Combining the Hot Springs Experience with a Spa Treatment for Better Health
Mineral-rich geothermal water and therapeutic touch therapies are a potent and proven healing duo; integrate both at Glenwood Hot Springs and Spa of the Rockies.
Massage and soaking in mineral hot springs are a classic resort spa experience. The combo is one of the oldest forms of complementary medicine, an integral part of alternative healing traditions; thankfully, Western medicine is catching on too!
Anyone who has soaked at the Glenwood Hot Springs knows firsthand about the soothing and relaxing qualities of the geothermal water at Colorado’s famed hot springs resort. A few minutes in the 104°F Therapy Pool is all it takes for tension to start melting away.
Hydrotherapy, also known as Balneotherapy, is healing; there’s no doubt about it. Physiologically, soaking helps to relieve pain, boost immunity and stimulate both blood and lymph flow. Psychologically, it reduces anxiety and promotes a sense of wellbeing.
Part of the reason geothermal water is so effective for healing is because it contains minute amounts of dissolved minerals that are absorbed through the skin. Glenwood Hot Springs contains 15 naturally occurring minerals that have health-boosting properties.
Spa treatments are designed to feel good, and that’s enough of a reason to book a Spa of the Rockies massage, body treatment or facial, but according to the Mayo Clinic, the benefits of massage are more than skin deep:
“Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and wellbeing, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.”
Medical studies have found massage to be effective for conditions such as anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia, myofascial pain, soft tissue injuries and temporomandibular joint pain.
Why combine soaking and spa services?
According to an article in Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals Magazine, “Hydrotherapy is an important, time tested adjunct to hands-on modalities.” Soaking in hot springs water not only feels wonderful, it also helps to extend the benefits of spa services including massage treatments. “Hydrotherapy essentially makes massage more effective.”
Interestingly, while most people choose to soak prior to their spa treatment, even soaking afterwards helps to prolong massage benefits. Either way, the effect of combining hydrotherapy with massage improves health outcomes.
Glenwood Hot Springs & Spa of the Rockies
The resort’s award-winning Spa of the Rockies makes it easy to reap the benefits of both. Spa of the Rockies’ Signature Experiences—Geothermal Wellness Package, Ultimate Zen, First Time Spa-Goer Package, Ginger Renewal, Hammam Ritual and Mineral Mud Ritual—all include a therapeutic soak in the mineral hot springs as well as a signature foot ritual.
Spa patrons who choose other treatments on the menu can also upgrade their service for a nominal fee to include access to the geothermal springs and the resort’s Athletic Club and full-service locker rooms.
For Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge guests, access to the hot springs pool is included with every stay. Simply add a massage service to maximize the healing benefits.