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Information about Balneotherapy and Balneotherapy Practitioners
Balneotherapy (from Latin: balneum, "bath") is the treatment of illnesses by water-based treatments, using natural thermal springs, mud, mineral, seaweed or seawater to
induce relaxation, reduce stress, improve the circulation, stimulate
the immune system and bring about detoxification whilst revitalising th
e body. Whilst it differs from hydrotherapy, there can be some overlapping in approach and treatment.....

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Balneotherapy and Balneotherapy Practitioners

Balneotherapy

Balneotherapy (from Latin: balneum, "bath") is the treatment of illnesses by
water-based treatments, using natural thermal springs, mud, mineral, seaweed or seawater to
induce relaxation, reduce stress, improve the circulation, stimulate
the immune system and bring about detoxification whilst revitalising th
e body. Whilst it differs from hydrotherapy, there can be some overlapping in
approach and treatment.

What is Balneotherapy
Balneotherapy has been a popular form of treatment for many illnesses for centuries. Early Greek and Roman medical treatments often involved the use of mineral-rich hot springs to assist with various types of ailments. The simple water based therapy was recognised as helping with disease and health conditions ranging from nervous conditions to easing the pain of arthritis.
The term Balneotherapy has gradually come to be applied to everything relating to spa treatment and baths, including the drinking of waters, the use of hot baths and natural vapour baths, as well as the use of various kinds of mud, seaweed, seawater and sand which are used in hot applications. The treatment can include warm or cold water, and massage therapy is often used in conjunction with Balneotherapy
Balneotherapy involves bathing in mineral or thermal water either from hot underground springs or heated in another way to around 34 degrees Celsius or 93 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes water treatments are applied at high pressure or alternating hot and cold water.
Spa waters are used for their therapeutic properties and contain rich minerals such as silica, sulphur, radium, magnesium, calcium, iron, lithium, potassium, iodine, manganese and bromine and selenium which can be absorbed through the skin.
Baths can also be created and pine needle baths are very popular;by adding the needles of pines and firs to hot water you create essential oils which are absorbed by the skin and increase circulation.

What are the benefits of Balneotherapy
For thousands of years the benefits of therapeutic bathing have been recognised for the ability to relieve pain, stress and improve the general well being of the body and the spirit. In fact, Balneotherapy is one of the oldest of medical procedures, well known and widely regarded throughout Europe & Asia, where people have used spas for recreation and treatment.
Balneotherapy is used to improve circulation, strengthen the immune system, stimulate circulatory process including lymph and blood circulation, it also accelerates cell activity, dilating tissue and vessels thus activating the self healing potential. Balneotherapy may also naturally relieve pain, and treat stress.n Japan, the traditional form of Balneotherapy is carried out in hot water springs, whilst in Europe, mineral bathing is more popular. Both feature the repeated immersion of the whole body in hot water which is stimulating to the body.
In ancient Rome, Water Hydromassage was a popular treatment using minera water, sea or hot springs water, sometimes with the addition of oils. This treatment detoxifies the body and can improve circulation, alleviate stresses and strains and to heal and strengthen the body. Alkaline water helps stimulate the secretion of bile, whilst hypotonic water has diuretic effects and is often used for treating kidney stones.

 

What can be expected from a Balneological Treatment
If the treatment is being taken at a non spa location it can be applied in a sitz bath, foot bath or in a full bath, for hand and arm submersion. For a full body treatment the whole body is submerged into a bath and your skin rapidly begins to absorb the chemicals that are suspended in the water. These chemical components can make their way to our bloodstream in as little as 2 to 15 minutes.
In a spa environment the treatment will vary depending on the bathing medium being used, but it generally involves full body immersion in the mineral water, mud, seawater etc.
Benefits from balneotherapy treatments include the reduction of pain, acceleration of collateral blood circulation, elevation of cellular fluids, relaxation of muscles as well as numerous healing benefits from the absorption of minerals and botanical substances.
Balneotherapy is used to as a treatment for a large number of different conditions, including :-

  • Chronic rheumatic diseases
  • Chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis
  • Stress and related mental health problems
  • Joint and muscle pain, back pain
  • Circulatory diseases
  • Chronic gynaecological diseases
  • An aid in rehabilitation from trauma or convalescence after illness
  • Varicose veins
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis


Some Ways Balneotherapy Heals

  • Bathing in hot springs will gradually increase the temperature of the body, thus killing harmful germs and viruses.
  • Balneotherapy increases blood flow to organs and tissues
  • Thermal bathing increases hydrostatic pressure on the body, thus increasing blood circulation and cell oxygenation. The increase in blood flow also helps dissolve and eliminate toxins from the body.
  • Hot springs bathing increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, bringing improved nourishment to vital organs and tissues.
  • Balneotherapy treatment increases cell metabolism, aiding digestion.
  • Bathing in thermal water increases body metabolism, including stimulating the secretions of the intestinal tract and the liver, aiding digestion.
  • Repeated hot springs bathing (usually over a three- to four-week period) can help normalise the functions of the endocrine glands as well as the functioning of the body’s autonomic nervous system.
  • Trace amounts of minerals such as carbon dioxide, sulphur, calcium, magnesium, and lithium are absorbed by the body and provide healing effects to various body organs and system. These different healing effects can include stimulation of the immune system, leading to enhanced immunity; physical and mental relaxation; the production of endorphins, relaxation of the mind and body.and normalized gland function.
  • Mineral springs contain high amounts of negative ions, which can help promote feelings of physical and psychological well-being.
  • The direct application of mineralised thermal waters (especially those containing sulphur) can have a therapeutic effect on diseases of the skin, including psoriasis, dermatitis, and fungal infections. Some mineral waters are also used to help the healing of wounds and other skin injuries

Read much more about Balneotherapy in one of these excellent books.....

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