November 11 marks the celebration of Soakember, a global event recognizing the health benefits of hot springs, hydrothermal therapies and nature-based wellness activities. This annual event calls on spas, resorts and hot springs, like Glen Ivy, to join a worldwide community and promote the healing power of water.
Soakember is not just a one-day event, but a moment to stop and appreciate the incredible health benefits of hot springs. Taking a dip in natural hot spring waters is not only relaxing but can benefit your physical and mental health as well. Soaking can boost blood circulation through the many minerals found in natural waters, such as calcium and sodium bicarbonate, which support overall oxygen flow and circulation when absorbed in the body. The elevated levels of sulfur have also been known to soothe and heal skin irritations and conditions with their antifungal and antibacterial properties. Mineral-rich, warm waters also provide natural pain relief, help with rehabilitation for sore muscles and tight joints, and can increase range of movement and flexibility.
Additionally, Soakember highlights hydrotherapy and the ways water can be utilized to treat a variety of physical symptoms. Hydrothermal therapy, having been practiced for centuries, alternates soaking in water at different temperatures to achieve certain goals. Hot water practices, like hot springs, jacuzzis, steam rooms and saunas, have been shown to treat joint pain, skin conditions and sore muscles by dilating the blood vessels, bringing oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the source. The heat can also be used as a detox for the body, moving toxins through the lymphatic system. Cold water, on the other hand, stimulates the blood vessels further helping with blood circulation and can trigger the nervous system, which, when practiced over time, can improve mental health like depression and anxiety.
If you are unable to dip in water this Soakember, taking part in nature-based wellness activities near water, such as walking or hiking, are also shown to reduce stress and anxiety, lower heart and breathing rates, and increase overall well-being and happiness. If a body of water is inaccessible, adding the sound of running water while doing yoga, meditation or sound baths is a wonderful way to still connect to and reap the benefits of water.
To celebrate Soakember this month with Glen Ivy and hot springs around the world, visit soakember.com to learn how you can participate on November 11.