December 3, 2015

How Hydrotherapy Relieves Stress

Stress is a natural reaction inside your body to different environmental and psychological stimuli.  A small amount of stress can help you maintain a healthy nervous system. But if you’re experiencing too much stress, it can cause many debilitating symptoms and illnesses including but not limited to: headaches, tight or sore muscles, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, infertility and fatigue. Here’s the good news: you can manage and reduce stress with 20-30 minutes of massage and hydrotherapy in a hot tub to help you relax.

Science Proves Hot Tubs Reduce Stress

Scientifically speaking, it is believed that immersing yourself in warm water encourages the release of a hormone called dopamine. Dopamine is released by the parasympathetic nervous system in our bodies to combat the effects of harmful stress. By soaking in a hot tub with massaging jets, it helps to relieve muscle tension, reducing the chances of you experiencing back pain and muscle aches. It also relieves cardiovascular stress on your heart, improving blood flow and circulation throughout your body, calming you down.

Warm water hydrotherapy has 3 common components: heat, buoyancy, and massage.  Heat relaxes the muscles throughout the body.  Buoyancy reduces the body’s weight in water by 90 percent, helping with exercise and movement.  The massage component helps ease the tension spots, allowing the body to release the natural pain killing endorphins, also known as the “happy hormone.”

Five minutes after you immerse yourself in the hot tub, your heart rate and blood pressure slows down.  After ten minutes, your circulation improves, allowing hands and feet to feel warmer. Within 15 minutes, muscles start to relax, which means you can stretch your muscles with less pain as lactic acid and other toxins are released from the body’s system.  After 20 minutes of hydrotherapy, aches and pains, caused by stress become less intense.

With repeated hydrotherapy sessions in the hot tub, you will begin to notice changes.  After three hydrotherapy treatments, your immune system gets stronger.  You’ll have more energy and you won’t feel sick or tired as often.  After five sessions, any tension, physical, and emotional pain decreases significantly.  After ten sessions, pain relief is noticeable while gaining a better sense of well-being.

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