Once midwinter hits, many of us begin to suffer from cabin fever as the temperature drops and we find less and less motivation to go out and do things. Whilst picnics and beach days might be off the agenda for at least another few months, there are other outdoor activities which are perfectly suited to the winter months and hot spring bathing is one of them. This week, we explain why you pay a visit to the Peninsula Hot Springs before spring arrives.
Humans have known for centuries about the healing properties of hot springs and in the depths of winter, there is no better way to rejuvenate both the body and the mind. In the 20th century, scientific studies have found that bathing in hot springs is associated with a wide range of health benefits including
- Increased blood circulation for better organ function, blood oxygenation, increased energy, better regulated blood pressure and stabilised body heat
- Boosted lymphatic function to help eliminate toxins from the body
- Clearer, healthier skin
- Psychologically soothing
- Better sleep
Some of the healing properties of hot spring bathing become more effective during the winter months, particularly those relating to improves sleep quality. Soaking in the hot springs can help you sleep as it raises your body temperature which then quickly cools once you get out. This heating and cooling process helps your body to relax and promotes a more restful sleep. The greater contrast between the water and air temperatures during the winter months speeds up this process and makes it more effective.
See the Morning Peninsula at its best
One of Victoria’s many unique landscapes, the Mornington Peninsula is incredibly biodiverse and boasts a remarkable range of native flora and fauna which provide the backdrop for the Peninsula Hot Springs. As the plants endemic to this area have evolved over millions of years to thrive in a landscape constantly buffeted by the icy winds of the Bass Strait, it’s unsurprising that they tend to look their best in winter, when there’s plenty of water and nutrients to share around. Birds are often also more active during the winter months, and it’s not uncommon to see fairy wrens, ducks and cormorants whilst you bathe.
Book your midwinter trip to the Peninsula Hot Springs with Melbourne on the Move. We offer a number of Peninsula Hot Springs tour packages that take care of all your transportation requirements so all you need to do is focus on relaxing. Book online with us or learn more by calling 1300 55 86 86.