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New Beginnings

Heat Therapy in Spas
by: Julie Mercier, Owner of Espace Nomad

Last winter I was amazed at how many people around me got sick with the flu or some other nasty cold. I was equally amazed, that even if I was in close proximity to all of these poor friends of mine, I never got sick myself. Of course it could have been simple luck, but personally I am convinced that my weekly hot yoga class as well as my infrared wrap therapy treatments greatly helped my body resist all the bad bugs by strengthening my immune system. I felt a whole lot stronger and more energetic than I usually do in the winter months and in Montreal these months are usually pretty rough. 

Heat therapy is hugely beneficial. Sweating is underrated and in our sedentary societies we just don't sweat enough.

Sweating is so important to our health and the integrity of the whole body. Without it we would poison ourselves quite fast. Sweating not only regulates the body’s temperature, it gives a kick to the immune system as well. It is nature's perfect way of cleansing the body. You want to sweat! 

Spas traditionally offer a variety of treatments with the central premise of sweating, although it is not advertise as such. Theses treatments are truly purifying and help the body purge itself of toxins. It also boosts our metabolism and activates the lymphatic system. Simply put, sweating should be regarded as a healthy path to optimal health and beauty.

Ancient civilizations were very aware of the purification process and benefits involved in sweating. North American native Indians had the sweat lodge, the Moroccans had their Hamm am, the Indians had their steam baths, and more recently a new and unique heat therapy has emerged. Infra red therapy, which had carved a niche in the international spa market. The latter is very unique because it uses infra red rays that penetrate deeply into the muscles of the body and gives an even heat distribution that mimics a fever. This boosts the immune system, helps clear out cellulite and extra fat and makes the skin radiant. It can also be very helpful for people with joint pain and arthritis. When properly used, infra red saunas or wraps are an amazing way to gently activate the cardio-vascular system. One hour of infra red therapy is the equivalent of running a marathon, in terms of calories lost! 

So ladies and gentlemen....go ahead! Visit a spa and break a sweat! You will feel all the more healthy for it. Heat therapy: #1 for Montreal's frigid winter!

Julie Mercier
www.espacenomad.ca