There are many different types of therapy that can help a person get through substance abuse and mental health trauma. One of these is a group of alternative therapies known as aqua therapy.
What Is Aqua Therapy?
Aqua therapy aims to immerse people in water to give them access to its benefits. This can include therapies such as Ai Chi, a method of physical meditation undertaken while partially submerged in water. Aqua therapy can also be any activity that takes place in water as a means of healing.
How Does Aqua Therapy Assist in Healing?
Something people forget is that we are creatures of liquid. We are born into it, and some say it is the first place we begin making memories. There is an innate need that people feel for the evocative safety and security that warm water provides. But what does this mean for healing?
When a person is safely submerged, even partially, in water, they will begin to show physical changes to their body. This appears in a variety of ways:
- Lowered heart rate
- Even body temperature
- Allowances for joint extension
These all have the bonus of calming a person with certain symptoms by removing a handful of the physical side effects that come with mental health issues and substance abuse withdrawal.
There are also major health benefits to swimming. Rather than simply floating and relaxing in the water, people can use their time to fully exercise their bodies in a zero-impact sport. Though there is no need to compete against others, there are numerous benefits to the act of swimming:
- Breathe control
- Extensive motion
- Limb control
These may seem like the kind of things that can be accomplished through other activities, but many people will not achieve all four with something like jogging without having the heavy impact and effects on their bones and joints.
Often, people who have been abusing substances will have been leading a sedentary lifestyle. This means that they will not be immediately fit to partake in most forms of exercise. Swimming and aqua therapy provide a bridge from complete inactivity to high-impact, sustained physical activity. However, people who may not want to end up there may find that swimming is the form of consistent exercise they are looking for.
How Beachside Rehabs Offer the Best Aqua Therapy Options
There are a number of benefits to entering a recovery program with a beachside location. One of the most important is quite literally the fact that it is right beside the ocean. This fact, coupled with the needs of someone going through the rehab/recovery process, can have extensive effects on their entire experience.
The aqua therapy offered at these locations can be transformative to the overall program. Due to the location, these facilities are able to not only offer aqua therapy but incorporate it seamlessly into their overall program. Whereas some programs will occasionally offer a sauna or pool experience, there is nothing like the ability to slip directly into the ocean.
The ocean also provides more buoyancy thanks to its salt content. It also allows people to try things they have never tried before, such as snorkeling and SCUBA diving. These activities provide the physical benefits of other aqua therapy programs.
The Twilight Recovery Center Difference
There are considerable benefits to spending time at Twilight Recovery Center. First and foremost is the dedication to the recovery process. The staff is prepared to assist all residents individually, allowing them to get to know people as they are and not as simply numbers on a bed count.
Also, the fact that Twilight Recovery Center is located on a Mediterranean beach where the waters welcome residents and invite people to truly be at peace with themselves and the world around them.
A luxury environment is only added to by the personal accommodations, gender-separated living spaces, and private chef. It is understood that each person who enters the facility has their own issues that they bring with them. These issues are handled according to the individual with their input. Nobody is forced into activities, and the program exists to not only begin the rehab process but to prepare residents for what comes next in recovery.
When you visit Twilight Recovery Center, you are admitting to your own issues and accepting the fact that it is time to take the next steps. This promise to self is only the beginning. However, with the assistance of Twilight Recovery Center, you can be sure that the process will be that much easier.
In a typical rehab setting, a person will visit a therapist and engage in group therapy. These are two vital pieces of any recovery process. However, at Twilight Recovery Center, we are able to offer additional programming and alternative therapies. Thanks to our singular location, a number of our one-of-a-kind therapies can take place on the beach and in the beautiful blue ocean. This environment, one associated by many with relaxation, can put people in a state of mind they cannot find anywhere else. In fact, our aqua therapies transport residents to a new level of self-awareness and discovery that only the ocean can bring. To learn more about this program, call us at (888) 414-8183.