The hydrotherapy unit has begun! I’m really excited for this unit because although massage is fun and relaxing, hydrotherapy is really useful. Most of the treatments that I’ve done at the clinic have used hydrotherapy in some way – the most recent being the infrared sauna (for my detox). In addition, my detox essentially consists of self-care hydrotherapy treatments (which I’ll discuss in future posts).
Today we learned about steam inhalations – which are fantastic for those suffering from various ailments such as congestion, allergies, cold and flu, sore throats, etc. Keep in mind that although steam inhalations will not have curative effects, they will relieve symptoms.
Steam inhalations will increase expulsion of expectorations, as mucus within the lungs is liquified by the hot and wet air. The mucuosa in your respiratory system will heat up causing increased circulation, thereby decreasing congestion. Lastly the essential oils will have medicinal effects, which can be seen below.
- A large bowl (I used stainless steel, glass is also fine)
- A large towel (big enough to cover your head)
- Essential oils (optional, but recommended)