For a lot of people wallowing in the bath is pure relaxation. Lying in warm water, with your eyes closed, feeling the comforting warmth of the water, breathing deeply and letting go…
We live on a planet where 70% of it is water and where all life depends on water. We have a body that consists of 70% of water. We can last 40 days without food, but only 3-4 days without water. Water is a symbol of immense importance in many civilizations and religions. Water is a crucial part of our planet and of our lives in general and therefor it is no wonder that water offers important health benefits.
What are the health benefits of thermal water in particular?
Planet Earth has given us thermal springs all over the world, filled with water that has healing attributes given the fact that this water is rich in iodine, gases and salts. When the water surfaces it has the temperature of 21°C or above.
The healing properties of thermal water are known for centuries and have since been used to treat medical problems. Hippocrates was the first who considered illness as an imbalance in the body. This balance could be restored with the help of water, healthy life, light, food, massage and mental peace. Hippocrates considered hydrotherapy as a therapeutic method, where thermal water and seawater are used to heal skin diseases, musculoskeletal diseases, respiratory problems, pain, etc.
But did you know that thermal water therapy can actually also be very helpful to relief and reduce stress?
And now hydrotherapy and thermal spas are back in fashion! This time to prevent and reduce stress. The lifestyle of people in the 21st century is stressful, they have a huge workload, and the pace of modern life are making more and more people look for peace and return to nature. Natural cures win from the pharmaceutical industry and so we return to the old values of Hippocrates.
It is proven that thermal water therapy reduces physical tension and mental stress. Submerging the body in warm water can reduce cortisol secretion as well as other hormones related with stress. This produces muscular relaxation and diminished anxiety.
Thermal water influences the reduction of negative impacts on health and the effects of stress that accompany modern lifestyle. So if you are looking to relax and relieve stress a thermal spa holiday might be just the thing for you 😉
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