What Is Thermotherapy?

What Is Thermotherapy?

  • May 30, 2022

Over 2000 years ago, in Nordic lands, thermotherapy was already common practice. Known for its physical and psychological benefits, thermotherapy continues to stand the test of time.  

Thermotherapy refers to a medical technique —”therapy”—that uses temperature variations—”thermo”. Also known as the thermal cycle, thermotherapy consists of alternating between hot—usually in a sauna—and cold, followed by a period of rest. 

Repeating the cycle at least three times will draw maximum benefits.  

  1. Hot (15 to 20 minutes)
  2. Cold (10 to 15 seconds)
  3. Rest (20 minutes)

Physical Benefits of Thermotherapy

  • Mimicking the symptoms of fever, the heat of the sauna boosts the immune system.
  • This same heat improves blood circulation, thus lowering blood pressure and ensuring a better heart rate.
  • Inhaling steam containing essential oils helps prevent and treat viral infections.
  • The heat produced by saunas activates the vasodilation of tissues, thus soothing muscle tension and toning the skin.
  • The thermal cycle accelerates recovery.
  • Sweating is cleansing and helps release toxins and impurities.
  • Thermal shock promotes slow breathing and improves general respiratory capacity.

Psychological Benefits of Thermotherapy

  • The thermal cycle releases endorphins, also known as the happiness hormone.
  • These same hormones are known to reduce pain, stress, and anxiety.
  • Recent studies conducted in Finland have also shown that repeated and prolonged use of hot baths can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.