The use of heat and ice in spa treatments

Image Credit: Kyle May (flickr.com)

Image Credit: Kyle May (flickr.com)

The use of heat and ice has long been a part of relaxation techniques in the world of spas and pampering, but today there is a whole host of different packages and treatments available that take advantage of its beneficial properties. These new treatments use what was learnt in ancient Roman times and have developed to become one of the most popular kinds of spa packages.

The history

A far cry from the experiences now available from health spas in Yorkshire, the use of varying temperatures dates back to the Roman baths where they had separate baths including a cold bath (the frigidarium), a warm bath (the tepidarium) and a hot bath (the caldarium). These were meant to counteract each other where the warm bath would prepare the user for the hot bath, in which they would sweat, acting as a way of ridding the body of dirt. The cold bath was then used as a way of cooling down and cleansing the body.

Today

Today, not all that much has changed as the basic concepts of heat and ice treatments remain the same. Many spas that offer such treatments also have their own gym facilities, much like the ancient Romans did; they used areas dedicated to exercise before the series of hot and cold baths for a completely rejuvenating experience.

Known for cleansing and beautifying the body as well as helping with muscle aches and pains, heat and ice spa treatments in contemporary times use the principle of heating and cooling the body to induce deep relaxation.