We live in busy times and many of us are
dealing with stress and pressure. Many of us also find it hard to relax and
release any of the stress, or to find the time for relaxing anyway.
I find one of the easiest and most
refreshing methods of relaxing is what I call water therapy. It may not be a
formal therapy system like aromatherapy, physiotherapy or psychotherapy, but it
is effective and affordable. And it amazes me every time I try it and gain
benefit from it.
So next time you are after a quick break
from your life, try some water therapy. I have listed various water therapy
options below, but maybe you can find your own water therapy technique that
will work for you.
- Showers not the everyday shower that we forget about, but
having a shower for the pleasure of the water hitting your skin can be a
relaxing end of a hectic day. Take the phone off the hook and have a
special shower if youve never done it before, try having a shower in
the dark or by candlelight for some peace and harmony!
- Soak in a bath with or without bubbles, a bath is perfect for
relaxing in the privacy of your own home. In a bath, you can enjoy quiet,
darkness, a book, essential oils and even some selective company as you
- Sit in a spa whether you have your own, visit a friend or a
local pool, a spa is the height of water therapy immersion. You simply sit
in the warm water, relax and enjoy the bubbles moving the water around you
and potentially massaging you at the same time. A spa is one form of
water therapy you can share with a stranger or with someone special try
having a meaningful or difficult conversation with a friend in a spa for a
- Go for a swim apart from the exercise benefits of a swim, you
can gain some stress release simply by being in the water and submerging
- Sit by some water even a 5 minute rest beside a river or on
the beach can refresh you and recharge your energy. Obviously, the longer
you stay beside the water the greater the potential benefits but even a
short time can give surprising benefits. As you sit by the water, you can
clear your mind or ponder on an issue or even the meaning of life. As much
as I believe in waters power to relax us, it still amazes me how good I
feel after sitting alone beside a river or the ocean for a while.
- Drinking water you may not notice this effect in the same way
as other forms of water therapy, but keeping your body hydrated is an
important part of coping with stress and relaxing. Try having some fresh
water every time you feel stressed, tired or hungry and see how it helps
your general wellbeing.
- Foot bath for those of us feeling too busy to actually take
time out to care for ourselves, try a foot bath under your desk or while
your write an article on a laptop (or is that just me?) Use water as hot
as your feet can deal with and consider adding some commercial foot soaks,
essential oils, rock salt or simply stick to plain water. The relief for
tired feet can be an immediate pick up for your entire body and psyche.
Water is a
precious commodity we too often take for granted. Not only should we appreciate
water for our survival, but we should take more opportunities to experience
water and its beneficial values.
Tash Hughes is a Mum of two in Melbourne. She is also a writer and owner
of Word Constructions. Tash is available to write articles and profiles for any
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