A tale of two temperatures: Glasgow spa treatments

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Opposites don’t just attract — they also have physiological benefits. That’s the proven theory behind the Spa at Blythswood Square’s comprehensive thermal experience, a series of rooms that will take you on a journey through wet and dry, warm and cold. Alternating between hot (saunas and steam rooms) and chilly (ice fountains and cold showers) increases blood flow, speeds up healing time, and improves your mood. This is therapeutic on its own or as a prelude to a treatment — when the skin is clean and the pores are open, products can best work their magic.

To learn more about our thermal experience at the Spa at Blythswood Square, call us at +44 (0) 141 248 8888 or email us at spa@kimptonblythswoodsquare.com

Get acquainted with all aspects of the thermal experience so that you’re ready to relax and reinvigorate with the best of them. After you’ve made the rounds through the different rooms and pools, keep the pampering going by joining us in the spa cafe for a chilled glass of bubbly to treat your taste buds.


Vitality Pool & Hydrotherapy Pool

Tired and aching joints are no match for our Hydrotherapy and Vitality Pools, which feature a selection of hydrotherapy body jets, floor jets, and seated areas with jets to gently massage the entire body. You can intersperse these pools throughout your journey as often as you like; just remember to refresh with a shower beforehand.


Saunas have been around for more than 2,000 years, and they’re just as effective today as during the Middle Ages. The traditional dry-air room is heated to 85 to 95 degrees Celsius (approximately 185 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit). Sprinkle some water to intensify the heat. This can be intense, so you may only want to stay in the sauna for five minutes, particularly if it is your first visit.


A combination between a sauna and steam room, a saunarium is the best of both worlds in a moderate package. Temperatures are lower than a sauna (generally between 60 to 70 degrees Celsius, or 140 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit) and not as humid as a steam room (the relative humidity averages 20 percent).

Steam Room

This is where to go for wet, humid heat, particularly good for clearing out the respiratory tract and helping you to breathe more easily. As with the sauna, you may want to limit your stay to five minutes, depending on how you’re feeling.


Don’t let the name fool you—“tepid” may not be the most exciting word around, but our tepidarium is a welcome place to stay awhile. A tepidarium is a dry, tepid room close to the body’s own temperature. You can relax on the heated loungers for up to 30 minutes, cooling down and de-stressing. Ahhh…


A favorite with the Romans who gave it its name, the laconium is warm, not hot, and a good place to start the thermal adventure. In this tiled room, the floors, walls, and benches are all heated to a mild temperature of around 55 to 60 degrees Celsius (135 degrees Fahrenheit). Spend 15 or 20 minutes here relaxing in the dry, warm air as your body heats up gently and slowly.

Ice Fountain

Forget water fountains—the wilder cousin, the ice fountain, is what it’s all about. Rub handfuls of ice flakes over your body to cool off and boost circulation.