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Hydrotherapy and Aromatherapy - Therapy in Your Spa Pool

Hydrotherapy and Aromatherapy - Therapy in Your Spa Pool

Monday, September 02, 2019

A sore back or achy muscles can be an absolute nightmare to deal with. Although we can't offer a magic cure, we can suggest relieving the pain through hydrotherapy and aromatherapy. With their origins dating back to ancient times, these historic remedies are renowned for providing a range of health benefits. While their names might sound complicated, you can easily experience their therapeutic benefits from the comfort of your spa pool.

Here's everything you need to know about using your spa for hydrotherapy and aromatherapy.

What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is the process of using water to cure or reduce discomfort. It may sound like an unfamiliar concept, but you’ve no doubt whipped out an ice pack to ease the pain of a sore knee or arm. Other common forms of hydrotherapy include:
  • Having a cold rinse after a hot shower.
  • Soaking in warm water.
  • Having a hot foot bath.
  • Exercising in warm water.
  • Having a sitz bath.
By exposing your body to these hot and cold stimuli, you may experience a range of health benefits.

What are the benefits of hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy can offer a range of benefits. Many people have claimed to experience positive effects such as:
  • Strengthening weak muscles.
  • Reducing muscle tension.
  • Offering pain relief.
  • Increasing circulation.
  • Improving balance and coordination.
  • Boosting your immune system.
  • Relieving stress.
Before engaging in hydrotherapy, it’s best to consult with your doctor or physician, especially if you suffer from any of the following:
  • Stomach virus.
  • Severe breathing difficulties.
  • Raised temperature.
  • Open skin wound.
  • Skin infection.


How do I use hydrotherapy in my spa pool?

With the warm temperatures that your spa pool offers, it’s the perfect spot to engage in hydrotherapy. Simply soaking in hot water can be incredibly beneficial as it can help increase your blood flow and relieve pain.
 
Likewise, the buoyancy of the water is ideal for any stiff joints or sore muscles. As you submerge into the water, you’ll begin to feel weightless, which helps to reduce strain on your body. This relief also comes as a result of the spa’s jets. In addition to providing a soothing massage, the jets can relax your body and relieve tension.
 
If you’re up for more than a soak, you may decide to exercise in your spa. The extra room in a swim spa is perfect for aquatic exercise. Unlike water aerobics, hydrotherapy movements are typically slow and controlled, designed to aid a steady recovery.
 
Spa pool exercises that you can try include:

Heel raises

In a standing position, raise from your heels onto your toes. If you struggle to keep your balance, hold on to the side of the spa.

Handclaps

It may sound overly simple, but clapping your hands while underwater will target your chest, biceps, shoulders, and triceps.

Shoulder rolls

Roll your shoulders, back and forward. Try to be as relaxed as possible.

Core work

Sitting facing the middle of your spa, bring your knees to your chest and then extend your legs. Be sure to keep your back straight when doing so.

Feet kicks

While sitting, rotate your legs, extending and bending similar to a pedalling motion.

Squats

Squat down as though you're about to sit. Before your bum reaches the seat, hold it for three seconds before standing back up.

Stretches

Whether you do simple quadricep stretches or ankle circles, your spa is the perfect spot to stretch out your body. Not only will your muscles be relaxed, but the water's buoyancy reduces the risk of injury.
 
When doing these exercises, perform the move 10 times to complete one set. Three sets are recommended to receive the full benefits, but as always consult your doctor or physiotherapist first.


What is aromatherapy?

As the name suggests, aromatherapy is all about smell. This holistic healing treatment often referred to as essential oil therapy uses natural plant extracts to enhance your health and wellbeing.
 
While there are many essential oils to choose from, ginger, rose, tea tree, lemongrass, eucalyptus, and lavender are some of the most commonly used. Oils such as these are usually added to diffusers, bath salts, body oils, or clay masks. By either smelling or absorbing them into your skin, you may experience the oil’s healing properties.

What are the benefits of aromatherapy?

Like hydrotherapy, aromatherapy has a range of benefits. While hard scientific evidence is still limited, the following effects have been attributed to aromatherapy:
  • Reduced stress.
  • Pain relief.
  • Reduced joint pain.
  • Improved relaxation.
  • Improved immune system.
  • Aids digestion.
When using essential oils, it’s always best to consult your doctor first, especially if you have any of the following conditions:
  • Asthma.
  • Hay fever.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Eczema.

How do I use aromatherapy in my spa pool?

As long as you use essential oils specifically designed for the spa, aromatherapy can be as simple as dropping fragrance into the water. You can also find a range of spa crystals, elixirs, and beads at certified spa dealers. With a variety of scents to choose from, you’ll be feeling the benefits of aromatherapy in no time.
 
It's evident that the benefits of hydrotherapy and aromatherapy can easily be enjoyed from your spa pool. Nonetheless, remember to first consult with your doctor or physician and only use oils designed explicitly for your spa pool.
 
For further information, don't hesitate to call us on 02 8850 6550, visit our site or see us in-store at Unit 4-10, Hudson Ave in Castle Hill Sydney.
 
You may also want to read our articles, “The Best Hot Tub for Your Injuries”, and “Health Conditions a Swim Spa Can Help You Treat”.

 


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