Hoitohuone Sinja: Using hot and cold to improve well-being
I established Hoitohuone Sinja just over three years ago. I got the inspiration for it from discovering energy balancing and seeing how drastically I was able to improve my own health with the proper diet and dietary supplements. I wanted to improve the well-being of others as well, so I established Hoitohuone Sinja to provide food advice, Shiatsu massage, Indian head massage, hot stone massage, ionic foot detox baths and energy balancing services.
Hoitohuone Sinja operates out of our home in Raisio. The same address is also shared by my husband Jarno Rämö’s company JR-Hieronta, which provides classic massage and, starting from late 2017, sports massage services.
Hot stones, massages, heat packs and ice cubes
Here at Hoitohuone Sinja, we utilise hot and cold temperatures in numerous ways.
In hot stone massage, the stones are heated in a water boiler to a temperature of approximately 55 degrees Celsius. The stones release their heat slowly, allowing them to deeply affect the muscles and ease different forms of tension. Hot stone massage also increases blood circulation, thus accelerating cellular metabolism and the removal of impurities from the body. In addition to this, hot stone massage also accelerates lymph circulation.
In an ionic foot detox bath, the feet are placed in a pool of water with a temperature of approximately 40 degrees Celsius. Next we mix some sea salt into the water to improve its electrical conductivity. After this, we use an ionic detox machine to run a low electrical current through your body. The electricity stimulates the cells and boosts their metabolism. The bath can also be enjoyed while wearing a heat-producing belt, which increases blood circulation around the waist and relaxes the muscles.
Jarno occasionally uses heat packs in his massages to relax particularly tense muscles so that they become easier to work on. He also sometimes does ice massage therapy, in which particularly sore or inflamed parts of the body are rubbed with an ice cube.
Jarno is also really into ice swimming, and is currently planning on making us a cold water pool, perhaps out of a Kirami hot tub!
The positive impacts of different temperatures
Hot wraps have been used since ancient times to treat various ailments. Heat increase blood circulation and expands the capillaries. This in turn boosts the metabolism, providing cells with more oxygen and nutrients and allowing them to remove impurities more effectively.
Heat also eases pain and makes the body more elastic. It relaxes you and, according to studies, releases endorphins into the bloodstream. This in turn slows down your heart rate and lowers blood pressure.
Hot and warm treatments are unsuitable for people suffering from inflammation, swelling, circulatory disorders, acute injuries or sensory loss.
Cold has the opposite effect compared to warmth. Cold temperatures slow down blood circulation, which is a particularly useful effect in accidents and injuries. Cold also decreases the conductivity of the neurons responsible for pain sensations and reduces swelling.
Dipping into an ice-cold pool or hole in the ice refreshes you and makes you alert because the cold momentarily increases the secretion of stress hormones. Ice swimming also increases your tolerance to cold, boosts your immune system and slows down cellular ageing.
According to some studies, exposure to cold may turn white, or “normal,” body fat into brown fat. Brown fat contains more mitochondria, as a result of which it is better at producing heat than white fat. According to some researchers, brown fat may also prevent obesity and diabetes.
Cold treatments and ice swimming are unsuitable for persons suffering from sensory loss or impaired blood circulation.
"Water is the oldest remedy"
Soaking in a hot tub produces many of the same positive effects as various heat treatments, such as increasing blood circulation, relaxing the muscles, reducing pain and accelerating the removal of impurities from the body. This is why you should always remember to drink plenty of water after hot tubbing, so that the released impurities are properly excreted out of the body. Otherwise you may soon find yourself suffering from a headache or neck pain.
Modern life can be very stressful. As such, taking a moment to soak in a hot tub is a great way to relax. According to some studies, warm water may strengthen the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is the part of the nervous system that operates when you’re at rest and slows down your heart rate, among other things.