Well, this was more of a forced experiment since our water heater went out and took 3 (very long) days to replace! So even though this experiment wasn't really voluntary, it turned out not to be so bad! I felt energized, clear headed, and refreshed after jumping out of my super quick showers for the last couple of mornings. I tried to mentally prep myself for each ice shower by telling myself that 'I'm stimulating the Vis' and convincing myself that I was doing hydrotherapy for fun.Read More
So my newest morning ritual involves turning the shower to cold at the end as long as I can handle it... right now I'm at 10 secondsRead More
At-home constitutional hydrotherapy is a simple way to build immunity while pushing your body from the ultra stressed sympathetic (fight or flight) mode into the calmer parasympathetic (rest and digest) mode.
How does it do this? the hot and cold is focused on the torso which shunts the blood from the extremities to the abdomen creating more attention on digestion.
What you need:
Try it !
1. Take a hot bath or shower for 5 minutes.
2. Get out and dry quickly.
3. Take a towel wrung out in cold water and wrap it around the trunk of the body, from the armpits to the groin.
4. Cover with the sheet and then 2 wool blankets.
5. Leave in place at least 20 minutes, or longer, until the towel is warmed.
After the treatment you will find yourself more relaxed and vibrant!
Did you finally get that cold that has been going around the office? The wet sock treatment is an old traditional remedy that is highly effective at relieving upper respiratory symptoms and stimulating the Vis. This treatment may seem a little odd but it works!
So, how does wearing wet socks at bedtime treat colds?! The cold socks stimulate the body to reflexively increase blood circulation which helps to decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head and throat. The increased circulation supports lymphatic movement in the cervical region and stimulates the immune system to begin fighting the cold. It is also effective to relieve pain and support the body's own healing response. The wet sock treatment is actually considered a 'warming treatment' because it allows the body to heat itself during the night and you will wake up with less congestion and dry socks!
It has been proven to help with...
- Sore throats
- Neck pain
- Ear infections
- Nasal congestion
- Sinus & upper respiratory infections
- Take a pair of thin cotton socks and soak them completely with cold water. After wetting the socks, wring them out thoroughly so they do not drip.
- Place them in the freezer for 10-20 minutes to enhance the cooling effect.
- While the socks are cooling, warm your feet in a warm bath for 5-10 minutes.
- Dry off feet and body with a dry towel.
- Remove the cotton socks from the freezer, and bend or thaw them to the point where they can be worn.
- Place socks on the feet and cover the cold socks with a second pair of thick, dry wool socks.
- Go directly to bed. Avoid getting chilled.
- Keep the socks on overnight. You will find that the wet cotton socks will be dry by the morning.
- Repeat the first 3 nights of a cold
Hydrotherapy certainly isn’t a new type of treatment since it was first documented as far back as the 5th century B.C, but it is having a revitalization with the sprouting of new spas around the area. Hydrotherapy is essentially the use of water (hot or cold, ice or liquid) to treat and heal the body of aliments. The use of various water temperatures is very important to treat certain aliments for example; hot and cold contrast hydrotherapy stimulates circulation by causing increased constriction and dilation of the veins which in turn provides fresh nutrients while also stimulating movement of the lymphatic system to eliminate waste from the body. The photos were taken at Yuan Spa which has an absolutely stunning spa!
1. Warm Pool
Begin in the warm pool to get in a more relaxed state from the dilation blood vessels that increase the blood flow through them, diverting blood flow to the extremities and to the skin’s surface, opening the pores of the skin, activating sweat glands and relaxing muscles. Increased blood flow has important effects on your body, including: more efficient oxygenation of tissues, thereby helping injuries heal faster, and more efficient removal of toxins from tissue, which helps prevent or ease injuries and increases tissue resiliency.
2. Eucalyptus Steam Room
Inhaling steam has a beneficial effect on the lungs as well. The moist, hot air causes the small airways and air sacs in the lungs to dilate and increases the lung’s ability to move phlegm and mucus out. It can also help people breathe in more easily, since the volume of space in the lungs slightly increases. The eucalyptus mixed within the steam helps to clear any sinus congestion while lining the mucous membranes with antimicrobials to fight colds.
Sweat it out! The most gentle way to rid yourself of toxins is as simple as heat and sweat! By eliminating toxins through your skin you are able to avoid integrating the toxins into your blood stream and increasing the burden to your kidneys and liver. The heat from the sauna induces lypolysis (many toxins are stored in our fat cells) and the sweat increases the elimination pathway.
4. Cold Pool
Cold water and ice causes the body to conserve heat. As a result, blood vessels in the body constrict, decreasing the amount of blood that flows through them. Blood flow is diverted from the extremities to the core of the body and to internal organs, to help keep them warm and operating correctly. The pores of the skin close, sweat glands shut down, muscles tense, and some endocrine system organs, like the adrenal gland, become more active. In naturopathic medicine we call this part "Stimulating the Vis" because it forces the body to work harder and warm itself which in turn promotes healthy immune function.
It can be used to:
- Boost the immune system
- Heal injuries
- Detoxify the body
- Treats cold & flu
Want to learn more about the benefits of hydrotherapy on the body? Read My Water Cure by Sebastian Kneipp, which was written in 1894 detailing his experiences with 35 years of water treatments.