Osteopath Vicky Vlachonis, author The Body Doesn’t Lie, recommends hot/cold rinsing in the shower to reduce stress and revitalize the body.
Vicky says that changing hot water to cold and back again boosts your circulation and causes your blood vessels to expand and contract. It also impacts your lymphatic system.
Regular hot-cold bathing impacts both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, decreasing stress hormones.
WHAT to DO:
Nearing the end of your shower, make the water super hot- as much as you can tolerate, wetting all of yourself. Then, make the water as cold as you can stand. Instinctively, you will take in a deep breath in reaction to the shock, and expand your oxygen intake. Keep the cold on for 30 seconds and then switch it back to hot. Do 3-5 full cycles and finish with cold.
Just one more way to reduce stress!
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