Water has been used for its healing properties for thousands of years. Egyptian royalty would bathe with essential oils and flowers, while Romans had communal public baths for their citizens. In the 18th and 19th centuries, hydrotherapy really picked up speed, especially in Germany. Two notable men, Vincent Preissnitz and Sebastian Kneipp, used hydrotherapy treatments to heal themselves and others. Preissnitz healed his own broken ribs through continued wrapping of his wounds with damp bandages and drinking large quantities of water over the course of about a year. Kneipp continued these therapies and added new principles – medicinal herbs, massages, balanced nutrition, and “regulative therapy to seek inner balance” – in order to strengthen the constitution and remove toxins and poisons from the body. From then, the practice spread throughout Europe and into America, with famous patients such as Charles Darwin, Florence Nightingale, and Charles Dickens.
You might be thinking, “water can’t seriously do all of that, can it?” IT CAN! Using water for healing, as simple sounding as it is, has many profound effects. It can be beneficial on treating conditions such as acne and other skin conditions, arthritis, cold and flu, depression, digestive issues, sleep disorders, stress, and many more.
There are many different ways that hydrotherapy can be used. I’m going to talk about a few of my faves:
Constitutional Hydrotherapy – The application of hot and cold towels to the body to influence healing. This therapy helps to improve circulation, support detoxification, regulate the nervous system, stimulate the immune system, and strengthen the digestive system. The treatment is subtle but powerful, as it stimulates your body’s natural healing ability and helps heal from many ailments, acute and chronic.
Baths – The skin is the body’s largest organ. Among its many functions, the skin absorbs nutrients (and occasionally toxins) into the body as well as expels toxins from the body. When immersed into a bath with carefully selected herbs, oils, and other substances, these functions can be supported. I like to provide herbal baths for detoxification, overall nutrition, reducing inflammation and pain, depression and anxiety, and sleep issues. Depending on the condition, the body part(s) being bathed and the temperature of the bath may vary.
Yoni Steam – Reaching peak popularity in more recent years, the yoni or vaginal steam boasts a number of benefits for female reproductive health. Yoni steams have been shown to cleanse and detoxify the womb, relieve some menstrual and menopausal symptoms, and improve post-partum healing.
I currently offer each of these services to be conducted in the comfort of your own home. I provide all of the necessary tools for you to relax and enjoy your therapy, and observe to ensure safety and efficacy throughout the treatment. If you want to learn more, book a free discovery call with me. If you’re all in, book your appointment today!
Also, be on the lookout for hydrotherapy treatment kits coming soon! You’ll soon have access to all of the tools to do your own therapies at home!