Hydrotherapy and its Benefits in the Spa
Hydrotherapy simply means the use of water in a therapeutic way, and includes the use of both warm and cold water. When you immerse yourself in warm water, you receive a number of health benefits: your body temperature increases and you perspire. The skin’s pores open, blood vessels are diluted and blood is diverted to the skin — hence the flushed, rosy-faced look. This sweat process encourages the body’s toxic wastes to be eliminated via the open pores.
Hydrotherapy also uses water massage via water jets directed onto your body. This type of massage increases blood circulation and delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the soft tissues. The lymphatic system is also activated giving a generous boost to the immune system and massage on cellulite prone areas helps to break down the fatty deposits and lessen its appearance.
During a hydrotherapy treatment, another health benefit is in the release of endorphins — the body’s natural hormones which give us a sense of well being. They also block pain and boost the immune system. And let’s not forget the mental benefits achieved during this therapy including stress relief and a spring clean of the mind which helps you to sleep well.
The warm water helps ease stiff joints and relax sore muscles. Repeated exercises help build up strength which is important in injury recovery. Hydrotherapy is a proven treatment to lessen the pain associated with arthritis through elimination of the toxins causing the joint inflammation and pain.
An alternating therapy for soft tissue injury, commonly used by athletes, is to use hot water followed by cold water on the problem area: the heat encourages blood flow to the skin; the cold water sends it back again to the deeper tissues. The objective here is to improve the circulation in the fine capillaries around the affected area..
Anyone with an underlying health condition should also consult their doctor first.
So when you’re next in the spa, whether you are seeking relaxation, detoxification or a great massage, try out the hydrotherapy areas and you will leave feeling de-stressed and relaxed, and able to sleep like a baby.