Hydrotherapy Massage Bed
Hydromassage is an effective alternative to hands-on massage.
Benefits of the Hydrotherapy Massage Bed
There are physical and emotional benefits to hydromassage therapy. Our skin is full of nerve receptors that are linked to our nervous system. When the skin is massaged it causes stimulation and release of chemicals in the brain like serotonin that help reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
Flotation, Heat and Massage
You simply lie back, completely clothed, on the table. Just under the surface is a mattress filled with heated water. A pump propels the warm water towards you through three patented hydro-jets. Each jet spins at nearly 200 revolutions per minute. A primary wave and a lighter, secondary wave combine to produce a very effective deep tissue massage to all areas of the spine simultaneously. The combination of flotation, heat and massage produce the therapeutic effects and are described below.
Water is extremely buoyant. When the body is placed on the water mattress, there is minimal strain on the weight-bearing joints. Additionally, few if any muscles are required to hold the body up or in position. These two conditions combine to help the patient’s body relax resulting in an increased physiologic response to treatment.
Heat is evenly conducted through the skin and into the muscles and soft tissues of the body. The heat expands blood vessels, increases blood and lymphatic circulation, increases metabolism and has a sedative effect.
The pressure of the water on the body increases venous and lymphatic flow. One of the effects of the resulting stimulation is increased molecular motion in the skin that may aid the healing process. Hydromassage helps works out trigger points in the muscles, which are localized areas of hyperirritability that induce a cycle of spasm, pain, tension, weakness and limited range of motion in the joints.
Escape Fight or Flight
It’s one name for what happens when your parasympathetic nervous system is in charge of your body functions. This part of your nervous system regulates the work of your organs and glands while you’re at rest. Your relaxation response kicks in when you feel safe. It can actually block effects from your body’s response to stress. These changes are good for your mental and physical health.
Heart Rate Slows
Stress triggers activity in your sympathetic nervous system, which is in charge of your body functions in dangerous situations. This “fight or flight” response sends out hormones called catecholamines to speed up your heart. But relaxation lets your body know it’s OK to save energy. Your parasympathetic system takes over and releases a hormone called acetylcholine. That slows your heart rate down.
Blood Pressure Reduces
Stress hormones can speed up your heart rate and tighten your blood vessels. That temporarily raises your blood pressure. The opposite happens when you relax. If you have high blood pressure, relaxation methods like meditation may help you manage stress and lower your chances of heart disease. (But don’t stop taking your medicine unless your doctor says it’s OK.)
When stress causes the “fight or flight” reaction, your digestion gets put on hold as blood moves toward your larger muscles. Relaxation reverses this process. It also lowers inflammation that can hurt your gut. Stress plays a role in many digestive problems, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Calming techniques like deep breathing or meditation might help with your symptoms
Hydromassage focuses on the muscular system, the fascia, the circulatory and lymphatic systems or a combination of these body systems. Fascia is the connective tissue that attaches organs to organs, muscles to bones (tendons) and bones to bones (ligaments). The lymphatic system carries lymph, a clear or yellowish substance that flows throughout the body, filtering foreign matter and removing excess fluid, protein and waste products from the tissues and transporting them to the blood to be circulated and eliminated.
How Hydrotherapy Massage Effects Your Body
1. Relieve and loosen knots and spasms.
Let’s start with the benefits you can see and feel after one use. HydroMassage is an incredible way to warm up the muscles before your fitness training and loosen your muscles after training to prevent soreness from repeated resistance-based motions used in weight training, or participating in high intensity group exercise classes, like Zumba classes. Deep tissue options for the water pressure will relieve tightness and knots in muscles from previous workouts, or simply everyday stresses. Our hydromassage bed has enough pressure to get into your deeper tissues without causing discomfort or pain.
2. Relieve stress.
Managing stress in healthy ways is an important part of your overall well-being, and one of the most documented benefits of massage is that it can actually reduce stress. After a massage, the stress hormone (known as cortisol) decreases, while the feel-good hormones (serotonin and dopamine) get a boost, explains Prevention magazine. Not only will your muscles loosen up, but you’ll also feel the mental benefits of massage.
When we’re stressed, we tend to hold a lot of tension in our muscles and other connective tissues. Relaxing the body can literally help relax the mind, too (and vice versa). Hydromassage has been proven to promote relaxation and cell renewal. It can also boost your mood with no medicinal side effects. People with chronic anxiety can be soothed by hydromassage, as can those with high blood pressure, digestive issues, or migraines.
Pressure from a skilled therapist’s hands and a hydromassage bed helps stimulate the lymphatic system and promote the release of toxins and by-products of cellular metabolism. Great for your skin, immune system, and overall health.
4. Relax sore muscles and aid in recovery.
The pressurized streams of water can gently massage muscle fibers and help promote increased circulation of nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood. This feels great right after a workout may help you avoid that delayed onset muscle soreness that can make it tough to walk down the stairs the next day.
5. Get a great massage even when you’re pressed for time.
Even just 15 minutes in a hydromassage bed can provide you with the healthy benefits of a 60+ session with a therapist. And while long sessions are amazing, sometimes you may not be able to spare that kind of money or time (especially when you add on the 10-15 minutes before and after a massage for undressing and dressing). Hydromassage beds stay completely dry, so you can stay fully clothed and comfortable.