Definition of Hydrotherapy: the use of water for pain relief and treatment.
The history of hydrotherapy dates back to ancient times. The first mentions of hydrotherapy were recorded by the Greek physician Hippocrates in the 5th century, B.C.E. Other ancient cultures also used water in the healing process including Egypt, Rome, and China. Each had their own variations of hydrotherapy. The Egyptians thought adding aromatic oils and flower essence would aid in the healing process; the Romans built communal bath houses to promote health; and Hippocrates advocated for bathing in spring water.
When Christianity rose to prominence in ancient Rome, the bath houses were shut down due to the belief that public nudity was wrong. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages and Renaissance time periods that physicians started using water springs as a source of sulfur, bromine, and iodine to treat different health issues. Benedictine monks rebuilt the Bath Abbey in England when they realized the therapeutic benefits of the hot springs. It wasn’t until the 19th century that hydrotherapy took a forefront in the world of therapy treatments. Vincent Priessnitz, a farmer of Grafenberg in Silesia, Austrian Empire, and the Bavarian monk, Father Sebastian Kneipp, often referred to as the father of hydrotherapy, started a movement that globalized hydrotherapy.
So What is Hydrotherapy Today?
Today, the practice of hydrotherapy is used widely by naturotherapy, the practice of healing typically without surgery or medication. Perhaps we’re a little biased, but we feel that no hot tub hydrotherapy experience available today can match the quality of a Jacuzzi. Stop by our showroom and let us show you what we mean.