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Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydrotherapy, involves the use of water for pain-relief and treating illnesses. The term hydrotherapy itself is synonymous with the term water cure as it was originally marketed by practitioners and promoters in the 19th century.

The recuperative and healing properties of hydrotherapy are based on its mechanical and/or thermal effects. It exploits the body's reaction to hot and cold stimuli, to the protracted application of heat, to pressure exerted by the water and to the sensation it gives. The nerves carry impulses felt at the skin deeper into the body, where they are instrumental in stimulating the immune system, influencing the production of stress hormones, invigorating the circulation and digestion, encouraging blood flow, and lessening pain sensitivity.

Generally, heat quiets and soothes the body, slowing down the activity of internal organs. Cold, in contrast, stimulates and invigorates, increasing internal activity. If you are experiencing tense muscles and anxiety from your stress, a hot shower or bath is in order. If you are feeling tired and stressed out, you might want to try taking a warm shower or bath followed by a short, invigorating cold shower to help stimulate your body and mind.

When you submerge yourself in a bath, a pool, or a whirlpool, you experience a kind of weightlessness. Your body is relieved from the constant pull of gravity. Water also has a hydrostatic effect. It has a massage-like feeling as the water gently kneads your body. Water, in motion, stimulates touch receptors on the skin, boosting blood circulation and releasing tight muscles.

Steam Room
Relieves pain, aids in weight control, has the same effect as exercise and eliminates toxins.

Steam baths are known for their relaxation and deep skin cleansing, but steam room benefits also include:

  • relief from muscle soreness
  • relief from stiff joints
  • immune system enhancement
  • lymph detoxification
  • blood circulation improvement
  • sinus congestion relief

Regular use of a steam room can have positive impact on your health and appearance.

Scotch Shower
Hot/Cold water massage with twice the effectiveness! It tightens and invigorates the skin tissue, improves circulation and the look of the skin.

Scotch Shower: this is another way of saying alternate shower. The operator works at a distance of three meters (nine feet) or more from the client near a water control panel. The operator holds a water hose and is able to vary the pressure and the temperature of the water. The usual procedure is to throw hot water at the client from one to three minutes and follow it by cold water for one fourth to one sixth the time of the warm application. The temperature range of the hot water is from 38ºC/100ºF to 50ºC/122ºF, and that of the cold water is from 13ºC/22ºF to 22ºC.71ºF. The Scotch Shower begins with hot water at only 38ºC/100ºF applied for one minute, followed by cold water at 27ºC/80ºF applied for 10 seconds. Each day the hot water can be made a degree hotter until 40ºC/104ºF is reached and the cold water 11ºC/51ºF colder until 1.5ºC/34ºF is reached. The duration and rate of change must be guided by the response of the client.

The Scotch Shower is usually given to persons for whom an increase in mental alertness is desired or to those who feel the need of a "tonic" shower.

Underwater massage

This is excellent for rejuvenation of the skin and a wonderful way to enjoy total relaxation, body balancing and energizing.

Aroma massage and relaxing bath:
Relaxes muscles and body, while soothing mind and spirit. 30 min.

Aroma massage and balancing bath:
Regulates the inner balance, strengthens body, mind, and soul. 30 min.

Aroma massage and energizing bath:
Stimulates the mind and brightens the mood; revitalizes. 30 min.

  Dr. Brener is a physiatrist. She has been affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center.
She earned her M.D. from Vinnitsa Medical Institute of N.I. Pirogova and completed her residency in physical medicine & rehabilitation at Downstate & Kings County Hospital Center.
Dr. Frenkel is an obstetrician-gynecologist at Bay OB/GYN, P.C. in Brooklyn. He has been affiliated with New York Methodist Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital.  
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