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Cutting Edge research about the body and hot water

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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.

 

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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Back Pain: How Your Hot Tub Might Help

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Every hot tub owner will tell you: they feel better after using their hot tub. For hundreds of years Europeans have used hot water therapy to help various chronic diseases.  In fact, the Romans developed a fabulous hot springs resort in Bath, England around 43 A.D.

In 1995, a study published in the British Journal of Rheumatology reported that hot tub therapy Continue reading Back Pain: How Your Hot Tub Might Help

Getting into Hot Water: Healthy and Healing

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While it’s a good time getting into a warm tub filled with bubbling water, the health benefits are great. Relaxation of tense muscles and quieting of the mind are only the beginning. Those beautiful bubbles combine with swirling motion to produce pain relief and increase flexibility for arthritis sufferers as well as others who have physical challenges. Continue reading Getting into Hot Water: Healthy and Healing