Hydrotherapy is the use of water, both internally and externally, and at varying temperatures for health purposes. According to proponents of hydrotherapy, cold water causes superficial blood vessels to constrict, moving blood flow away from the surface of the body to organs. Hot water causes superficial blood vessels to dilate, activating sweat glands, and removing waste from body tissues. Alternating hot and cold water is thought to decrease inflammation and stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage.
To get the most benefit from your bath, pay close attention to the temperature of the water. Warm baths relax muscles while cool baths stimulate the body.
Water temperature equivalent to your internal body temperature (96 to 98 degrees) is ideal for a relaxing bath. Water temperature around 92 degrees is still relaxing but also refreshes the body. If you need more pep try something in the range of 70 to 85 degrees.
*Caution of hot baths with water temperatures above 104 degrees, as it will dehydrate the body and dry out the skin, leading to exhaustion.*
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