Mineral baths typically have a high sodium bicarbonate and calcium percentage in the water. The presence of these minerals in the water is reported to have a good effect on the circulation in the body. The temperature of the water can also influence the circulation in the body. Reduced gravity in the water also helps encourage blood flow.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, soaking in a hot spring can help with numerous musculoskeletal problems, such as joint paint, muscle fatigue, tissue damage, arthritis and ligament damage. The Chinese and Japanese have used hot springs to deal with these issues for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The main benefit of mineral baths for this issue comes from the warm temperature of the water, which soothes aching muscles, and from the minerals in the water, which soak into the skin. The minerals act as a stimulant for the natural bodily processes.
High Blood Pressure
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, mineral baths can also ease high blood pressure. Part of this benefit comes from the enhanced circulation that is provided by the springs. Increased circulation comes from the temperature of the springs and from the agitation of the water that is often present in mineral baths.
Eczema is a skin condition that is identified by chronically dry and flaky skin. Regular baths in mineral water and hot springs is reportedly able to reduce eczema symptoms. The largest mineral bath in the world, the Dead Sea, is visited by thousands each year to reduce eczema symptoms as well as to treat many other skin conditions and internal problems.
Mineral baths and hot springs typically have a high sulfur content. This can help individuals with nasal congestion. Dr. Weil believes that soaking in mineral baths may relieve many nasal congestion symptoms such as those appearing in allergy suffers or anyone with chronic chest congestion.
Reduces Stress, Promotes Sleep
Stress relief doesn’t have to come in the form of a pill. Excess stress can be remedied naturally by immersing your body in a hot-spring water bath. The minerals in the water can contribute to the psychological healing process, while heat relaxes tense muscles. Improved sleep can be an added benefit; when you soak in warm water, your body temperature rises, then quickly cools down when your bath is complete. This body-cooling process can help you relax and fall into a deeper sleep.
Relieves Pain, Naturally
If you suffer from chronic muscle pain, arthritis or even fibromyalgia, soaking in a pool of hot-spring water can effectively improve pain. An Israeli study found in the journal “Rheumatology International,” shows evidence that hot mineral baths may aid in pain relief and fibromyalgia fatigue. Additionally, when your body is submerged in hot-spring water, the buoyancy encourages freer movement by naturally supporting your joints.