Is Hydrotherapy a waste of time?

by Glenn Reynolds

I’m all for soaking in a tub. After a hard day, or working in the yard, playing sport or whatever, nothing beats the stupor induced by floating in a hot bath of salts with your favourite music on. It’s even better in complete darkness, like in a flotation tank, where you lose all sense of time and space. If you haven’t tried it yet, have a go.

Where I’m yet to be convinced is the garden variety hydrotherapy massage, when the therapist uses an underwater hose to massage muscles, while you float in the tub.

I’ve only had a couple of these, and I don’t feel that it is therapeutic. It just doesn’t feel like it does anything… Maybe I haven’t had the right therapist.

Polly Johnson has recently argued here that hydrotherapy deserves a better reputation than it has developed, especially as spa managers and therapists have not used the therapy properly. She admonished spas to only use truly therapeutic hydrotherapies and is convinced that these can be ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ memories for clients.

Are you a fan? How do you feel about hydrotherapy services offered in spas?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Rose August 30, 2007 at 1:46 am

Hi Andrew,

I know this wasn’t your question but what’s always struck me about the term hydrotherapy is that it’s vague. I mean, Colonics are also considered hydrotherapy. So maybe at the very least some specificity is in order so that people know what they’re getting.

It’s funny but I’ve had so many water therapies, such as Watsu, sensory deprivation tanks, hot springs soaks, except for the one you describe in your post. I guess I never opted for it because it seemed like I could hop in a jacuzzi and get the same result.


Andrew September 5, 2007 at 11:55 am

You make some great points, Rose.

I’d like to see more sophisticated water therapies used extensively in the industry.


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