The procedure that really saves from cellulite, helps to lose weight and improves health - underwater shower-massage. Indications and contraindications for its implementation are quite diverse. Argued that this is a very painful event. Is it really? Who will help, and who will harm massage under high pressure?
Underwater shower massage - what is it and why is it better than usual?
Underwater hydromassage refers to the hydrotherapeutic procedures, which are carried out in sanatoria, beauty salons by specially trained staff. The essence of this treatment is that the client's body is massaged under water with a stream of water (it is fed through a hose under high pressure and has a temperature of 30 to 37 degrees).
First, the patient is carefully immersed in the bath and rests in it for about 2-3 minutes to relax and take the necessary position. Then the nurse, holding the hose in her hand, jets the patient's body without affecting the heart, chest and genital areas.
Here, the same technologies are used as with the standard contact treatment of the body - stroking, kneading, vibration. But this procedure, in contrast to the usual manual massage, has a triple effect. Mechanical irritation of the skin is supplemented by the effects of heat and the hydrostatic effect of the bath.
Since a person is in warm water, the density of his tissues decreases. This allows you to influence not only the superficial layers of the skin, but also the deeply laid. However, this effect is more delicate than with manual massage. In water, muscles involuntarily relax, which reduces pain and makes it possible to carry out the massage vigorously and intensively. The effect of this treatment is much higher than from the usual sessions.
Who, when and why to do underwater massage: indications and contraindications
The underwater shower massage procedure should be prescribed taking into account the human condition and the presence of chronic diseases. Indications for such treatment are:
- swelling after injury and caused by impaired lymph flow and venous stasis (conditions in which there is a feeling of "tired legs");
- insufficient microcirculation;
- diseases of the musculoskeletal system;
- chronic fatigue syndrome;
- bowel problems;
- skin that has lost its elasticity, cellulite;
- cosmetic problems (the procedure can be assigned to the purpose of body modeling and skin elasticity);
- intoxication of the body.
In addition, a shower massage is prescribed for the prevention of microcirculation disorders and maintaining normal age circulation. The procedure gives good results in case of muscular hypertension, recovery after injuries (in athletes), and to shorten the rehabilitation period after plastic surgery.
Underwater massage is prohibited for pregnant women. Such hydrotherapy has other contraindications. These include:
- any diseases in the acute stage;
- elevated temperature;
- acute infectious diseases;
- thrombophlebitis, varicose veins;
- skin inflammation;
- severe hypertension;
- stones in the kidneys;
- heart attack;
- acute heart failure;
- neoplasms (including benign);
- violation of cerebral circulation.
Do children prescribe an underwater massage shower?
If there are special indications: cerebral palsy, pain syndrome, impaired stool, problems in the work of musculoskeletal system, neurological diseases, hyper- and hypotoneus muscles - the procedure of underwater shower-massage can be assigned to children. Only a pediatrician can do this, and without consulting with him, such treatment is strictly prohibited.
Contraindications to the procedure are diseases in the acute stage, problems in the heart, liver or kidneys, jaundice, the presence of tumors, injuries of the skin.
Is discomfort possible when conducting a hydromassage: reviews
How painful is an underwater shower massage? Reviews show that at first the impact of the jets seems rather unusual. Since the bath is quite large, especially compared to the standard home (its dimensions are 2 m by 1 m), some have to make an effort and strain to keep the body in the water at the required level and not to change the specified position.
To the procedure did not cause discomfort, you should maximally relax the muscles. This will avoid pain and improve the quality of the massage. If the muscles are tense, then all the therapeutic effects of the procedure can be leveled.
Although, according to experts, a shower massage should not cause pain, reviews show that this still happens. If during the procedure the patient has to endure severe pain (or great discomfort), it means that it is carried out incorrectly. Simply put, an unqualified or inexperienced specialist came across.
Regarding the effectiveness of the procedure, the patient notes that if a shower massage is performed with the purpose of losing weight, then, provided proper nutrition will allow you to lose 3-4 kg sessions for a course of 12-14 sessions. At the same time, unlike Charcot's soul, there are no large bruises on the body. If the bruises and appear, they are small and soon pass.
The healing effect of the shower massage is felt 1-2 weeks after the treatment. The patient feels alert and active.
Underwater shower-massage is an effective procedure that improves health, helps to get a slim figure and forget about the hated bumps of cellulite on the skin. Unfortunately, such treatment is now offered by non-specialized paid clinics and beauty salons, where it is carried out to everyone without taking into account contraindications.
Do not put your health at risk! A shower massage must be prescribed by a doctor, and underwater massage is permitted by well-trained medical personnel. The right technology is imperative for the effectiveness and safety of such a procedure.