Bathing is good for the body and one’s state of mind.
Warm water, coupled with buoyancy and massage, relaxes the body’s muscles, reduces cramps and headaches, as well as improves muscle elasticity. These are some of the main reasons why athletes incorporate hydrotherapy into their exercise routine and why sufferers of chronic ailments such as arthritis and restless legs syndrome bathe to alleviate symptoms. Moving water and heat also stimulate blood circulation, which in turn triggers repair of damaged tissue. Furthermore, hot water has detoxifying effects that promote immune strength – not to mention remove body odor and moisturize the skin!
Another significant benefit of hydrotherapy is the effect that is has on one’s state of mind. Many professionals with high-stress jobs or mothers of small children finish the day in the bathtub. Why? Because bathing has a calming effect on the mind and helps many to not only relax after a tough day, but also to sleep better. Insomniacs and persons battling restless thoughts have been helped by hydrotherapy. Stress is something that most people battle at one time or another in their life. Bathing provides an escape from that by providing what is commonly referred to as “me time”.
Hydrotherapy can be broken down into three key components: Heat, Buoyancy, and Massage.
During exercise or strain on the muscles, lactic acid is produced. Lactic acid removal is sped up by heat, allowing the muscles to become less fatigued and recover faster. Additionally, moving hot water increases this effect by increasing heat conduction.
Buoyancy is an upward force exerted by a liquid, gas or other fluid that opposes the weight of an immersed object. When submerged, there is less pressure on the body, tissues, and muscles.
Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being.
TREATS SYMPTOMS OF AILMENTS
Spending time in a Jacuzzi bath can help ease the inflammation of joints that can cause stiffness and intense pain.
RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME
Relaxing in a Jacuzzi bath can help reduce the frequent and uncomfortable sensations frequent in the calves, thighs, or feet cause by restless leg syndrome.
INSOMNIA & RACING THOUGHTS
Unwinding in a hydrotherapeutic bath can clear your mind of the preoccupation with daily events and thoughts that prevent you from getting a good night’s rest.