You have probably heard it said that there is nothing like a good, hot soak. This is true, because there isn’t. This most fundamental form of hydrotherapy is often overlooked, and its therapeutic value is frequently underestimated. But it is oh-so-effective.
The buoyancy created by water temporarily relieves some of gravity’s stress on your body, while the water’s heat fosters deep relaxation.
The hydrotherapy provided by a simple soaking tub is a natural and organic form of pain relief that works its magic in two primary ways. First, the experience provides the bather with the sensation of weightlessness and significantly relieves the body of the effects of gravity. The buoyancy of water reduces body weight by 90%, easing pressure on aching joints, muscles and bones. According to the Arthritis Foundation, “Hydrotherapy is one method of using water to help treat arthritis. The soothing warmth and buoyancy of the water make it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain.”
Secondly, the water serves as a medium for heat therapy. Soaking in warm water quiets the body and slows internal organs. Heat dilates blood vessels and increases circulation in the body, thus allowing enzymes and endorphins (the body’s natural pain relievers) to work more quickly and effectively. It also stimulates sweating and increases the elimination of toxins. In fact, a recent study by the Mayo Clinic found that a hot bath provides many of the health benefits of exercise with less strain on the heart. Soaking in a hot bath increases the heart rate while lowering one’s blood pressure rather than raising it as does exercise.
Soaking baths by MTI provide the perfect environment for taking advantage of this most basic form of hydrotherapy. Tubs in MTI’s exclusive Boutique Collection have comfortably designed interiors, making it easy for you to lose track of time. And the composition of MTI’s “ESS” (Engineered Solid Stone) material, as well as its solid thickness of over 1″, provide excellent insulation to help maintain bath water warmth.
Designer Collection tubs feature ergonomically designed interiors, with acrylic bath shells reinforced with a material mixture that is thicker than most others, not only making the tubs more structurally durable but also increasing their insulating properties, so the bath water stays warmer longer.
MTI Designer models also allow you to maximize the benefits of thermaltherapy with two effective technologies. Radiance® surface heating system incorporates radiant heat technology in the bath structure to provide a warmed surface for your neck, back and shoulders. This means no more cold shoulders when you lean back. And, if your tub is in a drop-in application, you can extend your self-indulgence with a recirculating water heating system that will maintain your bath water at a very comfortable 102º F for as long as you want.
A hot soaking bath is the most elementary form of hydrotherapy and provides a significant therapeutic basis for other hydrotherapies offered by MTI. Determine your hydrotherapy needs and desires: Soaking Bath, Stream Bath®, Air Bath, Whirlpool or Combination Whirlpool / Air Bath. Then let MTI design it with you and build it for you.