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Hot Springs Waters

The hot spring waters are ideal to protect and restore health. They improve the skin, produce rest, transmit energy and make us feel totally renewed both inside and outside.

Hot spring are those formed in the core of the Earth and emerging spontaneously or through drilled holes. Due to their physical and/or chemical characteristics, they may have therapeutic effects that relieve or restore people’s health. These waters have energetic factors, such as the powerful ionization, mineralization, radioactivity, gases and PH variation.

The mineralization of these waters is always closely related to the composition of the soil along which they flow or accumulate. In general, they contain fluorine, iron, bromine, boron, iodine, chrome, sodium, phosphorus, arsenic and carbon silicon, to mention some of the most outstanding minerals.

Considered since ancient times as the elixir of youth, the hot spring waters are more praised than ever within the context of the revival of preventive and natural medicine.

Hot Spring Healing

Nowadays, thermal healing is one of the therapeutic systems that has gained most significance. When a person is exposed to a hot spring bath, they receive the direct action of temperature as a shock, and the minerals are deposited in the subcutaneous cell tissue, and from there, they exert their action thus activating the organic metabolism through the hypothalamus-suprarenal axis.

The thermal secret lies in the rhythmical game it provokes, being translated into tension-relax /activity-rest.

The effect of this kind of waters over the body is multiple and complete. Among their healing properties, the following stand out:

• They stimulate the defenses of the body.
• They reactivate the delayed metabolism of many rheumatic patients.
• They purify the blood, thus eliminating toxins and waste products through the sweat and the diuresis they cause.
• They relax the muscles and for their revulsive and resolvent effects, they act over edemas, tumefactions and fibrous chronic processes.
• They sedate the nervous system.
• They reeducate the thermoregulating system, of great importance for the rheumatic patient who has lost its capacity to react and to become adapted to changes in the environment.
• They have muscle relaxing effect on contractures and neuro-muscular-osteo-articular stiffness, of utmost importance for muscular skeletal reeducation and rehabilitation treatments.
• They reconstruct and tone up.

Hot Spring Baths: their benefits

Thermomineralizing baths act directly over rheumatic, cardiovascular and arterioesclerosis conditions, and metabolic processes in general, muscular system and articulations. They are sedative and relaxing, ideal to fight stress and the current life rhythm.

The patients who are most favored by these thermal healing waters are those who suffer from the following conditions:

• Chronic conditions of the respiratory system: chronic bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, laryngitis, sinusitis and pharingytis, especially those caused by allergies.
• Skin conditions, rebellious to usual therapies, may respond to cures with thermomineral waters: eczemas, pruriginous dermatosis. Remarkable results in the clearing of psoriasis are to be mentioned.
• Inflammatory chronic rheumatism on its acute stage: positive or negative rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile forms and psoriasic arthritis.
• Degenerative chronic rheumatism: various forms of arthrosis in the spine, hip, elbows, knees or hands.
• Paraarticular rheumatism: serous cavities, synovial sheaths and tendons.
• Non-articular rhematisms: fibrositis, myositis, sciatica neuralgia in various locations.
• Metabolic rheumatisms, particularly gout.
• Traumatism after-effects, surgical interventions, hemiplegia, distrophia in general.


 
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• Immersion baths are progressive. They should not last more than 15 minutes with 10-minute intervals outside the water.

• The water temperature must not be too high. Have your blood pressure controlled before each bath.

• Move slowly under the water.

• After each bath, have a rest on a warm bed or cover yourself up with a bathrobe and towels.

• Do not be exposed to cold temperatures after your bath. Remember we all have a thermoregulation system and our body takes time to become adapted to thermal-physiological changes.

• In order to obtain the highest benefits from hot spring baths, combine activity with a quiet life, go for a walk every day, eat healthy food and drink plenty of water. Baths are advised in the morning and in the afternoon, 4 hours after lunch.

• Do not forget to rest on a bed covered up by warm blankets after each bath.

• Bathing healing therapies should be progressive. Do not start with very hot baths. Slow healing has long-lasting effects. It lets the body to become adapted to biological changes, thus avoiding the so-called “thermal crisis”.

• It is recommended to stay at a hot spring resort for 3 weeks.

• Consider that this may be a good time to start a new lifestyle, as well as a balanced diet. Have good rest and do exercise for the body and the mind.

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