In cool weather, there’s almost nothing better than sinking into a nice, hot pool. The heat seeps into your muscles, relaxing them, and you get to ease back, relax, and focus on nothing other than how it feels right there in the moment.
At Vettä, our hot and cool pools are an essential part of the experience, but to truly appreciate them, it helps to understand a bit about where they came from, how they were originally used, and how to best enjoy them today. That’s why today, we’re going to relax and sink into the subject of hot pools.
The History of Hot Pools
Hot pools are the modern evolution of a natural hot spring. A hot spring is a naturally-occurring pool of water that’s heated by geothermal energy. They’ve been popular for thousands of years for health and wellness treatments. Some hot springs have been in operation since 400 A.D., and have remained destinations for travelers all over the world.
Water has always been seen as a way to cleanse both the body and the soul, and for many, visiting a hot spring wasn’t as much a “spa day” as it was a meditative or religious experience. They’ve been recommended time and time again as a healing supplement, and today, they’re enjoyed as both a luxurious getaway and an everyday element of wellness routines.
What are Hot Pools Used for Today?
There are plenty of reasons why you should visit a hot pool. They’re used to supplement a sauna experience, but just soaking in one all on its own has notable benefits, too.
Ease Muscle and Joint Pain
The deep, soothing heat of a hot pool is great for all kinds of musculoskeletal issues, such as joint pain and arthritis. It can even help aid or speed up the healing of damaged ligaments!
When you’re in a hot pool, you’ll want to remember to drink plenty of water, because you’re going to be doing a lot of sweating. That’s a good thing, though. The more you sweat, the more your body naturally expels toxins, leaving you feeling fresh and relaxed.
We can’t talk about hot pools without a serious discussion of the tangible health benefits of just relaxing for a while. While you’re soaking, your blood pressure will lower, your circulation will improve, and your body will have a chance to rebalance itself naturally.
Proper Hot Pool Etiquette
Before you enter the hot pool, you’ll likely want to shower off first. This helps keep the pool clean by ensuring that you don’t inadvertently bring in any extra dirt or oil with you. Once you’re clean and ready to go, you can sink into the pool of your choice.
Some guests may prefer to chat with their friends, but there are plenty of others who simply close their eyes and relax. Do be mindful of how much time you spend in the hot pool (we usually recommend between 15-30 minutes, based on your tolerance level) and make sure you hydrate with water both before and after your hot pool soak.
To bring your body temperature back down after the pool, we recommend a nice shower or moving to one of our cool pools. In fact, alternating the cycle of heat-and-cool is essential for effective thermotherapy!
Experience Hot Pools at Vettä: An Authentic Finnish Spa
Hot pools are beloved around the world, and we’re proud to be able to provide that experience for you at our Finnish spa. From the moment you arrive to the moment you depart, our goal at Vettä is to ensure that all you have to worry about is how you’ll relax next.
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