Dry water massage

A users guide

Dry-water massage - An underwater massage?

The healing effect of water has been undisputed for thousands of years. The Dry-water massage can, with a degree of qualification, be considered as a form of “dry” underwater massage. It does not however replace any underwater massage treatment prescribed on therapeutic grounds. But it can claim to share the majority of the beneficial effects of an underwater massage whilst largely excluding its negative side effects.

As dry-water massage does not require submersion in water and therefore the hydrostatic pressure of water is not exerted on the body’s vascular system, it neither cause a dangerous rise in pressure in persons suffering from or having a tendency to high blood pressure, nor does standing up after a massage treatment lead to significant pressure drop with associated collapse tendency. This is observed very frequently with the classic underwater massage thus necessitating a 20 to 30 minute rest following treatment. This is not necessary with the dry-water “underwater” massage. The skin is also not unusually stressed by the jets of water as is the case with the wet underwater massage, which not infrequently ends in maceration. The irritating post-treatment sweating, accompanied by the risk of catching cold, is also not experienced with the “underwater massage” on the dry-water massage system. On the other hand, it does make full use of the power of the water as with the classic underwater massage.

Source: Prof. Dr. med. Heinz Liesen
Leader of sports medical institute of the university Paderborn / Germany

 

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