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Since the time of the ancient Greeks, people have found natural healing
powers in bubbling pools of hot water. Through the ages, the Romans, Greeks, Japanese and other cultures have realized its many benefits through spirit, mind and body. The heat,buoyancy and massage found in the warm,soothing waters of a hot tub create an experience that is both relaxing and rejuvenating.
Whether it’s to unwind from the complexities of everyday life or to soothe
sore muscles and joints caused by sports or minor strains, here’s how hydromassage can help you feel better — naturally...
Stress has an adverse effect on health - the heart works harder, breathing becomes more rapid and shallow, and digestion slows. Nearly every process of the body is degraded. Researchers have estimated that 80% of disease is stress related. According to Oprah's Doc, Dr. Mehmet Oz, reducing our levels of stress can help you look and feel younger and possibly live longer.
• Relaxing in a spa stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural “feel good” chemical, giving you a sense of well being and rejuvenation.
• Warm water and soothing massage relieves anxiety and relaxes tense muscles.
• A hot tub provides a sanctuary for quiet moments alone or to reconnect with family and friends.
• What better place to meditate (again, by recommendation from doctors like Dr. Oz) by yourself then in warm water in the quiet solitude of your own backyard.
You'll quickly find out during your first weeks of spa ownership that nothing helps muscles recuperate and soothes aches and pains like the warm water and the massaging jets of a hot tub.
• Many physicians and physical therapists recognize the value of a hot tub as an ideal environment for rehabilitation therapy.
• Eases muscle pain, fatigue, stiffness and soreness
due to sports activities and exercising.
• Speeds the elimination of lactic acids and other toxins, which are naturally replaced by oxygen and the body's natural nutrients.
This from hotwaterwellness.com:
When you exercise your muscles naturally develop thousands of microscopic tears. Metabolic waste such as lactic acid builds up in each muscle, leading to fatigue and soreness. The cells in the muscles will naturally rebuild and after doing so, each tear becomes slightly stronger muscle tissue. With unusual stress on a muscle, these microscopic tears will be larger and the lactic acid build-up greater.
This can leads to muscle discomfort and pain. Extended rest will help complete the healing process as discussed above but with the help of hot water, we can accelerate this natural healing process. The increased blood flow and dilated blood vessels work to carry lactic acid away from the muscles faster, easing fatigue. As the hot water promotes relaxation of the muscles, pressure is released in the surrounding nerves and blood vessels to bring substantial pain relief.
You'll find more at hotwaterwellness.com.
According to a study in the Scientific Journal, Sleep, a drop in body temperature can help to ease your body into a deeper, more relaxing sleep. Both hot tubs and saunas are able to naturally increase your body temperature before bed so that when your head hits the pillow your body is ready for it.
Relaxing in hot water for 15 minutes approximately 90 minutes before bedtime causes the body's internal thermostat to pull your temperature down, enabling you to drift into a deeper, more relaxing sleep.
Hydromassage is a natural remedy, unlike prescription & over-the-counter drugs or alcohol, all of which make you feel groggy and have other adverse side effects.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes sleep education, advocacy and research, almost half of all Americans suffer from a sleep disorder at least once a week. Their advice for attaining better more sound sleep, released in the form of "Healthy Sleep Tips," is to:
"Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub and then reading a book or listening to soothing music. A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep. Some studies suggest that soaking in hot water (such as a hot tub or bath) before retiring to bed can ease the transition into deeper sleep, but it should be done early enough that you are no longer sweating or over-heated." Read More here
The high temperatures of a traditional sauna or the direct infrared heat of a Far-Infrared Sauna both promote healthy sweating. When our bodies try to regulate their temperature by releasing sweat to help cool the skin, they are releasing mostly water. But depending on the sauna and the person, the sweat can contain between 5% and 20% non-water compounds. This non-water potion of the body's sweat is made up of cholesterol, fat-soluable toxins, toxic heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid.
These non-water compounds found in your sweat while using a sauna are not found in the same proportion in sweat generated from regular excercise!
"Sweat therapy using saunas has been extensively researched and shown to be effective at lowering levels of fat soluble chemicals. One study observed an average reduction of 21.3% of 16 different chemicals in adipose tissue samples following sauna therapy."
The hot water of a hot tub also promotes the same healthy sweating.
"Extended immersion in hot water encourages the body’s natural process of detoxification through sweating. Exposure at length to warm temperatures, whether it be a steam bath, sauna, bikram yoga room, or the hot water in a tub or spa, will increase circulation, promote cell renewal, and eliminate toxins through perspiration and lymphatic drainage. All that while you just sit back and relax.
Those of your friends and family with a hot tub will tell you. Nothing soothes away pain like a nice long soak. Your lower back is no exception. This passage was taken from HotWaterWellness.com.
Lower back pain is one of the top three reasons for doctor visits in the US and as stress levels in our day to day lives increase, the problem is only bound to get worse. Already, four of five Americans suffer from chronic back pain, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Studies have shown that hydrotherapy can work as an anticonvulsant and help alleviate lower back pain by reducing stress and stiffness. The force of the massaging underwater jets of whirlpools and hot tubs direct their attention to problem areas like the lower back to massage and relieve back pain and muscle tightness.
A recent study found in the Journal of Rheumatology, studied the effectiveness of hot water therapy on treating back pain. The control group suffering from lower back pain used only medication for relief while the second group used a combination of medication and hot water treatments. After three weeks of regular hydrotherapy sessions, examinations showed more improvement in the health status (as measured in pain duration, intensity and back flexibility) of the group that used regular hot water treatments than the group that used only medication. After six months, significant improvement progressed in the hydrotherapy group and their use of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs had decreased.
The Arthritis Foundation recognizes the benefits of hydromassage and warm water exercise to help relieve arthritis pain. A morning soak in a hot tub can provide temporary relief from arthritis pain and help you feel better throughout the day.
Reduces body weight by approximately 90%,
relieving pressure on joints and muscles and
making it a safe and gentle environment for warm
Increases circulation and helps move inflammatory
substances away from the joints.
Allows muscles to become relaxed, which creates
an overall feeling of comfort and makes it easier to
carry out daily tasks.
Raises the body’s temperature and causes blood
vessels to dilate, resulting in increased circulation.
Decreases swelling and stiffness and restores
strength and flexibility, which can help increase range of
motion and protect joints against further damage.
"It feels good for me to know that the products we sell can actually make people healthier and feel better.” JVF, Owner
There are many of other local businesses that are out, in part, for the greater good - bringing improved health. You'll find a variety of professionals from a number of different fields in health and wellness. We hope our acknowledgement of them here on our site will allow more people to find greater well-being in our region. Thank You.
Brunswick NeuroMuscular Therapy - Happy Muscles
Systematic approach for the relief of chronic and acute pain.
"The warmth and buoyancy of the water relaxes the muscles and supports the whole spine. With this support and without the weight of the body, the spine, joints and muscles can be manipulated and freed in a way only unique to water.
The benefits can include gentle, yet deep stretching and a release of muscular and joint restrictions, along with a state of deep relaxation, which encourages the release of stress and tensions unparalleled by any other healing method."
If you'd like to join our Wellness Partners, call our hydrotherapy specialist, Michelle at 207-883-6357 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arthritis Foundation; Pools, Spas & Arthritis, January 2003, 835-5580/01.03 National Sleep Foundation; Helping Yourself to a Better Night's Sleep, 1999 New England Journal of Medicine, September 16, 1999; 341:924-925 Mayo Clinic; Thomas Allison, PhD, Division of Cardiovasular Diseases and Internal Medicine,Mayo Clinic, Rochester,MN, HotWaterWellness.com, various excerpts