Saunas and Ice Baths for Tennis Players

By

Alex Tyson

Intense training, games and tournaments can take their toll on a tennis player – both mentally and physically. Saunas and ice baths for tennis players are an effective way not only to aid recovery for tennis players but also to enhance performance, which is why more and more players are adopting these methods as part of their training regimes. Below we list the benefits of ice baths and saunas for tennis players and why we recommended using both.

Found—Space is a hormetic tech company specialising in equipment designed specifically to induce a hormetic stress response (known as hormesis). We are pleased to now offer two very powerful forms of hormetic technologies – infrared saunas and ice baths. We believe that the key to a healthy and vibrant life lies in the body’s ability to adapt and respond to stress.

What Is Hormesis?

Hormesis is the biological process where certain types of stress on the body can result in beneficial effects on our cells and our health. At Found—Space, we’re super passionate about helping our clients elevate their physiology through innovative home wellness technology. We design, develop, and sell hormetic therapies such as infrared saunas and ice baths throughout New Zealand. The recently popularised phenomenon of hormesis has led to the development of technologies that induce these beneficial stressors in a controlled and safe manner. These exciting developments are part of the reason why we now offer two forms of hormetic technology in our range of infrared saunas and ice baths.

Are Ice Baths Good For Tennis Players?

When we expose our bodies to low levels of stressors, such as heat, cold, exercise or controlled fasting this can improve resilience and health. So, as far as whether or not ice baths are beneficial for tennis players… the answer is yes. By taking the cold plunge and exposing the body to this stressor in a controlled manner regularly, we can activate a range of beneficial physiological cascades that can ultimately improve a tennis player’s performance, endurance, cognitive function and ability to push through both physical and mental challenges.

One big benefit of using ice baths (and saunas) for tennis players is that they can help your body recover quicker. Many tennis players have found that taking an ice bath after training or playing can reduce pain, swelling and soreness and can also have an anti-inflammatory effect. Mentally, many tennis players find they become more focused with a higher level of concentration and equanimity in the face of challenges.

Benefits of Using Both Ice Baths and Saunas for Tennis Players

One of the most popular methods of inducing hormesis is of course saunaing. Saunas have been used for thousands of years by cultures around the world, and for good reason. When you sit in a sauna, your body temperature rises, which triggers several beneficial responses.

The potential benefits of saunas for tennis players include:

  • The activation of heat shock proteins
  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • More supple skin
  • Improved heart health
  • Your blood vessels dilate which increases circulation
  • A positive impact on inflammatory markers
  • Better brain function

Used in combination with ice baths (sometimes referred to as hot/cold therapy), this can enhance the benefits of both therapies. This is because the body responds differently to each of the temperatures on opposite ends of the spectrum, activating different systems which can broaden the types of beneficial outcomes. Going from hot to cold and vice versa has been shown to increase lymphatic circulation and drainage which can help flush out infection and reduce swelling from lymphatic buildup. It can boost muscle recovery even further and trigger your body to release endorphins and adrenaline.

Enquire About Our Ice Baths And Saunas For Tennis Players

So you can start enjoying the benefits of saunas and ice baths for tennis players, get in touch with us today to find out more and to discuss the best ice bath and sauna regime for you & your goals.

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