Written by American Standard on April 19, 2019
There’s much more to creating the perfect hydrotherapy bath than just pouring some warm water. You might be surprised at the science behind the perfect bath temperature, aromatherapy, and other wellness benefits of baths. Let’s look at some benefits of hydrotherapy and how to craft the perfect soak.
What is a Hydrotherapy Bath?
Hydrotherapy is the use of water to treat symptoms of certain conditions, such as arthritis, partial paralysis, or fatigued muscles. Using water pressure and temperature, hydrotherapy may help stimulate blood circulation and provide a massage. The concept of a hydrotherapy bath isn’t new, either. The therapeutic use of water dates back to ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations, where citizens would bathe in essential oils, flowers, or in communal public baths. In addition, there is a long history of hydrotherapy baths in China and Japan, including the Japanese hot springs (or “onsen”).
The Benefits of a Hydrotherapy Bath
There’s a reason why this centuries-old practice is still popular today. There are several claims to the benefits of hydrotherapy, including:
- Reducing muscle tension
- Relieving pain
- Rehabilitating injured muscles
- Boosting the immune system
- Encouraging Detoxification
- Relieving stress
One of the best things about hydrotherapy is that you don’t need to go to a doctor’s office to experience its many benefits. In fact, you can enjoy a hydrotherapy bath right from your own home. Next, we’ll share how to prepare the perfect hydrotherapy bath.
How to Prepare the Perfect Hydrotherapy Bath
Believe it or not, a lot of science goes into creating the perfect bath, from the temperature to the relaxation extras. Here are some things to consider the next time you pour yourself one:
Tend to the Temperature
The perfect bath temperature is between 90 and 105 degrees, depending on your needs and skin sensitivity.
You should also consider the temperature of the room to make the most out of your experience. Keep your bathroom door shut to keep in all the steam.
Add to the Experience
Taking a relaxing hydrotherapy bath goes beyond just your walk-in tub. Make a spa experience right at home with extras like aromatherapy, chromotherapy, and the perfect playlist. A relaxing playlist can make all the difference (here’s one to start with!).
We want you to enjoy your hydrotherapy bath, but safety is the first priority. Make sure you set yourself up for success by cleaning your tub before enjoying your bath, investing in a walk-in tub so you can limit your risk of falling or slipping, and making sure to hydrate before, during, and after your bath. You lose a lot of water sweating in the bath, make sure to drink lots of water so you don’t become dehydrated.
Taking a relaxing, safe hydrotherapy bath has many benefits, including aiding in relaxation, detoxification, and stress relief. Walk-in tubs make it possible for people of all mobility levels to enjoy this beneficial therapy.