The History of Hydrotherapy
The origin of SPA comes from a Latin phrase Solus Per Aqua, which means to achieve health through the use of water.
Hydrotherapy was formally propagated in the 1800s by a Catholic priest in Germany, Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897). History tells us that Kneipp was diagnosed with Tuberculosis in his early 20s. Without any known cure then, Kneipp came across a book on water therapy by Johann Sigmund Hahn. Kneipp practiced what the book recommended on himself, stimulating his body's immune system using the alternate hot and cold water treatment. He subsequently recovered. Kneipp went on to study and educate the public on water therapy, and to treat patients through the use of water. He also treated many dignitaries including King Edward and the empress of Austria during his time.
"The use of water and herbs can cure almost any disease." - Sebastian Kneipp
Today, continuing the legacy is Sebastian Kneipp Schule, the oldest hydrotherapy institute in the world, where professional hydrotherapists are trained to administer various forms of SPA therapy built on the Kneipp's principles. They include water treading, wraps and affusions.
The German government recognized the contributions of Kneipp and a stamp was issued in remembrance of him 100 years after his passing. In Germany today, it is common to see pools of water built in parks for water treading.
Medically, numerous studies have been conducted to ascertain the effects of hydrotherapy on the body. Many hospitals around the world today include hydrotherapy as a form of physiotherapy.
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Wellness HydroSpa delivers Hydrotherapy through the SG2000 Ultrasonic Hydrotherapy Home Spa, combining the properties of nature and the benefits of technology to maintain good health.
Globalization and technology has caused the level of stress to increase. As stress directly affects our nervous system and is a root cause of numerous ailments, there is an emphasis on the need to relax in order to maintain good health. As a result, SPAs have sprung up all over the world to meet this need.
With the growing popularity of SPAs, numerous spa centres around the world offer different forms of spa therapies. According to the International Spa Association (ISPA), a SPA is a place to go to relax, rejoice, revitalize and reflect.
The various types of SPAs include day spas, resort spas, health resort spas, medical spas, cruise ship spas and home spas. A survey by ISPA shows that hydrotherapy and massage are the most popular treatments among visitors to spas. Hydrotherapy is also being used as a form physiotherapy in hospitals today. In the animal kingdom, Hydrotherapy is also used as a form of treatment.
Because Spa is a natural way to fine-tune the body and to alleviate the root cause of various ailments, long term and consistent usage are necessary to fully experience the benefits of Spa. However, because of the cost and time needed for Spa, it is considered a luxury than a necessity.
To allow Hydrotherapy to be more accessible and affordable to the masses, Wellness HydroSpa introduces the SG2000 Ultrasonic Hydrotherapy Home Spa for the whole family to enjoy at the comfort of your home.
The Power of Water
Water has life. According to Dr. Masaru Emoto in his book, The Message from Water, water's crystalline structure forms a beautiful symmetric shape when positive words of love and unity are spoken over the water, while and the structure of water becomes formless and 'ugly' when negative words are spoken over it.
Through science, we understand the chemical and physical properties of water and how we can use these properties to benefit our health. Combining science and utilizing the nature of water, proper use of hydrotherapy can effectively increase our well-being.
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