Using hydrotherapy in conjunction with massage therapy is a way to combine the benefits of both healing methods for a more dynamic therapeutic experience. There are many alternative medicine practitioners who have integrated both therapies in their healing practice, offering a range of services to better suite the needs of each individual.
Integrating massage with water therapy, a client can have a hydrotherapy treatment before or after a massage, thereby enhancing the effect of the massage. The result is a greater improvement of circulation, a very thorough release of toxins and an incredibly soothing impact on sore, tight muscles and an anxious, tense mine. Hydrotherapy essentially makes massage therapy more effective.
Combining both methods also allows for a wider range of possible techniques to use for healing. For example, some clients may be too sensitive to the hand movements of a massage. In this case a steam bath can provide a more gentle alternative. Also, with some conditions the temperature shifts of hydrotherapy are not safe. Using both massage and a more mild hydrotherapy technique, such as a warm foot bath may be ideal.
Both hydrotherapy and massage therapy are also well-suited to be used with aromatherapy. Essential oils may be added to water or massage oils, or simply infused into the air during treatment for a more relaxing, therapeutic effect. Hot water and steam serve to open pores allowing for better absorption of the essential oils. The increase in blood flow of massage also improves the healing effect of aromatherapy.