Many times, you can use your spa’s water comfort in combination with other physical practices to achieve even more benefits than if you experienced the two separately. One of these practices is reflexology.
What is Reflexology?
According to one doctor on Mayo Clinic’s website, reflexology is “the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. Reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress. The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person’s health.”
Reflexology has been around for thousands of years, first thought of and used by the ancient Chinese, Indians, and Egyptians. They believed putting pressure on certain points of the hands and feet helped to heal other parts of the body through what they believed were energy channels.
Several studies have shown that it helps to reduce stress, pain, and negative psychological symptoms while at the same time increasing a person’s ability to relax and sleep better. Cancer patients in particular who received reflexology considered their overall quality of life to improve.
How Does It Help Heal Better in a Hot Tub?
Many people receive reflexology treatment outside of the comfort of a spa. While this is a valid option, you’re more likely to gain greater benefits while soaking in the hot water of your hot tub. This helps contribute even more circulation and relaxation that you’re already getting from the reflexology treatment.
In addition, spas can help during reflexology by alleviating small bursts of discomfort. Depending on your pain tolerance, reflexology can feel uncomfortable because your hands and feet are sensitive areas of the body, not used to being pressed on in a consistent manner. The calming abilities of hot water counteract this small issue and make your overall experience enjoyable and beneficial.
And you don’t have to have a partner rubbing your hands and feet to get these benefits, either. Because quality hot tubs and spas come with jets that you can position any way you choose, you can adjust them to hit specific areas on your hands and feet. For example, many models of Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs have dome jets strategically placed near wrists and feet area on their lounge seats; all you need to do is learn where the pressure points are according to reflexology, and you’ve got a relaxing treatment option ready for use in your backyard space.
Enjoying reflexology as you sit in your spa is an unbeatable way to wind down after a long day or receive healing when you have a headache or pain in other parts of your body. This is just one of the many health benefits you’ll receive when you invest in a quality spa.
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