By Professor Marc Cohen, Board Member of the Global Wellness Summit, Co-founder of the Bathe the World Foundation and Founder of the Extreme Wellness Institute.
Hydro-thermal therapies such as hot baths, cold plunges, saunas, steambaths and mud-wraps improve public health, reduce the risk of chronic disease and boost the immune system’s ability to resist viral infections. Hydro-thermal therapies also confer psychological benefits and improve sleep, relieve stress, and foster interpersonal connection and connection with nature.
Hydro-thermal Therapies Can Enhance Health and Wellbeing and Help Treat and Prevent Viral Infections
Hydrothermal Therapies Inhibit Viral Virulence
Hydrothermal Bathing Supports Host Resistance
Hydrothermal Therapies Build Community Resilience
Common Sense Safety Principles
Heat is a powerful force and like any powerful intervention, has the potential to either harm or help. Common sense safety precautions when using heat include:
Spend at least as much time resting and coming back into physiological balance as you spend in extremes of temperature.
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This article is a partial extract of a position paper prepared by Prof Marc Cohen called Hydro-Thermal Therapies Are Essential for Building Health, Safety and Resilience in the Age of Pandemics
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