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    Soaking Guide

    Suggested ways you can enhance your benefits from soaking by engaging with the different temperatures of our water.

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Paradise Pool at The Springs Resort

Very Hot: 105°F and above

Soaking in this temperature range is considered a high-metabolic soak with strong anti-inflammatory modulating effects. Suitable for those experiencing joint pain associated with active injury, this intense soak allows the body to distribute anti-inflammatory signals better to tamp down and modulate inflammation. Combining very hot soaking with extreme cold therapy produces a profound fortifying effect. Shorter soaks are encouraged as your body will react from overheating. Half-body soaking with your chest above the water helps to regulate your body temperature. Please be mindful of your body cues and hydrate often while soaking in very hot waters.

Aspen Pool at The Springs Resort

Hot: Between 101°F and 104°F

Soaking in hot water is a great way to detox your body, relax sore muscles, and relieve the pains associated with strains and sprains. Thermal waters improve your blood circulation, delivering more oxygen to your organs, tissues, and extremities. As the hot water soothes your body and eases sore muscles, make sure not to soak for more than 45 minutes without a break.

Venetian Pool at The Springs Resort

Warm: up to 100°F

Best for longer soaking and burnout recovery and provides your body with a nervous system reset. Your body works less to regulate your core temp, so your body can work to remove impurities and flush toxins. Warm soaks are good for chronic musculoskeletal pain and long-lasting joint complaints. When you spend a long time soaking in water, the antigravity effects of water and the anti-inflammatory effects of minerals combine to create optimal levels of rejuvenation.

Young woman soaking in a hot spring at The Springs Resort

Cold: 64°F and below

A soak in a cold pool or the San Juan River activates and wakes your body up. The jolt from the cold water resets your parasympathetic nervous system to balance your immunity. As your blood rushes to your core, it stimulates circulation and enhances detoxification by flushing toxins from your extremities and internal organs. Additional benefits include tonifying your skin for natural vitality effects. The practice of extreme cold bathing increases mental resiliency and improves fortitude. When pushing your limits for cold soaking, be aware of muscle cramping and mindful of your body cues.

Young woman soaking at sunset

Simple Contrast Bathing Therapy Guide

Step 1:

During a contrast bathing session, it’s vital to stay hydrated with quality water. Moreover, if you have heart or blood pressure-related health concerns, please exercise caution.

Start with a brief soak in a warm (up to 100°F degrees) pool long enough to acclimate your body to the ambient temperature.

Next, soak in a hot (101°F-104°F) to very hot (105°F+) pool. Soaking in hot water increases your blood circulation, bringing oxygen-rich blood to your organs, tissues, and extremities. Relax as the hot water soothes your body and eases sore muscles.

After you soak in a hot pool, find a cold pool and immerse your body. The colder the pool, the better.

Step 2:

The cold water will constrict your blood vessels and force blood to your core and internal organs such as the liver and kidneys, aiding in detoxifying your system. The constriction is a natural way to exercise your smooth muscles and blood vessels, thus helping to maintain their elasticity.

As you lower yourself down into the cool water, exhale and lower down to submerge your torso and shoulders. Relax and take three calm, deep breaths.

Optional: if you wish to fully submerge your head, do so just prior to departing the cold pool.

Emerging from your cold soak and rest outside of the water. Let your body return to a state of neutral or homeostasis. Repeat the process by returning to a hot pool.

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