The philosophy of using hot or cold baths for therapeutic treatment dates back to prehistoric times when many people believed that if they bathed in a particular river, spring or well they would be purified physically and spiritually. They were thought to cure some illness or ailments.
History of Spa Bath
In ancient Greek bathing facilities were created for those who required healing. They made bathing areas cut into hillsides where hot springs flowed. The Romans used hot thermal baths to relieve their suffering of arthritis and rheumatism. In the United States the practice of a Spa Bath is popular with the focus on health and wellness.
Benefits of Spa Bath
The heat, massage and buoyancy are the prime effects offered by this type of hydrotherapy. Warm air is jetted into the water to create a bubbling warm massage effect which causes endorphins to be released in the body. These endorphins relieve pain and tension and cause an overall feeling of well being.
The heated massage dilates blood vessels which improve your circulation. By improving circulation your muscles become relaxed. Buoyancy reduces the effects of gravity on your body also aiding in muscle relaxation. These benefits when combined result in faster recovery from minor injury and fatigue.
Warm water massage in conjunction with buoyancy has great benefits for the pain of arthritis. It can reduce swelling in the soft tissue surrounding a joint and improve the mobility of the joint.
If you are lucky enough to have a spa bath in your home you can enjoy the benefits of relaxing in the warm massaging waters about 90 minutes before going to bed for at least 15 minutes. This is especially helpful for people who suffer from insomnia, restless leg syndrome or arthritis pain. This is the natural remedy to induce a night of restful sleep.
Light Exercise in a Spa Bath
Depending on how large the Spa Bath is you might also take advantage of the waters resistance factor to do some light exercise. You already have relaxed muscles and increased circulation carrying a better oxygen supply to them. You are somewhat weightless in the warm water and the water offers just enough resistance to build strength without the strain of exercise. Gently stretch your muscles and flex your joints to work out the stiffness and enjoy the hydrotherapy effects of the warm water as it massages and relaxes them further.
February 6th, 2010
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