In one of my posts I mentioned the advantages of cold showers. You can read all about it here. I’ve decided to go a step further and become an ice-woman. Well, I’d rather be an ice princess like Elsa from FROZEN – but you can’t have everything, can you?
I have recently acquired a tool that enables me to do a body massage with ice. It looks like that:
The device is very simple to use – you pour water into a container, put a lid on and keep it in the freezer for several hours. Then you take it out, pour some warm water over it to help the top to come off and you get a nice block of ice.
Why would I want to treat myself so abominably? For various health benefits, of course. And there are many:
- it reduces cellulite by improving circulation
- tightens skin and improves its elasticity
- improves capillaries
- regenerates muscles after physical workout
- reduces pain, swelling, inflammation from an injury
- improves resistance to infections
- develops the ability to handle lower temperatures
- improves flexibility and joints endurance
- relaxes the body and mind
I start with a warm shower and then I rub the ice all over my skin in small circles. It takes me five to seven minutes to do a whole body massage. The ice melts quite quickly so it is better to do the whole operation in a bathtub or under a shower.
At first, the difference in temperatures is a bit shocking but the body quickly adapts. The massage is invigorating and stimulating. I find myself energized even after a long and hard day.
The ice massager looks sturdy – it will last a couple of years of everyday usage. But you don’t have to splash your money on this gadget straight away. You can make your own massager in your kitchen. Simply fill a foam cup with water and freeze it overnight. When the water is solid, cut off most of the cup away, leaving only 1 – 2 centimetres to hold on to. It may not look as professional as the Vit-Ice Massager but it will serve the purpose perfectly.