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Benefits of a Spa: We Went to Glen Ivy Hot Springs & Learned How to Relax (and Have Great Skin)

Alexandra Williams, MA

Glen Ivy Hot SpringsAs a new year begins, many of us resolve to put our health first. This includes relaxation, or at least some down time. With this in mind, the Fun and Fit clan headed to Glen Ivy Hot Springs  in Corona, California this past week in order to start 2014 in a wellness way!

And we found wellness galore! Originally known as “Temescal Sulphur Springs” (“temescal” is the Aztec word for “sweat lodge”), the spa was first advertised in 1860 to those who desired the health and recreational benefits of the medicinal waters.

Come for the Medicinal Waters!

Come for the Medicinal Waters!

So there we were, over 150 years later, clad in our swimsuits, robes and sunscreen, deciding which of 19 pools to go in first. From our concierge (yup, great service at the spa), we learned there is a recommended order for a few of the pools, so these are listed in the order that we used them.

So Many Types of Pool Water

The Aqua Class Makes People Smile

The Aqua Class Makes People Smile

Aqua class in the lap pool: A combination of cardio (for the heart, and calorie burn) and muscle toning, our instructor (and long-time friend) Meg Root  made this class fun for everyone. From a 17-year-old to an 84-year-old; from total beginners to fitness professionals, this aqua class is accessible.

Time to Relax

Time to Relax

Saline Pool: A natural antiseptic, salt water helps with a variety of skin conditions, reduces acid levels after a workout (think of lactic acid buildup), and oxygenates the cells.

Mineral Baths: These are the geothermal mineral waters that come directly from the earth at Glen Ivy, and are what made it famous back in the days of the California Gold Rush. At 104°, the waters are known to soothe aching joints and muscles.

Getting Muddy Wit' It at Club Mud

Getting Muddy Wit’ It at Club Mud

Club Mud: This pool is pretty fun and funny. You grab red clay (Silica Dioxide, Aluminum, Iron, Calcium Oxide, Magnesium Oxide, Potassium Oxide, & Titanium Oxide) and rub it all over yourself, then sit in a heated “cave” while it dries. The clay softens your skin, draws out impurities and exfoliates dead skin cells. It can also stain a light swimsuit, so don’t wear your brand new white one-piece.

Crap, that's Cold. Son Went In Fully. Not I.

Crap, that’s Cold. Son Went In Fully. Not I.

Hot Pool & Cold Plunge: You’re encouraged to go in the hot pool for a few minutes, then do a 30-second dip in the VERY cold plunge for up to 10 cycles, but I did a half-body 10 second plunge in the 55°-65°F cold, followed by a 5 minute “recovery” in the hot. My legs were tingly. Athletes use this type of therapy to shorten muscle recovery time after intense workouts, but it’s good for anyone who wants to increase blood flow to the muscles. I increased my blood flow by jumping OUT of the cold plunge quickly. See the expression on my face?

Painted with Green Grotto Goo (Moisturizer)

Painted with Green Grotto Goo (Moisturizer)

The Grotto: First of all, you know it’s going to be quite the experience when you enter an elevator to descend below-ground! Once there, the staff members paint your body with copious amounts of green body moisturizer (aloe vera, shea butter, coconut oil and other ingredients including eucalyptus). From there, you go into a warm cave room and let the lotion soak into your skin. You then move into the shower room, which has shower “pods” that spray warm water from above and the side. If you can drag yourself away from that, the final room is a cool, misting area where you can have tea and apples. After removing impurities in the saline and mud pools, the grotto is where you go to moisturize.

Somehow in our busy schedule of relaxing, we managed to eat lunch and go in most of the pools, though the Roman bath, sauna, and steam room will have to wait for next time. If you are near Southern California at any time, we hope you’ll check out Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Repeatedly lauded as one of the best day spas, it’s hard to believe we didn’t know of its existence until a few years ago. But we know now!!!!

Map of Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Map of Glen Ivy Hot Springs

May your 2014 be full of wellness, health, family and friends. And if you want a list of 44 benefits to Steam Bathing, click this link from our friends at Mr. Steam.

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About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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10 Responses to Benefits of a Spa: We Went to Glen Ivy Hot Springs & Learned How to Relax (and Have Great Skin)

  1. GiGi Eats Celebrities January 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    Well, this seals the deal. I am scheduling massages for me and my mother when she comes to visit me at the end of this month!!! CANNOT WAIT :D
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    • AlexandraFunFit January 8, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

      My mom had a massage there and really enjoyed it. She wanted a facial this time, but waited too late and they were all booked up. FYI, if you call ahead to book, let the concierge Josh know you know us. It might help you. Then again, it might not. The CEO, Jim Root, is a friend of ours, so he’d be glad to know you’re coming. Have fun.
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  2. Linz @ Itz Linz January 9, 2014 at 3:35 am #

    i would to check out club mud – looks fun!!
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  3. Miz January 9, 2014 at 4:00 am #

    my fave fave fave was the pic of your mom.

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  4. Jody - Fit at 56 January 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    What fun although not sure that hot/cold one would be fun. ;) I loved all the IG pics & yes, the one of your mom – how cool is that!!!! It all looks quite “interesting”. :)
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  5. Meg January 9, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    Great post! Although I am partial to the place, I must say you did an amazing job of bringing it to life. Next year I’m going down the elevator with you into the green slime caves. Now that would be fun! Thanks for the post, and Jim thanks you too!

  6. Caryn/The Mid Life Guru January 10, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    I love this place!!! If you are a teacher or involved in education, they give discounts!!


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