Rotary Club of Hornby are proud to support our community in leading the fundraising for a hydrotherapy pool. A significant project (with support from Greater Hornby Residents Association and the Christchurch City Council) – will see us fundraise $1.4m for this incredibly important local facility for our community. Today is the start of a large (community) capital raise, however we are confident that with local business, schools and resident support, we will be successful in our fundraising. Please have a look at our information page and subscribe to our newsletter to be kept up to date with fundraising initiatives. We also encourage ideas and feedback on fundraising (don’t be shy at contacting us!). To kick things off, we have started a GiveaLittle page.
Hydrotherapy (or aquatic exercise) provides a safe, controlled space for both exercise and rehabilitation in a therapeutic environment.
Set at an average of 34°C, the water in a hydrotherapy pool is significantly warmer than a regular swimming pool. The surrounding air temperature is usually also set higher to create a healing, nourishing and welcoming environment.
It’s a great alternative to land based and low-impact exercise as the water allows free and independent movement without straining your body.
Hydrotherapy pools are designed for people with restricted mobility. The pools have options for both assisted and independent access. The popularity of hydrotherapy is ever-increasing because of its profound physical and psychological benefits.
The buoyancy of water reduces weight bearing stress on the body, enables free movement and increases the range of motion for your joints. Warm water combined with hydrostatic pressure (the resistance we feel from being submerged in water) improves circulation in the body and decreases swelling. The higher temperature equally encourages muscles to relax, reducing muscle spasms and alleviating pain from tense areas of the body.
The density of water increases resistance on the body when performing an exercise. The environment of a hydrotherapy pool can help strengthen, tone and reeducate muscles. It is a great alternative to working with weights on land. Turbulence in the water also makes the core muscles work hard to maintain balance and stability which overtime can also improve your posture.
A variety of classes, freestyle and private sessions are all available at public hydrotherapy pools to suit individual needs, so you won’t feel out of your depth. Everyone can move at their own pace. Just remember the faster you move in water, the more resistance and the more you’ll make your muscles work harder. Floating dumbbells, ankle weights, noodles, and other pool toys can all be used to enhance resistance or help you float with minimal effort.
Immersing yourself in warm water not only creates a sedative effect on the body as muscles naturally begin to relax but also on the mind. The relaxing environment of a hydrotherapy pool along with exercises designed to suit your individual needs, reduces cortisol levels (stress hormone) and increases serotonin levels (happy hormone).
Hydrotherapy is a fun recreational hobby! It provides the opportunity to get out of the house to socialise and perform a variety of exercises that otherwise might be difficult or impossible to do on land. Those with limited mobility can achieve total independence in the water and can compete with their able-bodied counterparts on equal terms. The skills learned in hydrotherapy can improve water confidence, boost morale, and develop overall health and well-being.
Hydrotherapy derives from the Greek words hydro (water) and therapia (healing).
The ancient Greeks were the first to experience a true practise of hydrotherapy. This is largely influenced by Hippocrates who asserted that diseases were caused by environmental factors, not a form of punishment inflicted by the gods as popularly advocated. He used hydrotherapy extensively and recorded one of the earliest dictums on the therapeutic uses of water. In ancient Rome, communal public baths were used to promote health and wellness; as well as a place for socialization.