Hot Springs Soothe Your Mind
People have "taken the waters" for thousands of years, claiming numerous health benefits from bathing in naturally occurring hot springs.
Particularly popular in the United Kingdom during the nineteenth century, bathing in hot springs continues today across the world.
What Are the Benefits?
Soaking in hot springs contributes to general wellness and improvements in all-round health.
Spring waters often contain a wide variety of minerals, including silica, which can help reduce dry or rough skin problems.
As your body absorbs minerals from the water, blood circulation improves due to increased hydrostatic pressure.
The warm water can also provide pain relief as the heat blocks your pain receptors, albeit temporarily.
Where your mental health is concerned, bathing in hot springs reduces stress as your muscles relax in the water.
You'll also benefit from a deeper sleep after you've bathed in a hot spring. This improvement is because your body temperature rises slightly in the water, and the transition to cooler air when you leave the spring triggers deeper sleep cycles.
Bathing in Hot Springs
Before you rush out to your local hot spring, it's always advisable to consult your doctor or a medical professional.
At some hot springs, you will need to enter and exit the water unaided.
You'll get the most out of your visit if you're already comfortable relaxing in water, such as in a hot tub or swimming pool.
Usually, you will have to pay to bathe at a hot spring, although the charge will often cover a whole day's use.
Finding a Hot Spring
Access to hot springs is readily available across North America.
In the United States:
all have a range of hot springs open to the public.
You can find Candian hot springs in:
- British Columbia
- The Northwest Territories
Sadly, hot spring availability in the United Kingdom is limited, with traditional springs in Bath, Buxton and Harrogate no longer in use.
If you're seeking a wide choice of hot springs to bathe in, look no further than Iceland. The island nation is one of the most volcanically and geologically countries on the planet - creating many world-class springs.
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