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What is Hydromassage?

You may have heard of hydromassage and wondered what it all entails. You’re in luck! We are here to answer your questions. Hydromassage is a unique form of water massage therapy that provides a therapeutic experience in a dry environment. Our hydromassage lounge chair uses heated water percussion to provide a relaxing, rejuvenating experience following your workouts. Don’t worry though, in these lounge chairs you do not get wet.

At Fitness World, we’re happy to offer hydromassage lounge chairs at all of our locations for a holistic approach to fitness and recovery! Our free 3-day pass allows you access to everything we offer at our gyms. That’s right – everything! Still have questions about hydromassage? Let’s take a deep dive into what it is all about and explore its incredible benefits.

The Science Behind Hydromassage

First, a little science lesson. Dry hydromassage uses water, heat, and pressure to thoroughly massage your body without needing a masseuse’s hands. This method combines the healing touch of water and warmth to relax muscles deeply. Hydromassage chairs (or loungers) provide a customizable experience with pressure, speed, and massage area controls to help target what your achy body needs. It’s a luxurious escape and a beneficial addition to your wellness routine.

The Origins of Hydromassage

The concept of hydromassage isn’t new; it has evolved from ancient practices that recognized the therapeutic power of water. Today’s modern hydromassage technology gives targeted pressure and heat to be applied to various parts of the body, enhancing the massage experience. Hydromassage is considered a hydro or water therapy, even though you don’t get wet. Other hydro therapies can include steam baths, saunas, swimming, even soaking in a hot tub or a long shower. 

What are the Different Types of Hydromassage?

There are two different types of hydromassage: dry and wet. Each provides unique benefits, regardless of if you prefer to stay dry or get wet. At Fitness World, we offer dry hydromassage. Hot water is used inside hydromassage lounges to create a calming, therapeutic experience. Relax while relieving aches and pains, boosting circulation, easing tension, and alleviating tight muscles. Wet hydromassage can be any number of hydrotherapies, including ice water immersion, applying pressurized jets to your body, and using hydromassage showers.

Hydromassage is a perfect choice whether you’ve had a killer sweat session, a difficult week, or need some time for self-care.

Benefits of Hydromassage

Hydromassage isn’t just about feeling good, although we love it for that! It’s also about keeping your body healthy and performing at its peak. Here’s how hydromassage can make a noticeable difference to your overall wellness:

Stress Reduction and Relaxation

One of the immediate benefits of hydromassage is its ability to drop those stress levels. People love our hydromassage chairs and the calming effect the water and heat has on their body, mind, and soul.

Alleviation of Muscle Tension and Soreness

Hydromassage can be an excellent way to relieve muscle stiffness and soreness after a tough workout or a long day hunched over your laptop. For those times when you don’t want a full body massage, a hydromassage can be just the ticket.

Improved Circulation and Lymphatic Drainage

The lymphatic system is a crazy network of tissues and organs that help the body eliminate toxins and waste. It is one of the marvels of what our body can do, but it can get overworked. The hydromassage action can help promote better blood flow and lymphatic drainage, which allows it to run smoothly and relieve swelling.

Enhanced Recovery Post-Workout or Injury

Hydromassage can speed up the recovery process of an intense workout or post-race day by helping to reduce inflammation and improve mobility, making it a great post-workout treat. Go ahead, you deserve it.

Potential Benefits for Conditions like Arthritis and Fibromyalgia

For those dealing with chronic pain conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, hydromassage can provide much-needed relief. Talk to your doctor if you’re considering hydromassage as part of treatment for any chronic conditions.

How to Incorporate Hydromassage into Your Wellness Routine:

Adding hydromassage to your wellness routine is super easy. Try scheduling regular sessions post-workout or on rest days as part of your recovery process, at least twice a week. Combine it with proper nutrition, mindfulness practices, and fitness classes for that complete mind-body package.  

Experience Hydromassage at Fitness World

Ready to incorporate hydromassage in your wellness routine? Visit your nearest Fitness World to experience the many benefits of hydromassage. Don’t forget, you can start with a free 3-day pass and explore all we offer. Discover for yourself how hydromassage can enhance your mental and physical health! Explore Fitness World membership options and get after your goals, today!