Breathing. Such a simple and obvious part of our wellbeing and yet it turns out, most of us really aren’t making the most of this most magical process for ensuring good health and stress management. The good news is, help is out there.
Thermal suites have a wealth of health benefits and are an extremely good way to prepare for a spa treatment. However, they are also very much a treatment in their own right.
At Ardencote, where they recently unveiled a brand new thermal spa, they emphasise the wellbeing benefits of the thermal suite, from the aromatherapy steam room to the Tyrolean Kilo Sauna.
Easing muscles and helping to soothe stress, the process also encourages deeper and easier breathing. In particular, the Himalayan salt sauna helps to reduce inflammation and mucus in the lungs, helping you to feel and breathe better.
Taking the thermal experience to the next level, Galgorm Resort and Spa in Ireland offers a unique Celtic Sauna Ritual.
Overlooking the splendid grounds of the estate, which is automatically a mood booster, they imbue the experience with essential oils to achieve different objectives such as eucalyptus for breathing and lung capacity.
Favoured for everything from sports injury rehab to relaxation, it’s generally great for detox as it forces blood back to the organs and improves the immune system. They recommend it if you’ve been working out to support muscle recovery as well as the cardiac and respiratory systems.
It will come as no surprise that yoga is a good way to help you get control of your breathing and optimise your use of it. It never hurts to be reminded however. Obviously, there are plenty of places to do yoga and it’s also something you can learn to practice at home.
However, a specialist will make sure you’re doing it properly, safely and getting the most out of it. Why is it so beneficial? In most forms of exercise, the sympathetic nervous system kicks in, giving you that fight-or-flight sensation – a.k.a, the adrenaline response. Yoga does the opposite and stimulates the parasympathetic system, also known as the “relaxing system”.
This helps to lower blood pressure and slow the pace of your breathing, which helps relaxation and healing. Grotta Giusti takes the experience to the next level in a unique experience in their Millennial thermal cave. The thermal underground hot spring lake has been described as the eighth wonder of the world, with vapours rich in salt, sulphate, and alkaline earth coming out of the ground at around 34°C.
The only hotel with this kind of thermal cave in Europe, the experience is deeply relaxing and highly effective treatment for relieving pain and combating stress.
One of the wellness epicentres of the UK, Grayshott Spa is very much a health focused spa destination. Here they take a holistic approach to wellbeing, starting with gut health and nutrition, and looking at the interactions of breathing, and sleep as well with overall health.
Knowing that breathing is central to stress management and overall wellbeing, they practice breathing for many physical and mental health issues ranging from asthma to anxiety.
They offer pranayama sessions that really look at your breathing and help provide you with the ability to control it, which in turn has an impact on your capacity to control your emotional reactions.
That feeling of relaxation when you’re sitting with your toes in the sand and breathing in the sea air is not just a matter of having no phone signal.
It’s what scientists are calling ‘blue space’ – a reaction in your brain when you’re overloaded with positive sensations, not unlike being hypnotised. The reason the beach promotes this feeling so powerfully? It’s the fusion of sea, sand, space and fresh air – all working in tandem to produce different elements of feel good factor in a completely natural and healthy way.
In particular, the elevated oxygen levels are believed to encourage deep breathing. The extent to which that’s all proven we are a little unclear on, but we do know intuitively that there’s something about being at the beach that encourages us to breathe a little more deeply. Anyway, we don’t need much of an excuse to give a trip to the beach a go.
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