In Japan, saunas are everywhere and everyone goes to them, so naturally I went and was hooked. It wasn't so much how I felt while I was in there (which was hot and uncomfortable— this was because I wasn't acclimated to them yet!) But AFTER being in one, everything felt better— I slept better, recovered faster and my skin always looked better. So I started doing a little research on them, and here is what I found:
I think it safe to say most people love massages, but I also think a lot of people think of massages as “pampering.” I know when I am going in for a massage, I am not thinking about pampering or even excited for that matter, because I know it's going to be uncomfortable! I think of it as recovery and “fixing” the damage that I have done to my soft tissues through working out, sitting, sleeping and just being a human in general.
When people ask me if they should go to the chiropractor, the first question I always ask is, “Well, do you have a spine?” And if the answer is yes, then we're off to a good start!
Whole body cryotherapy is giving new meaning to the post-workout cooldown. Since it’s invention by a Japanese doctor in the 1970s, cryotherapy has become a very popular treatment for improving workout recovery time, sports performance, pain due to inflammation and more. Gone are the days of uncomfortable and dreaded ice baths; this three-minute treatment is quick, easy and exhilarating!
I keep seeing this cryotherapy “stuff” all over TV and social media, so I decided to give it a try! I am a big fan of recovery, and I don't think most people do enough for their recovery. For the most part everyone trains hard, but remember you don't grow or change when you are working out; it happens when you are recovering! So if it you don't recover properly you are sabotaging your efforts.
I post a lot about taking Epsom salt baths when I am sore or tired, (which is a lot!). I even talked about them in the August 2015 edition of FitnessRx for Women. But I ALWAYS get asked if it really works. The best way I can answer that is that it ABSOLUTELY does work for me! But like most things in fitness, just because something works for someone else, it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to work for you. So, the only way to find out is to give it a try.
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