When people think of hydrotherapy, they often imagine a small, single-person tub with nothing else in it, and the whole experience being a solitary one. With a two-person hot tub or even one that can fit five or more people at the same time, hydrotherapy can be a social experience, and hot tub accessories can add in some fun. The fact of the matter is, each time you soak in a hot tub, you’re automatically engaging in a rejuvenating hydrotherapy experience. That’s one of the many reasons why hot tubs are just so beneficial to your health, wellbeing, and overall lifestyle. Hydrotherapy in a hot tub can be a wonderful complementary therapy, and you can do many types on your own, without complicated equipment or trainers. Almost everyone can benefit from hydrotherapy, and the physical and psychological benefits should not be understated.
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Hydrotherapy in a hot tub can be a wonderful complementary therapy, and you can do many types on your own, without complicated equipment or trainers. Almost everyone can benefit from hydrotherapy, and the physical and psychological benefits should not be understated. First, the heat of the water helps to relax your body and improve circulation. This boost in circulation can help oxygen get to certain parts of the body more frequently, all while improving the natural production of positive endorphins. Next, the buoyancy of the water can truly start to be felt. Up to 90% of weight is lifted from the body while submerged in the water, lifting pressure from sore muscles and joints. Lastly, the massaging effect of the hot tub jets works to relieve built-up muscle tension, soothe sore joints, and help your body reach a higher level of relaxation.
Hydrotherapy is known in sports medicine as a water-based therapeutic technique that can help heal and relax strained muscles and lessen stress on the body. For some people, it may also be able to speed recovery from injuries. It can ease the pain and stiffness that comes along with arthritis, increase blood circulation, and soothe back pain. If someone is injured, hydrotherapy can help restore range of motion, and help a person handle pain by helping them relax and let go of the built-up tension. A big part of how we perceive pain is in our brains. Being mentally and physically relaxed can reduce how much pain we feel. Reducing pain reduces stress, which can have benefits of its own, including better sleep and clearer thinking. Even more important, being around other people can also reduce the pain we feel.
Many hot tubs have extra features that can increase the beneficial effects of the warm water. Massage seats and jets that specifically maximize beneficial water flow are available. These jets target specific parts of the body to concentrate moist heat in the areas where they are needed most. Some people may benefit more from simple hydrotherapy in still water, but most people benefit more from targeted jets. These jets are placed strategically throughout the hot tub, to focus on some of the most stress-prone areas of the body. This includes the upper back, shoulders, and neck. Some jets can even be found in the footwell, to offer a rejuvenating reflexology treatment.
Hot tubs are ideal for other types of complementary therapy, in addition to hydrotherapy. Jets and massage seats can be very effective for massage therapy, and any part of the body can be targeted. Lots of people especially love to massage their feet in the hot tub, which is what we mentioned above, reflexology. Many hot tubs have space to add lights, which can be used in chromatherapy. This light therapy can enhance mood, and certain wavelengths of light may also have physical benefits. Some people also like to add scents to a hot tub and use it for aromatherapy, which can have many relaxing psychological benefits.
Therapy in a hot tub can be quite active, if you have enough room. Watsu, a form of aquatherapy, uses scientific principles of stretching, movement, and relaxation. This promotes flexibility and strength throughout the body. You need to be sure that you're doing watsu properly, and that you're healthy enough to make the movements without harm. Watsu is an effective way to gently strengthen the body, and there are many different types you can try, depending on your physical abilities. Some types of watsu may require quite a large tub, while others may be effective in a smaller one.