This covers the use of hydrotherapy. The use of hot springs, mineral baths and bathing for relaxation, has been popular since ancient times. Bavarian priest Sebastian Kneipp developed hydrotherapy in the 19th century - a system of hot, cold and neutral (34 degrees celsius - body temperature) baths using various herbs and salts.
Hydrotherapy is sometimes incorporated into swimming pools at spa resorts in the form of therapeutic jets, the best of which use sea or mineral water. Seaweed and mud baths are often available for individual use.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Lockers, robes and disposable slippers should be provided. Sessions tend not to be limited, leaving you free to spend as much or as little time in the water as you please.
Spa baths are used as stress relievers with all the associated benefits, particularly on blood pressure and mood. Muscles are given a massage by jets that help move lymph fluids, allowing for further detoxing.
Hair may dry out with salt water and skin may become itchy under high pressure jets.