A Typical Constitutional Hydrotherapy Treatment:
The most common hydrotherapy treatment used at Natura – and in the profession at large – is Constitutional Hydrotherapy. This therapy was named by O.G. Carroll who felt the treatment was so powerful that it can change the very constitution of our cells.
This treatment entails resting in a quiet, dimly-lit treatment room while our intern applies first hot and then cold towels to the chest and then back. The contrast of these temperatures serves to drive more circulation to the organs of digestion, move lymph, and stimulate the bone marrow to make more white blood cells for fighting off infections.
A physiotherapy machine is also used to further support healing. The electrical stimulation delivered by the machine feels like a gentle tingling sensation at the site of the pads. These pads are first applied to the upper back, where they assist with lymphatic drainage and detoxification. They are then moved to the low back and belly so that they may stimulate the nerves of the digestive tract. (Sometimes children cannot sit still enough to get the electric stimulation, which is no worry; we can skip this step in the treatment if need be.)
Note: We do not offer diathermy at this time, but hope we may be able to do so in the future.
Receiving a constitutional hydrotherapy treatment is a relaxing and enjoyable experience, much like massage or acupuncture. Patients typically leave feeling happy and relaxed.