Terms of swimming in the hole
• Swimming Rules in the hole
Epiphany bathing does not apply to obligatory rites of the church. Nevertheless, for many of the dive in a specially equipped ice hole already become a good tradition. Despite the fact that there is always raging cold, it is believed that after the Epiphany bathing risk of disease is minimal during this period of the year. However, for the unprepared organism ice swimming is a real shock therapy.
When immersed in iced water to internal organs potent blood flow surges. If the advance is not objectively evaluate the possibility of his body, the threefold immersion in ice water can result in health complications. To Epiphany bathing passed without unpleasant consequences, you should observe the elementary rules of bathing in the hole, which adhere to the pilot, "walrus".
How would you not want to join this tradition, if you have health problems, and you are suffering from heart disease, hypertension, asthma, bronchitis, and a number of other diseases, to plunge into the hole is not necessary. Bathing in ice water may cause a sharp exacerbation of chronic illness and worsen the condition of the organism. Even if you feel healthy, in order to avoid the adverse effects of before a dip in the icy water, consult your physician.
About a week or two before bathing is necessary to begin to prepare the body to ice water. You start with a contrast shower. When no more water seem cool, add pouring cold water.
Regardless of the weather, dress warmly, while clothing and footwear must be easily and quickly removed and worn. Since the limbs freeze faster than other parts of the body, shoes, and gloves should be as warm. Swimsuit or trunks need to wear home. With a take a small mat, slippers, a large towel or bathrobe and linen replacement.
to undress before bathing must be from bottom to top. First, take off your shoes, then other garments and in the last instance - socks, their change on the slipper taken along.
Before you go to the hole - warm up. Can you do some simple exercises active: wave your hands poprisedayte, jump. Only after that can go into the water.
You go slowly, at an average pace, to keep warm. The ice water is not recommended for more than 30 seconds to avoid general hypothermia, so it is better to postpone the heats. Just dip three times and exit quickly. If everything is done fairly quickly, but without too much fuss, the body does not have time to cool down.
After exiting the water immediately wipe with a towel, stand on the mat and begin to change into dry clothes. Wear clothing is recommended from the top down. If you decide to plunge, first dry as far as possible, wipe your hair and put on a hat.
After you will put, for warming the body, drink hot tea with ginger or honey. To provide themselves with a drink, do not be lazy to brew it at home and bring a thermos.