The benefits of bathing
Balneology is the scientific study of the therapeutic benefits of naturally occurring mineral waters. In Australia, this science is not very well known, and is even less seldom practised. However, throughout Europe and Japan, balneology and hot springs therapy is very much a part of routine medical care. Medical prescriptions are given by licensed doctors for the treatment of a wide range of conditions, and bathing in mineral waters as a part of preventative medicine is widely recognised and encouraged.
Hot spring soaking has a deep and far reaching tradition in North America, starting with the indigenous North American tribes who considered hot springs to be 'power spots' in nature. Native cultures universally have utilised natural waters for healing, purification ceremonies, sacred gatherings, and tribal meetings.
- Peninsula Hot Springs are filtration hot springs. The water that surfaces is estimated to have been deep within the Earth for more than 10,000 years.
- The water rises from 637 metres below The Cups at Rye. By the time the water comes to the surface the temperature is approximately 50°C . The temperature of the pools varies from 42°C to 36°C depending on the pool and the time of the year.
- Peninsula Hot Springs are classified as true mineral springs, with dissolved solids measuring over 3500 parts per millon (PPM), based on the assessment conducted by the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences in New Zealand.
- Peninsula Hot Springs are sodium chloride bicarbonate hot springs, with a pH level of 6.8. The near neutral (slightly acidic) pH is primarily the result of the potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium ions.