Cold Saunas are Cool (and Cold!)

So we survived!

The Cold Sauna Lobby at The Sparkling Hill Resort

The Cold Sauna Lobby at The Sparkling Hill Resort

The Sparkling Hill Resort, where I took Armando for a birthday surprise getaway,  has the only cold sauna in North America.  It is a sauna that has a temperature of -110 degrees celsius.  Yes, that’s what I said: MINUS 110 degrees celsius!!  Armando and I wanted to add it to our list of “experiences” and it was quite the experience!

Cold saunas are used as a health treatment called Cryotherapy. It is a form of treatment used for arthritis, poor circulation and other ailments.  We chose to do it for the fun of it.  Doesn’t it sound like something you’d want to do on one of that last sunny days of summer?

At the entrance of the Cold Sauna in a snazzy gear!

At the entrance of the Cold Sauna in our snazzy gear!

There are 3 rooms to the sauna.  The first room that you start in is -10 degrees celsius.  You stay in that room for only 5 seconds.  Then you go into the second room which is -50 degrees for another 5 seconds and then you enter the last room which is -110 degrees and you stay in there for 3 minutes.  There was a kinesiologist in the room with us, talking us through it the entire time while Bob Marley sang in the background, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”  which I found quite humorous.

It was very challenging to make it through the 3 minutes but we both managed to stick it out and it was an amazing feeling afterwards.  It is very uncomfortable and even slightly painful at times but the mental challenge of sticking it out for the 3 minutes and succeeding was so rewarding at the end.  You feel so good after that it was worth the challenge.

Before going into the sauna, your skin is usually around 30 degrees celsius but when you are in the cold sauna, it drops to about 5 degrees celsius.  You can see on my arm where my mittens ended.

Before going into the sauna, your skin is usually around 30 degrees celsius but when you are in the cold sauna, it drops to about 5 degrees celsius. You can see on my arm where my mittens ended.

It has been a weekend of challenges for me and I faced another challenge this evening at dinner.  Stay tuned…(Check it out Here!)

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