Are You Thinking Of Taking A Hot Plunge?
It’s happening whether we like it or not…winter is on the way and arriving much sooner than I would like!
When I think of winter, I always turn to warm comforting thoughts like a fireplace, hot chocolate, chicken noodle soup, things that warm the soul.
When I say Hot Springs and warm mineral laced waters…what do you think of?
I’m sure many may think of the more popular Blue Lagoon the movie with Brooke Shields (okay I may be dating myself now) or maybe you are thinking of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland (and I mean why not) the vision of bright milky blue waters of the renowned Blue Lagoon contrasting with the stark black volcanic landscape just gives me that warm cozy feeling.
Did you know you can experience Hot Springs right here in Canada? Yup, you can we have one in Alberta and the other in British Columbia…who knew!
Liard River Hot Springs in British Columbia – this location is the second largest hot spring in Canada just off the Alaska Highway in Northern British Columbia located in a lush spruce forest. Temperatures in the Alpha pool range anywhere from 42 C up to 52 C. This is a great option if you would like the possibility of seeing the Aurora Borealis.
Banff Upper Hot Springs, Alberta – These Iconic springs are Canada’s most historic and highest elevation, offering the healing powers of mineral rich geothermal waters where you can relax with beautiful views of Bow Valley and Mount Rundle.
Here are just 3 benefits from soaking in a Natural Hot Spring...
1. Relaxation and Stress Relief: Hot springs are known for their relaxing properties. The warmth of the water can help to soothe tense muscles and promote overall relaxation. The heat also encourages the release of endorphins, which are natural mood enhancers. This can contribute to a sense of well-being and help alleviate stress.
2. Improved Circulation: The heat from hot springs can stimulate blood circulation. As the blood vessels dilate in response to the warmth, blood flow is increased throughout the body. This improved circulation can be beneficial for cardiovascular health and may help deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues more effectively.
3. Skin Health and Detoxification: Soaking in hot springs may have positive effects on the skin. The minerals present in the water, such as sulfur, silica, and radium, are believed by some to have skin-rejuvenating properties. Additionally, the sweating induced by the heat can contribute to the elimination of toxins from the body, promoting a mild detoxification effect.
The other very popular natural hot spring of course is The Blue Lagoon in Iceland – Located in a lava field near Grindavik (about 45 minutes from Reykjavik). Here you can experience a true Icelandic bathing culture with a blend of saltwater and freshwater. A mineral rich by product that ranges from 37 C – 40 C. Enjoy the beautiful views where the sea meets the sky as you soak in this pool of mineral richness.
As well if you are traveling to Austria, you will find the Aqua Dome Spa with 12 thermal baths or if you are in Türkiye you will find a UNESCO World Heritage Site with white travertine marble pools brimming with striking blue thermal waters. I think a visit to a mineral rich thermal hot spring should be on everyone’s bucket list.
It's important to note that while many people find hot springs to be so beneficial, individuals with certain health conditions should consult with a healthcare professional before spending extended periods in hot springs. Additionally, the specific mineral content and temperature of hot springs can vary, so the benefits may depend on the characteristics of the spring you are in.
If taking a hot plunge is on your bucket list, then feel free to reach out, I would love to help make this a reality for you and your health.