We all know how good it feels to take a nice, long soak in a tub of hot water. Studies show that soaking in a hot tub or Jacuzzi improves circulation, relieves sore muscles and reduces stress. Practices like hydrotherapy have been used professionally to treat a variety of ailments and diseases for centuries. But have you ever heard of balneotherapy? For that matter, what does balneotherapy and the Brunswick Mineral Springs Bed and Breakfast have in common?
Stemming from the Greek word "balneae" meaning bath, Salt Works, Inc. explains that "Balneotherapy is the belief that hot waters packed with naturally occurring minerals can impart medicinal benefits. "
As I wrote back in June of 2017, the Brunswick Mineral Springs Bed and Breakfast has been known for the medicinal benefits of the mineral springs that flow beneath the 29-acre property throughout its 200 plus year history.
In the 1820's and 1830's, the mansion was promoted as a resort that was "famous for its healthful water."
While many people try to replicate the hot springs in their own homes by adding specialty salts to their bath water, natural, mineral spring water literally flows "like mana from heaven" from every faucet and showerhead on the property.
Our Jacuzzi and our heated, indoor pool are filled with mineral spring water. Guests who stay in the Ravenscroft Suite can even fill the deliciously deep antique claw foot tub with our mineral water and relax in the privacy and solitude of their own room.
Spring water, often thought of as pure, actually contains a variety of minerals including magnesium, sodium, potassium, calcium and iodine. It is the presence of these minerals, from the depths of the earth, that make certain spring waters highly valued for their curative properties.
This is why the Dead Sea salt has always been so popular. It is high in many minerals and it is believed these minerals have healing properties when absorbed by the skin in a hot bath.
So we don't destroy the healthy benefits of the mineral water -- used to fill our enormous, heated indoor pool -- we use salt rather than chlorine. Studies show that swimming in saltwater improves blood flow, reduces inflammation of your joints and muscles and increases functions in your immune system. Salt water also contains the mineral bromide, which helps relieve muscle aches, pain and soreness caused by physical and emotional stress.
Swimming in salt water also is known to have healing properties for your skin. Not only have studies shown that salt water cleanses, rejuvenates, exfoliates, and detoxifies skin, it can also help heal many skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis and acne. Salt water is also a natural moisturizer, since it increases our skin’s natural ability to retain moisture and promotes cellular regeneration.
"Whether it be health, wellness, anti-aging, or relaxation," the experts at Swim University have recently concluded that the many potential benefits have made owning a spa a growing cultural trend.
So, what does balneotherapy and Brunswick Mineral Springs Bed and Breakfast have in common?