Health Benefits of a Spa
Hydrotherapy, or warm water therapy in spas, consists of three main healing ingredients; heat, buoyancy, and massage. Together, they create an experience that is both relaxing and healthy. Spa hydrotherapy on a regular basis provides physical health benefits that go much deeper than just relaxation and pleasure. Water is so pure and simple, yet it can do the most amazing things. Whether you are experiencing joint or muscle pain, having trouble sleeping, or are just plain stressed out, spending time in your spa can provide therapeutic benefits for just about everyone.
Stress, headaches and sleep
Warm water massage stimulates the body to release endorphins that reduce stress naturally. In addition to stress reduction, a spa’s hydrotherapy jets also dilate blood vessels to help prevent headaches. Also, when it comes to falling asleep faster and getting a good night’s sleep, the National Sleep Foundation clearly stated, “soaking in hot water, such as a spa or bath, before retiring to bed can ease the transition into a deeper sleep.”
Muscles and joints
The Hydrotherapy use of spas by athletes has skyrocketed. Tennis Magazine said it best: “Your skin and muscles loosen and relax from the increased blood circulation” adding that, if muscles are injured: “A soak in a spa increases blood flow to the injured area, bringing nutrients to help repair the damage.”
The Arthritis Foundation concluded that warm water Hydrotherapy in a properly designed spa can help those with arthritis.
According to the Arthritis Foundation “Hydrotherapy is one method of using water to help treat arthritis. The soothing warmth and buoyancy of the water makes it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain. Using a spa adds another component to the therapy – massage.”
Spa hydrotherapy can also help control diabetes, too. A study of diabetes patients who soaked in a spa 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week found the average blood sugar level of the group dropped 13%! It concluded that the use of a spa lowers blood pressure and blood sugar level.
Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and more
The muscle relaxing and joint loosening benefits of spas help those with depression, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Tendonitis, Scoliosis and Bursitis. Spas have even been known to provide significant help for those afflicted with diseases as serious as Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy.
Overall, hydrotherapy studies have shown that the health benefits of immersion in warm water with massage jet action include the relaxation of muscles, lowering of blood pressure, loosening of arthritis joints, as well as help with the control of blood sugar and body weight.
- National Sleep Foundation Web Site, 2005
- Practical Help from the Arthritis Foundation, 2003 Brochure
- Thermo Spas Web Site, 2010