I thought I was a strong human until I discovered cold therapy. Never have I ever felt such up and down emotions than I did while I was submerged in ice cold water.
It’s best to take your first plunge after you’ve heated yourself up in a dry sauna. The first daunting task was dunking your entire body then sitting in stillness completely submerged with your head above the ice for 3 minutes.
The first minute is the hardest. Throbbing pain starts to radiate throughout parts of your body where there’s inflammation all while trying to slow your breath down and remain calm.
The 2nd minute, your body realizes it has to adapt to the changes, so all of the blood moves to your core and the pain starts to go away. Your breathing slows down to about 6-8 breaths per minute and all you can think about is not moving. The 3rd minute becomes easier. Your breath is controlled, your arms are crossed at your belly creating warmth and you find that moment of zen.
Several moments before you’re done, you’re challenged to completely submerge one last time before you exit the tank. This seemed way more doable then the pre dunk. You have to slowly exit or you’ll start to feel lightheaded. Standing next to the tank your blood starts to circulate your entire body again and this most amazing sense of euphoria sets in.
That moment was worth the entire @xptlife experience. Surrounded by a safe but motivating and powerful crew allowed me to lower my protective walls and embrace this unknown. I had so many amazing emotions wash over me after each session. It was crazy to see it manifest out in anger, sadness, and irritability. I was powerless and had to completely rely on others to guide me through.
Huge thanks to @bryanediaz and @gabbyreece for allowing a safe space for these emotions. I even dunked under for 10 seconds on my last round thanks to Gabby’s supportive words and encouragement.
Huge thanks to the XPT CREW for all you did during our experience. I had the best time and can’t wait to meet back up for the first certification! ❤️