WEST FALMOUTH – Lauren Valle swims four times a week at Chapoquoit Beach. Yes, she can read a calendar.
“The latest date I swam last winter was January 7,” said Valle, 29, an herbalist of Falmouth. “I started up again in April.”
On late Tuesday as the sun was setting over the glassy calm of Buzzards Bay, Valle walked onto the beach and then straight into the water, where she stayed for about 10 minutes. It was long enough to swim out and then do a couple of 100 meter or so laps back and forth.
“It’s the best medicine I know. It just makes me feel alive.” – Lauren Valle
As she emerged from the water, she said, “It’s the best medicine I know. It just makes me feel alive.”
Valle grew up in Dedham. Her family has always had a house in Falmouth too, and she always swims at Chapoquoit Beach. The weather does not matter, she said. She swims in storms, and into the winter.
“It is cold. There is a physiological effect. Something happens to the body. Your body starts to warm up from the core, internally, and then your blood flow changes. It’s kind of a mystical thing.”
As the weather turns to winter, she said, she will do yoga breathing exercises before she enters the water. But in early October, she walked right in. She likes the medicine, and she has no plans to stop any time soon.
“The colder the water, the stronger the medicine,” she said.
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