By Lauren Cowie
02 June 2023

Harness the restorative power of water

Wild about water 

We’re excited to bring you the latest news, research and insights on wellness, with the first edition – Wild About Water focused on the restorative power of water.

Water is an essential element for life, and it has been used for centuries by people from all cultures to promote relaxation, healing, and wellbeing. In Australia, the use of geothermal resources for therapeutic purposes has a long history, with Indigenous cultures using hot springs for healing and relaxation.

At Alba, we understand the unique benefits of water, and we’re proud to offer our guests an experience that harnesses the power of this vital element. In this newsletter, we’ll explore the wonders of our 100% geothermal water, sourced from deep underground and infused with a range of naturally occurring minerals.

We’ll also take a closer look at the relationship between geothermal bathing and sleep quality, as well as the physiological and psychological effects of salt immersion bathing and sensory deprivation.

And, finally, we’ll explore the wild winter bathing spots on the Mornington Peninsula and offer tips for staying safe while enjoying the benefits of cold-water immersion.


Our Water 

Our 100% geothermal water is sourced from deep underground and contains a range of naturally occurring minerals, including sulphur, calcium, magnesium and potassium, which have healing and wellness benefits.

Our water is classified as a ‘sodium chloride bicarbonate spring’, which means it has a unique blend of minerals that can have therapeutic benefits for the body. Soaking in our naturally heated water, which is between 37°C and 43°C, can help alleviate a range of troubles like neuralgia, bruising, articular rheumatism, stiffness of the shoulders, and muscular complaints. Not only that, it’s a fantastic way to recover from fatigue, relax and carve out some time for yourself, away from your daily routine.

Our water has a unique blend of minerals that can have therapeutic benefits for the body. 

As well as our geothermal pools, Alba offers guests an array of bathing experiences including our rain pool (The Falls) and our seasonal pool (The Seasons), where the temperature changes over the year.

The way we extract and treat our water is as important as the water itself. After being sourced from underground, the water undergoes a thorough sanitisation process before it is diverted to individual pools.

So, next time you visit Alba, take a moment to appreciate our geothermal water, and the care we take to preserve its natural qualities.


Salt Bathing

Did you know we offer floatation therapy in our private rooftop pools The Salts. This unique experience involves floating in warm, highly concentrated saltwater. This allows you to fully disconnect from the outside world and immerse yourself in a deeply relaxing state.

The buoyancy of the water allows your body to float effortlessly, reducing pressure on joints and muscles. The high salt concentration in the water also has numerous benefits for the skin, such as improving hydration and reducing inflammation.

Beyond the physical benefits, floatation in saltwater baths can have profound effects on the mind. The sensory deprivation experience allows for a meditative state, reducing stress and anxiety and improving overall mental wellbeing. Studies have even shown that floatation therapy can improve creativity and problem-solving abilities.


Struggling with a good night’s Sleep? 

There is a growing interest in the relationship between geothermal bathing and sleep quality, and some health experts recommend hot water bathing as a natural sleep remedy.

Research has shown that immersion in warm water, such as in a hot bath or hot spring, can have a positive effect on sleep quality. A study conducted by the University of Sydney found that people who soaked in a hot bath before bedtime fell asleep faster and had better quality sleep compared to those who did not. Another study by the University of South Australia found that regular hot water immersion, particularly in the evening, can improve sleep quality in older adults.

The sleep benefits of hot water immersion are thought to stem from the increase in the body’s core temperature, which then drops rapidly once the body is out of the water. This drop in temperature mimics the natural decrease in body temperature that occurs during sleep and can therefore help promote better sleep. Additionally, hot water immersion can also help to relax the body and mind, reducing stress and anxiety that can interfere with sleep.

So next time you’re looking for a way to unwind and improve your sleep, consider taking a dip in a geothermal hot spring or enjoying a hot bath at home. Your body and mind will thank you for it.


Wild winter swimming on the Peninsula 

The Sea Wolves, Mount Martha. Image credit: Eddie Jim
If you’re looking for an invigorating and unique winter activity, wild winter swimming on the Mornington Peninsula could be just what you need.

With its serene and picturesque wild bathing spots, the Peninsula offers a variety of options to experience the thrill of cold-water immersion.

One of the best spots for winter swimming on the Peninsula is Mount Martha’s South Beach, which has calm and shallow waters perfect for those new to cold water swimming. Sorrento and Rye Pier are also popular options for winter bathing, with clear waters and sheltered areas to swim.

But what are the benefits of regular cold-water immersion? Research suggests it can boost the immune system, improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and relieve stress. Additionally, it can increase the production of endorphins and serotonin, promoting feelings of happiness and wellbeing.

To safely embark on a winter wild bathing adventure, it’s essential to take precautions. Start slowly, stay hydrated, wear appropriate swimwear, limit the time spent in the water, and listen to your body’s signals.

With these tips in mind, you can safely enjoy the many benefits of cold-water immersion and experience the exhilaration of winter wild swimming on the Mornington Peninsula.

Of course, Alba is the perfect place to unwind after a cold ocean dip. You can relax in the sauna or one of the many pools, enjoy a cup of herbal tea, and take in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. So why not plan a day of adventure and relaxation and discover all that this beautiful region has to offer.

Mount Martha Life Saving Club has some great information on cold-water swimming that can be found here – and to read more about some of our local Peninsula cold water superstars click below.


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