Relieving Stress with Hydrotherapy

What was the most traumatic experience you have recently encountered?  How did you feel during and after the fact?  Chances are, you were probably suffering from stress during some or all of that event.  Everyone in the world has stress, whether the situation is positive or negative, and it affects all ages (yes, your kids even have stress at such a young age).  Let’s learn more! Stress is the brain’s response to any demand or stimulus in which affect you positively or negatively.  Positive stress can be situations like weddings, vacations, or a new job.  Negative changes are scenarios like car accidents, sudden job losses, or a death of a loved one.  When stress occurs in a traumatic situation, our body’s experience pulse increases, harsher breathing, tense muscles, and a boost in immunity.  If stress is chronic, people notice weaker immunity systems, digestion problems, and even reproductive issues.  These problems can worsen if stress responses continue for too long. There are three forms of stress: routine, sudden, and traumatic.  Routine stress deals with family, work, or daily activities.  Our job commutes, screaming toddlers, and dinner planning are a part of routine stress, for example.  Sudden stress often occurs without warning, like a job loss, divorce, or an illness.  Traumatic stress is a long-term stressor, and can be involved with natural disasters, accidents, or deaths. Each person reacts to stress differently.  Most will have a change in appetite, lose sleep (or sleep too much), become depressed, or have some irritability. Most of these symptoms can ease up after the stress subsides, but chronic and traumatic stress can trigger illnesses if not managed efficiently.  Some illnesses can include high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, diabetes, and more.  Though medications are a sure way to relieve symptoms, hydrotherapy is the most natural and relaxing way to relieve stress. Hydrotherapy is an age old natural remedy used to cure or ease common health issues, simply by immersing one’s body in water.  Hydrotherapy occurs in forms of both cold water and warm water, depending on the ailment.  Warm water therapy is the most common form, due to use of these three common components: heat, buoyancy, and massage.  Heat relaxes the muscles throughout the body.  Buoyancy reduces the body’s weight in water by 90 percent, helping with exercise and movement.  The massage component helps ease the troubled spots, allowing the body to release the body natural pain killing hormone, endorphins. Like mentioned before, stress increases blood pressure and pulse rates.  Hydrotherapy helps relax affected stress reactors, lower heart rate, and decrease blood pressure with just a 20 minute session.  Here’s a breakdown of how the body reacts to one hydrotherapy session. Five minutes after hydrotherapy begins, heart rate and blood pressure slows down.  After ten minutes, the body’s circulation improves, allowing hands and feet to feel warmer.  At this point, the blood vessels have expanded, allowing the blood to flow easier throughout the body.  After 15 minutes, muscles start to relax, fibrous tissues become pliable, which respond to stretching, releasing lactic acid and other toxins from the body’s system.  After 20 minutes of hydrotherapy, aches and pains, caused by stress, become less intense. With repeated hydrotherapy sessions, people begin to notice changes.  After three hydrotherapy treatments, immunity improves.  They feel more energized, and don’t feel sick or fatigued as often.  After five sessions, tension, physical, and emotional pain decreases significantly.  After ten sessions, pain relief is noticeable, and some gain a better sense of well-being.  After 20 treatments, muscle tone and mobility improves, clearer skin is noticed, and a better tolerance to illness and depression is achieved. With all the benefits of hydrotherapy for stress, therapy can be done at home.  At first thought, purchasing a hot tub could get pricey once you consider the cost, placement prep, installation, chemical purchases, and maintenance.  There is one version of a hot tub that is portable, easy to install, eco-friendly, and even budget friendly.  We like to call this tub the Softub.  For those with serious or chronic stress, you can also write the tub off as a tax deduction!