Welcome to a world of serenity and rejuvenation, where the mind finds stillness, and the body is permitted to truly relax. The promise of harmonizing of body and mind for a profound sense of well-being. Let’s take a deeper look at how a Massage combined with thermotherapy is a beneficial restorative treatment.
Thermal modalities play a vital role in enhancing the effectiveness of massage therapy. Scandinave Spa’s Thermal Journey experience is a comprehensive foundation for recovery after targeted massage work. The combination of hot & cold installations with massage not only amplifies the muscular benefits from the treatment but also nurtures a deeper sense of relaxation and well-being, creating a harmonious synergy between the two modalities. The therapeutic effects of thermotherapy post massage resonate long after, promoting sustained relief, revitalization, and relaxation.
Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain has carefully designed protocols for the Thermal Journey to ensure a balance of relaxation and health benefits. They recommend spending around 10- 15 minutes in the hot installations to experience the relaxing and circulatory effects. Then after the heat, take a refreshing dip in the cold plunges for about 30 seconds up to 5 minutes, embracing the invigorating contrast therapy. Finish the circuit by allowing the body to rest and relax for 15 minutes.
Each installation of the Thermal Journey is designed with a deep understanding of how temperature variations impact our bodies and minds. Below is a breakdown of each modality within the journey, how it benefits the body and mind, and how to maximize the restorative benefits as part of your massage treatment plan:
Hot Therapy: Explore the options
Hot Baths induce vasodilation which boosts blood circulation for the recovery of tissues and facilitates the release of tension.
Eucalyptus Steam Room combines the benefits of heat and aromatherapy. Studies suggest that eucalyptus may have anti-inflammatory properties, benefiting the respiratory system and supporting overall well-being.
Infrared Sauna penetrates deeply into the skin and underlying tissue by facilitating the release of toxins through sweat. the infrared heat stimulates the mitochondria in our cells, promoting cellular repair, aids in muscle recovery, and improves stress response tolerance and overall health. You may also notice improved mood.
Finnish Sauna research has shown that sauna sessions can elicit cardiovascular responses akin to moderate exercise, improving heart rate variability and promoting overall cardiovascular health. Moreover, the heat exposure induces the release of endorphins and other neurochemicals that reduce stress and enhance your mood.
Sauna Exposure Tip:
1. It’s important to hydrate before and after sauna exposure as your sweat consists of water and electrolytes.
2. A general rule of thumb is to drink 16 ounces of water for every 10 minutes of sauna exposure.
Contrast Therapy: Embrace the cold!
Alternating between hot and cold temperatures causes a cycle of vasoconstriction and vasodilation, improving blood vessel elasticity and blood flow regulation. This natural response helps to reduce inflammation and contributes to the invigoration experienced during the Thermal Journey.
Cold plunge immersions stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, enhancing mental clarity and alertness through the release of norepinephrine and dopamine. The practice also promotes mood elevation and stress reduction by triggering the release of dopamine and endorphins, Furthermore, cold exposure strengthens the immune system, aids in faster recovery, reduced inflammation, improves cardiovascular health through enhanced circulation, and increases metabolism through the conversion of white fat to brown fat.
Cold Exposure Tips:
1. During the cold plunge, it is important to slow down the breath and calm the mind in attempts to stay immersed between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. The temperature is around 50-60 degrees which should be uncomfortable yet safe. It is important to listen to your body and determine what a safe duration is for you.
2. If you’re a cold plunge pro, try allowing your body to heat up naturally without drying off. This can increase the metabolic and thermogenic effects.
With so many beneficial ways to augment how you feel after a massage treatment, it is practical to prioritize time for wellness at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. Partake in a beautifully orchestrated symphony of the body’s natural relaxation and healing responses. Your body and mind will thank you for the wellness boost and memorable experience.
Ramsey Rumig is a Registered Massage Therapist at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain.
About Scandinave Spa Massages: Whether you are booking a Registered Massage treatment or a Relaxation Massage with a professional technician, your experience will include access to the indoor & outdoor spacious amenities, hot Baths, cold Plunges, Saunas, Steam Room and more. This Thermal Journey provides Guests with even more opportunity to rest and recover their body and mind. Learn more about the various Massage treatments offered at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain here.