When water soothes aches : thermotherapy
Apart from providing essential hydration to the body, the benefits of water are very often unknown. In addition to increasing energy levels and helping with digestion, water is also useful in order to reduce the effects of stress on the body in a different form than when it is consumed. Indeed, when alternated with heat, an immersion in cold water can help improve blood circulation all while making the skin look younger and more firm. The water circuit, inspired by hydrotherapy, is the ideal activity to enjoy the beneficial properties of water.
The Cycle of the Nordic Baths
Step 1 – The Hot
15 to 20 minutes
The thermal experience starts off in the heat. Contrary to popular beliefs, the water circuit does not start in the hot baths, but rather in the dry sauna or the steam bath. With it’s analgesic properties, the dry sauna helps muscles relax all while relieving muscular pains.
Let yourself be enveloped by the heat and evacuate your toxins in a completely natural way. This first step will not only benefit your body but also your mind. The worries of everyday life will evaporate little by little, as small droplets escape from your pores.
Step 2 – Cold
15 to 20 seconds
The second stage of the thermal experience consists of a short dip in the cold bath. To those of you who dread the cold: this stop is the shortest on the list but is the most beneficial to the body. It is an unmissable step: it accelerates the heartbeat and tightens the pores of the skin. Combined with some heat, the cold not only stimulates senses, but it also promotes the production of white blood cells, relieves aches, all while increasing the production of well-deserved endorphins. Not so bad after all, right?
Step 3 – Relaxation
The third stage of the water circuit takes place in the relaxation areas. Try them all or pick your favorite from the hot tubs, sun loungers, beanbags or hammocks. From hot to cold, your body has already been through a lot. It is now time to stabilize your heart rate in a quiet and peaceful environment.
3 to 4 times
Concluding the water circuit, the repetition of the previous steps is equally important in order to enjoy an optimal thermal experience.
The best part is, you can enjoy this experience all year long!