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Ice Bath Chiang Mai

Immerse in recovery with Dang Muay Thai’s ice bath sessions, integrated with Wim Hof breathwork. These ice baths, coupled with the transformative Wim Hof breathing techniques, offer an exceptional method for muscle recovery after intense Muay Thai training.

Enhance your resilience and recovery with this unique combination of cold exposure and focused breathing. These sessions are an ideal way to recover and heal!

ICE BATH & Breath work sessions

(฿150 per person)

MON / wed / Fri

3:15PM

Breathwork

Our classes begin with a warm introduction, where everyone in the group gets a chance to know each other a little more. Following this, we dive into our 10-minute guided Wim Hof breathwork sessions. These sessions are designed to enhance energy and focus, strengthen the immune system, and significantly reduce stress levels. This initial phase of our class sets the tone for a connected and rejuvenating experience, leveraging the powerful benefits of the Wim Hof Method.

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Ice Bath

Following our breathwork sessions, we have two 500-liter ice baths prepared, each filled with over 200 kilograms of ice, chilling the water to approximately 5°C (41°F). Participants will take turns, two at a time, to bravely step into the icy waters, submerging themselves for a duration of three minutes.

This immersion is a test of endurance and resilience. Once everyone has had their turn, you’re welcome to have another go, potentially challenging yourself to stay submerged in the ice-cold water for even longer.

This experience is not just about enduring the cold but also about embracing the invigorating and rejuvenating effects of the ice baths.

the ice bath at dang muay thai in Chiang Mai, Thailand

More Info on Ice Baths:

The ritual of athletes submerging themselves in frigid waters after intense physical exertion has become more than a spectacle—it’s a studied and strategic part of sports recovery routines. Ice baths, or cold water immersion (CWI), are touted for their benefits in reducing muscle soreness and seemingly speeding up the recovery process. While the prospect of an ice-cold plunge can seem daunting, a growing body of evidence supports this chilly practice as a potential linchpin for rapid recovery and performance enhancement.

Understanding the Body’s Cold Response:

The biological premise for ice baths lies in the body’s response to cold exposure. Submersion in cold water triggers vasoconstriction, the narrowing of blood vessels, which decreases blood flow and metabolic activity, thereby reducing swelling and tissue breakdown. As the body warms post-immersion, the tissues undergo ‘reactive hyperemia’, an increased blood flow that helps to flush out metabolic waste from the muscles.

Therapeutic Benefits:

Pain Relief:

Cold exposure acts as an analgesic, numbing sore muscles and providing temporary relief from post-workout pain. For athletes facing back-to-back performance days, this benefit can be crucial.

Inflammation and Swelling Management:

Intense or prolonged exercise leads to microtrauma in muscle fibers, manifesting as inflammation and swelling. CWI can mitigate these effects by managing the body’s inflammatory response.

Enhanced Recovery:

By potentially reducing the time needed for recovery, ice baths can allow athletes to train more effectively and compete more frequently.

Psychological Impact and the Placebo Effect:

Beyond physiological effects, ice baths test and potentially build mental toughness. The discomfort endured can enhance an athlete’s psychological resilience, preparing them mentally for future challenges. Furthermore, the belief in the effectiveness of ice baths can produce a placebo effect, where the perception of recovery can be as potent as measurable physiological changes.

The Science at a Glance:

Several studies have delved into the efficacy of ice baths, yielding mixed results. Some evidence points towards a beneficial reduction in muscle soreness and improved muscle function, while other research suggests that repeated cold exposure could blunt the body’s natural adaptive responses to exercise.

Critical Considerations and Cautions:

It’s crucial to consider the potential downsides. Routine ice baths may interfere with the muscle’s adaptation to training. Additionally, the cold stress can be a shock to the system, potentially harmful to individuals with certain health conditions.

Guidelines for Ice Bathing:

  • Temperature and Duration: Keep the water temperature between 50-59 degrees Fahrenheit (10-15 degrees Celsius), and limit immersion time to 10-15 minutes.
  • Frequency: Rather than a daily routine, consider ice baths after particularly grueling sessions or when quick recovery turnaround is required.
  • Individualization: Tailor the practice to personal tolerance levels and specific training needs.
  • Professional Oversight: Consult with sports scientists and medical professionals to integrate ice baths into a comprehensive recovery program.

Conclusion:

Ice baths continue to spark debate among sports professionals, researchers, and athletes. Their role in recovery is complex, intertwining physiology with psychology. For athletes dedicated to optimizing performance, ice baths may offer a refreshing path to quicker recovery, but they must be balanced with personalized needs and current scientific understanding. The key lies in discerning how and when to integrate this tool into a broader strategy of rest, nutrition, and active recovery to achieve peak athletic performance.

All classes need to be booked in advance

NO PAYMENT IS TAKEN WHEN YOU BOOK, YOU WILL PAY at YOUR CLASS

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