The Ancient Healing Powers of Hot Water

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The therapeutic value of hot water is not a newly discovered, it has been used by the Chinese, Indians and people from the other parts of the Southeast Asian countries.
Water is the most receptive element and hence acts as a great receiver for energy. It also has a number of distinctive thermodynamic properties. Hot Water stores a tremendous amount of caloric energy, which it powerfully transfers to the bodies it comes in contact with. Water’s powerful influence on the heat distribution patterns of the body can profoundly affect circulation patterns as well. So, the water’s impact on the body and its functions are powerful and direct. The water’s impact is all the more powerful when one considers the fact that it can also be delivered to the whole body simultaneously through total immersion.

Why Is Hot Water Beneficial?

Hot water is stimulating, raises the body temperature slightly, but at the same time also very relaxing and dispersing, especially to the muscles, joints and blood vessels. It also opens the pores, induces sweating, and can penetrate the skin and muscles quite deeply. Hot water can also ripen latent boils, abscesses or skin eruptions and bring them to the surface for release. Hot water also draws the body’s circulation outwards, opening up the pores and capillaries. However, prolonged immersion in extremely hot water is not recommended.

Hot Water Hydrotherapy

Hot water hydrotherapy is beneficial because in a reflexive response to external heat, your body creates changes that help keep the body cool, including dilating blood vessels to increase the blood flow, moving blood flow to the extremities and the surface of the skin, opening the pores, stimulating sweat glands and relaxing muscles.

Hot Water Bath/Soak

For a short period of time, a hot bath will cause organs of the endocrine system to become less active, particularly the adrenal gland, and can decrease blood pressure. This produces a relaxed, less stressful state and helps soothe the nervous system. Hot baths are often used to relax, promote blood flow, aid in the healing process, tone the body, stimulate the immune system, and alleviate muscle, joint or connective tissue disorders and injuries. Generally a hot soak can prevent headaches, improve sleep and relieve stress.

By increasing the blood flow in the body, a hot bath helps the circulation of white blood cells, enabling the immune system to work faster and more efficiently. A hot soak increases the production of endorphins or body’s pain killers which are associated with euphoria and happiness. Endorphins also stimulate the immune system, reduce pain, and help the tissues heal faster.
The National Sleep Foundation reports that soaking in a hot tub before bed can ease the transition into a deeper, more comfortable sleep. The deep, relaxing sensation you get from time spent soaking in a hot tub helps release tension and starts you on the path to a restful slumber. Once you’re immersed in warm water, your body’s temperature is raised, which increases blood circulation. When you leave the hot tub, your core temperature lowers slowly, signaling in the body that it’s time to sleep.
If you have been in an accident, or had recent surgery, recovery time can be improved in a hot tub. Soaking, floating and using buoyancy to practice mobility exercises, along with stretching affected area(s) will allow skin and muscles to loosen and relax. Medical professionals suggest warmth to increase circulation and assist healing. Time in a warm hot tub, especially those equipped with soothing jets, helps increase circulation so the blood can supply nutrients to help cells and tissues regenerate.

An Arthritis Foundation publication related to spas, pools and arthritis states, “Regular sessions in your hot tub keep joints moving. It restores and preserves strength and flexibility, and also protects your joints from further damage.”
For the millions of Americans with Arthritis and other joint problems, hot tubs provide relief by loosening muscles and reducing stiffness. Areas of the body which have suffered stress or trauma also respond well to hot water and massage jets.
Hot Tubs reduce pain for sore athletes or those injured in accidents. Those with chronic pain from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue syndrome are also finding hot tubs to reduce their symptoms. Migraines, tendonitis, back and neck pain – all can be helped with regular use of your hot tub.

Hot Water Vapor

Inhaling hot water vapor (steam) has a positive effect on the lungs and can help clear respiratory infections. The moist, hot air causes the small airways and air sacs in the lungs to dilate and increases the lung’s ability to discharge phlegm and mucus. Generally inhaling vapor can also help people breathe in more easily.

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