For thousands of years, people have used hydrotherapy to heal their bodies. During those ancient times (and up until around the 1950s), people only had the option of soaking in bathhouses or other communal baths. Today, with the advances in hydrotherapy systems, more people are able to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy in the privacy of their own backyards or homes.
More people are investing in hot tubs—indoor or outdoor—to not only provide relaxation and relieve stress, but as a form of physical therapy to assist them in improving their overall health.
The Benefits of Hydrotherapy
No matter your fitness level or health situation, hydrotherapy is beneficial to everyone for reaching their fitness goals. The warm water helps loosen stiff joints, relieves swelling, aids in weight loss and helps relieve arthritis and other joint pain.
Evidence has shown that soaking in warm water up to 20 minutes reduces the gravitational force and provides support for muscle tension and other ailments. Research has shown water therapy even can soothe and support recovery of musculoskeletal issues, such as fibromyalgia and lower back pain.
Enhance your hydrotherapy experience by adding some essential oils to the warm water. Aromatherapy stimulates the smell receptors in your brain, which sends messages to your limbic system and governs your emotions. Some of the more popular essential oils to support healing are lavender, rosemary, lemon, peppermint, frankincense and chamomile. When considering which essential oils best will support you, speak with your doctor or a trained aromatherapist to help you decide.
Your Personality, Your Hot Tub
For some, a hot tub is worth the investment. A hot tub provides a wonderful hydrotherapy experience in the privacy of your own home or backyard. When looking into which hot tub is the right one for you, take your lifestyle and personality into consideration. These two factors will have a huge impact on which hot tub is best for you. Some questions to ask yourself:
How are you planning on using the hot tub?
If you’re wanting to entertain or want something for the whole family to enjoy, you’ll want to choose a more spacious hot tub. Whereas, for empty nesters or someone who wants a spa to exercise in, perhaps a smaller model is the best one for you.
Where are the jets placed?
If you’re wanting a hot tub to help with lower back pain, you’ll want to choose a hot tub with personalized jets that can be adjusted to fit your individual needs. Regardless of how many jets the hot tub has, if they aren’t meeting your needs, they aren’t worth the investment.
How noisy is the hot tub?
This is something that can be easy to overlook, especially when looking at a hot tub in a showroom. When deciding on a hot tub, pay attention to the sound the hot tub makes. Would you want it outside your bedroom window when you’re trying to sleep? As you’re thinking about this, also consider how the hot tub will fit into your backyard design.
With the advances made in hydrotherapy and hydro-massage, it makes sense that people are using hot tubs to practice self-care and to support themselves in achieving their health goals. Hydrotherapy has shown, over the past thousand years, to provide wonderful healing attributes and to improve overall health. Regardless if you’re looking for something to soothe aches and pains or a place to relax, hydrotherapy promotes a healthy lifestyle.