Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Hot springs provide many benefits stemming from various chemical, physical and biological effects.
The chemical effects are related to the minerals and other substances in the water, which are transferred to the skin and bloodstream through osmosis.
The physical effects are due in large part to the water temperature, which helps dilate the skin, thus improving oxygen flow in the tissues that are being treated. The heat also encourages the flow of natural sedating substances in the body, encouraging muscle relaxation. Altogether, these effects create of a sense of wellbeing.
The biological effects are produced by the hydrothermal flora and fauna, integrating micro and macro organisms in a complex union. This effect is called “biogleas” and is composed of thousand of different species which strengthen the skin’s defense systems, helping it to repair itself from external attacks such as aging.
In the 90's I spent 6 weeks every year at Rio Caliente, a spa and ranch near Guadalajara Mexico, working as an Activity Director. I got to soak in those mineral waters every day for the time I was there. I would come home with a new body....first and foremost.
For the past four years, I have been taking a small groups of 5-7 people to a remote area of Central Mexico. I found this pueblo five years ago while traveling on the coast near Puerto Vallarta. Needing a real break from the hurricanes that pounded Florida in 2004, I took off for ten days for a vacation with me and me alone.
I had heard that there was a hot spring pueblo three hours from the coast, way into the mountains of the Sierra Madre range. If you have a passion for the experience of hot springs as I do, you will go almost anywhere for the real hot stuff.
Taking my life in my hands, literally, I drove a rented VW, with a broken gas gauge (didn't realize it at the time) up into the remote mountains with a map and some directions from someone I has met in Mexico. Oy Vey, pretty scary, but by the Grace of God....I made it.
I found Amatlan de Cañas, a small pueblo in an agricultural region famous for its hot springs and papayas. Oh my God, I did think I had gone to Heaven. I also found a lovely small modest but very clean hotel, which I knew would be well suited for my Juice Fasting Retreats. The people of this area,however, make it so special, going out of their way for these gringos and gringas.