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Cutting Edge research about the body and hot water


Why do we say “Ahhh…” when sinking deep into warm water? Our entire being feels a wonderful sensation–mind body and soul–from this complete relaxation.

Could it be that soaking in a hot tub is like a mini-vacation in our original womb-immersed state? This break from the harsh outside world is good for us psychologically and physically to relieve stress, improve sleep, and speed healing. It just doesn’t get better.

Click Here to read the full article “The Science Behind the Soak: Your Hydrotherapy Prescription for Healing” by Laurie Batter.


High blood pressure responds to hot water soaking

Here is another finding by Dr. Bruce Becker showing how blood pressure might react to hydrotherapy.

Ladies Home Journal agrees: Water decreases Stress


Click the image to read the complete article, “H2Ohhh: Drink it, soak in it, listen to its music… water can soothe in all forms.”

Free Flip Book available from National Swimming Pool Foundation

FlipBookimageThe NSPF, a non-profit organization, has released this incredibly cool flip book about the benefits of hot water to the body. It has blue circles inside it that you can click on to bring up actual research articles and YouTube videos backing up their findings.

Even if you aren’t interested in the topic, this flip book is the coolest digital ebook I’ve ever seen. Beautiful and very interactive. Click here to take a look at the flip book.


Hydrotherapy: Relaxation, Pain Relief, and Healing

Caldera-Paradise-2012-Kauai-Lifestyle-06Hydrotherapy is water therapy. Warm water plus swirling action = help for many health problems. Here are some tips for getting the most benefit from your personal hydrotherapy machine: Your Hot Tub.

To reduce tension, set your hot tub temperature between 94º to 96º F, which is close to your skin’s temperature. Many people have reported that raising the water temperature between 102º to 104º F is great for loosening tight, tense muscles and reducing the pain of stress-related conditions such as backache. Using temperature settings above 104ºF is not recommended as it can raise your core temperature very fast, inducing an artificial fever. Most hot tub manufacturers set a limit on the temperature to 104ºF.

If you take a cold shower after you step out of the hot tub (like ancient Romans did as part of their bath ritual) you will feel an immediate rush of blood through your system, as well as an exhilarating rush of natural energy. Just as hot water opens and cleanses the pores, cool water closes them back up again afterward.

What Typically Happens During Hydrotherapy?

  • After 5 minutes – your blood pressure and pulse rates may begin to drop.
  • After 8 minutes – your circulation improves in your hands and feet making them feel warmer.
  • After 12 minutes – your muscles relax, becoming more receptive to passive exercise. Tissues become more pliable and responsive to stretching, encouraging the release of lactic acid and other toxins from your system.
  • At 15 minutes – your minor aches and pains will often experience a temporary decrease in severity.

Evening is one of the best times to soak in hot water.  You will probably find that a good soaking before going to bed will make falling asleep easier, and you’ll likely experience deeper sleep throughout the night.   If you have a medical condition or are pregnant, consult with your physician before starting any hydrotherapy regimen.

Caution: If you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or any other medical condition, you must consult with your physician before beginning any hot water therapy program. Your doctor can help determine if it’s right for you.  Infants and children are more sensitive to the effects of heat, and experts recommend shorter soaking times. Consult your pediatrician.  See Hot Tub Safety for other important information.

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Sauna: Affordable and Highly Effective for Good Health

saunaFor overall wellness, nothing matches a sauna. For thousands of years, those in Scandanavia, Asia, and parts of Europe have seen a sauna as a daily part of life, a necessary appliance like a refrigerator or vacuum cleaner. The health benefits are broad and deep.

Here are a few:

  1. Relaxation of aching muscles and painful joints—heat releases pain-reducing endorphins and melts away tension that comes from bracing against pain

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Hot Tub Use May Help Reduce Cellulite

Roman Hot TubThe Greeks and Romans used hot water to treat dozens of conditions. Hot tubs incorporate 3 of nature’s most powerful agents: heat, water, and air. We know this as the hot tub bubbling action that invigorates and gently massages the body, relieving aches and pains.

This is 100% natural therapy, safely used by physical therapists, hospitals, sports physicians, and health spas around the world. Consult with your physician to see if it can benefit you. Three basic elements make up hot water therapy: heat, buoyancy, and massage.

  • Soaking in hot water raises the body temperature and causes the blood vessels to dilate, to increase circulation—great for the elderly or those with neuropathy.

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Report: Hot Water Therapy and Diabetes

Foot-jetsWarm water combined with buoyancy and massage can be used to help treat disease and ailments. Some studies show that this method might help battle some of the symptoms of diabetes.

When immersed in warmer water,  the blood vessels in the human body dilate, or open up, allowing blood to travel more quickly to parts of the body that need it. This is especially true Continue reading Report: Hot Water Therapy and Diabetes

15 Minutes In Hot Water Could Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep

InsomniaThe National Sleep Foundation recently conducted a poll which showed that 38% of men, and 48% of women suffer from some form of sleep disorder such as insomnia more than one night per week. After pain, insomnia is the second leading reason for people to visit their doctors.

Our hectic and stress-filled lifestyles are a major reason for the rise in insomnia cases. This leads to memory problems, shattered nerves, even mood swings and depression. Work production suffers and relationships become strained. Sometimes they even break. Continue reading 15 Minutes In Hot Water Could Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep