Water has long been harnessed to encourage physical and emotional wellbeing. Across the world, and throughout decades, water therapies and facilities have contributed to creating wellness experiences that provide lasting physical and mental health benefits. Our waters are an oasis of calm healing.
“Water is an element in which our bodies can be free, so all of us can use water therapeutically.”
– Professional Spa and Wellness Magazine
benefits of hot springs bathing
Hot springs soaking has well established place in indigenous traditions, with indigenous tribes considering hot springs across the continent to be 'power spots' in nature. Native cultures have universally utilised mineral waters for healing, purification ceremonies, sacred gatherings and tribal meetings.
Balneology is the scientific study of the therapeutic benefits of naturally occurring mineral waters. Balneotherapists affirm that trace minerals in hot springs and the stimulating benefits of highly mineralised waters combine to stimulate and promote health and wellness.
Australian therapists are increasingly turning to mineral water spas combined with massage for work related illnesses such as stress, back-related injuries and tinosynovitus.
Rehabilitation for operations, accidents and treatment for rheumatism, arthritis, gout, heart disease and infertility has also benefited from hot springs bathing regimes.
Thermal therapy research by European doctors has demonstrated that hydrostatic pressure in the body is increased when bathing in thermal hot springs.
Bathing invigorates blood circulation and cell oxygenation, stimulating the body and enhancing its capacity to detoxify and improving digestion.
Committing regularly to bathing can normalise the endocrine glands and invigorate the autonomic nervous system.
Throughout Europe and Japan, balneology and hot springs therapy has been incorporated within routine medical care treatments, and we are gradually applying this holistic approach to Australian treatments.
Licensed doctors have come to recognise the value of prescribing bathing in mineral waters as part of a preventative approach to illness.
In a study conducted by RMIT University’s School of Health and Biomedical Sciences that looked at the guest experience of hot springs bathing, 82% of respondents surveyed reported better sleep following their bathing visit at Peninsula Hot Springs.
For centuries, bath houses have played an important role in bringing together members of the community to socialise and connect. According to the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the single most important determinant in human longevity is social connections.
Research conducted by European doctors has found that hydrostatic pressure in the body is increased when bathing in thermal hot springs. Hot spring bathing helps blood circulation and cell oxygenation, improving our body’s digestive and detoxifying capabilities.