April is National Stress Awareness Month, making it an ideal time to talk about the stress-relieving benefits of hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy, or the therapeutic use of water, has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and overall well-being.
Today, with our fast-paced, high-stress lifestyles, hydrotherapy has become more important than ever. In this blog post, we’ll explore how hydrotherapy can help reduce stress, improve mood, and promote relaxation, so you can feel your best and enjoy a healthier, happier life.
Hydrotherapy Promotes Relaxation
Soaking in a hot tub can help to ease muscle tension, promoting a sense of relaxation. The warm water can also help reduce feelings of anxiety and evoke feelings of calmness and tranquility. In fact, according to Bruce Becker, M.D. from Washington State University, soaking just 25 minutes in a 102°F hot tub can work wonders on the autonomic nervous system.
If you’re looking for a unique way to experience the stress-relieving benefits of hydrotherapy, try a cool soak – studies show that immersing yourself in 14°C water can help trigger the release of dopamine in the brain.
Hydrotherapy Can Improve Sleep
Stress can also interfere with sleep patterns, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Soaking in a hot tub or swim spa before bed can help with your circadian rhythm by raising your core body temperature before it naturally cools down during sleep, resulting in faster and longer sleep.
Hydrotherapy is an Effective Way to Improve Mood
Stress can leave you feeling irritable and anxious, impacting your overall mood. However, hydrotherapy is an effective way to alleviate these symptoms. Jets can ease tension, putting your body and mind at ease while cascading water and mood lighting can change your emotional energy. By immersing yourself in warm water, you can also stimulate the release of endorphins, also known as ‘feel good’ chemicals.
Hydrotherapy for Overall Well-being
The stresses of everyday life can manifest in a variety of ways, including anxiety, stress, pain, fatigue, poor energy levels, range of motion problems, and lack of sleep, among others. Fortunately, hydrotherapy in the form of hot tub and swim spa soaks can provide an effective and enjoyable way to alleviate these symptoms and promote overall well-being.
Plus, the stress-relieving effects of hydrotherapy don’t end once you step out of the water. Studies have shown that people who regularly engage in hydrotherapy tend to have lower stress levels. In fact, studies conducted on war veterans who suffer from PTSD have revealed that after hot tub hydrotherapy, they exhibited fewer hair-trigger responses and reported feeling calmer—suggesting that hot tub therapy can be an effective treatment option for those struggling with stress and anxiety.
So why not take a dip and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a hot tub soak?
Experience Hydrotherapy Yourself
If you’re ready to experience the benefits of hydrotherapy for yourself, consider visiting Great Bay Spa & Sauna. We offer a wide range of Sundance® Spas hot tubs and Hydropool swim spas to meet your individual needs, lifestyle, and budget. We also offer wet tests, so you can experience them firsthand before making a purchase.