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A Brief History of Hydrotherapy

Last updated 5 years ago

Hydrotherapy is a unique treatment which uses water or an aquatic environment to aid in rehabilitation, improve physical function, and correct various psychological dysfunctions. During treatment, the patient is submerged into a desired depth of water and instructed to perform specific activities to alleviate spinal tension, increase range of motion, and strengthen muscles. Check out this brief history of hydrotherapy before consulting with your exclusive day spa regarding their options:

  • Origin

The first known hydrotherapy practices began sometime between 600 BCE and 0 AD, when the Ancient Greeks used water spas as part of their exercise programs. Evidence of hydrotherapy was also found among the Roman and Egyptian civilizations, whose royal bathhouses featured hot springs, essential oils, and flowers. Hydrotherapy was also used for thousands of years by Indian cultures as part of their Ayurveda, or the traditional holistic health and wellness program. These practices included steam inhalation, nasal irrigation, steam therapy, and a daily hydration program.

  • Growth and Development

The use of hydrotherapy for medical practices was adopted in 1829 after Sir John Floyer and Dr. James Currie published works outlining the potential benefits in treating minor ailments and injuries. However, it was not until the Victorian revival that practitioners of hydrotherapy began incorporating the use of heat into treatments. Once heat was introduced, hydrotherapy became extremely popular among Turkish bathhouses and eventually spread to the United States in 1843.

Spa Reveil is proud to offer many hydrotherapy services including Rest & Recover Hydrotherapy, Renew & Restore Hydrotherapy, and Detox & Energize Hydrotherapy. We also offer a number of upgrades which can be added to your hydrotherapy treatment session, including foot scrubs, reflexology, hot stone therapy, and scalp massage. Check out our website or give our spa sanctuary a call at (512) 961-4714 for more information on our treatment options. 


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