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The magic of hot water – Hot water therapy

There is something very magical about hot water. Slipping in to a warm bath allows you to be supported and buoyed up, warmed and nurtured to the core. It reminds you to let go of your mental and physical tension, to give up all the striving and activity, to just be held by the penetrating warmth.
The advent of the modern bathroom has brought hot water into almost every home. It’s easy to become accustomed, even blase, to the ubiquity of hot water, and forget some of its healing benefits.
When you first encounter hot water in shower, the tub, it takes your body a few minutes to adjust to the new temperature sensation. An increase in blood pressure will be experienced. Blood rushes to the skin, where it is warmed by the hot water. This causes the blood vessels to expand and the blood pressure to drop back down. The rush of warmed blood then penetrates deeper into the tissue below the skin, bringing more oxygen. It also brings a soothing, relaxing sensation as the warmed blood continues to expand more vessels. even chronically tight muscles, which are responsible for much back pain, begin to relax. That allows the free movement necessary for exercise and stretching.
As heat goes deeper, the body temperature increases to as high as 99 degree F or more. The rate at which the body uses oxygen and excretes waste material increases, and so does your heart rate and respiration.
When you submerge yourself in a bath, a pool, or a whirlpool, you experience a kind of weightlessness. Your body is relieved from the constant pull of gravity. Water also has a hydrostatic effect. It has a massage-like feeling as the water gently kneads your body. Water, in motion, stimulates touch receptors on the skin, boosting blood circulation and releasing tight muscles.

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