Cold Water Immersion FAQ

When done correctly and in moderation, cold water therapy is generally safe for most individuals. However, please consult with a healthcare professional if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
You are not permitted to wear any lotions or perfumes for the session. Please bring a bathing suit to wear into the CWI Tub. You will be in a private room alone or a staff member can be present with you in the room if needed. A towel for drying off after will be provided.
The duration of cold water therapy sessions can vary depending on personal preference and tolerance. It is recommended to start with shorter durations (1-2 minutes) and gradually increase as your body adapts to the cold (3-6 minutes). We enforce a strict 8 minute limit to the length of your cold plunge at our facility.

Yes, cold water therapy can aid in muscle recovery by reducing muscle soreness, inflammation, and promoting faster healing of micro-tears caused by intense exercise.


CWI also stimulates the production of a particular protein called Cold Shock Protein (CSP),
which has many benefits associated with it. When exposed to cold temperatures, brown fat is activated as a survival mechanism to generate heat and keep the body warm. Brown Fat (BAT) is rich in mitochondria, which are responsible for producing heat.

While the CWI Tub offers numerous benefits, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or concerns before using.

DO NOT USE if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • Under 12 years of age

  • Pregnant

  • History of heart disease

  • Wear a pacemaker

  • Open wound or recent surgery

  • Epilepsy or any other health concerns or risks

Using a CWI Tub lowers your body’s core temperature. Immersion in cold water causes blood
vessels to constrict and slows blood flow, which, when combined with certain health
complications, can increase blood pressure temporarily.


Please note that this warning is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace professional medical advice. If you have any concerns or questions about your suitability for CWI therapy, seek guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

The frequency of cold water therapy sessions can vary based on individual needs and goals. Starting with 2-3 sessions per week and adjusting according to your response is a good approach.
A Solid Basic, Science-Supported Protocol
A recommended protocol for deliberate cold  exposure is to aim for a total of 11-15 minutes per week, divided into 2-4 sessions that last 1-5 minutes each, spread throughout the week. While you can certainly do more, sticking to this minimum amount will allow you to reap thebenefits of cold exposure. Studies have shown that a water temperature between 55-60 degrees is sufficient to produce the desired release of cold shock proteins, we maintain a temperature in this range. The 11-15 minutes per week protocol is based on a recent studythat examined a range of effects and provides a solid foundation for ongoing use.
Cold water therapy does have mood-enhancing effects and can help reduce stress and anxiety by triggering the release of endorphins and activating the body’s natural relaxation response. The release of Cold Shock Proteins has been shown to have anti-depressant effects while provide significant mental clarity, and increasing dopamine levels.
The cold plunge tub we use is a premium model with an ozone generator always running and purifying the water, it also has a filter system to remove particulate and debris. After every use a natural disinfectant is also added to the water. The water is also drained and refilled on a regular basis.
Cold water therapy may have positive effects on the immune system by stimulating the production of immune cells and enhancing overall immune response, as well as the numerous benefits that come from Cold Shock Proteins.