Always consult with your doctor before going in a hot spring, especially if you are pregnant, elderly, or have any illness.
While soaking in a hot spring while on vacation sounds really relaxing, there are also a lot of health benefits of hot springs. Natural hot springs have been used to treat ailments for thousands of years and are still used today. In other countries hot springs are actually a recognized natural treatment for certain medical conditions.
Here are some health benefits of hot springs:
- Boosts circulation. The variety of minerals found in hot springs water can cause an increase in blood and oxygen circulation.
- Relieves stress. The heat relaxes your muscles and releases tension. Many people believe they sleep better after soaking in a hot spring.
- Chronic pain relief. One of the major benefits of hot springs is that they can help relieve chronic pain, particularly for those suffering from arthritis or fibromyalgia.
- Improve skin. The minerals found in hot springs can help with skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema. If you don’t have a skin condition, these minerals can help keep your skin healthy and smooth.
- Decongestant. The heat and steam from the hot spring can help relieve congestion.
- Digestive relief. The saltwater is believed to help with relieving digestive issues.
These are just a few of the health benefits you might get from soaking in a hot spring. My husband and I recently visited Crystal Spring natural hot spring in Honeyville, UT. We both swear that our pains improved (my upper back pain significantly improved) and we felt very relaxed and just plain good after being in the hot spring.
There are hot springs located all over the United States, particularly in the western states. Some hot springs are naturally occurring and have not had anything added to them. Others have been made into more spa-like experiences and there may be chlorine added to the hot spring.
Have you been in a hot spring before? Did you feel better afterwards? Let me know in the comments below!