introducing our warm water exercise cards
We are passionate about guiding our guests through a journey of recovery and rejuvenation, aided by the healing benefits of our geothermal waters. Each week we offer warm water exercise classes to Bath House guests as a popular way to partake in social, gentle exercise. To offer this opportunity to all guests, outside the regular class schedule, we have collaborated with our community partner, Musculoskeletal Australia (MSK), to create a series of Warm Water Exercise Cards.
These complimentary cards are available to all guests and guide you through a practice of gentle movement in a specific sequence, depending on your desired outcome and the intention of each card; relaxation, balance, mobility and flexibility. The waterproof cards are available for use in the Aquatherapy Pool in our social Bath House. If you need assistance or advice on how to use the cards, our friendly Pool Attendants are happy to help you.
Warm water exercise is an excellent way for guests with arthritis to build strength and ease stiff joints. The buoyancy of the water takes the weight off painful joints and help people move more freely in water than they can on land. Alternatively, for those suffering from muscular injuries or tenderness, the gentle movement can help relax sore muscles. The heat of the water can also relieve pain and warm up your muscles and joints so they are able to move easily. Also called ‘hydrotherapy’, it is one of the most comfortable and effective ways that a person with arthritis or with other muscle, bone and joint conditions can exercise. (ref – 1)
Water can provide as little or as much resistance as you like. This means exercises can be easily adjusted to suit people with varied strength and mobility. Exercising in water can also improve endurance and fitness. (ref – 2)
Warm water exercise, when performed in natural hot springs, can have a great range of additional benefits. The water found in natural hot springs contains a variety of different minerals, including magnesium, calcium and sodium bicarbonate. Our bodies soak up these minerals when we are in a hot spring, which provide a range of health benefits including muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control and blood pressure regulation.
The mineral water in hot springs can also help reduce stress by relaxing tense muscles. (ref – 3 and Peninsula Hot Springs Website)
Our new Warm Water Exercise Cards are a useful tool to guide you through your own warm water exercise routine at your own pace at any time. The cards have also been introduced into our regular warm water exercise classes. If you are interested in joining one of these classes, you can view our schedule online. The 45-minute warm water exercise classes are designed for small groups and are subject to availability. Open to guests of all ages and physical levels, your instructor will demonstrate how to adjust the exercises to fit your personal needs. (ref – 4)
Thank you to MSK for collaborating with us on this project. To learn more about MSK, please visit their website.
(1) MSK website