The Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO), defines health as “a state of total wellbeing, encompassing physical, mental and social aspects, and not simply the absence of illness or infirmity”. The inclusion of the concept of wellbeing in the definition of health reflects the sense that daily stress, deriving from a frenetic life, unavoidably leads individuals to search for inner peace.
Hydrotherapy involves the use of water for soothing an aching body or speeding the recovery of other muscular ailments. It combines water with air and heat to promote wellbeing and the healing benefits of hydrotherapy date back thousands of years and across all the world’s great cultures. Ancient Egyptians bathed in heated waters treated with flowers and herbs, while the Greeks believed that water therapy was essential to optimal health.
The golden rules of hydrotherapy:
- Position and type of hydromassge jets
- Regulation of rate of air flow
- Ability to alter the direction of the jets
- Uniform water/air mix
- Internal ergonomics of the hot tub
- Ideal water temperature