Thermal Experience vs Thermal Cycle

March 7, 2023 - by Geneviève Latour

The Difference Between the Thermal Experience and the Thermal Cycle

Two incredibly similar terms, albeit with different meanings: the thermal cycle and the thermal experience, here’s how to differentiate them 

The Common Denominator

thermal adjective 

ther· mal | \ ˈthər-məl 

a: of, relating to, or caused by heat

b: being or involving a state of matter dependent upon temperature 

c: having low energies of the order of those due to thermal agitation 


[Latin thermae public baths, from Greek thermai, plural of thermē]: of, relating to, or marked by the presence of hot springs  

The Thermal Cycle

The key to thermotherapy, the thermal cycle is a 2000-year-old Nordic tradition. It is defined by three steps: hot, cold and rest.  


Firstly, you spend 10 to 15 minutes in a sauna. The heat stimulates your immune system, eliminates toxins, soothes muscle and joint pain and relieves stress and tension.


Secondly, you fully submerge yourself in cold water for 10 to 15 seconds. The thermal shock is invigorating. Your body releases adrenaline, your pores tighten, and your blood flow is improved.


Finally, you rest for at least 20 minutes. As your body recovers from the, it produces endorphins—known as the bliss hormones—to replace adrenaline. A sense of calm washes over you, any leftover tension is gone, and the night is sure to bring a great night’s sleep.

And then, you start all over again. We recommend completing the three steps of the thermal cycle, in order, at least three times during your thermal experience, speaking of which  

The Thermal Experience

At Thermëa spa village the thermal experience defines all the amenities available during your spa visit, including every installation that makes up the thermal cycle, and so much more.  

When you book the thermal experience, you have access to multiple saunas, outdoor baths—cold and warm—indoor and outdoor rest areas as well as restaurants. Sauna rituals are also a part of the thermal experience.  

You can also enhance your thermal experience with massages, body care treatments, and the Rhassoul treatment to personalize your spa visit.  

In Conclusion

You can enjoy the thermal cycle as many times as you’d like during your thermal experience at Thermëa spa village, and the thermal experience is home to the thermal cycle, and plenty more.  

woman exiting an outdoor thermal bath man under a cold water bucket people enjoying outdoor baths in snow couple exiting the spa in winter couple sitting in sauna

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