People have been using the natural healing powers of mineral water for wellness for thousands of years. There are references to the therapeutic use of mineral water in the Old Testament, and Hippocrates, known as the “Father of Western Medicine,” wrote about healing with water in 500 B.C.
Some of most common reasons for soaking in natural mineral waters are to revitalize the skin, calm the nerves, detoxify the body and refresh oxygen levels. Many also turn to thermal mineral waters for health issues such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, skin conditions, depression, respiratory illnesses including asthma, and locomotor and circulatory diseases.
Soaking in hot water can be rejuvenating and can help ease sore muscles and reduce stress. The jets from a whirlpool spa offer additional benefits in the form of hydrotherapy massage targeting specific parts of the body.
Several natural hot springs emerge onto the Iron Mountain Hot Springs property with average water temperatures ranging from 105 to 108°F. There are more than 14 different minerals found in the water:
The five most abundant minerals in the soaking pools are iron, sulfate, chloride, sodium and calcium. Iron and sulfate are known for their relaxing qualities. Thermal heat from the springs is used to warm the family pool and to heat the walkways and buildings.