When we think of bodies of water, our minds are immediately drawn to the major oceans, seas, rivers and lakes of the world. But none of them, in my opinion, compares to the warmth and comfort of one particular type of water body. If you have ever had the pleasure of sitting comfortably in a nice and steamy hot spring, you would know exactly what I’m talking about!
Hot springs, in case you didn’t know, are pools of water that are filled with geothermally heated water that has risen from the Earth’s crust to its surface. This means that many hot springs can be found near areas of volcanic activity. Imagine how hot that must be! So hot, in fact, that some hot springs are measured at almost 100°C! Fortunately, the hot springs that you and I get to enjoy are usually at pleasant temperatures of around 37°C (Question 1: Hmm… Why do you reckon this is such a pleasant temperature for us?).
You may have heard of the many health benefits of soaking in a hot spring, such as the boost of blood circulation, reduction of stress, and relief of pain, to name but a few. It is with those appealing benefits in mind that I visited the hot spring as shown in the picture below (Question 2: Can you guess where in the world it might be?)
Lo and behold! I felt the positive effects of hot springs right away! I could feel my body gradually relax with each passing moment, and my worries drift away – it was such a delightful experience. I even tried out the ‘cold’ spring (around 20°C – freezing!) right next to the hot springs on a local’s recommendation, and although it was quite a shock to my body initially, I felt much more refreshed afterwards because of it (Question 3: Why do you think people hop in the ‘cold’ spring right after soaking in the hot one?).
For those of you that have never tried soaking in a hot spring, make sure it’s on your to-do list for your next holiday! For those of that have tried it before, share with us how you found the experience! Where did you try it? How did it feel? Would you recommend it to your fellow schoolmates? Why or why not?
Looking forward to all your responses! Bye for now ;)