We won’t blame you if you’ve had it with wellness ‘trends’. They’re everywhere. Yoga retreats in the mountains, fitness chains taking over the world, facials that inject your own blood back into your face and kale juice for days.
One you might not have heard about though is hydrotherapy and how it can benefit a number of health conditions like stiff joints, stress, arthritis and muscle weakness.
Hydrotherapy is derived from the Greek word ‘hydro’ meaning water, and ‘therapia’ meaning healing. It’s defined as the external or internal use of water in any of its forms (so water, ice or steam) to promote good health and treat disease by using water and it’s easily changeable temperature and pressure, as well as duration and site on the body.
Besides the benefits of a lowered heart rate, hydrotherapy can also decrease blood pressure, resulting in a more relaxed, less stressed and calmer nervous system and when travel is ramping up towards the holiday season, especially if you’re flying to see family, lowered blood pressure and a relaxed nervous system is probably a good thing!
According to Arthritis Australia, hydrotherapy is one of the safest treatments for people with back pain, too. So it’s worth checking out if you’re one of the 90% of Australians who will have back pain at some point in their lives.
Hydrotherapy can involve a number of techniques, including towel wraps, full body immersion soaking, compression cloths or inhalations which is where hot or cold water is inhaled into the lungs through the use of a vapour.
Yes, it is! Personal trainer Kristy Curtis says doing some simple water-based movements is enough to feel the benefits of hydrotherapy.
Water jogging is “beneficial for people who are injured or elderly as the water supports your body weight.” she says.
Bicycles are another great one to get your core burning without heavy impact as the water supports your body weight.
“Lying on your back with your elbows propping you up on the side of the pool, pedal your legs in small circles like you are riding a bike,” says Curtis. “Aim for 1-2 minute intervals.”
Side stepping is “beneficial for the glutes, hips and legs,” says Curtis. Walk sideways up and down the length of the pool, ensuring you swap the leading leg over when you complete 1 lap of the pool.
Star jumps – “This movement gets the heart rate up and is great as part of an interval-based water workout,” says Curtis. Ensure when you land you take your legs out wide and try to land with your body weight in your heels.
Pay a visit to Crown Spa and ask for the Aqua Retreat. You can enjoy a hydrotherapy treatment as its own experience, or to enhance any of the spa treatments.
Use the steam room to eliminate toxins, the therapeutic swiss shower to stimulate the senses and the vitality spa - the perfect remedy for tired bodies.