I have always been fascinated by the healing powers of water, starting with my first childhood experiences of soaking in the hot springs and then plunging into the cold waters of Sol Duc resort with my family. My wonder heightened during my later studies of natural medicine, discovering the techniques of Hydrotherapy as effective tools for healing, particularly in adjunct with massage therapy. Hydrotherapy may be the oldest form of medical treatment known to mankind. We see it surface throughout history in the bath house regiments of Rome and Greece, as well the geothermal bathing and sweat lodge rituals of the North American indigenous peoples. Drinking plenty of pure water alone can be considered “hydrotherapy” as it detoxifies our systems, replenishes our cells, lubricates muscle tissues, and keeps us from feeling sluggish. In fact, dehydration is a major culprit of sore muscles, so drink up!

We employ the use of water in many ways here at Unravel, whether it be with a cold pack applied to an injury, a restful moment in the sauna, a hot pack to loosen contracted muscles, and even a reminder at the end of each massage to hydrate well. In fact, I think the best combination for managing stress and relaxing muscle tissue is a visit to the sauna, then a hot pack to the back, a massage, and drinking plenty of water during the rest of the day. Ah heaven! There are also plenty water based remedies you can use at home as well. I am thinking of one in particular as we head into cooler weather and the cold season, called the Cold Water Treading method. Yikes, cold water! Many reflexes to our vital organs can be affected through our feet, by treading in cold water (just up to your ankles) for 5 to 10 minutes a day, you can tonify your whole system increasing it’s endurance against cold viruses. It will sure wake you up on those dreary winter days!

And even though we may curse our wet little region during the late winter months, it is a healthy place, because we have plenty of water!

Jason Tschimperle

Massage Therapist and amateur Mycologist