Benefits of a spa visit
Thermotherapy is when heat is used for therapeutic purposes.
Popularized by Finns and their saunas, dry heat is the one with the most health benefits. In these saunas, the temperature varies between 80 and 100°C and the humidity level between 10 and 20%. It is recommended that each moment spent in a dry sauna should last between 5 and 20 minutes to get the most benefits.
A steam bath is maintained at a temperature between 35 and 45°C and a humidity level between 80 and 100%. It is recommended to stay between 5 and 15 minutes in this type of sauna.
Each of these thermotherapy sessions should be followed by a 10 to 15 minute cooling down period.
Impact of heat on health :
- Regulation of blood pressure;
- Protective effects on cardiovascular function;
- Improvement in respiratory function;
- Decreased pain in certain disorders of the musculoskeletal system (e.g. arthritis, fibromyalgia);
- Decreased intensity of some types of migraine (e.g. tension headaches);
- Feeling relaxed and at ease.
This type of heat can be relatively well tolerated by healthy people, as long as they stay hydrated and limit their alcohol consumption.
Cryotherapy is the therapeutic use of cold. In the Nordic tradition, exposure to cold usually follows a stay in a sauna. Some people even roll in the snow! This rapid exposure to cold has beneficial effects on the body’s adaptation to cold, peripheral blood circulation and the metabolism of fatty tissues.
Halotherapy is the use of salt for therapeutic purposes. At Kōena Spa, the walls of Pa’akai, one of our relaxation rooms are entirely covered with Himalayan salt. For a healthy person, the use of this room would present no particular health risk.
However, if you suffer from asthma, depression or skin problems or if you are pregnant, we strongly recommend that you consult your doctor before using our halotherapy room.