Our favourite exercise recovery methods in Melbourne
At Pant Active we love to train hard, but training hard without adequate recovery can lead to injury and time out from the activities you love. To avoid injuries, aid in recovery and keep your body primed, we’ve sussed out 5 fun and refreshing recovery methods for you to try around Melbourne.
Community Ice bath at 5th Element Wellness, Fitzroy North
Inspired by Wim Hof aka ‘The Iceman’ the guys at Fifth Element Wellness have embraced immersion in icey cold water for a variety of benefits which are believed to optimise both mental health and physical performance.
Each session begins with a 30 minute guided breath meditation to help stimulate the body’s internal thermostat and feel the powerful alkalising effects of our own breath. Recent research is demonstrating that the Wim Hof breathing technique has a positive effect on our immune system, sex hormones, fat loss and even brain function. A number of breathing cycles combined with positive intention setting (plus group hugs all round) will have you feeling pumped and ready for what lies ahead…
Then, it’s time for the ice.
Up to the shoulders, hands on your thighs, just keep breathing… Immersion in the ice helps to stimulate our brown adipose tissue (or “brown fat”) which surrounds the vital organs and thyroid glands. Ice baths have been proven to assist in reducing inflammation in the joints and muscles while having a positive impact on immune function and state of mind.
Being submerged in ice doesn’t sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but the experience offered by 5EW will help you push beyond your own self-imposed personal boundaries, leaving you feeling refreshed, energised and craving that next ice bath!
Yoga Tune Up® at Warrior One Yoga, Brighton
Warrior One Owner Dustin is a huge ambassador for this form of recovery, using YTU® therapy balls for myofascial release. Using a variety of techniques to target the body’s blind spots, the focus is on eradicating pain and improving posture for enhanced performance. The techniques release muscles and surrounding connective tissue which assists the body’s mobility, flexibility and relaxation.
Classes delve deep into specific areas of the body such as the shoulders, hips, back, neck, gluts and core. Yoga Tune Up is a full body rejuvenation that reduces pain and softens stubborn muscles!
Infrared Sauna at Melbourne Muscle and Bone Clinic, Prahran
The concept of the sauna has been around for many hundreds of years across a variety of cultures, all recognising the health and relaxation benefits of hanging out in a hot room with your pals.
Modernity has seen the introduction of the Infrared Sauna. Using far infrared wavelengths to penetrate up to 1.5 inches into the muscles, infrared sauna heats the body from within, rather than relying on the hot air created by traditional saunas. Cells that are exposed to these infrared rays have been shown to experience increased regeneration and growth.
Benefits of sauna include:
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Increased blood circulation
- Reduction of stress hormones
- Anti-ageing via improved skin conditions
- Improved cardiovascular conditions
- Increased white blood cell count
Cryotherapy at Alchemy Cryotherapy Centre, South Yarra.
Ever wondered what standing on top of Mount Everest in your undies feels like? We didn’t either until we made a trip down to Alchemy Cryotherapy in South Yarra. Julian and the crew at Alchemy Cryo are extremely passionate about this form of recovery which involves spending time in a room where temperatures plummet to a frosty -116 degrees Celsius! Much like an ice bath but without the need to get wet, cryotherapy is beneficial for circulation, boosting immunity, optimising brain function and improving sleep quality.
After changing into your cryo kit which includes earmuffs, mittens and cute little booties, you will be asked to select your fave ‘chill’ track to be played in the cryo room during your session. We loved how professional the guys at Alchemy were, guiding us through the process and calming our nerves prior to entering the chamber, leaving us feeling only excitement!
With the entire body immersed in ultra cold air, you gain the anti-inflammatory benefits from head to toe. We never felt any real sense of discomfort in the cryo chamber. It was more of a full body and mind invigoration. A super exciting and novel way to treat your tired and achy body, we highly recommend you pop down to Alchemy Cryotherapy and give cryo a go!
Sensory Deprivation Tank at Elevation Float, Camberwell
Sensory Deprivation tanks were originally designed to test the effects of meditation on brain waves. Now considered a highly effective form of therapy for body and mind, float therapy has has really kicked off in Melbourne over recent years.
A float session involves spending up to one hour in a private room in your own tank. Each tank is filled with 600kg of Magnesium Sulphate (epsom salt) dissolved in 600 litres of water, allowing the body to float buoyantly and effortlessly. All outside stimuli is eliminated- no noise, bright lights, tension or gravity and no disruptions. To further heighten the feeling of relaxation, the water is matched to the temperature of the floater.
Along with mental benefits achieved through accessing a deep state of meditation and relaxation, the Magnesium in the water is readily absorbed through the skin, helping to reduce muscle tension and inflammation. Magnesium also plays an important role in stress reduction and sleep quality. We so rarely get an opportunity in today’s fast paced world to completely escape from outside stresses and explore the depths of our mind in a supremely relaxing setting. Floatation is a complete recovery method for both body and mind.