Chantal Barnwell, Spa Nordique Le Germain's director, explains the ritual and why it's very good for you.
A repeated cycle alternating hot, cold and relaxation constitutes a purely therapeutic exercise for both the mind and the body. Your body emerges purified, energized, revitalized and relaxed, while your mind finds peace and inner calm. There’s no secret to this formula in Finland, where saunas are taken at least once a week.
Alternating hot and cold baths stimulates the elimination of toxins, strengthens the immune system, eases the muscles and relaxes the body. Stepping into a Nordic bath or shower after the dry heat of a sauna or the soothing humidity of a steam bath with eucalyptus essential oils melts away tension caused by stress or fatigue.
This thermotherapy experience provides an opportunity not only to unwind and recharge, but also to socialize.
What are the health benefits of thermotherapy?
- Relieves tired and aching muscles.
- Helps alleviate arthritic pain.
- Accelerates the healing process and stimulates the release of two natural, pain-relieving hormones: beta-endorphins and norepinephrine.
- Burns up to 300 calories in one regular session, or the equivalent of a brisk 3-kilometre walk.
- Contributes to the elimination of toxins through perspiration. Drug rehabilitation programs recommend taking saunas.
- Brings about an overall sense of well-being.
Director, Spa Nordique Le Germain