One reason I often feel better when I’m on travel is that I take advantage of every opportunity to indulge in hydrotherapy.
That is, I soak in lots and lots of hot water. Hot springs, hot tubs, hot saunas, hot showers…if I can manage to get into all of them one after the other, I do it. My favorite is a big tub filled with toasty-warm mineral water–nice and deep so I can soak to my neck, low or no chlorine, and the possible health benefits of the minerals. Second best for me is a deep soaking tub or jacuzzi tub in my hotel room–no clothes, no chlorine, no time limits. But I’ll take a dip in any standard outdoor motel spa, so long as it’s clean. And if I’ve got the cash, I’ll definitely spend some of it on a water-based treatment in a day spa.
A couple of years ago, I published an article about outdoor hot tubs in Cabin Life Magazine. Here’s what I had to say about the health benefits of soaking in a hot tub:
The Arthritis Foundation recommends a soak in warm water every evening. Jets in a good spa massage as the warm water loosens muscles, helping to alleviate back pain. And there’s nothing quite so soothing after a long day of skiing or hiking than sinking into a hot tub just steps outside your own door. But if you have a health condition or are pregnant, check with your doctor before spending time in any hot tub.
Please do take my advice on checking with your doctor before diving head first into the hot tub at the nearest Holiday Inn. (Come to think of it, don’t dive headfirst into any hot tub or spring, ever. Ow.) Happily, hot water runs reasonably innocuous as a pain-relief treatment. Once you’ve got the all-clear from your physician, go ahead and start picking motels based on the size and strength of their Jacuzzi jets.
Lucky for me, hot springs and mineral waters flow like…er…water in California. Which will bring me to Travel Hydrotherapy Part 2–California (and a few places beyond).