Soak and Sweat

Wooden Hot Tub, Cold Plunge, and Sauna

hycrotherapy (hot and cold alternating bath) at Amaya Natural Therapy in Durango COAt Amaya Natural Therapeutics, the hot tub, cold plunge and sauna are facilities designed to reap the many health benefits of traditional hydrotherapy.  Hydrotherapy uses water to treat the body by stimulating and redirecting the flow of blood and carrying waste products away from the cells.  As a therapeutic application hydrotherapy has many benefits.  This is especially true in regards to its simplicity, as it uses only water to treat conditions.  We are made up of over 70 percent water and treatments that include water as a therapeutic principle are communicating in an essential and powerful way with our bodies.  Indeed, it is very true that just by drinking water we can help cure or reduce many health issues as dehydration has been extremely underestimated as a causative factor in most disease.  Historically, the power of water as a therapeutic agent has been recognized by many cultures and at Amaya we are carrying on a tradition that has nourished humans for ages.

Hydrotherapy works by using the inherent capacity of water to carry both heat and cold, and applying this amazing property of water to the body to effect circulation.  At Amaya, this is accomplished by alternating between our hot and cold tubs, helping to stimulating the circulation of both the blood and lymph, and thereby carrying nutrition towards and waste products away from the cells.  The biological mechanism that effects this change occurs as warm water relaxes our tissue, while cold water contacts it, and the alternation between the two yields a simple naturopathic practice that powerfully stimulates circulation.  In this way, hydrotherapy helps nourish cells by invigorating circulation and thereby promoting regeneration of tissues through the supply of fresh blood, helping the body to heal from sicknesses or physical injuries.

More specifically, by applying warm or hot water, arteries and veins expand, which allows additional blood and lymph to a specific area. Heat also allows blood and lymph to flow more easily in the veins and arteries. Cold water, on the other hand, makes the arteries and veins constrict, pushing blood and lymph away from the area. This transportation provides fresh oxygen and nutrients like protein to remove toxins and waste.

As a preventive measure hydrotherapy in invaluable. Taking showers daily and applying hot and cold water to the spine can stimulates the nervous system, which improves circulation to various parts of the body including the back, heart, and lungs. The benefits of hydrotherapy can help practically any health condition because it involves water, which as we said earlier, is an essential element in our body and by creating more vitality in relationship to all of our bodily fluids, hydrotherapy works to help improve our health as a whole system.

Clinically, hydrotherapy has been shown to increase blood circulation, including circulation of the immune system’s white blood cells. Hydrotherapy also increases the body’s production of endogenous opioid peptides, particularly endorphins. Enhanced circulation and increased endorphins strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation, heal injured tissue, improve well-being and energize the body.

Hydrotherapy's ability to supply fresh nutrients and oxygen to damaged tissue and its capacity to aid in the removal of waste products is especially valuable with injuries. If injured, alternate applications of heat and cold accelerate healing by improving blood vessel integrity and muscle tone. Again, heat causes peripheral (surface) blood vessels to dilate or expand, while cold causes peripheral blood vessels to constrict and drives blood back to the organs.

Hydrotherapy aids the rehabilitation process in injuries and stroke, and it improves respiratory infections. Hydrotherapy is also known to reduce pain and inflammation in arthritis and other rheumatologic conditions. In addition, hydrotherapy reduces the effects of stress by increasing endorphin production, improves sleep, and prevents headaches.

Hot tub hydrotherapy is also reported to improve blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes, lower blood pressure, and reduce symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis. Recent studies also show that cold water treatments, including swimming, are potentially effective treatments for depression and also offer pain relief. In patients undergoing strength training, hydrotherapy has also been found to improve recovery times.

Soak in our Hot Tub at Amaya Natural TherapeuticsAmaya offers guests use of their hot tub, cold plunge and cedar sauna from 10 am until 8 pm.  Individual visits are $14. A local soak pass may be purchased for $100 (10 visits).

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