Hot Springs for Health – in Bodybuilding & Extreme Sports

Here at Hot Springs Aficionado, we believe that hot springs and hot water hydrotherapy should be an integral part of a balanced wellness regime.  For those who push their bodies to extreme limits, it’s even more important to include a solid recovery plan in your training regimen.  If you live near a spa or natural hot springs, you can include those – if you don’t, you can try adding a hot tub to your back yard.

In this segment, Anne-Renée interviews Dean Danis.  Dean is a bodybuilder and pro wrestler with many years of experience and injuries.  In this video, Dean talks about how putting a hot tub in his backyard improves his flexibility and recovery, no matter what season it is.  This video was filmed in Canada, in February 2015, with an outside temperature of about -35 (which is about the same in both Celsius and Fahrenheit!)

Join us at Hot Springs Aficionado as we explore the health and lifestyle benefits of hot springs soaks.

Hot Springs for Health in France – la cure thermale

It can be very difficult to find information on the science behind the benefits of hot springs in English.  So I turned to France to get a sense of the proven medicinal benefits of springs.

Photo by Romaineolas (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The French health care system has included “thermal medicine” since 1947.  There is a national network of springs spas that provide services covered by the healthcare system, called CNETh.  Each spring has certain specialties, maybe rheumatism, psoriasis, or cardiac diseases.  There is a cancer recovery cure system of 11 or 12 days.  You can easily find a spa that will treat your particular ailment by using this central website.  Your doctor will prescribe the cure and when you attend the spa you will be supervised by a team of doctors and nurses who are trained in thermal medicine.

By Jeunamateur via Wikimedia Commons

About 73% of the prescribed cures in France are for rheumatoid diseases while 11% are for respiratory ailments.  Thermal cures are also used for digestive and skin ailments, psychological and developmental difficulties.  Although its use is fairly widespread, thermal medicine only represents about 0.14% of the overall health budget.

In 2004, the national association started a fund to support research into thermal medicine.  The results of these studies can be found here.  My favourite study was on generalized anxiety disorder, with the control group on a prescription for paroxitene.  After 8 weeks, there was a significant improvement for the springs group.

Here at Hot Springs Aficionado, we try to visit hot springs or spas at least once a month because we can feel a positive effect on our bodies and our minds.  We plan to share a lot more information about how hot springs affect us and how we can use hot springs to bring wellness to our busy modern lifestyle – follow us on social media or by email to learn more about hot springs and health.

As a teaser, here is a video of the pool Franklin Delano Roosevelt used to recover from bouts of polio so that he could continue serving as President of the United States.