The importance of drinking adequate amounts of quality water (6-8 glasses a day) to help the body flush out and eliminate toxins is well-known. Lesser known are the benefits of water therapy.
The simplicity and power of natural healing emphasize the importance of recognizing the ubiquitous, simple, and powerfully profound properties of water in transforming health and well-being. Perhaps our instinctive attraction to water may be that our bodies are composed of 95% water and we live on the water planet. Studying the chemical properties of water and water’s physiological actions on the body can help us to maintain a state of optimal health.
Water is one of the few substances on Earth that can exist in 3 material states: solid, liquid, and gas. The application of ice, liquid water (hot or cold), or steam can have profound physiological effects on the body. The basic premise is that the temperature of the water can shift blood volume from one localized area in the body to another. This non-invasive technique is a truly holistic approach to medicine and stands on the principle that the body has a natural ability to heal itself when properly stimulated.
In fact, one of the first written mentions of the use of water as medicine is from the temple of the Greek god of medicine, Asclepius. Hippocrates stressed the value of using various types of baths with different temperatures as a therapeutic tool to treat illnesses.
What makes treatment with water so unique is that it is so readily available from the nearest running water source. Almost everyone I know has a bathtub and access to running water. Water works with each person’s own nature and it can restore and tone the body.
I have benefited greatly from my fair share of evening soaks and have restored my own sense of balance and inner peace through bath therapy. My hope is that others can benefit from these simple techniques and find relief from physical pain or mental stress with the healing power of water.