Hot and Cold Showering stimulates movement within the circulatory and lymphatic systems. This extra movement can help the body to detoxify. This technique stimulates blood flow, which in turn stimulates the flow of lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic system travels around the body in close proximity to the blood circulatory system.
How does it Work?
When the body is subjected to heat by hot showering, the blood moves in greater volume to the surface of the body (i.e. the skin). This enables the body to lose heat and maintain an even temperature around the vital organs.
When the body is cooled down by cold showering, the blood moves in greater volume to the inner body. This enables the body to keep the vital organs warm.
By simply warming and cooling the body we are stimulating the circulatory and lymphatic systems.
When Should Hot and Cold Showering Be Applied?
Hot and cold showers can be taken at any time during the day but are especially useful first thing in the morning. They can help the body to clear out toxicity which has built up overnight.
Hot and cold showers are especially beneficial after completing the skin brushing technique. The skin brushing technique starts to create movement within the circulation and lymphatic system and the hot and cold showering technique accelerates this movement further.
What Do I Need?
To use the hot and cold showering technique a normal household shower is required. It is beneficial to have a shower with a good temperature control system so that you can set the temperature according to your body limits.
How to Apply the Hot and Cold Showering Technique
- Firstly have a normal warm shower wash
- Turn the temperature gauge to cold and remain in the shower until the body feels cold
- When the body feels cold, turn the gauge back to hot and remain in the shower until the body feels hot.
- Complete this process 3 times in total and finish on a cold shower
Please note that to begin with the body may not be able to cope with vast differences in temperature. Set the temperature at levels which suit the body and then slowly increase the differential over time.
If you have high blood pressure, have a heart condition or are pregnant it is extremely important not to shock the body with extreme temperature ranges. Work within ranges which are comfortable or avoid this technique altogether.
What are the effects?
Hot and cold showers have similar circulatory and lymphatic stimulation effects as skin brushing. They can help you to feel refreshed as they kick start your system into action.
Hot and cold showering can be useful to support the body when the lymph has become congested. For example if the lymph glands in the neck become swollen resulting in a sore throat, hot and cold showers can help to supply the extra energy to get the body to release this stagnation.