Finding Joy in Movement

Hot Springs

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I have been overdoing it a bit lately with exercise. My work schedule hasn’t really allowed me to take any days off for quite a while until this last weekend. My wife and I were up in Canada, and while there, spent a day at some hot springs soaking in the mineral waters and generally relaxing. After my trip to Breitenbush this spring, I’ve become a firm believer in the benefits of hydrothermalmineral healing (that’s actually what it’s called). Soaking in hot springs relaxes muscles, calms the nervous system, increases blood flow and oxygenation to tissues of the body, and can at least temporarily relieve pain associated with injuries and various conditions. For more serious conditions, such as rheumatism in its various forms, and respiratory conditions, it seems to be that the common recommendation is for treatment lasting at least 15-20 days, but for less serious issues, even a day soaking can be beneficial. By allowing your muscles to relax fully and increasing oxygenation of tissues, the body is able to speed up recovery time. Professional athletes use hot soaks all the time to recover from workouts. I noticed that while I was at Breitenbush this spring, the same amount of asana practice which would have normally left me feeling sore, was no problem alongside daily soaks in the hot springs. So if you have access to a hot soak of any kind, you might consider treating yourself to some relaxation. Recovery is an important part of any exercise program.

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Author: andreasfetz

Yoga and circus arts teacher from Seattle.

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