Hydrotherapy is the art of using water in different forms and heating methods to manipulate and promote healing to the body. The body is 75-80% water and so water is the staple of life for all living things. It is 70% of the earths surface. So I believe our body more readily adheres to the properties of water for healing.
Hydrotherapy has been around since 400 BC as a way to relieve dejection and low spirits. In 1950’s it was also used for psychiatric treatment,It also is very versatile because it conforms to body shapes and contours, used in labor and delivery and its a dense liquid allowing the bouyancy to reduce the effects of gravity making water aerobics really fun and enjoyable!
Why Hydrotherapy? Well through the medium of water we understand that it is good for the application of healing remedies. But more importantly it works with the body’s own immune defences to create and promote healing.This happens primarily through the stimulation of the nerves, skin, blood vessels, lymph vessels and muscles. It also affects the whole body rather than one area. The main systems (nervous, Integumentary, cardiovascular, Endocrine) are all stimulated to act together to bring about the conditions needed for wellness.
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.Eph 4:16 God is soooooo amazing! REALLY!!
The skin is like the main keyboard of hydrotherapy beacuse it is the largest oragn in the body, all other parts of the body directly or indirectly connect to maintain their function, it is the most sensitive, and pressure, heat and cold are perceived through the skin the most effortlessly and effectively.
Forms of Hydrotherapy:
Hot foot Bath
Russian Steam Bath
…and these are just some of them. The list can become very extensive with the different variety’s and applications for the many indications of the body. Like headaches, PMS, migraines, sinusitis, colds, fevers, stress, digetsive disorders etc. are addressed with hydrotherapy on somany levels.
Folks with Gout and Diabetes need not seek this as an alternate method due to major complications that could result.
And the Spirit and the bride say come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the WATER of LIFE freely. Revelation 22:17