The following guide was written by
a person who goes to Caldea on a regular basis. You are, of course,
free to do as you please. However, the main rule is not to run from
one installation to the next, ending up with nothing left to explore after
half an hour. You're supposed to "take the gear out" in Caldea, so don't
If you are planning to go to Caldea
more than one day, use some of the installations the first day, others the
second day etc. If you have any questions concerning Caldea or on
the use of its installations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The entrance time (10:00) is used
only as an example.
Once submerged in the warm water of
interior lagoon (32º), feel the buoyancy of your body, giving
you effortless freedom of movement. Water at that temperature has a
slight hypertensive and vasodilatative effect, improves peripheral blood
circulation, is relaxing, prevents muscular spasms and contractions and has
a diuretic effect. Once you have calmed down and have absorbed the
surroundings, slowly make your way to the exterior lagoon, without getting
out of the water.
Less than de 5 minutes: provokes
an increase of muscular tonicity
More than 5 minutes: the excitability
diminishes and active contraction is facilitated along with a sedative
and relaxing effect.
Less than one minute: stimulating
More then one minute: sedative effect on
the circulatory system
Upon contact with cold water,
the cutaneous vessels contract (peripheral vasoconstriction) giving the
skin a whitish colour, the body stimulating the irrigation of the vital
internal organs. When one exits the cold pool, the peripheral vasoconstriction
provokes a vasodilatation which in turn makes the skin turn red.
This large movement of blood has a tonifying effect, increases receptivity
and responsiveness, stimulates the immunity system (the body's defence system
against colds, the flu and sore throats) and above all, gives a wonderful
sense of well-being.
Low-pressure underwater jets
for calves, thighs and waist:
areas of the body where fat and cellulitis
tends to accumulate. Massaging these areas will help but one must avoid
breaking small blood vessels and direct the jet from bottom to top using
a circular motion.
High pressure swan necks
The col de cigne and the cascades help
to relieve tension in the shoulder area and in the upper portion of the back.
Do not direct the jet directly onto your spine. Stand so that the jet
first hits the water and then your body.
The sauna has a beneficial effect
on muscular pain and tension, rheumatism, nervousness and eliminates toxins
from the body. Contrary to popular belief, taking a sauna does not
help to lose weight. Although one may lose up to 1,5 litres of sweat
(i.e. about 1,5 kg), the quantity lost is quickly regained when one drinks.
does one take a sauna?
As recommended by the Finnish Sauna
One must follow certain elementary
rules, dictated by experience. Failing to do so may cause unpleasantness
such as head-ache, claustrophobia, a feeling of suffocation etc.
What one must do :
Take another cold shower, stand in
the mist room or enter the ice pool, just like last time.
After your rest (and if you feel up
to it), you can take a third sauna.
After your last sauna, take a cold
shower but do NOT use soap. Dry yourself, rest in a warm place for
15 to 30 minutes and drink water or a fruit juice. Do not drink alcoholic
beverages when taking saunas which can cause hypo tension.
You may not find the water bucket
and ladle in the saunas at Caldea. They had to be removed due to misuse
by clients. This is not serious as one can compensate the fact of
not being able to increase the heat by staying in the sauna a little longer.
11:35 the 4 hydromassage pools:
If you're lucky, it will be time for the
sound and light show (every hour as soon as it gets dark)!
11:45 Departure for the Middle
How to use
the Turkish bath:
Careful: the same rule applies to
the hammam as to the sauna: if you feel uncomfortable, leave the room immediately!
Trees, wind, waves, rain and other
natural forces generate negative ions which cleanse the air naturally by
eliminating dust and smoke. Modern buildings, air conditioning, synthetic
materials, TV and computer screens neutralise the negative ions which contribute
so much to the quality of the air which we breathe. The air becomes
"faded" causing tiredness, head-aches and drowsiness.
Scientific studies have shown that
the pollution in urban surroundings affect the electric particles in the
air: dust, smoke and soot fixes itself onto the positive ions. Micro organisms
are neutralised but not destroyed. As the amount of negative ions in
the air diminishes, the balance is upset.
The near absence of negative ions
is a cause of modern day illnesses: tiredness, head-aches, nervousness, anxiety,
bronchitis, breathing problems, digestive problems, asthma, high blood pressure...
The air in the "Wood lighting" relaxation
room has been enriched with negative ions. You will quickly notice
the benefits and will feel fresh and relaxed.
12:35 relaxation under the infra-red
lamps on the first floor:
Contrary to popular belief, infra-red lamps,
unlike UV lamps, no not make you tan. However, they do give off warmth.
Just find an empty deck chair, switch on the lamps and relax. Careful,
it is easy to fall sound asleep in this quiet and relaxing room.
... and we almost forgot: the foot
baths, the relaxation sessions, the Oasis bar and restaurant, the solarium,
the UV sun beds, the massages and shiatsu, the beauty treatments, the grapefruit
pool, the Aztecian pool, the water beds...
looks like you'll have to visit again
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