Hot. Cold. Rest. Repeat.
The art of thermotherapy is not new. More than 2,000 years old, this Nordic tradition is known for its many benefits, especially on a physical and psychological level.
What is thermotherapy?
Thermotherapy refers to a medical technique —”therapy”— that uses temperature variations —”thermo”. Also known as the thermal cycle, thermotherapy consists of alternating between hot (sauna) and cold, followed by a period of rest.
Because your mental and physical hygiene is important to us, here are a few reasons to integrate the thermal cycle into your routine
- Mimicking the symptoms of fever, the heat produced by saunas often acts as the immune system’s first line of defense
- This same heat improves blood circulation, thus lowering blood pressure and ensuring a better heartbeat
- Inhaling steam containing essential oils helps prevent and treat viral infections
- The heat produced by saunas activates the vasodilatation of the tissues, soothing muscle tension and toning the skin
- Sweating allows a better cleansing of the body by releasing toxins and impurities
- Thermal shock promotes slow breathing and improves general respiratory capacity
- The feeling of relaxation activates the secretion of hormones such as endorphins, hormones of well-being
- These same hormones are known to reduce pain, stress and anxiety
- Recent studies conducted in Finland have also shown that repeated and prolonged use of hot baths can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
There are no more excuses; a thermotherapy is essential! To take advantage of the benefits of thermotherapy, here is an easy thermal cycle ritual to add to your weekly relaxation routine at home:
– Hot: hot bath (15 to 20 minutes)
– Cold: cold shower (10 to 15 seconds)
– Rest: reading (20 minutes)
Enjoy your relaxation!