Why Hydrotherapy Is Good For Mental Health

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Hydrotherapy is the practice of using water to find relief from pain. Pain can be experienced in the body but also can be something that affects the mind, such as depression and anxiety. Water has been used for Centuries by ancient people to help heal.

For example, the ancient Egyptian royalty bathed in oils. Roman used to use the ‘Roman Baths’ or bath houses for bathing and also relaxation. Further Japanese and Chinese used hot natural springs to bath in. Today, hot springs are found in these places but also can be found all across the world including places like New Zealand, Iceland and even Colorado.

The range of ailments that can benefit from hot/warm water therapy include; arthritis, rheumatism, poor circulation, sore muscles. Cold water is use to stimulate blood flow and the muscles. As well as aches and pains, hydrotherapy is also great for the mind.

Some of the benefits of Hydrotherapy include:

  • Muscular relaxation and decreased muscle spasm.
  • Decreased pain due to warmth and support.
  • Gravity is countered by buoyancy.
  • Increased muscle strength and endurance due to the greater resistance in water.
  • Improvement in swelling, due to hydrostatic pressure.
  • Enhanced balance and stabilisation.
  • Improved enjoyment and confidence to move better.

Water is soothing and relaxes the body. The use of a loafer or a body sponge can help with exfoliation and stimulating the body’s muscles. Adding aromatherapy to water can also add a level of relaxation to bathing.

If you are looking to unwind and relax we have a great recipe for a Lavender Detox Bath, it is below.

Here are the ingredients which can be bought from our store:

1 cup of Epsom Salts

1 cup of Baking Soda

2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil

10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Sources:

History of Hydrotherapy

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