Hot Springs, Italy & Balneotherapy

You may have enjoyed my last blog about the Italian hot spring Thermal Park Garda that I experienced recently with friends.  There is a little more I’d love to share with you.

As we entered, the Rules of Conduct were prominently displayed:

No Smoking
No Food and Drink
No Loud Noises
No “Outpouring of Love

So, no lovemaking or funny business in the hot springs!  Once I entered the park, I understood.  Natural forests, relaxing heated pools,  hot-tubs, water fountains, hydro-massage – it is a veritable feast for the senses. 

And ultimate relaxation.

There is even a unique grotto, hidden behind a waterfall, with carved seating, night mood lighting, and a variety of warm underwater jets…positioned perfectly to massage the back, neck, shoulders, and feet.

Being in these pools is like a re-birthing, an unveiling, a lifting away… I felt immediately at ease.  I am a water baby, after all.

Actually, each hot spring is unique and has different therapeutic properties, depending on the mineral composition.  Parco Thermal‘s water is high in bicarbonate, magnesium, calcium, lithium and silica, so this particular destination spa is renowned to improve your skin.  They have even designed a range of cosmetics prepared using the water from the Thermal Park.

Balneotherapy refers to the treatment of dis-ease using water therapies.  Hot springs are perfect – by immersing ourselves in mineral rich waters, our skin absorbs restorative minerals and expels harmful toxins.  The combination of minerals and warm temperatures provide many heath benefits – boosting the immune system, increasing blood circulation, relaxing muscles, aiding metabolism and digestion, etc.  For the skin, according to Talk Spas, balneotherapy in hot spring baths has been shown to have a therapeutic effect on psoriasis, dermatitis, and fungal infections.

The same journal lists more serious illnesses that use balneotherapy to relieve symptoms.  These include cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety, insomnia, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Spas of course also incorporate other organic elements such as essential oils, mud, clay, seaweed, saltwater and herbs to enhance the effects of mineral properties in the water. 

You can see how healing the waters are just by looking at the expressions on our faces…

This is Cristina with her husband Roberto after he has given her a beautiful Watsu treatment in the hot springs at Thermal Park Garda.

I’ll be exploring Canada’s first water spa for women, Body Blitz in Toronto, in a couple of weeks time…

Until then, Ciao
Kimberlee

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