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Hydrotherapy in Your Practice Enhance Your Bodywork Using Water Therapies By Marybetts Sinclair 70 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k s e p t e m b e r / o c t o b e r 2 0 2 0 C ultures all over the world have used water for eons to soothe aches and pains, stimulate and relax minds and bodies, and detoxify and rejuvenate. Today, bodyworkers continue to use hydrotherapy to enhance their hands-on techniques in new and creative ways, using both ancient and modern hydrotherapy treatments. Water treatment and bodywork seek the same results. They are natural complements to each other, which is why we find the two combined so often. Together, they can truly make a massage therapist's work easier. For example, ice applications reduce inflammation and help treat trigger points; heating treatments enhance the flexibility of scar tissue; paraffin dips warm and soothe arthritic joints; friction treatments stimulate the skin's nerves and blood vessels and reduce muscle tension; and warm baths, saunas, and showers increase body heat and quiet the nervous system before a session.

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