Ice baths are soothing bodies and minds
in the deserts of the UAE
Location: Sharjah, UAE
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PARTICIPANT, MARWAN ABDELAZIZ, SAYING:
"Beginning is a bit scary, you want to get out, you can't control your breathing. But now I'm okay. Totally fine."
The extreme discomfort is an attempt to boost the body’s immunity
and increase inner strength
(SOUNDBITE) (English) EXECUTIVE COACH WHO RUNS ICE BATH AND BREATHING SESSIONS POURING ICE INTO TUB, BENOIT DEMEULEMEESTER, SAYING:
"The temperature difference increases your immune system...You stress your system for a short period of time, which makes you stronger, so the higher, or the bigger the difference in temperature, the better for your body."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PARTICIPANT, REZA TIRGARI, SAYING:
"The beginning is always hard to adjust. And then once you release and you realize that your mind is more powerful than your body and your mind controls your body. You have to make your body obey your mind - that's the secret."