‘Hydrotherapy’ is one of those words that sounds a lot more complicated than it really is. Literally, it means ‘water therapy’, but the exact definition can vary from spa to spa.
A hydrotherapy pool is like a fancy bath. If you’ve ever filled a hot bath with Epsom salts to prevent muscle spasms after a tough session at the gym, you’ve already tried hydrotherapy.
Likewise if you’ve ever jumped in a plunge pool after a sauna, or done a few stretches in the Jacuzzi, you’re halfway there.
The only difference is that the hydrotherapy pools at a spa are bigger, better and more effective.
A hydrotherapy pool can be used for flotation (which is thought to relax your body and calm the mind), exercises (these are usually designed by a physiotherapist to prevent muscle and joint injuries), or a good long soak.
Hydrotherapy works best after a gruelling workout or between training sessions. Most professional athletes rely on regular hydrotherapy treatments and exercises to help aid muscle recovery and prevent spasming and other injuries.
How you approach your hydrotherapy is entirely up to you, but whether you’re looking to get more out of your workouts or just need an excuse to relax, it may be the thing for you