He recommends the following procedure to maximise the efficacy of bathing..
1. Before entering pools take a shower. It is important to thoroughly clean yourself before entering the pools in order to fully appreciate the bathing experience of relaxation, contemplation and socialisation.
2. Before taking a hot spring bath, drink plenty of water in order to promote perspiration. Remember to remain hydrated throughout the bathing experience. Water fountains are usually provided at the pools or take your own bottled water just in case.
3. Upon entering bathing pools adjust your body gradually to the hot spring. Pour the hot spring water over extremities such as toes and fingertips and then towards the heart. This step dilates the blood vessels of the surface of your body, which prevents dizziness later on.
4. Taking a long bath in hot water causes a rise in blood pressures and increased heart rate. Bathe at a temperature of around 40C until you feel sweat lightly on your forehead, then sit outside of the bath tub for a break and re-enter once you cool down a little. Remember to keep drinking water. Bathing for more than 15 minutes without taking a break is not recommended. The key is to listen to your body.
5. As the beneficial mineral absorption of the hot spring water can go on for three hours after leaving the pools, it is recommended you do not rinse your body after taking a bath.
6. After taking the bath your body gets tired even though you feel refreshed. It requires two to three hours until blood pressure stabilises, therefore take some time to rest, ideally for at least 30 minutes.
7. Allow a cool down period of 20 to 30 minutes wrapped in your bath sheet – recline in the pool-side lounges and soak up the unique atmospherics of our coastal dune surrounds. Be careful not to cool your body down completely. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water again to avoid dehydration.
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