ALTERNATE WARM/COOL SHOWER
Copyright 2017 by Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc.
By Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., H.M.C.
Note: This article
is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a prescription. Each
person is unique and advised to seek the advice of a qualified health-care
practitioner to determine relevance in a given case.
It has been
my experience that the integration of my Vital Chi Skin-Brushing System with
strategic hydrotherapies and essential oil selections creates powerful healing
synergy for both body and soul. The Alternate Warm/Cool Shower forms a
particularly powerful synergy with Vital Chi Skin-Brushing.
shower therapy has been used to treat specific health conditions, it has also
served well as a general health-maintenance procedure. Of all the various
hydrotherapies, this "unequal periods" Alternate Warm/Cool Shower (with the
emphasis on the former) is one I suggest most commonly as an overall tonic
treatment. It's an invigorating procedure which vitalizes circulatory,
endocrine, immune, lymphatic, nerve and skin functions.
One of the
best features of this shower procedure is its convenience. Unlike several other
hydrotherapies, it does not need to be followed by a period of covering-up or
rest. Thus, it's well-suited for tightly scheduled workdays. The Alternate Warm/Cool
Shower (preceded by the Vital Chi Skin-Brushing routine) employed three to four
times weekly has proven to be wonderfully restorative.
Warm and cool
water can be used in alternation to prolong the initial tonic-stimulant effect
of warm water. The heat (e.g., a warm shower) is applied first for 2- to
3-minutes; then, instantly, before the sedative reaction of prolonged heat can
take place, a 15- to 20-seconds short, cool treatment (shower, in this case) is
taken. Next, a second heat-application is used, and the body responds with new
vigor to the tonic-stimulant effect of the warm water. This is referred to as
contrast treatment during which the warm water magnifies the stimulating effect
of the cool water, and vice versa, providing a powerful gymnastics workout for
the blood and lymph systems.
two to three alternations between warm and cool water are used. The first
contrast cycle is always the most intense. The following ones are less so since
the body's ability to react progressively declines. Excess (more than three)
hot and cold alternations is depleting which defeats the treatment's purpose.
that the greater the temperature differences between warm and cool
applications, the greater the effect. For maximum benefit, the contrast between
the two temperature extremes should be to the limits of comfortable
tolerance. Always finish a contrast treatment with cool water to ensure
that the desired warming reaction takes place.
Note: "Warm" and "cool" are relative terms,
meaning that each person must use good sense in deciding a comfortable
tolerance level regarding temperatures. One should not be heroic and overtax
the system. Be conscious of your relative state of vitality on a given day and
adjust the temperature of the water and duration of each shower phase
INSTRUCTIONS: ALTERNATE WARM/COOL SHOWER
1) First, perform the Vital Chi
Skin-Brushing System routine.
2) In a pre-warmed bathroom, begin with
a 2- to 3-minute warm shower. The water should be comfortably warm. Be
judicious in this reference.
3) Follow with a cool shower of 15- to
20-seconds duration. The water should be cool to a comfortable tolerance.
Hand-rub your skin throughout this cool-water segment of shower.
4) Repeat this cycle of warm and cool water one more time.
5) Do not dry; while still wet, perform
a vigorous towel-rub by a private, open window (weather permitting).
COMPLEMENTARY AROMATHERAPY FOR THE ALTERNATE WARM/COOL SHOWER
your Alternate Hot/Cold Shower, you might perform a powerfully synergistic
essential oil rub-down while the skin is still moist (see below).
Follow-Up Lemon Juice/Essential Oil Rub: Squeeze the juice of half a large lemon
or an entire small lemon (preferably organically grown) into a small cup. Add
to the juice, 3- to 5-drops of one of my AromAnita Essential Oil blends
(suggested: ImmunEssence, Fragrant Chi, Fragrant Mountain Air,
PrimaDerma, Three-Fold Harmony, Female Harmony, Male Harmony, Air Harmony, etc.).
Next, stir with a finger, toothpick or plastic spoon. Then, using your bare
hands, rub the mixture into the moist skin until completely absorbed.
Written by Dr. Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., H.M.C.
Dr. Berkowsky, a registered naturopath, master herbalist and classical homeopath—is President of Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc. He is the founder/teacher of both Spiritual PhytoEssencing and the Natural Health Science System which he designed following many years of research and clinical practice, and includes herbology, nutrition, homeopathy, aromatherapy, exercise, traditional nature-cure as well as East/West healing arts/bodywork. Dr. Berkowsky teaches in-depth seminars/teleseminars/workshops to health-care professionals and spiritually aware individuals.
Disclaimer: This publication is intended as an educational tool, and not as a prescription. Seek the advice of your health-care provider before discontinuing any medication and/or trying any new remedy or technique.