This article is part of the symbol that deals with detoxifying body treatments
In essence, hydrotherapy describes a way to cure or invigorate your body via all kinds of water therapies.
This could be extra warm or cold water or a combination of both.
This is not a new concept. The Egyptian pharaohs and priests used hydrotherapy to their advantage. They also added perfumed oils to the water.
The Romans used it in the form of public baths, where ‘heated water’ caused a ‘steam bath’.
Hippocrates advocated baths in a cold spring to invigorate the spirit, harden the body, and strengthen the immune response.
Over the centuries bathing in hot springs or ‘taking to the waters’ was a natural way of curing many ailments. One man has taken this principle even further and he was called Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897)
He was the son of a poor weaver with an early ambition to become a priest. This was quite an uphill struggle for a poor weaver’s son. Kneipp studied so hard that it took a toll on his health and he suffered from lung problems.
One day he read a book about hydrotherapy and decided to cure himself with this knowledge. After recovering his full health, he experimented with many methods and finally published a book that explained all this knowledge involving water therapies and plant medicine.
How can you use hydrotherapy at home?
Here are a few tips. Kneipp saw strengthening the immune system and cleansing the blood and bowls as the pillars of a healthy body.
Varying cold and warm water, helps the blood to circulate and get rid of toxins.
You mustn’t feel cold when you start this program. If you do, have a hot shower first.
Exercise 1: Walking barefoot for a couple of minutes on a morning lawn, even in the winter. This sounds absurd at first, but it is cheap, easy, and invigorates your whole body. It is important to warm up your feet immediately after the walk with a hot water bottle or warm socks.
Exercise 2: Another method is walking in cold water. Take a big bucket of cold water (you could also do this in the bath, but make sure it is not slippery) and walk like a stork (one foot in the water, the other leg with knees bent and outside the water. Walk for a minute or two, alternating. This helps with tired feet, headaches, feeling tired, and helping you with better sleep. Again, warm your feet up after the exercise.
Exercise 3: Start your day with this exercise for good circulation, good sleep, and tired legs. Take your hand shower and start with hot water first. Walk the stream up the legs, your hips, outside of the arms, turning on the shoulder to go down again. This time on the inside of the arm (basically just turn your arm palms facing outwards. Repeat one more time with the hot stream before turning the shower to cold (as cold as you can tolerate) and repeat 2 times.
Then move the water back to hot and repeat the same procedure with your left-hand side. If you can do this regularly most mornings, it is invigorating. Put warm socks on and put a dressing gown on, trying naturally whilst having breakfast.
Exercise 4: Take a bucket of cold water and put it on a table. Take a seat and immerse your hands and arms (up to chest height) in the cold water. Leave for up to a minute or until you feel very cold. Take them out and warm up with a warm towel and the jumper. This will strengthen your heart and will make up feel alert and alive.
There are many more exercises to choose from but start with these 4 ones. They are all quick and cheap to do. But you need to do it over some time to experience the real benefits.