Contrast Bathing

Therapeutic bodywork in a context of Traditional Thai Massage

 

Contrast Bathing

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The theory supporting contrast bath therapy is that heat causes vasodilation of the blood flow in the limb or body followed by cold which causes vasoconstriction, increasing local blood circulation. Additionally, the lymph vessels contract when exposed to cold, and relax in response to heat. The lymph system, unlike the circulatory system, lacks a central pump. Alternating hot and cold, lymph vessels dilate and contract to essentially "pump" and move stagnant fluid out of the area. This positively effects the inflammation process, which is the body's primary mechanism for healing damaged tissue. Studies show that fluctuations in intramuscular temperature are lower than those caused by a heat application alone.
Other studies indicate that thermal stress seems to positively influence the immune system.

pairContrast bathing can also be used to reduce swelling around injuries or to aid recovery from exercise. It can significantly improve muscle recovery following exercise by reducing the levels of blood lactate concentration.

For any injury presenting with palpable swelling and heat, and visible redness - such as a strain/sprain - contrast baths are contraindicated during the acute inflammation stage. Acute inflammation begins at the time of injury and lasts for approximately 72 hours.


Upgrades can be added to your order at checkout or at time of service:

Thai Herbal Heat
Fee: $25
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Description: The Thai Herbal Compress is a delightful addition to your session. Many customers experience the relaxation effects from the aroma filling the room before the treatment ever begins. The application of heat makes an intense treatment a bit more comfortable as well.

Therapeutic Ice
Fee: $25
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Description: We may want to employ the use of ice during a session when we are working very intensely to break down restriction that has been set in deeply over time. Ice can also be used to reduce the recovery time after hard workouts.

Contrast Bathing
Fee: $40
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Description: Transition from Heat to Ice and then back again is the most effective treatment to reduce inflammation. I did not find this in Thailand. This positively effects the inflammation process, which is the body's primary mechanism for healing damaged tissue.

 
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