Hydrotherapy Body Detox with Epsom Salt Soak
Hydrotherapy or water therapy has been a part of our culture for centuries. Its ability to soothe, relax and detox our body is well known and well documented. Many of these hydrotherapy approaches boost circulation and perspiration which helps cleansing through skin pores. Sweating helps draw wastes and toxins to the surface of your skin for elimination. Most of these approaches also help unclog debris, dirt particles, oils and dead cells from pores. As the result, more wastes and toxins can be expelled through this route. Since the skin is the organ where one quarter of all toxins in our bodies is eliminated, hydrotherapy is an excellent practice to detox the body. The benefits of Hydrotherapy can be enhanced dramatically by the use of certain other therapeutic ingredients like Epsom salt.
Epsom salts are crystals of hydrated magnesium sulphate, a naturally occurring rock. They contain important mineral components like magnesium, sulphate, hydrogen and oxygen. Magnesium is the second most abundant element found in the cells of a human body and is involved in a number of internal bodily functions. Deficiency of magnesium can lead to joint problems, including arthritis, blood circulation problems including strokes, digestive problems and problems related to the mental well being of a person.
Using Epsom salts in hydrotherapy allows for small amounts of magnesium to be absorbed through the skin and help with preventing diseases and illnesses caused by its deficiency. Epsom salts are inexpensive and can be found at most drug stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, health food store and supermarkets.
The benefits of using this therapy are many. An Epsom salt soak will help draw out toxins and detox your body. This form of treatment is also particularly well recommended for easing joint and muscle pain. In fact, this therapy is part of treatment for arthritic patients. Epsom salts also have antiseptic capabilities. They help heal minor wound and skin abrasions. A regular Epsom salt soak is also known to improve one’s digestive system which aids detoxification by regulating level of toxic elements in our body. Epsom salts are also used in treatment for people who have been exposed to radiation.
One interesting form of hydrotherapy with Epsom salts is the floatation therapy. In this method, large amounts of Epsom salts are added to water to increase its ‘weight’. Floating in this water is extremely useful in relieving severe joint pains and it is interesting to know that this method is a part of rehabilitation process for people suffering from paralysis.
Hydrotherapy with Epsom salt soaks has a number of advantages in terms of skin and hair care. Epson salts help soften skin. It also helps our skin retain its moisture which reduces the wrinkling effect long baths have on our skin. Epsom salts also have an effective cleansing property. They can be used directly to our skin and used as a skin scrub. On the other hand, it can also be mixed with shampoo to add volume to one’s hair. Epsom salts can also be combined with the essential oils of aromatherapy to provide you with a revitalizing detox experience.
To prepare this type of detox bath, fill a tub with comfortably hot water and add about four handful of Epsom salt. Stir the water to help dissolve the salts. Add a few drops of essential oil such as lavender or chamomile if you desire. Play some soothing music and dim the light. When the bath is full, soak your body as much as possible in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes. When the time is up, take a warm shower to rinse off the salt and towel dry. Moisturize your body immediately. An Epsom salt bath will induce profuse perspiration so prepare a hot herbal tea ahead of time so that you can sip as you bathe, to rehydrate as well as to further boost sweating. You will feel very relaxed but also light-headed afterward so it’s best to take an Epsom salt bath before bedtime. You will most likely sleep like a baby. It is a good idea to take an Epsom salt detox bath once a week while on a detox or cleanse program. Sea salt can be use as substitute in case Epsom salt is not available.
Those with a history of abnormal blood pressure, eczema and diabetes should consult your health care practitioner first, and proceed slowly.