What is Shock Pool?

What is Shock Pool?

What is Shock Pool?

Serapool Porselen
22/11/2021

It is thought that the use of recreational and enjoyable time areas such as saunas, Turkish baths and steam rooms creates many health benefits. After the use of these places, which provide relaxation by raising the body temperature and help to remove toxins from the body, one can enter the shock pool. Shock pools are pools that are usually around 15-16 °C and are entered for extra relaxation after the use of areas such as sauna, Turkish bath and steam rooms. With the use of sauna and hammam, body temperature increases, the veins in our body expand and toxins are more easily excreted through sweat. In addition, these areas provide relaxation in the muscles and a reduction in stress in general. The feeling of vigor in the body with the use of the shock pool after the relaxation and removal of toxins provided by these areas,

It may seem daunting at first to enter a cold pool immediately after using the sauna and hammam. However, it is known that this application, which is performed by many people, creates a feeling of happiness and is thought to have numerous benefits in terms of health. Shock pools, which are ideal against depression and strengthen the immune system, can be built in most environments due to their small size. Shock pools draw attention with their low temperatures and activities such as swimming are not intended for the use of these pools. It is enough just to enter the water in the shock pool and wait. Therefore, shock pools do not have to have standard swimming pool dimensions. The small dimensions of the shock pools make both the construction and maintenance and cleaning processes easy.

What Does the Shock Pool Do?

The use of the shock pool is generally applied after the use of areas such as sauna and hammam. In addition, the temperature of the water in the pool can be lowered even more so that it can be used alone without entering the hammam and sauna beforehand. The temperature of the shock pool water, which is usually kept at a temperature of 15-16 °C, can preferably be lowered to lower temperatures. Basically, the working principle of shock pools is based on stimulating the nerves in the body with the help of cold water. When the water in the shock pool is kept at very cold temperatures, first the nerves in the skin and then the muscles and joints are stimulated. As a result of stimulating the nerves through cold water, the body secretes many hormones, especially endorphins. Endorphins, also called happiness hormones, are hormones that the body releases to deal with pain and stress.

The use of the shock pool is not only an enjoyable activity, but also draws attention with its possible health benefits. This activity is thought to have properties that accelerate metabolism and aid weight loss. The use of shock pools, which has been practiced in some cultures for thousands of years, has attracted the attention of countless people. One of the main reasons for this situation is that the use of the shock pool is a challenging but enjoyable activity. Shock pools are also preferred by athletes to speed up the recovery process after exercise. The use of shock pool after rigorous training reduces muscle pain and supports the regeneration process of the muscles. For all these reasons, many people use shock pools. This process is sometimes used after sauna and hammam.

What are the Features of the Shock Pool?

Shock pools, which are entered to feel more vigorous and energetic after the bath and sauna, differ from other pools in terms of some features. Shock pools have certain features found to enhance their claimed effects and provide ease of use. We can list some of these features as follows:

  • Since shock pools are not intended for swimming, their dimensions are quite small compared to swimming pools. An ideal shock pool has a volume of approximately 2-3 m³.
  • It should be easy to get into the shock pool and sit still for a while. Therefore, the depth of the shock pool is ideally around 150 cm.
  • Although it is ideally made with very small dimensions, it is also possible to make shock pools in standard pool sizes. However, in this case, cooling and maintenance operations will be more difficult.
  • Although it is generally preferred to be used after the bath and sauna, the shock pool can be used independently of these activities. In this case, lower temperatures may be preferred.
  • The design of shock pools should be done carefully, as they are used in a relaxed way after the bath and sauna. In order to prevent accidents such as slipping and falling, a design that is easy to use and that uses the right coating materials should be preferred.
  • For the cleaning of shock pools, filtration system, pool skimmers or overflow system can be preferred. In addition, due to its small dimensions, it is possible to empty and refill the pool easily. General cleaning can be applied frequently in shock pools.
  • Entering the shock pool is thought to be an activity that gives the body resistance, gives healing and is good for many ailments. In addition to these features, users use shock pools because they are an enjoyable activity.

What are the Benefits of Shock Pool?

The use of the shock pool is preferred primarily because it is an enjoyable and pleasing activity. In addition, it is thought that the use of shock pool has many benefits in terms of health. We can list the possible health benefits of using the shock pool as follows:

  • After the use of Turkish bath and sauna, the vessels in the body expand and blood circulation accelerates. At the same time, toxins are excreted more easily through sweat with the effect of hot air. Then, with the use of the shock pool, the muscles in the body become more alive and tight.
  • Shock pools basically create their benefits in the body by stimulating the nerve endings in the skin, muscles and joints. With the stimulation of nerve endings, hormones are secreted that create a feeling of happiness, reduce pain and increase body resistance.
  • It is possible to feel more vigorous, fit and energetic with the effect of the cold water in the shock pool. Exposing the body to cold suddenly creates a shock effect, making us more resistant physically and mentally.
  • Inflammation occurs in the body as a natural response of the immune system. This inflammation can be harmful to the body if it becomes chronic and increases too much. The use of a shock pool reduces the level of inflammation in the body and reduces the harm of this natural process.
  • According to many studies, exposure to cold water for a certain period of time strengthens the immune system. It is thought that the reason for this is the hormones secreted by the body due to cold water and this process makes many systems in the body healthier.
  • As a result of the use of the shock pool, the metabolic rate increases and it may become easier to lose weight.
  • The use of the shock pool, which has the features of accelerating blood circulation and reducing muscle pain, supports the recovery process of the muscles after sports.

How Does Shock Pool Work?

Shock pools are generally found in businesses that provide Turkish bath, sauna and steam room services and are used after these activities. For it to work as intended, the shock pool must be kept at a certain temperature. Shock pool water, which is usually kept at 15-16 °C, can preferably be lowered to lower temperatures. Although the cooling process in specially used shock pools is sometimes carried out by adding ice to the water, pool water cooling systems are generally used for this process. In addition, the temperature of the environment where the shock pool is located is controlled to provide the desired temperature in the pool water. Shock pools are basically similar to standard swimming pools, but ideally they are considerably smaller than swimming pools.

The expected effects of shock pools in the body occur with the stimulation of nerve endings and, accordingly, the activation of certain systems in the body. After the bath or sauna, the body temperature increases and the body is rapidly cooled by entering the shock pool. This sudden temperature change stimulates nerve endings, especially nerves in the skin. The body perceives this temperature change as stress, and hormones such as endorphins that reduce pain and give happiness are secreted. Endorphin is a hormone that the body naturally secretes to deal with pain. At the same time, the lymphatic system, blood circulation system and muscle system of the body are affected by the effect of cold water. Depending on these effects, blood circulation is accelerated, the immune system is strengthened and muscle pains are reduced.

How to Use Shock Pool?

There are many possible health benefits of using the shock pool and this application allows many users to have a pleasant time. Whether it's the health benefits or the feeling of vigor provided by the shock pool, the use of the shock pool must be applied correctly to achieve such results. Shock pools are preferred by many users, especially athletes and people interested in healthy living. Generally, shock pools are entered after the use of areas such as Turkish bath, sauna and steam room. In these areas, the body temperature is first increased, then the desired rapid decrease is achieved with the cold water in the shock pool. With a sudden cold water contact with the body, the nerve endings are stimulated and the expected effects occur.

The use of a shock pool after the sauna combines the healthy effects of the two procedures. With the effect of the bath and sauna, toxins are removed from the body, and with the shock pool, it is ensured to feel more vigorous and fit. However, it is not necessary to use a hammam or sauna before entering the shock pool. The main effect of the hammam and sauna on the use of the shock pool is the increase in body temperature before entering the pool. Thus, with a temperature of around 15-16 °C, sufficient temperature difference is provided. By using a lower temperature, nerve endings can be stimulated without the effect of the hammam and sauna. When using a shock pool, it is sufficient to just enter the water and wait for a certain time.

How Long Should You Stay in the Shock Pool?

An important factor in the use of shock pools, which are thought to have various benefits, is how much time is spent in the pool. Shock pools are usually made in very small sizes for ease of use. Therefore, it is not intended to do activities such as swimming in shock pools, and they are only allowed to enter the water and wait. With the effect of both cold water and static waiting, body temperature drops rapidly. Therefore, waiting too long in the shock pool can lead to dangerous consequences such as hypothermia. However, shock pool use is a safe practice when used correctly and not exceeding the required waiting time.

The time required to wait in the shock pool may vary slightly depending on the body temperature at the time of entering the pool and the temperature of the water in the pool. However, generally staying in the shock pool for 3 to 5 minutes will be sufficient to produce the expected effects. Before entering the pool, it may be necessary to stay in cold water for a shorter time depending on factors such as not using a sauna or hammam and the lower water in the pool. The reaction of your body is important in terms of the duration of use of the shock pool. It is wise to initially use a shock pool for just 1 or 2 minutes to gauge your body's response. Then, you can stay in the shock pool for 3-5 minutes by increasing the time you spend in the water over time. However, the use of the shock pool for more than 5 minutes can be dangerous even for experienced users.

What are the Differences of Shock Pool from Other Pools?

Shock pools are basically similar to other pool types in that they are a stationary body of water. However, a shock pool is designed differently from other pools in terms of creating the expected effects and creating ease of use. We can list the differences of the shock pool from other pools in general as follows:

  • They ideally have rather small dimensions, as shock pools are not intended for swimming. They are made to have a lower depth than the average human height due to their relatively inactivity for a certain period of time.
  • The small size of the shock pools turns into an advantage in terms of cleaning and maintenance. It is easier to create hygiene with standard cleaning systems and chemical applications in shock pools. In addition, often the water in the shock pools can be completely drained and fresh water can be filled.
  • Safety must be at the forefront in the design of shock pools. Accidents may occur as a result of carelessness after the bath or sauna. To prevent these accidents, an easy-to-use design should be made and the right coating materials should be preferred.
  • The water in shock pools should always be kept at a certain temperature. For this, pool water cooling systems are commonly used. In addition, the coldness of the pool water can be ensured by the use of ice in shock pools intended for private use or by cooling the environment where the pool is located.
  • The primary use of other pools is generally to have a pleasant time and shock pools have the same feature. However, the health benefits of shock pools are more prominent.

How to Make a Shock Pool?

Except for a few important differences, the construction of shock pools is largely similar to the construction of other pool types. In order to start the construction of shock pools, it is necessary to determine the right area first. This area is ideally a separate part of businesses that have a hammam, sauna or steam room. In addition, shock pools are very suitable for private use with their small dimensions. In addition, it is not necessary to have a hammam or sauna around for the construction of a shock pool. After the construction area is determined, the planning phase begins. During the planning, a comfortable and safe design is created in accordance with the intended use. In the design of shock pools, a design with a lower depth and less volume is generally preferred compared to other pool types.

After the design and planning processes, excavation operations are carried out and the foundation is formed. Then, technically important parts such as plumbing, electrical systems and cooling equipment are installed. Reinforced concrete or prefabricated pools can be preferred in shock pools. Depending on this preference, minor changes may occur during the construction stages. After important processes such as waterproofing, the pool is covered and the necessary applications are completed to make the shock pool ready for use. Extra care is taken in the selection of pool liners for the safety elements that are considered primarily in the design. It would be ideal to choose covering materials that will prevent users from slipping. After the construction of the shock pool is completed, the pool is filled with water and after the necessary controls, the water is reduced to the desired temperature.

What are the Points to Consider in the Construction of Shock Pool?

In the construction of the shock pool, basically the steps followed in the construction of other pool types are applied. However, there are factors that need to be taken into account when making shock pools. We can briefly list some of these factors as follows:

  • The use of shock pools is different from other pools and it is not necessary to swim for the effects to occur. In addition, it is not easy to swim in shock pools that rapidly lower body temperature. Therefore, the design should not be focused on swimming, but only on entering the water.
  • When entering shock pools, a sudden drop in temperature occurs in the body. This temperature drop can cause us to react like fluttering. Therefore, the depth of shock pools should be as low as possible to prevent drowning. 1 meter or 1.5 meter range is ideal for shock pool depth.
  • Another step that should be taken to prevent accidents in shock pools is the right choice of coating materials. Anti-slip coating materials should be used and especially the ladder design should be created in a way that prevents falling.
  • The water in the shock pools must be kept at a certain temperature continuously. This is especially true in shock pools open to public use. Necessary systems should be installed during construction to keep the water at the desired temperature in shock pools.
  • For ideal use, shock pools can be built close to the hammam or sauna sections.

What are the Materials Used in Shock Pool Construction?

Shock pools with different designs and constructions can be constructed by using various methods. The materials used in the construction of the shock pool are similar to the materials used in the construction of other pool types. However, due to the different use and purpose of the pool, the materials used in its construction may also vary somewhat. Reinforced concrete or prefabricated shock pools can be built, as well as a shock pool that does not require excavation due to the small size of the pool. In general, a type of concrete that is resistant to water penetration is required in the construction of shock pools. This concrete poured into the excavated area will form a durable and watertight foundation for the shock pool.

Other important materials required in the construction of the shock pool are the necessary parts for the water installation and electrical system. Unlike other pool types, pool water cooling systems are among the most important parts in shock pools. Apart from these, the parts necessary to ensure hygiene and water circulation in the pool are also needed. These parts are water pump, filtration system and skimmers or overflow system parts needed for surface cleaning. Coating materials and upholstery, which are important in terms of aesthetics and safety, are also among the necessary parts. Optionally, necessary parts for systems such as lighting can also be used.

What Should the Shock Pool Dimensions Be?

One of the most important features to be considered in the construction of shock pools is the size of the pool, especially the depth. As a result of the use of such pools, body temperature drops rapidly. Depending on the rapidly falling body temperature, the user may begin to flutter and have difficulty staying on the water. For this reason, the depth of the shock pool should not exceed a certain size in order to prevent accidents. However, if the depth of the shock pool is too low, it will be difficult to enter the water completely. In terms of both ease of use and safety, the ideal depth of shock pools is between 1 meter and 1.5 meters. A depth above or below these dimensions may cause problems in terms of safety and ease of use.

Another important factor in the dimensions of shock pools is the total volume of the pool. Shock pools, which do not have the condition of being suitable for swimming activity, are not expected to be very large. It will also be easy to enter and exit a small shock pool. For this reason, the volume of an ideal shock pool should be around 2-3 m³. The small size of the pool also facilitates operations such as maintenance, cleaning and cooling.

How Shock Pool Floors Should Be?

The floors used in shock pools are of great importance in terms of both safety and aesthetic appearance. When entering shock pools, there is a sudden drop in body temperature, which can lead to slips and falls as a result of loss of control. In order to ensure the safety of the users, it is necessary to choose tiles that are resistant to slipping. Thus, accidents can be prevented more effectively. Of course, another important factor in the selection of pool flooring is the aesthetic appearance created by the flooring. To create an eye-pleasing design, pool flooring with an appealing pattern and aesthetic colors should be chosen.

In addition to safety and aesthetics, another important factor in pool flooring is durability and longevity. It is necessary to pay attention to the quality and the materials used in the construction of the floors in the selection of the floors, which are aimed to be used for many years without leaking and without damage. By paying attention to all these factors, an advantageous pool flooring selection can be made in terms of factors such as safety, design and durability.

What is the Cost of Shock Pool Construction?

The cost of constructing a shock pool will vary depending on the design chosen, the dimensions of the pool and the quality of the materials used for construction. Due to their small size, shock pools can be built more economically than other pool types with larger dimensions. However, since temperature control is important in shock pools, pool water cooling systems incur an extra expense.

Apart from the cooling system, other factors affecting the price are filtration systems, materials used for pool insulation and other materials used in the construction of the pool, such as flooring. Quality materials should be selected to achieve good results in shock pool construction and to build a pool that is aimed to be used for many years. Depending on your goals, it is possible to construct shock pools at various price ranges.

How to Clean Shock Pool?

As in all other pools, cleaning and hygiene are among the important issues in shock pools. Shock pools can become heavily contaminated if necessary cleaning and maintenance procedures are not performed. This situation creates disadvantages both in terms of pleasure of use and in terms of health. Various methods, including automatic and manual, are used to ensure cleaning in shock pools. Thus, it is ensured that the pool is always clean and suitable for use. First of all, the small size of the shock pools provides an advantage in terms of ensuring cleanliness. The filtration system provides rapid water circulation and effective cleaning in shock pools. Apparatuses such as skimmers, overflow system or pool ladle can be used for surface cleaning.

Shock pools, which have very small dimensions, can be emptied and refilled more frequently than larger pool types. A general cleaning can be applied when the pool is completely empty during this process. With the help of apparatus such as a pool brush, it is possible to get rid of dirt residues effectively. An effective cleaning can be achieved in shock pools with automatic and manual cleaning methods, pool chemicals and periodic general maintenance. Thus, a clean and hygienic shock pool that does not pose health risks for users is obtained.