Things you need to know about the ben­e­fits of ice-cold treat­ments

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The heal­ing power of cold tem­per­a­tures to re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and soothe aches and pains has long been em­braced by the Finns, who con­sider a plunge in icy wa­ter af­ter a sauna to be not merely a lux­ury, but a ne­ces­sity.

Cold wa­ter and ice con­tain more oxy­gen than hot wa­ter – pro­mot­ing al­ka­li­sa­tion and detox­i­fi­ca­tion. Yes, un­like a hot steamy bath, show­er­ing in cold wa­ter pre­vents tox­ins from get­ting clogged in your skin. Hello tight pores, bye-bye acne and wrinkles!

Ice treat­ments not only in­duce teeth chat­ter­ing, but also get your blood flow­ing! When ex­posed to cold ex­ter­nal tem­per­a­tures, your ar­ter­ies and veins con­strict tem­po­rar­ily, al­low­ing blood to flow at a higher pres­sure and in­creas­ing cir­cu­la­tion. Aside from im­prov­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar health, it also boosts the im­mune sys­tem and aids in bat­tling de­pres­sion.

The Ac­qua Perla Spa taps into this ice-cold trend by of­fer­ing the sen­su­ous detox­i­fi­ca­tion de­lights of the 45-minute Sen­so­rial Hy­dro Trail treat­ment, whose seven stages in­clude a hot volcanic steam cave where you grab a hand­ful of snow from the snow foun­tain to rub onto your body.

The men­tion of “ice treat­ments” may send shiv­ers down your spines at first. But brave the cold, and you will emerge back into the heat of Bali re­freshed and re­ju­ve­nated.

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