Hot-cold spa treatment revives aching muscles
TWO DAYS after a game our muscles are usually really sore, thus practice was shorter than usual. Even though it was not long, it was very intense as we prepare to face Italy.
One of the things that I have learned over the years is to take care of my body. This is something that I wish I had done better when I was younger. I believe I may have been able to avoid some of the injuries that I have suffered.
I have learned that what you ingest, how you treat, and what you do to take care of your body is very important.
The hotel here provides facilities allowing me to take better care of my body, an option I don't have while playing in Houston. After most training sessions a bunch of the guys like to go down to the spa and partake in a routine that we like to follow. This routine would be considered torturous to many, but leaves us feeling fresher the next day.
First we go in the sauna, which is at approximiately 194 degrees (Fahrenheit), the hot tub, or steam room for around 5 minutes. We immediately go into a cold bath set at 50 degrees for 5 minutes. The process is then repeated one more time. There is a science behind this routine that I can't really explain, but I can attest to the fact that I feel better and my legs do not feel heavy the next day.
Here's to a long career.
Kamehameha graduate Brian Ching is representing the U.S. in the World Cup