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  • Writer's picturePatrick Mills


I made a very important discovery while on holiday in Dorset.

Maddie and I went swimming in the sea at Weymouth. It was sort of sunny with a brisk breeze. Not very August.

Ancestors bathing in the sea, Weymouth 1912

I noticed that my feet were showing the effects of poor circulation. And it wasn't that warm sitting on the beach - not very promising.

We tentatively tested the water.

The water was cold, very cold.

We had to get on with it and plunged into the sea, the feeling was fantastic - exhilarating.

Even better after a minute or two immersed.

Out of the sea I realised that my left leg was no longer painful or twitching, and later my sense of smell returned (maybe only for 3 or 4 hours) - what joy. And normal circulation had returned.

And the mid afternoon siesta no longer required.

BUPA describes it thus:

Cold water therapy has been reported to benefit the body in many ways, including:

  • reducing muscle pain and stiffness after exercise, by reducing swelling and inflammation

  • improving risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels

  • boosting the immune system, helping to lower the risk of infection

  • improving general wellbeing, and possibly helping with depression

Just need to find somewhere to have the therapy, bearing in mind I am currently not close to the sea.

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