A good thermal suite is very much a spa treatment in its own right. But what is it and what do you do in a thermal suite?
Whether you’re enjoying an afternoon by yourself or with friends, here’s everything you need to know about thermal suites from the spa gurus at Whittlebury Hall…
Basically a thermal suite is where you go through lots of different temperature changes to open the pores and encourage perspiration. There are therapeutic effects from perspiration and it’s a routine people have been doing for thousands of years to boost the body’s natural defences and relieve stress, coughs and colds. It cleans and rejuvenates the skin, boosts skin cells and promotes healthy cells.
The caldarium provides an even heat that stimulates the circulation and regenerates the body’s natural energy. This effect has often been regarded as having healing benefits causing tense muscles to relax, making the skin smoother, and easing joint pain.
Salt steam and crystal steam baths are beneficial for the respiratory system and for rheumatic complaints. The salt steam has the added benefit of a salt water atmosphere, which is great for cleansing and toning the skin and stimulating the circulation.
The sanarium is an ideal way to recharge your batteries. The unique blend of heat followed by a stimulating shower boosts the body’s natural defences and promotes the circulation, shifting your metabolism up a gear. A Sanarium bath also cleanses the skin and tones the body tissue.
Saunas are known to reduce incidence of the common cold and temporarily relieve symptoms and reduce stress levels. They help to clean and rejuvenate the skin, eliminating dead skin cells, exposing new, fresh, clean, healthy cells.
The ice cave is a great place to cool off after your sanarium or sauna. Grab a few ladlefuls of ice and rub it over the skin to provide instant cooling. Mix in a cold shower in the ice cave and you will have truly cooled down, contracting your blood vessels, stimulating your circulation and oxygen intake at the same time.
Whittlebury Hall: perfect for groups, with lots of space enjoy the thermal suite and treatments by day and a tribute act by night.
Hoar Cross Hall: wear your robe all day and enjoy the perfection of five star surroundings.
Lion Quays: on the banks of the canal Lion Quays is about tranquil surroundings and rural romance.
The Belfry: with an on-site nightclub and plenty of activities to keep you entertained, The Belfry is the perfect spa venue for groups of friends.
Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa: the ultimate in luxury, Pennyhill Park is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or somewhere to chatter with friends all day.
Macdonald Marine: turn this one into a proper weekend mini break, and take some time to explore the scenery around you as well!
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