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Introducing the beautiful second edition of Hydrotherapy for Bodyworkers, Improving outcomes with water therapies.

Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, is the use of water (hot, cold, steam, or ice) to relieve discomfort and promote physical wellbeing. Hydrotherapy can soothe sore or inflamed muscles and joints, rehabilitate injured limbs, lower fevers, soothe headaches, promote relaxation, treat burns and frostbite, ease labor pains, and clear up skin problems. Many bodyworkers use hydrotherapy techniques in their practice and understand the ways in which various therapeutic interventions can improve outcomes with their clients or patients.

MaryBetts Sinclair is a respected American massage therapist, who as both a teacher and a practitioner knows what the therapist needs to understand in order to learn the background and application of a comprehensive range of hydrotherapy practices in order to integrate them safely and effectively into their bodywork practice.

Watch MaryBetts Sinclair as she takes you on a verbal tour through the brand new edition of her book, exploring the breadth and depth of its coverage, including what is new for the second edition. and why it is the most comprehensive guide available for bodyworkers who want to incorporate water therapies into their clinical or therapeutic practice!

Hydrotherapy for Bodyworkers is packed with high quality, full color illustrations including many new photographs and line diagrams. Features of the new edition include:

    • Fully revised and updated content
    • Updated scientific research
    • Inclusion of new treatments, including sensory stimulation foot bath, charcoal pack, hot towel roll, ‘the World’s Best Back Massage’ sequence, local charcoal bath, anti-inflammatory leg wrap, Epsom salt compress, heat lamp, heat-trapping compress
    • Increased coverage of incorporating herbs and essential oils into treatments
    • Increased coverage of hydrotherapy and pain relief
    • Many new case histories
    • More illustrations, including color for the first time
    • More review questions
    • More home hydrotherapy handouts for clients to help them make progress between sessions

Introduction to hydrotherapy

Effects of hydrotherapy

Preparing to give hydrotherapy treatments

Fomentations, hot packs, compresses and other local heat treatments

Cold packs, compresses and ice massage: local cold applications

Immersion baths

Hot air baths


Body wraps

Friction treatments

Hydrotherapy self-treatments for health and wellness

Hydrotherapy and massage for musculoskeletal injuries

Hydrotherapy and massage for non-injury conditions

Appendix A – Simple hydrotherapy record and self-treatment handouts

Appendix B – Pool therapy

Appendix C – Pyrotherapy (treatment of disease with artificial fever)

Appendix D – Answers to review questions


Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-912085-52-1
Edition No 2
Pages 412
Illustrations 230 colour photographs and drawings
Dimensions 276 x 220 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 17 September 2020

Author biography

MaryBetts Sinclair has been a massage therapist and teacher since 1975 . She has also written three previous books and over 40 articles for bodyworkers, holistic doctors and parents. She combines her decades of hands-on experience with a background both as an Emergency Medical Technician and as a researcher. MaryBetts is interested in scientific research related to bodywork and other natural healing modalities; she believes massage therapists can combine a knowledge of hardheaded science with intuition and heartfelt compassion. She feels passionate about hydrotherapy techniques as a fantastic complement to bodywork: by working with the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms they can greatly deepen the effectiveness of bodywork. Her books blend thousands of hours of meticulous research with the wisdom of a long-term massage practitioner who has taught and practised massage in many different countries and environments.

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