Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel
Have you heard of the amazing thermal sulphur baths located in the pretty town of Carratraca 50 kilometres from Malaga?
Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel is a unique luxury spa hotel built around the Roman sulphur baths in the heart of the Gualdalhorce Valley. Recently I was able to explore the hotel, whilst providing stop smoking behavioural therapy support for a client from Belgium.
The ethos of the hotel is on health and wellness and it is simply a stunning place to recuperate, detox, lose weight, stop smoking and generally “chill out”.
For this month´s blog I thought I would have a look at some of the health properties of these incredible (and pretty smelly) sulphur baths. Of course, being a respiratory physiotherapist I was particularly interested by the facilities offered at the hotel to help improve breathing and airway clearance. This picture shows the sulphur steam inhalation therapy room.
Sulphur is a naturally occurring mineral that is found primarily near hot springs and volcanic craters. It has a distinct smell (eggy) which is caused by sulphur dioxide gas escaping into the air. Sulphur is an important mineral in our body necessary for nerve cell communications and metabolic activity, for insulin and protein production. Collagen production also depends on sulphur so hair, skin and nails seem to respond well to a soak in the baths. Sulphur is the third most abundant mineral in our body so there is good reason to suspect that soaking in sulphuric baths and even drinking the waters can have many health benefits. Although there is much evidence concerning the benefits of sulphur baths on skin and musculoskeletal conditions much of it is poor quality meaning it is scientifically difficult to prove these benefits, however, undoubtedly, relaxing in these baths is a pleasant and calming experience which of course is important for all areas of health.
With regards to the effects of steam inhalation it is thought that inhaling the moist warm sulphuric air facilitates airway clearance and helps relieve clogged sinuses and phlegmy chests, but whether inhalation of sulphur adds anything special is unproven. Some studies do suggest an improvement in lung function after treatment in hot baths but since other aspects of physiotherapy were also added to the water treatments it is difficult to tease out any absolute effects of sulphur. However, if you want a bit of luxury and a place to focus on your breathing, stop smoking and improving your health in 2017 Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel is not a bad way to start the new year.
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M.Sc Post. Grad. Dip. Physiotherapy. PGC Teaching and Learning
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