What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is the use of water to revitalize, maintain, and restore health. Hydrotherapy treatments include saunas, steam baths, foot baths, sitz baths, and the application of cold and hot water compresses. Father Sebastian Kneipp, a 19th century Bavarian monk, is said to be the father of hydrotherapy. Kneipp believed that disease could be cured by using water to eliminate waste from the body. Hydrotherapy is popular in Europe and Asia, where people "take the waters" at hot springs and mineral springs. In North America, it is often recommended as self-care by naturopathic doctors.There is a physiological basis to hydrotherapy. Cold is stimulating, and it causes superficial blood vessels to constrict, shunting the blood to internal organs. Hot water is relaxing, causes blood vessels to dilate, and removes wastes from body tissues. Alternating hot can cold water also improves elimination, decreases inflammation, and stimulates circulation.
Hydrotherapy is proven to be a highly effective form of natural therapy which works by stimulating the endorphins which in turn helps you to control pain and alleviate tension. The hydro bath works by releasing millions of large bubbles, which relaxes your muscular tension and helps to reduce swollen joints giving you increased mobility. It also releases very fine bubbles; this has a soothing tranquil effect on your body which helps relieve your stress and tension.
Hydro baths have a remarkable and almost magical ability to improve circulation. Your blood flow takes oxygen and nourishment to all your cells and tissues. When working well this forms the basis of a healthy life. Good circulation also brings the benefit of good lymph drainage which helps to clear the body of toxins.
Detoxing regularly, leads to a stronger immune system which is able to help with controlling viruses, bacteria and infections. Your immune system is your internal police force and when working efficiently, helps you overcome minor infections ranging from the common cold right up to deadly diseases.
Hydrotherapy can provide you with the vital key to breaking the stress cycle of everyday modern life. In today’s busy world you can be prone to stress related illnesses which can cause a wide range of physical and psychological problems. For example, high blood pressure, headaches, digestive complaints, insomnia, anxiety attacks, depression, the list is endless. Unfortunately stress not only affects the mind but also your immune system.
Hydrotherapy helps to regulate your body`s temperature control by improving the efficiency of your perspiration glands. This releases toxins from your body and leaves you with a healthy glowing complexion. If you look better you will feel better. The oxygen flow is increased as an effect of the millions of bubbles and this activity can also help reduce fluid retention and also have a dramatic effect on other ailments such as cellulite.
In short, hydrotherapy offers an easy way for you to regain and maintain a healthy and painless body.