Passive recovery tactics like infrared saunas and cryotherapy have generated buzz among celebrities and athletes alike in recent years—Jennifer Aniston has an infrared sauna installed in her home, and Golden State Warriors MVP Stephen Curry regularly books cryotherapy sessions.
And these recovery tactics are backed up by physical therapists and doctors: Whether you're working to improve your athletic performance or you have an injury that needs healing, the consensus is that practicing some form of passive recovery two or three times per week is important. "Passive recovery allows healing to occur without stressing traumatized tissues in the body," explains Alexander Lucci, a physical therapist at Professional Physical Therapy.
Want to hop on the passive recovery bandwagon? Here's what you should know.