There are so many benefits to doing
Fire and Ice.
Empowerment & the Power of the Mind.
Sleep, Recovery and Reset.
Engaging in the stress of getting in an ice bath has great benefits to reducing the impact of other stressors that aren’t in our control. The nervous system experiences the stress of cold shock and mitigates the response through our own intentions. This is in contrast to stress events that we did not control, and therefor is a novel, renegotiating event in the participant. Renegotiating here refers to the reality that we are engaging the event on purpose, as opposed to it being something that happens to us. Reenactment means we are just repeating an event of stress that once again may be overwhelming the system.
A long sauna session can be quite stressful on the body (albeit beneficial, hormetic stress). As a result, we release an opioid called dynorphin, which gives you a feeling of dysphoria. To compensate, the brain then increases the production and sensitivity of receptors for euphoric hormones like beta-endorphin. These changes are semi-permanent, meaning that people that use a sauna will actually be happier in everyday life
The influence of whole body cryotherapy on mental health showed benefits and was positive.
Saunas help detox the body by increasing peripheral blood flow and sweating, these together supporting the movement of toxins out through the skin.
Heat shock proteins produced during heat stress are important for basic cellular maintenance e.g. preventing harmful accumulations of unhealthy proteins. Flies repeatedly exposed to heat stress had a significant increase in lifespan, correlating with higher levels of heat shock proteins
The People in any given session of Fire and Ice report being so connected, developing friendships and deepening their relationship to people; this wether they are strangers, or have long-standing connections. It seems that the connection of time in sauna to talk and the shared vulnerability of getting in the ice, helps people both feel safe and ‘lower their guard’ to allow a kind of tribe building experience.