Hydrotherapy, put simply, is the therapeutic use of water—and we’ve been relying on it for its healing properties since ancient times. This translates to baths, saunas, steam rooms, showers, and the like.
The healing power of hydrotherapy works wonders for both physical and emotional health. Here are the best places to soak, shower, and float.
I was wading through icy cold water—willingly—and it felt great. I wasn’t at a spa with soft candles, pleasing scents, and fluffy robes—I was in an old windowless tiled room in a hospital-like setting that was worn-around-the-edges in the tiny, tranquil town of Bad Worishofen. I had come to Germany, to the Kneipp Institut in particular, to research hydrotherapy—and I was cold and happy as a clam. For this is where it all began.
Father Sebastian Kneipp had originally come to Bad Worishofen, idyllically situated at the foothills of the Alps, as the Father Confessor to the Dominican Convent. As a young man studying theology, he had contracted tuberculosis—and he had managed to cure himself of it. He did this with the help of cold-water baths and a healthy diet, and he went on to document this in his book My Water Cure, published in 1886.
A man with a mission, Kneipp was a healer who had a stupendous influence on the hydrotherapy movement (which morphed into naturopathy.) In addition to cold baths, he was a big believer in the health benefits of walking barefoot through the snow. Back then, a typical water cure lasted 24 weeks and consisted of many different hydrotherapies, including immersing oneself in water up to the neck for at least three hours a day, twice a day—three days a week. My brief stay in Germany involved a lot of cold water, hoses, buckets, fresh air and good food and didn’t include the above, but since then, I have gone on to experience hundreds of hydrotherapy treatments at spas both here and abroad.
Spas are traditionally places of healing—and water is at their very core. But a funny thing happened on the way to the spa not so long ago—hydrotherapy nearly disappeared off of spa menus across the United States. You can thank the emergence of a true-blue business that boomed in the 1990s. This was the decade that gave birth to and commercialized the spa industry in the United States, and in doing so, waved goodbye to what was once a spa culture.
5 Benefits of Hydrotherapy Spa
• 3 ways: heat from the water via conduction, FIR emitted through mat, ultrasound generated from collision of bubbles
Total Body Massage
• Massage 320 main accupoints across the body
• 15 minutes bath equal to 1 hour professional massage
• Skin is the largest organ in the body, and also considered as the second lung
• Ultra-sonic waves can thoroughly cleanse the skin
Beauty and Body Contouring
• With right temperature and bubble intensity, it can burn 200-300 Calories in 15 minutes
• Like running 2-3 kilometers in 15 minutes
1. Internal Warming
Probably the most important benefit of the SG-2000 Ultrasonic Hydrotherapy Home Spa is Internal Warming . We can compare this to what is achieved after a vigorous 30 minute exercise, when you feel heat being emitted from within the body. Internal warming increases our body temperature and boosts the immune system, metabolic rate and stimulates the creation of blood cells.
2. Blood Circulation (exercise effect)
A 15 minute soak with the SG-2000 Hydrotherapy Home Spa is equivalent to a 3-5km slow jog in energy exchange and 200-300 calories loss. Increased cellular activity also raises energy level, improves delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the organs, and the removal of toxins. Heavy metal toxins are removed in perspiration during the hydrospa.
Good blood circulation increases metabolism. An obvious sign of bad blood circulation is cold hands and feet. People experiencing this subsequently experience numbness at the ends of the limbs. More often that not, stroke patients feel the numbness before they suffer a stroke. Because of bad blood circulation, the hands and feet receive insufficient oxygen and the cells in these areas die. This is one of the reasons why diabetic patients see their limbs start to rot first. Blood also transports toxins. Bad blood circulation means that much toxins are deposited at the feet, where the blood makes a 180 degree turn.
The importance of blood circulation is evident as doctors encourage regular exercise. However, the irony is that those who need the exercise are unable to do exercise for physical reasons. The SG-2000 Hydrotherapy Home Spa is suitable for people of all ages. For those who are unable to soak full body, Foot Hydrotherapy is also effective in stimulating blood circulation and cellular activity because of the numerous acupressure points on the soles of our feet.
3. Full Body Massage
All 320 main acupressure points of your body is massaged by millions of tiny air bubbles (46 litres of air/second) at a comfortable massage pressure of 1.5kg/cm². Traditional body massages often leave bruises on the body the next day because body tissue is compressed at a too great a pressure.
Lymphatic drainage is improved and internal organs are massaged as well. Chinese physicians compare the SG-2000 Hydrotherapy Home Spa to a hydro-acupuncture. Even acupressure points at our private areas which physicians and masseurs cannot reach, can be massaged using the SG-2000.
4. Deep Cleansing
Ultra Sound is used industrially for cleaning purposes. With 10,000-15,000 microtremors produced per second, ultrasound is able to vibrate the dirt and grime from the deep within the pores and achieve the effects of a body scrub.
5. Body contouring
46 litres or air bubbles are emitted at high speeds to massage the areas which you wish to tone. Simply relax at the right positions in the tub for a targeted body contouring and firming. SG-2000 ultrasonic hydrospa is also able to remove water retention in the body. With 200-300 calories lost in energy with a 15 minute session, combined with the right diet, slimming can be achieved.