How to do
A thermal circuit
A thermal circuit in a Nordic spa is a well-being practice that combines heat, cold and rest. This tradition, inspired by Scandinavian rituals, aims to improve blood circulation, relax muscles and promote mental and physical relaxation. The repeated sequence of hot, cold, and rest has notable health benefits, including reducing stress, improving sleep, and strengthening the immune system.
Follow the steps below to create your thermal circuit.
Repeat approximately 3 to 4 times during a three-hour session.
The circuit begins with exposure to heat. This prepares the body for the heat therapy process. This step can be carried out in a sauna, hammam, or hot bath. It is recommended to spend approximately 10-15 minutes in the heat, allowing the pores to open and the muscles to relax. This exposure to intense heat also stimulates blood circulation and prepares the body for the cooling phase.
After the heat, comes the crucial stage of cold. This simply involves going down into the pool of ice water. It is also possible to carry out this step by yourself exposed to fresh air in winter. This step should take no more than a few seconds to a minute. Sudden exposure to cold tightens pores, revitalizes the skin, and strengthens blood circulation, creating a toning and energizing effect. It also helps reduce muscle inflammation and boost the immune system.
The last stage is that of rest, essential to allow the body to rebalance itself. This phase can be carried out by lying down or sitting comfortably in a quiet area, ideally for 10 to 20 minutes. Rest helps stabilize body temperature, calm the heart rate and promote mental relaxation. It is also a good time for meditation or quiet reflection.
Listen to your body
The thermal circuit is a revitalizing and rejuvenating experience, offering numerous health and well-being benefits. By following these three stages of heat, cold, and rest, you can fully enjoy the therapeutic advantages of this ancient practice. It is important to remember to listen to your body and adjust the duration of the stages according to your own limits and comfort.