Dry water massage

A users guide

Effects and significance of the application of the dry-water massage

The dry-water massage produces almost all of the beneficial effects of heat treatment, and of both the classic and the underwater massage. It is the almost perfect vehicle for making certain findings accessible to the man in the street. The raised temperature of the water generates well being and bodily warmth, engendering general relaxation.

The dry-water massage bed can be adjusted to accommodate individual reactions to the treatment. On the one hand the continuously variable intensity of the jets of water on the body and the duration of the treatment applied to specific parts of the body mean that the application can be calming and relaxing. Painful muscular hardening and spasms (e.g. caused by lengthy bending, incorrect driving position or when working at a desk) can also be corrected. And on the other hand, the dry-water massage can, through relief, build up muscle tone restoring functional stability to the skeletal structure.

The light stroking massage, applied with gentle pressure has a calming effect reducing muscle tone (muscular tension). In contrast, stroking with increased pressure can raise muscle tone. Its effect depends therefore upon the intensity and upon duration of the treatment. The jet slot applying the dry-water massage moves from the foot end, stroking tissue and veins towards the heart. The variable pressure makes it possible to apply an individual massage, which corresponds in length and intensity to the application of a manual underwater massage.

The jet massage of the dry-water massage bed is comparable to a forceful massage of individual muscles and body regions. Depending upon the intensity of the treatment tension is pressed out, down to the deeper layers. Its effect corresponds to that of deep powerful strokes applied with the finder or with the back of the hands in the classic massage.

The intensity can be adjusted to individual requirements and body build. The delicate spinal column is only massage peripherally in order to avoid excessive excitation. The sickle shaped jet massage of the dry-water massage bed is comparable in its effect to that of the underwater rotary massage. It reaches all the important muscle groups whilst avoiding the sensitive parts of the body. Depending upon the pressure and the duration of the massage, all the soft body layers including the deep muscles are reached. This form of massage is particularly suitable for loosening muscle spasms and hardening but also for rebuilding the muscle tension required for correct muscle function.

Empirical tests have shown that the dry-water massage can be used in practically every case where massage is prescribed as a supporting measure to physiotherapy. This type of massage is especially suitable for mental relaxation and regeneration in cases of job-orientated, psychological and sports stress. The gentle treatment over large areas of the body, accompanied by relaxing and calming heat, restricts the production of centrally controlled increased stress hormones (e.g. adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol). Through the positive effect on the psycho-neuro-hormonal regulation, the body is set (by an anabolic state) to recovery, regeneration.

At the end of such a dry-water massage, one experiences the same well being as with the underwater massage without the need for a 20 to 30 minute rest period to stabilise the circulation (essential following underwater massage treatment). Instead, vessel and muscle toning are stabilised to such an extent by the massage treatment that full mental and physical performance potential is established.

The dry-water massage bed has also proved ideal as a preparation for physiotherapy or for a physical course of treatment. The effectiveness of the measures carried out by the physiotherapist, particularly in rehabilitation following injury, can be enhanced by dry-water massage in the recovery period between two courses of treatment.

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


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