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WINTER | 2018

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www.massagetherapy.com—your resource for all things bodywork 11 Water Wisdom By Karrie Osborn and Brandon Twyford We've all heard that water makes up 70 percent of the human body and covers 75 percent of the Earth. But did you know that less than 1 percent of the water on Earth can be used as drinking water? Or that there is more water in the atmosphere than in all rivers combined? Here are some more interesting facts about water and the therapies that utilize its healing potential. Ancient Phrase "Taking the Waters" is used to describe the medicinal philosophy of spa and curative waters, which are meant to cleanse the body, relax the heart, refresh the mind, and purify the soul. Hydrotherapy Although ancient Greece and Rome both adopted the belief that water had healing properties, it was the Romans who first integrated hydrotherapy into their social life, building temples and baths near natural springs. Father Sebastian Kneipp from Wörishofen, Bavaria, was the father of modern-day hydrotherapy in Germany. Various hydrotherapy massage techniques exist and are generally utilized by massage and bodywork practitioners, physical therapists, physicians, and spa technicians. These include underwater massage, herbal baths, thalassotherapy, Kneipp therapy, Vichy treatments, Scotch hoses, Swiss showers, and Watsu. Water Wise According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water helps your body: • Keep its temperature normal • Lubricate and cushion joints • Protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues • Get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements Did You Know? Even mild dehydration, as little as 1 percent, can affect mood, concentration, and headache frequency. Consider this: an athlete can lose up to 10 percent of their body's water content through sweat.

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