The use of water as a therapeutic agent is known as hydrotherapy. One of the most well-known therapies is the steam bath followed by cold showers. At El Grullo Naturista we have five cabins for this therapy, which takes place first thing in the morning.
There is a stainless-steel cabinet with a steam generator and a cold-water tank with a container in each cabin. We must enter the cabinet and sit on a wooden bench, which we can adjust in height so that our head sticks outside the cabinet.
The cabinet has three doors: one through which to enter and sit, and two at the top that we close at neck height. To keep the steam from escaping too much, we must wrap a towel around our neck to prevent the steam from escaping too much.
Once seated, we can use a valve at the height of our right hand to control the steam output and thus the temperature. The higher the temperature, the higher the steam. We will remain seated for one to three minutes at the temperature we have chosen. After that, we will leave the cabin and, using the container, we will pour cold water on the body, avoiding the head.
We will repeat this procedure six times. On the last occasion, we will also get our heads wet. Temperature changes cause the opening and closing of more than three million skin pores and sweat glands, stimulating the blood supply, and releasing toxins from the blood diluted in water, resulting in a thorough cleaning.
When we are done with the baths, we will leave and step on the grass area, walking barefoot for 5 to 10 minutes. The therapist will then bring us a glass of flaxseed water.