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Hydrotherapy is also known as water therapy. It has been used by people for hundreds of years. Examples of hydrotherapy include Roman tubs, common bathtubs, whirlpools, water spas and swimming pools.

The temperature of water varies depending on the treatment required. Water temperature along with agitation or vibration against the skin has the power to soothe and relax muscles. Warm water causes vasodilation. It draws blood into the target tissues. When the flow of blood increases, it delivers the required oxygen and the other nutrients. This causes the removal of waste from the cell. The warmth of water relieves pain. Cold water therapy causes vasoconstriction. This slows down circulation reducing muscle spasm, pain and inflammation.

Water proves to be an excellent base for exercise and it provides an anti-stress environment for movement. Simple water exercises uses water's resistance to build muscle strength and flexibility. Water exercise can be very beneficial for people who find weight bearing exercises difficult on land.

At times of great stress and anxiety, a relaxing blend of essential oils such as lavender, geranium and bergamot in sweet almond oil or peach kernel oil may be used in the bath.

When you are feeling fatigued because of tension and anxiety, the following herbs will give you a stimulating and rejuvenating bath:
Basil leaves, bay leaves, common chamomile flowers, fennel seeds and leaves, lavender, lemon peel, lemon verbena, marigold petals, meadowsweet flowers, orange leaves and flowers, pennyroyal leaves, peppermint leaves, pine needles, rosebuds, rosemary leaves, sage, white sandalwood and yarrow flowers.

Some medical conditions can be cured by hydrotherapy. It is advisable to seek the advice of a health care practitioner prior to beginning hydrotherapy treatment on your own.

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