The CET Contrast Spa Duo consists of a cold CryoSpa Sport ice bath combined with a hot ThermoSpa Sport and sharing central steps.
Today, most strength and conditioning coaches have a preference for either contrast therapy i.e. alternating hot and cold or for cold water immersion alone.
Many high profile clubs including Premier League clubs such as AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace FC utilise contrast bathing as part of their recovery strategy and have opted for the ContrastSpa Duo option.
The Australian Institute of Sport are also strong supporters of contrast bathing. The most common ritual is 1 to 3 minutes hot followed by 1 to 2 minutes cold with the process repeated 3 or 4 times. And most users will advocate finishing with the cold in order to close the pores before dressing.
Contrast bathing works by promoting rapid alternation between vasodilation and vasoconstriction, which causes a ‘pumping’ action in the peripheral circulation by using temperature rather than manual methods. Heat stimulates circulation bringing in fresh blood, lymph, oxygen, water and nutrients while cold contains the inflammatory response and expels stagnant fluid and waste products.