Warm Water dilates the blood vessels and increases circulation in the body. This enables enzymes and endorphins (the body’s natural pain relievers) to work more rapidly and efficiently on areas of the body, such as muscles and joints that have been strained, injured or stressed. Warm water also enables the cells to more easily rid themselves of metabolic waste, which is replaced by oxygen and the body’s natural nutrients.
Buoyancy is a simple physics issue. The body weighs 90 percent less when suspended in water. Specific gravity is reduced, and pressure on the spine, muscle groups, ligaments and joints is significantly eased.
Hydro-therapy & Massage
Hydro-massage, the delivery of moving water to various parts of the body, is the final and critical ingredient to this process. All body systems benefit from hydro-massage. Stress, injury and poor posture can all cause muscle spasms and pain. Specifically directed jets of water stimulate and relax trigger points, which are highly sensitive “nodules” in the spasming muscle. Massage has also been shown to improve flexibility, increase circulation, and provide restorative benefits.
Hydrotherapy is more than an unparalleled method of relieving stress and stress-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, headaches and chronic pain. It benefits every part of the body, including the skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, neuromuscular, and digestive systems.
Hydrotherapy has been proven to be especially effective in reducing the pain of arthritis, tendonitis/ bursitis and inflammation resulting from sports injuries and overexertion. The moist heat is extremely beneficial to those suffering from respiratory ailments, such as congestion, chronic bronchitis and asthma.
Increased circulation derived from hydro-massage improves digestive processes; waste and metabolic byproducts are more easily eliminated, and lymph is moved more efficiently through the body, strengthening the immune system. With hydrotherapy, it isn’t simply a matter of grabbing a relaxing few minutes that are over as soon as you climb out of the spa; you get an experience that will have far-reaching effects on the quality of your life.
Rarely do health and pleasure come together like they do in a Spa. While many may think of spas as a luxury item, reserved for those that have the means to enjoy the fine life, or others a spa is an indispensable part of making it through the day. The scientifically proven benefits associated with regular therapeutic hot tub use are beyond dispute and even prescribed by doctors for treatment specific ailments.
There are physiological as well as psychological reasons that a spa so successfully relieves stress and helps you unwind during tense times. Hydrotherapy, combined with heat therapy and the buoyancy of being submerged in water, all work together to allow your body to release tension, to loosen stiff muscles, and to make the blood flow more freely.
Arthritic Pain, Fibromyalgia
Your spa is literally your own personal mechanical masseuse, at your beck and call whenever you need it. The added benefits of heat for better blood flow and buoyancy to relieve the strain of gravity on your frame make the spa an ideal treatment for both arthritis and fibromyalgia.
While heat brings up the body’s internal temperature, the cooling off induces natural relaxation. Unlike the use of medications and prescription sleep aids, the circulation and warmth of a spa encourages the body to unwind and relax on its own, leading to more restful sleep.
Type 2 Diabetes
A recent study in New England Journal of Medicine shows that sufferers of Type 2 Diabetes can benefit from regular use of a spa. Most diabetics are unable to endure rigorous activity and have difficulty with weight and circulation. The study revealed that sufferers experienced a significant decrease in blood sugar levels and improved sleep after spending 30 minutes a day in a spa. For those who live with the daily discomfort and inconvenience of diabetes, a spa can be the doorway to a fuller, more enjoyable life.