Peninsula Hot Springs founder Charles Davidson has travelled the world researching hot mineral springs. Based on this, he recommends the following procedures to maximise the benefit of bathing at Peninsula Hot Springs:
Showering: Shower before entering the pools. It is important to thoroughly clean yourself before entering the pools in order to fully appreciate the bathing experience of relaxation, contemplation and socialisation.
Hydration: Before taking a hot spring bath, drink plenty of water in order to promote perspiration. Remember to remain hydrated throughout the bathing experience. Water fountains are provided at the pools or bring your bottled water (no glass please).
Adjusting to the temperature: Upon entering bathing pools adjust your body gradually to the hot spring. Pour the hot spring water over extremities such as toes and fingertips and then towards the heart. This step dilates the blood vessels of the surface of your body, which prevents dizziness later on.
Duration of bathe: Bathing in hot water for long periods causes a rise in blood pressures and increased heart rate. Bathe at a temperature of around 40 degrees celsius until you feel sweat lightly on your forehead, then sit outside of the bath tub for a break and re-enter once you cool down a little. Remember to keep drinking water. Bathing for more than 15 minutes without taking a break is not recommended. The key is to listen to your body.
Leave the minerals on your skin: As the beneficial mineral adsorption of the hot spring water can go on for three hours after leaving the pools, it is recommended you do not rinse your body after bathing.
Rest: After bathing your body gets tired even though you feel refreshed. It requires two to three hours until blood pressure stabilises, therefore take some time to rest, ideally for at least 30 minutes. Allow a cool down period of 20 to 30 minutes wrapped in your bath sheet recline in the pool-side lounges and soak up the unique atmosphere of our coastal dune surrounds. Be careful not to cool your body down completely.
Remember to drink plenty of water again to avoid dehydration.
For maximum health benefit bathing three times a day is recommended. This will become more practical once accommodation is available onsite, with Stage 3 of the Peninsula Hot Springs vision.