Is aquatic therapy the answer to good mental health?

Science is finding new benefits to submerging ourselves in water. HFM investigates the benefits of aqua therapy

In the world of aquatic therapy, science has found many benefits for general wellbeing including improving neurological disorders, spin pain, musculoskeletal pain and arthritis. One study from the University of Basel found that aquatic therapy can help combat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and another study from the USA found it to help patients with rheumatic disease.  

Taking a plunge into a relaxing watery environment has also been trending as a great pastime for those looking to make the most of their mental health. A study from the USA found that aquatic activity promoted positive emotional experience in adults who suffered with mental illness. Another study from the Advanced Aquatic Exercise Research Group found that low-intensity aquatic therapy improved anxiety and functional autonomy in adults.

Hydrostatic pressure – the force of water on the body – is one element of aquatic therapy that experts are suggesting can offer huge benefits. ‘Hydrostatic pressure is a wonderful benefit of aquatic therapy,’ says hydrotherapy expert Sandy Oeverman, CTRS. ‘Hydrostatic pressure is the force exerted on the immersed body by fluid molecules. No movement is necessary by the individual in order to reap the many benefits of hydrostatic pressure.’

Aqua therapy has been around for many years, having started in Switzerland in the 19th century. Today, aqua spas like Aqua Sana in Woburn Forest offer a dynamic range of water-based therapies ideal for calming the mind and body. Aqua Sana has 22 treatment rooms, and 25 experience rooms with a wide mix of temperatures, some cold, some super hot, to help alleviate a number of ailments and refresh the body and mind.

Aqua Sana also calls upon the positive mental wellbeing benefits of Mother nature, as you sit in the outdoor pool on the infinity edge looking out into the forest. Researchers from King’s College London found that exposure to trees, the sky and birdsong can have a massive positive effect on mental wellbeing.

Looking to reap the benefits of a world of water? Aqua Sana is the perfect aquatic therapy experience, and spa therapies come at a great rate.

For more information on aqua therapy, visit www.aquasana.co.uk

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