In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the basics and benefits associated with hydrotherapy baths. Hydrotherapy has been around in some format for thousands of years, helping people with everything from basic pain and stress reduction to the treatment of several chronic conditions.
At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, we offer a wide selection of portable hydrotherapy walk-in bathtubs. In today’s second installment of our series, we’ll dig into a few tips we can offer you on preparing for a home hydrotherapy session, from staying safe and achieving the optimal temperature range to making the experience as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.
The first priority during all hydrotherapy and other bathing sessions should be safety – that’s precisely what many walk-in tubs are primarily designed for, after all. By simply purchasing one of our walk-in bathtub options, you’ve already marked safety as a top priority; your tub will include safety features like no-slip surfaces, grab bars, seating and various other qualities that speak directly to bathing in comfort and safety.
In addition, we can recommend a few basic tips on top of this. For one, consider extending non-slip surfaces to other areas of your bathroom if slipping or falling is a risk for you or a loved one; there are mats and other materials widely available here. For another, we recommend doing a good job of hydrating yourself before, during and after taking a hydrotherapy bath – we tend to lose a decent amount of body water through sweating in the bath, and this may lead to dehydration if you aren’t careful.
Generally speaking, it’s recommended that you set your hydrotherapy bath temperature between 90 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This range may vary slightly depending on your specific skin type and other needs.
In addition, be sure to consider the overall room temperature as well before beginning hydrotherapy. You want steam to form and remain in the bathroom, so ensure the doors are closed and there are no air openings available.
From here, both enjoying and benefiting from a hydrotherapy session often comes down to how you accessorize and complement the experience. Many people choose to work aromas and aromatherapy into these same sessions, utilizing essential oils, candles and other scented sources to amplify the relaxation and de-stressing benefits of the bath.
There are other options here, too, such as playing music and setting the ambiance through proper lighting. Taken together, you can get a relaxing, spa-like experience within your own home, all while providing your body with relaxing, highly beneficial hydrotherapy treatment.
For more on preparing for and enjoying your hydrotherapy treatments, or to learn about any of our walk-in bathtubs and how they will benefit you in this environment, speak to the staff at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs today.