Hundreds of professional cyclists call Girona home. It’s a sight to see so many cyclists in their riding gear, moving as ‘one’ on fantastic coastal roadways. They come for the scenic mountain climbs, the temperate weather, delicious local gastronomy and healing properties of the Med. Athletes, locals and travelers alike seek the healing properties of water.
The Mediterranean Sea is the draw. People from all walks of life come to the sea for the health benefits. Which brings me to the float. Always the float.
The salt content of the Mediterranean is high. And even though the water temperature in mid May is only 16 C, residents and visitors are out lying in the
water. They know that a gravity free environment activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for relaxation, healing, replenishment etc. They’re seeking decreased muscle tension, decreased blood pressure, decreased stress hormones and increased endorphins. And they’re willing to go and hang out in uncomfortably cold water to find it!!
1. Epsom Salts: for their ability to replenish magnesium in the body. Leaving skin soft and nourished instead of dry and gritty
2. Absolutely calm water (along with the Epsom) ensures a float with the face out of the water. It’s impossible to relax, anticipating a splash or a wave.
3. Temperature control. Sea temps in July reach about 23C. Still too cool for an extended, quiet abandonment.
We’re traveling today, by bicycle of course, to the Bathes of Dorres. It’s a natural thermal hot spring just across the French border…more water as therapy.