The regenerative and beneficial health effects are just as powerful as those experienced with hot water. Generally, cold water Hydrotherapy is used to invigorate and is beneficial to those ho may feel sleepy, weak or mentally tired and to increase internal organ functions by diverting blood flow to the internal organs from the extremities. It also slows the heart rate and may cause slight elevations in blood pressure.
Can stabilize blood pressure. Cold water triggers the autonomic
nervous system which controls involuntary functions, such as
heartbeat and breathing -- to raise blood pressure, increase
heart rate and constrict blood vessels.
The autonomic responses strengthen with each exposure.
This stabilises blood pressure, improves circulation and
balances other bodily functions, such as the sleep/wake cycle.
Enhances immunity. Cold water stimulates the release of
cytokines and other hormone-like substances that are vital
to immune function.
Reduces pain. Cold causes the body to release endorphins,
hormones with proven pain-fighting properties.
Improves moods. Cold water activates sensory nerves that
lead to the brain. A cold, exhilarating shower can be
Emotionally uplifting and prime a person for new experiences.