Hot Tub Healing -- hydrotherapy health benefits

By: Louis Zhang

How does relaxing in a hot tub produce healing benefits for your body?

Since before recorded history, sacred places were worshipped for their healing properties. One such place is even mentioned in the Bible.

Today, you can create those worship centers in your own homes. Only today, you call them "hot tubs", but you still worship their restorative properties and the relaxation they produce.

Hot Tub Relaxation

Imagine this...

In my master bathroom sits one of man's greatest inventions.

Even though the Romans came up with the idea, Jacuzzi perfected it.

After a hard day's work I slip into the hot tub, letting the jets gently work the kinks out of my body. Twenty minutes in properly heated water works their magic.

Then I gently recline on the massage table where my wife, a former registered massage therapist, completes the detoxification begun by Mr. Jacuzzi. Then I melt off of the table into bed for an incredible night of - relaxing sleep.

Drool, peasants!

Why Hot Tub Hydotheraphy Heals

Hydrotherapy fulfills some of our primal needs. It allows us to simulate the serenity of the womb. It soothes aching muscles. It increases circulation, sending needed nutrients to specific sites. It helps the body move toxins into the lymph system.

Many therapists add essential oils, aiding in relaxation and cleansing. That is the secret attraction which, once reserved for the wealthy and pampered, is fueling the boom in hot tub usage.

To work properly, hydrotherapy needs the cooperation of the user.

Hot Tub Healing Steps

First, take a cleansing shower. This ensures that the water you enter does not simply spread the outside toxins on your body to other areas, including the inside. Of course, be sure the water is clean. This is not as simple as it seems. If you are using a spa or a clinic, make sure the tub is properly sanitized between clients.

Once you have completed the 20 minutes in the hot tub, ideally you would move to a massage table within no more than ten minutes. If this is not possible, then lie flat on a firm bed with a small towel rolled up to support your neck, and a slightly larger towel supporting your lower back.

The hot tub has melted the jelly-like material in your spinal discs, and this position will allow the natural curves in your spine to 'reset' in proper alignment. It helps to have some relaxing music playing while doing this.

The secret of using hot tubs as hydrotherapy is to combine all the elements of a spa into your use. If your hot tub is outside, and the air temperature is cool, take a robe with you. Make sure you've protected your hot tub from bird droppings, air-blown debris, and, especially, contaminated water by multiple users.

Then remove any distractions. Watching the 'game' while in the hot tub may sound like a lot of fun, but it is anything but relaxing. Limit alcohol intake. Its effects are increased greatly by the heat of the water. Don't stay in too long; overheating your body can be damaging. Then, go lie down and relax on your well-supported back for at least 20 minutes. That is basic hydrotherapy!

Hot tubs and Jacuzzis are cousins, and can both be used for hydrotherapy if properly understood. If your goal is relaxation and health, then treat your hot tub just like the fancy spa. You will be amazed at the affects it can have!

Since man first dipped his pinkies into warm water, he has worshipped the sensations of bubbling froth soothing him. And not just outside the body, either. With today's technology, hot tubs have become an affordable relaxation for just about everyone. And, when properly cleaned, they can add a lot of healing, too.

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