Why hydrotherapy is good for the mind, body + soul
The ancient practice of partaking in a Nordic bath circuit dates back thousands of years and is well-known as a mode of relaxation for Scandinavians. In recent times, the Nordic bath circuit has been adapted by spas all over the world, including right here in Canada, after being recognized as a first-rate treatment for health and well-being.
What exactly is a Nordic bath circuit?
A traditional Nordic circuit consists of a series of treatments that starts with working up a sweat in a wood-heated sauna, then plunging into a cold-temperature river (or, at a spa facility, in an outdoor cold water pool), and finally relaxing in an outdoor steam bath. In order to experience the full benefits of the circuit, the entire sequence is intended to be repeated another two or three times.
Here are five reasons to try this spa treatment for yourself:
1. It helps restore skin elasticity and tone.
A Nordic spa circuit is a safe, natural way to achieve healthy-looking skin and maintain a youthful glow. The heat experienced from the sauna and the warm water of the whirlpool or steam bath raises your body temperature, relaxes the muscles and dilates pores. This allows for the toxins in the skin to be flushed out, making it an ideal, non-invasive age-defying treatment.
2. Your immune system is stimulated.
A quick, full body dip (head included) into a cold water pool causes blood vessels to contract, as well as an increase in both heart rate and blood pressure. This sequence in the series promotes white blood cell production, leaving your body feeling invigorated and your energy supply regenerated.
3. It provides a soothing effect on degenerative conditions.
Sitting in the steam bath (usually for 20 minutes) offers relief from the painful symptoms of rheumatism, arthritis, osteoarthrosis, and other degenerative joint disease. Those who don’t suffer from a joint condition will still find that the heated water enables muscle relaxation, helping to decrease the negative effects of stress and also enhance sleep quality.
4. You get similar effects to an aerobic exercise workout.
Okay, so it doesn’t mean you can forget about doing any type of aerobic exercise ever again, but completing a Nordic spa circuit does offer the results of a healthy bloodstream flow and a more efficient metabolism. So, you are left feeling the same satisfaction as you would be after sweating it out on a treadmill or stationary bike.
5. You’re left feeling happy and relaxed.
In addition to flushing out toxins in the body and improving blood circulation, a Nordic bath circuit promotes the release of endorphins that are commonly known as “happy hormones”. Endorphins help to improve a person’s physical condition so they can use the restored energy to attain a better quality of life. Now, who wouldn’t want that?
Note: It is advised to consult your physician or a medical professional before participating in a Nordic spa treatment. Also, Nordic baths are not recommended for pregnant women, people suffering from heart problems, high blood pressure, respiratory difficulties, diabetes or angina.