Epiphany: Tips how to bathe in icy-hole

Epiphany bathing in icy-holes
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Every year Ukrainian Orthodox and Greek Catholic Christians celebrate Epiphany.No restrict rules to bathe in icy waters exist, although novices should start preparing themselves to Epiphany bathing from summer in order to accustom their organisms to cold water. If you decide to bathe in icy-holes, then you should remember several rules:
1.You should prepare your organism to cold temperatures during two weeks before the bathing, for example, you can wipe with wet cold towel and take contrast shower. It is useful to be outside for some time wearing minimum cloth.
Not all weather is good for bathing in icy waters. The perfect temperature for a novice is from 2 to 5 degrees below zero. You can try to bathe in frosty weather, but 10 degrees below zero could be very dangerous for a first time.
You should bathe only in special equipped holes near the riverside, even better near rescue stations.
Eat one hour before bathing, and do not drink alcohol.
Before bathing it is necessary to warm up your body, for example, you can do a workout or go for a run.
Wear shoes, which you can easily put off, or woolen socks. The special rubber flip-floppers would do as well.
Women should not wear open swimsuits, it is better to use close shirts.
Bathing – is diving in icy water for three times. While bathing a Christian crosses himself and says: “in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit!”
It is strictly forbidden to dive head-first. Better not to jump and not to submerge in the water, because the temperature gets lower and a person can get shocked due to cold. It is better to dive neck-dip, in order to avoid reflex narrowing of the brain vessels.
In order to avoid hypothermia do not stay in the water longer than 10 seconds.
When you get out of the hole, do not hold on to handrails, instead of this it is better to use a dry towel.
After bathing you should rub yourself with a dry towel and put on some warm cloth. Remember, too hard rubbing can cause damage to your skin.
After that it is useful to drink hot tea of berries or fruits.
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Epiphany bathing in icy-holes
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