Hydrotherapy involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. It has long been an integral part of alternative medicine (particularly naturopathy), occupational therapy, and physiotherapy. Sometimes called hydrotherapy or water cure, hydrotherapy encompasses a broad range of approaches and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure, to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of certain diseases.
A steam shower is a type of bathing where a humidifying steam generator produces water vapor that is dispersed around the bather’s body. A steam shower is essentially a steam room that offers the typical features of a bathroom shower. Steam showers are generally found in self-contained enclosures that prevent the water vapor from escaping into the rest of the room, where it could damage drywall, paint or wallpaper. Steam showers combine the functionality of a standard steam room with many additional features, including a shower, FM radio and hydrotherapy. Steam showers are available in a variety of materials, including tile, acrylic, fiberglass, glass, stone and wood.
Aromatherapy is a controversial practice that claims to improve psychological or physical well-being by using aromatic essential oils and other aroma compounds. It is sometimes offered as a complementary therapy alongside standard treatments, or as a form of alternative medicine in lieu of conventional, evidence-based treatments.
Music therapy is an evidence-based clinical practice that uses musical interventions to improve clients’ quality of life. Music therapists employ music and its many facets – physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual – to help clients improve their health in cognitive, motor, emotional, communicative, social, sensory and educational domains by using both active and receptive music experiences.
Chromotherapy – sometimes – called color therapy, colorology or cromatherapy, is a controversial alternative medicine method. Chromotherapists claim to use light in the form of color to balance “energy” lacking in a person’s body, whether it be on physical, emotional, spiritual or mental levels.