Hydro-Thermal Therapies are Essential for Building Health, Safety and Resilience in the Age of Pandemics

Position paper prepared by Prof. Marc Cohen for the Global Wellness Institute Hot Springs
and Hydrothermal Initiatives, May 2020.

This paper provides evidence to support the classification of hydro-thermal facilities as ‘essential services’. Hydro-thermal therapies such as hot baths, cold plunges, saunas, steam baths and mud-wraps improve public health, reduce the risk of chronic disease and boost the immune system’s ability to resist viral infections. Hydro-thermal therapies also confer psychological benefits and improve sleep, relieve stress, and foster interpersonal connection and connection with nature.

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