This study was carried out with the voluntary participation of male subjects aged 21 to 49, non-smokers and with no medical history of heart, lung or neurological disease. They were all physically active and exercised regularly.
They were instructed to use a classic sauna (15 min.), a steam bath (10 min.) and a Mediterranean bath (10 min.); each treatment was then followed by a cold reaction and a rest phase, for a total duration of about 75 minutes. Heart rate and arterial pressure were measured at rest in a supine position before and after the treatment.
At the end of the spa experience, no subjects reported any problems or discomfort. Wellness treatments have clearly been shown to be well tolerated by patient and healthy adults. At the end of the treatment, systolic and diastolic blood pressure values were lower than before. In addition, the chosen spa option seems to influence cardiac nerve regulation, balancing cardiac variability and promoting an important effect of mental and physical relaxation and peacefulness.
“Corsini A. et al., Effect of spa treatment on cardiac autonomic control at rest in healthy subjects, Sport Scli Health, 2015, DOI 10.1007/s11332-015- 0221-5”