s nothing else added to our bath packs, no added fragrances or chemicals, and nothing nasty, just pure, unadulterated natural ingredients, specifically sourced to provide the ultimate in therapeutic benefits directly to you.

Our Muscle Recovery Bath Packs are on the shelves at Fluid Health now. So come in today, grab a pack, run a bath, lie back and relax, and enjoy the lasting health benefits that these amazing elements can bring you.

 

 

Work harder

Are you going hard with your footy club this year?  Smashing out the PB’s in your running? Cracking the whip at Crossfit?

Are you sore?

You need an Athlete’s Lounge Membership.

If you’re going to go hard, you need to go hard on your recovery too.  It’s not just about resting your muscles and suffering through the dreaded DOMS. You want to make sure that the increased activity doesn’t lead to injury.

It’s about reducing inflammation, flushing out waste products, improving circulation, promoting faster cell regeneration.  All so you can get out there quicker and do it all again.

And that’s where we can help.

Athlete’s Lounge Memberships

 

At Fluid, we have state-of-the-art sports recovery equipment, normally only available to sporting clubs and top-level athletes.  This includes ice and contrast baths, recovery pump compression boots and overalls, and far infrared sauna.  And with a Recovery Centre Membership, you can access this equipment as many times as you like, seven days a week.

A casual Sports Recovery Session at Fluid is $55, and includes use of the contrast baths, recovery pump boots and the far infrared sauna.

With an Athlete’s Lounge Membership, you get full and unlimited access to:

  • Ice and Contrast Baths
  • Recovery Pump Boots and Overalls
  • Far Infrared Sauna
  • Discounted use of the Hyperbaric Chamber ($40 per session instead of $65)
  • 10% off all products and services including Myotherapy and Remedial Massage
  • Priority use of all equipment
  • Available seven days a week

You can choose the membership package that suits you, for however long you want it to go for.  And the longer you sign up for, the cheaper it gets.  Choose from:

  • 12 Month Platinum Membership – @ $25 per week. (Direct debited quarterly, $325 every three months)
  • 6 Month Gold Membership – @ $30 per week. (Direct debited quarterly, $390 upfront and in three months)
  • 3 Month Silver Membership – @ $35 per week. (Total $455 paid upfront)

We even offer mini-memberships if you want a taste of Sports Recovery bliss for a shorter period.  Chose from:

  • 2 month Mini Membership $390
  • 1 month Mini Membership $216

 

Obviously there’s huge benefits from a recovery perspective.  I haven’t been injured since I started coming here.  It’s the best my body has felt in 2 years. And the Recovery Centre is so relaxing, I feel like I’ve made myself a home here.”

Jo Oakeshott, Crossfit Weapon

 

Come in and see us and check out our facilities, or call us on 03 99391133 to find out more.  If you want to book a casual recovery session, you can click here.