Hydrotherapy at home

Considered the life-giver in just about every culture, water is included in all manner of spiritual and religious ceremonies to cleanse the skin and replenish the mind.

Spa-goers can enlist the benefits of hydrotherapy: a dip in a hot jacuzzi, followed by a dunk in a cool pool, a hot sauna and then a cold shower all get your systems flowing and working in harmony, and your body works more efficiently afterwards. You can easily replicate this effect with some herbal hydrotherapy treatments at home.

Herbal hydrotherapy

Start by massaging your body with a homemade scrub, such as Orange body polish (see page 279). Take a hot shower for about 5 minutes, then turn the water temperature down (as cold as your body can tolerate) for 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat 2 to 3 times, depending on the amount of time you have. When you step out of the shower and pat yourself dry, follow with an all-over spritz of Citrus zinger (see page 279). This will give your skin an instant refresh.

The essential oils used in aromatherapy massage have profound healing effects.

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