Unit 2 - Lesson 6: Understanding Hydrotherapy
Learn what Hydrotherapy is and how it can help your clients
Hydrotherapy has been around for centuries. People have been doing it since back in the Roman days and the Egyptian days. They had Roman baths throughout all Scandinavian countries. Hydrotherapy has been in practice for hundreds and hundreds of years. Same throughout Asia. It’s just a common practice to use temperatures to change the constitution of what’s going on with the body. Anywhere between extreme hot and extreme cold and all the variables in between. So even cool and warm can ask the body to change at times if it’s used appropriately.
The thing about Hydrotherapy as a body therapist or a beauty therapist, an esthetician, you can use Hydrotherapy in multiple ways. We have lots of different ways they have them now out in the spas and in our salons. We have the hydroculator tubs that have packs that are filled with some type of a sand or something that gets really hot in the hot water and you can place those over sore muscles or strained muscles that are tight with the proper layering of material to protect them from that heat. And it’s moist heat. There’s hot heating pads, there’s moist heating pads, there’s various types of cold things that you can either break and make cold or you can freeze them. Some of them have layers of material to protect you from the cold and others are straight application of the cold. There’s Cryotherapy, there’s Heliotherapy, which is the sun. Cryotherapy being ice cubes. So there’s various types of Hydrotherapy out there for us. There’s Vichiche showers, there’s Hydroculator tubs, there’s hot tubs, so there’s lots of different ways (cold plunges).
And what it is, what it benefits to us is, it benefits the client to chemically change the constitution of what’s going on with the fluids in their system when temperature is applied to the body. And when you alternate between hot and cold, or the variables thereof, then the body changes more rapidly. For the therapist, if offers the ability to soften that tissue with the heat and to reduce the inflammation with the cold. So it’s working both ways. It’s helping both people, the client and the therapist, to be able to have a better healing experience with not as dramatic of the deep tissue work that some people do without temperature.
Hydrotherapy offers the body to begin the healing process and facilitate the therapist to have a better tool or a more advanced tool to be able to help them with the various types of modalities you have. Hydrotherapy, a lot of times, can be incorporated in to a Shiatsu treatment or a Swedish massage treatment or cranial sacral work, energy work, and I could just keep listing them on and on. It’s a matter of blending them in with ease for what the client needs and understanding where the client needs that temperature and how do I fit that in to the modality that I’m offering them at the time.
So, experiment with that. Find out what different types of different Hydrotherapy options you have in your spa and how can I blend them in with the modality I’m offering the client for that day.