Re: Dousing with cold water: Who does it?
Every so often, after a hot shower and a good nights work at playing aikido, I'll turn the hot off and brace myself for the cold. And it is just that... COLD!
Benefits? Dunno. I notice my sense become more aware and I'm very awake and alive. My breathing becomes deeper and paced... that is, after the initial shock. After a minute or two, you get used to it and wonder what the big fuss is.
It's very rejuvinating. I would be interested if there were any medical findings on whether it was good/bad/neither... just out curiousity.