The remedial properties of hydro massage have been known for years and were used by both the Greeks and Romans and imported to the countries they dominated. Benefits of the treatment include relieving stress, improving blood circulation, curing insomnia and aiding ailments such as tendonitis, arthritis and muscle or tissue injuries. Sufferers of Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis and lupus have also been known to profit from hydro therapy. The basic principle of the treatment is the therapeutic use of warm water through the application of massage techniques. One of the most common forms of the technique in Tunisia is the multi-jet bath. Tens of high pressure micro jets massage each part of the body (legs, buttocks, back, shoulders, nape of the neck) in cycles of one to two minutes while the 'patient' lays back, head resting on the side of the tub. According to the temperature chosen and the particular programme, the experience can be both invigorating and/or relaxing. A standard session of multi-jet hydro therapy lasts 30 mins, during which time a member of staff will check up on you several time to make sure you are comfortable and to make sure the water temperature is right for you. Another type of hydro therapy practiced while lying in warm water is watsu. Here, the patient is constantly supported by both the buoyancy of the water and the therapist, who manipulates the body, stretching and massaging, in ways not possible on a regular massage table. The practice is especially good for improving flexibility and strengthening muscles.
Getting prepared: the hammam/scrub
Other hydrotherapy treatments