Hydrotherapy has been practiced as a healing art in many cultures since the beginning of recorded history. Like massage, hydrotherapy supports relaxation, cleansing, detoxification, and improved healing outcomes. Used together, massage and hydrotherapy are synergistic and more powerful than either modality used alone.
The 6-hour lecture portion of this 8-hour course will focus on how massage practitioners can strategically and effectively apply hydrotherapy in massage practice and in life as a health-building form of self-care. We will start with a review of the physiology of thermal homeostasis, and the effects hot and cold hydrotherapy have on the nervous, muscular, circulatory, integumentary, and digestive systems. You will learn about the properties of water, the physics of hot and cold, and the rules and principles for safe and effective hydrotherapy. Following a survey of different hydrotherapy applications, you will learn a form of ice massage that is particularly well-suited to deep tissue work.
You will then experience several forms of hydrotherapy at Banya 5—a Russian-style urban spa located in South Lake Union ( www.banya5.com ) including a 230-degree radiant-heat sauna, steam bath, hot bath, neutral saline bath, 48-degree cold plunge, and optional salt and honey scrub. You will leave class feeling refreshed, cleansed, and detoxified.
"Amazing class! I feel so much more grounded in my hydrotherapy knowledge. I feel more comfortable speaking to my clients about proper hydrotherapy for their individual needs, which is exactly what I was looking for." -Ashlyn Swan
Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8 CE hours
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