People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons: rehabilitation after an illness or surgery, physical and mental pain, joint problems, and to relieve stress. You might think of massage as something that takes place on a table, not in a tub, but aqua therapy has proven many benefits for people who suffer from a wide range of conditions.
What is Aqua Therapy?
Aqua therapy uses the gentle vibrations of moving water to knead the body and soothe away pain and stress. This treatment is performed in a therapeutic pool and often combines the therapeutic benefits of natural water and the expertise of specialized massage therapists to guide you through the experience.
According to a Mercer County Community College publication, aquatic therapy “utilizes hydrostatic pressure to decrease swelling and improve joint position awareness. The hydrostatic pressure produces forces perpendicular to the body’s surface.”
Techniques Used in Aqua Therapy
There are many different ways to use water and its properties of buoyancy for therapeutic purposes. Japanese health practitioners have used aqua therapy extensively, including Ai Chi, which is involves deep breathing and slow broad movements, and Ai Chi Ne, which uses these techniques to stretch muscles and decrease joint and muscle tension. When exercises are performed in water, their impact and stress on the joints is lessened.
BackHab is an aqua therapy technique typically used with people who suffer from back pain, and the Burdenko Method is used for training athletes and people with disabilities. Water massage, water Pilates, and water yoga are other great options for holistic wellness.
Benefits of Water Massage
Water massage can offer many benefits, including the following:
- Increased joint flexibility
- Increased muscle strength
- Improved balance
- Decreased pain
- Decreased stress
- Reduce the risk of dehydration
- Increases blood flow
As you can see, almost everyone can benefit from one or more types of aqua therapy in their lives. It is often promoted for the elderly and people who are in recovery, but many others experience aches, pains, and stresses on a regular basis. These are symptoms that you don’t have to sit back and live with because water therapy is a low-risk, high-reward, and affordable treatment option.
Water Jet Massage Therapy at Aura Wellness Spa
At Aura Wellness Spa, we offer a 60-minute Spa Jet treatment, which is ideal for slimming, detoxification, skin hydration & cellulite reduction. This therapy is customized with an invigorating body scrub and a natural extract body mud to complete your soothing experience. We also offer a Dermalife Spa Oceana treatment in a water pod that pampers and relaxes you with natural mineral mist as you soak in an aromatherapy bath with water jets.
Contact us today to learn more about how aqua therapy can help you and make your appointment either online or by calling 212-695-9559!