Serenity Walk in Tub Blog

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The History of Hydrotherapy

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The father of hydrotherapy, a 19th century Bavarian monk, believed that by encouraging and improving waste removal, specifically via water manipulation, disease could be vanquished from the body. Father Sebastian Kneipp helped to popularize hydrotherapy in Europe and Asia. Today, in North America, this treatment is commonly prescribed by those who favor naturopathic methods.

Some additional benefits of hydrotherapy include:

  • dramatically increasing the elimination of waste, thus assisting detoxification
  • loosening tense, tight muscles and encouraging relaxation
  • increasing the metabolic rate and digestion activity
  • hydrating the cells, improving skin and muscle tone
  • boosting the immune system, allowing it to function more efficiently
  • improving the function of the internal organs by stimulating their blood supply

Back Pain and Hydrotherapy

Behind colds and the flu, back pain is the second most common reason for doctor visits in the US. A person’s lifestyle and habits can cause back pain at nearly any age. The most common causes are sprains and strains, which can occur for a number of reasons, including:

 

 

·         improper form during workouts

·         excess body weight

·         poor posture

·         injury from athletics or some type of physical activity

·         hauling around heavy bags or objects

·         sleeping at an awkward angle

 

Our Whirlpool water jet systems feature hot-tub style water jets that offer targeted relief for sore muscles. The jets are adjustable so you can focus the pressure on various parts of your body to help relieve pain.

 

For added relief, infuse your Serenity bathwater with Epsom saltsand essential oils known for alleviating back pain like lavender, marjoram, rosemary, clary sage, black pepper, ginger, or birch. To create the perfect oil blend, mix several drops of your chosen essential oil with two tablespoons of a base oil, such as sweet almond, peanut, olive, grape seed or walnut. Pour the mixture under running water or massage it directly into the skin after a healing hydrotherapy soak.

Athletes Benefit from Hydrotherapy

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Athletes of all ability levels use hydrotherapy to relieve pain in the back and neck, and sooth pulled, sore or stiff muscles. Our Whirlpool Water Jet systems feature hot-tub style water jets that offer targeted relief for sore muscles.

Hydrotherapy can also be used preventatively prior to athletic activity. Soaking relaxes and loosens muscles, and can reduce the risk of injury while improving overall performance.

When submerged in a body of water such as a bath or a pool, there is a kind of weightlessness as the water negates much of the effects of gravity. Moving water stimulates the touch receptors on the skin, increasing blood circulation and releasing tight muscles. Serenity Hydrotherapy tubs turn an ordinary soak into an all-over massage as the water gently kneads your body.

Additionally, a Mayo Clinic study determined that soaking in a hot-tub achieves some of the cardiovascular benefits of exercise without putting as much stress on the heart.