Improves circulation and aids weight loss
Japanese hot springs are heated up to 42 degrees Celcius. While some may find this very hot, it’s well worth it ones you are soaking in it. The Japanese, traditionally take a bath/onsen right before bed to keep their body warm all night. After an active or strenuous day, the hot water warms your body, improving circulation, and increasing your metabolism, helping you to better relax and recover while aiding with weight loss.
Naturally Japanese hot springs contain up to 19 different minerals including calcium, sodium bicarbonate, sulfur, and iron. As you soak in the hot spring these minerals are absorbed through the skin, increasing circulation and oxygen flow. According to the Japanese Association of Secluded Hot Spring Inns, hot spring minerals can have the following benefits:
- Sulfur: Beneficial for dry skin conditions; reduces hypertension and arteriosclerosis
- Copper: Improves anemia
- Radium: Alleviates joint, muscle and nerve pain
- Carbon Dioxide: Reduces blood pressure
- Silica: Alleviates and softens dry skin
When you get into a Japanese spa, the water supports and surrounds your body. Floating free of gravity in the tranquil water your muscles release and recover. Floating has been shown to reduce pain, muscle tension, stress, and anxiety. Floating also increases feelings of relaxation, well-being, energy, and ease of movement.
The water pressure on your arms and legs causes the blood in your extremities to your core, increasing circulation and oxygenation of the blood. The water acts as a compression device on your body and reduces swelling. The pressure on your skin dulls the nerve response and reduces pain allowing you to relax and recover.
A silent reflection
Experiencing a Japanese spa is a meditative and insightful encounter. Soaking in a hot spring leaves time for a silent reflection. The atmosphere helps you feel relaxed and you cannot help but be in the moment.
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