How Hydrotherapy Relieves Stress and Helps You to Think Better
The parasympathetic branch of our body’s nervous system increases hormones that cause the body to relax after stress has passed.
Warm water immersion seems to reduce the hormones associated with stress, at the same time separating you from your sources of stress which can further decrease your anxiety. Many people report an energizing effect from aquatic therapy that can last about four hours.
Another research found that, with 25 minutes of soaking in hot water (38ºC/102F) the autonomic nervous system alters, producing changes that are parallel to those seen during relaxation and accompanying a reduction in anxiety.
The study also suggests that along with the relaxation, warm water immersion may well have a positive effect on working memory and performance of cognitive tasks, including problem solving.