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Splish & Splash: Best Water Therapies for the Mind, Body & Soul

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
thalassotherapy

Thalassotherapy, a form of water therapy

Since the dawn of civilization, water therapy has been used to not only relax the mind, body and soul, but also to alleviate acute, transient, and chronic conditions. Water therapy, which comes in many different forms, can improve muscle strength and tone, increase cardiovascular function, reduce stress, decrease swelling, enhance circulation, increase strength and endurance, facilitate better range of motion and flexibility, and increase balance and coordination. There are many different approaches to water therapy, some influenced by culture, others by nature, and still others by advancements in technology. The Talk Spas editorial team is big on water therapy and we’ve put together the following list of the best water therapies out there:

Thalassotherapy

Thalassotherapy is a therapy in which the properties of seawater are utilized to benefit the body through the pores of the skin. The therapy is applied in various forms, including: showers of warmed seawater, application of marine mud or algae paste, or the inhalation of sea fog. Many spas make hot seawater and provide mud and seaweed wrapping services. Thalassotherapy
is used to help treat stress, cellulite, rheumatism, arthritis and a variety of skin conditions

Sitz Bath

The sitz bath is a highly effective and noninvasive form of hydrotherapy. It involves sitting in a shallow pool of hot or cold water, which rises up to the hips, and may contains essential oils or bath salts. People with hemorrhoids, menstrual problems and some forms of urogenital infections may benefit from the use of sitz baths. It works by keeping the affected area clean and increasing blood flow.

Watsu

Watsu
is a form of balletic shiatsu, a therapeutic bodywork for the water. Supported by your therapist, you are moved through a warm water pool in a manner that your limbs are flexed and stretched for ultimate relaxation. Watsu opens up both the body and mind, and helps to release physical and mental tension. (more…)


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