Step into any one of the thermal pools at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa and you instantly relax. You’re warm to your core and your arms float up as the weight of the world evapourates off your shoulders.

It’s an amazing experience. So... what is in the water that makes it feel so good?

In a word...minerals. Lots and lots of minerals that have therapeutic benefits. And, even more remarkably, it takes 173 years for them to get there.

Let me explain. The water starts off as rain and snow that falls onto the Hanmer Plains – from there it makes its way to a reservoir around 2 kilometres underground where it sits, being gently warmed by heat from the earth’s core.

Once it reaches a certain temperature, it rises back to the earth’s surface where it is pumped out of a bore and into Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.

That whole warming process takes 173 years so the water that comes out of the bore is free of some very nasty chemicals that man has made in the last 173 years, including Chlorofluorocarbons.

Eurofins and GNS Science recently analysed the water and found a whole range of minerals – including sodium, sulphur and silica.

Sodium can help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis, sulphur can relieve skin conditions and silica is known for its anti-ageing properties.

So that is why they feel so good and perhaps that is also why they’ve been attracting people for centuries.

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