Friday Cabins #41: A Song of Ice & Fire (Baths)
We've been on the cedar soaking tub trend. Now ice baths are on the come up
Happy Friday folks. Give yourself a lil pat on the back ‘cause you made it through again. To celebrate, here at Cabins Etc we’re bringing you another Friday Cabins, a weekly newsletter about all things cabins, curated from the pages of outdoors/design publication Field Mag.
Late October brings many a global celebration: The Hindu festival Diwali just finished, Gaelic holiday Samhain are around the corner, and the Mexican holiday Día de Los Muertos honoring passed loved ones takes place between November 1st and the 2nd. And of course Halloween, a Western tradition slowly taking root around the world (for better or worse). Including in Iceland, the Land of Fire & Ice. And well, today’s newsletter is about just that.
And by Fire & Ice we mean wood-burning hot tubs and the growing popularity of at-home cold plunge bathtubs, because what pairs better with a remote cabin (or your own backyard) than a state-of-the-art wellness routine?
Although the practice of ice baths and cold plunges dates as far back as 3,500 BCE, it’s only in recent years that dipping your body into ice cold water has become popular in the US, and in particular, among woo-woo wellness folks (and celebrities of course). Benefits remain to be confirmed, but big names like Lizzo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, uh, Joe Rogan, and of course the Ice Man himself Wim Hof all laud the results. We’ve reached the point where people are spending thousands to install baths of their own in-house.
As of now, the two biggest brands seem to be Plunge and Blue Cube, but like wood-fired hot tubs, we’re guessing it won’t be long until we see boutique brands pop up as the movement takes hold. The founder of Blue Cube, Thomas Schiffer, boldly assumes a cold-plunge tub might be as ubiquitous as a sauna or jacuzzi in the near future.
But for those of us who can’t drop $5k on another bathtub, or have the space for it for that matter, trainers and wellness influencers alike assure that cold-plunging can be achieved the old-fashioned way, too—dump ice into your home bath and get in… Just look out for hypothermia, of course.
On the other end of the heat spectrum, Goodland wood-fired hot tubs are an attractive example of where the ice bath industry might find themselves in a few years—design-forward, made with sustainable and high-quality materials, marketed with slick, contemporary imagery and graphics, and marginally affordable.
Until then, there’s always running a cold shower/hot bath.
Thx! Enjoy your weekend