3 Common Types of Water Therapy

Water therapy is making a big splash with promises to soothe muscles, increase focus, and reduce stress.

There are three common types of water therapy to help find more inner peace, from floatation tanks to taking a dip in icy cold water, to watching fish in an aquarium. We have a look at some of these trending treatments.


Floatation therapy

Floating in shallow water infused with Epsom salts to reduce stress was a fringe practice during the 1950s, but the enclosed sensory deprivation tanks have been replaced with temperatures controlled cabins and pods.

A study from 2018 showed that a one-hour float significantly reduced stress and muscle tension, and promoted a sense of serenity in participants. It has also been known to lower blood pressure by 10 to 20 point within 20 minutes.


The Cold Plunge

Typically taken right after a sauna or a hot tub session, a frigid dip is said to offer a mental reset, relieve mild depression, and increase focus. Cold plunge pools can be found in many gyms and spas.

Cold baths are a known treatment for inflammation, making them popular with athletes post-workout, but it can also activate the sympathetic nervous system, releasing neurotransmitters that make you feel good. However, it is not recommended for anyone with heart issues.


Aquarium Therapy

Focusing on marine animals in a tank, an aquarium, or even on a video live stream can soothe anxiety.

The National Marine Aquarium conducted a study in 2016 that showed participant’s heart rates dropped while watching a talk fill with water, and then fell further when fish were added. Visiting an immersive aquarium can reduce cortisol levels and blood pressure.

A walk-in power bath is a great way of achieving water therapy for everyone, so visit our site for more information.

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