Whilst an increased workload shouldn’t have to mean more stress for us, being busy often means our need for inner peace and wellbeing is pushed to the side a little. That’s why it’s so important to seek out ways to practice self-care, especially as the holidays draw nearer. In this week’s article, we’ll be exploring one way to practice self-care in particular: being near water.
Water, earth, wind and fire
As humans, we’re intimately tied to the four natural elements- water, earth, wind and fire. Unfortunately for us, living in the modern world means that many of us are spending more and more time indoors and not taking the time to experience the natural elements which are so integral to our inner selves as a species. Throughout history, water has been harnessed by our ancestors to promote emotional and physical wellbeing. Therapies and facilities have long been built around bodies of water to create wellness experiences. Given that the human body is composed primarily of water, it’s no surprise that this particular element restores so much life and energy within us.
Water’s history within Indigenous traditions
For Australians, this tie to the water is even stronger. Indigenous cultures have used hot springs as a form of rehabilitation for centuries, and many indigenous tribes consider hot springs to be ‘power spots’ across the country. For these tribes, water (particularly derived from hot springs) is used for a plethora of activities, from purification ceremonies, to tribal meetings, to healing practices.
What’s the deal with balneology?
Modern science has also taken an interest in the healing properties of water, and the scientific study of the restorative benefits of naturally occurring mineral waters is known as balneology. According to balneologists, the benefits of highly mineralised water and the trace minerals found within hot springs combine promote inner health and wellness.
To experience the benefits of hot springs, head to the Peninsula Hot Springs in Victoria- they’re known as ‘true mineral springs’. These springs are more than 10,000 years old, and contain many beneficial minerals such as magnesium (for regulated blood sugar and healthy skin) and boron (important for brain function, bone density and muscle mass). Melbourne on The Move make transportation simple with our shuttle services so that you can enjoy a day off without a care in the world. Get in touch by calling 1300 55 86 86 for more information, or book your seats online.