Principles: Why Hydrotherapy Works
A hot bath can be both relaxing and enjoyable but the effect is considerably improved by the use of Hydrotherapy jets. These break up the ‘film’ of relatively still water that hugs the bather’s body. The force of the jets enables the water’s heat to be transferred more effectively, with consequent benefits to muscle tissues, blood flow and nerves. Tissues are stretched, circulation is stimulated and lymphatic fluids are properly dispersed throughout the body.
However, the full benefits can only be realised if, like a manual-massage, the pressure is accurately and carefully applied to the appropriate points on the body. At Cabuchon, we have been designing luxury Hydrotherapy systems for over a quarter of a century and we were the first to realise the vital importance of precise targeting and pressure control.
We recognised that if each individual jet could be located and precisely directed, this would enable more accurate targeting of specific muscles and soft tissues. In turn, this would improve the system’s effectiveness. Making the jet nozzles directional would also give the bather the added flexibility to move position and adjust the jets accordingly.
Easily swivelled, this flush-lying jet will direct the water/air stream precisely where it is needed.
Hydrotherapy: the Pursuit of Excellence
Over twenty five years, we’ve heard countless customers testify to how effective and physically beneficial our Hydrotherapy systems have been for them. We are grateful for the scores of friends and relatives they have referred to us.
We’ve supplied Hydrotherapy baths worldwide, in all shapes and sizes: free standing, built-in, circular, rectangular and in a range of contemporary and traditional designs. We have fitted Hydrotherapy systems to most of the baths in the Cabuchon range, and also to many of our bespoke baths – either ‘one-offs’ or exclusive designs produced in small numbers. All but five of our baths can be fitted with bespoke Hydrotherapy systems but of all the models we offer, our deep soaking tubs are invariably our Hydrotherapy customers’ most popular choice.
In the 1990s, we introduced the Western world to the Japanese ofuro-style deep soaking tub – a space-saving bath that represented a major leap forward in bathing pleasure and function. It was a development that heralded a fundamental change in bathing habits; it allowed the bather to ‘soak’ comfortably without the awkwardness of lying down in a conventional bath. It was also considerably easier to enter and exit safely.
Customers quickly found that the deep soaking tub was ideally suited for Hydrotherapy; indeed, that it was almost incomplete without it. Today, the two elements are invariably purchased together.
In comparison to a conventional ‘trough’ shaped bathtub, the deep soaking tub has two natural advantages when it comes to Hydrotherapy. Firstly, its smaller and steeper-sided bowl brings the hydro jets closer to the bather’s body. This improves accuracy and promotes more efficient heat transfer. Moreover, the greater depth of water lends more buoyancy, so the bather is better supported, experiences less weight and therefore feels more relaxed. This significantly enhances the overall effect.
Hydrotherapy complements any bath but deep soaking tubs and hydro-massage were truly destined for one another.
A Hydrotherapy system fitted to Cabuchon’s Yasahiro deep soaking tub.
Tailored Hydrotherapy: No Two Systems Alike
As we continued our pioneering work, it became obvious to us that, for greatest effect, each Hydrotherapy system must be tailored to its user’s needs. We rejected the concept of mass-production and opted instead to produce wholly bespoke systems. Now, every Cabuchon Hydrotherapy bath is designed and manufactured to reflect the individual bather’s size, physique, age and lifestyle.
Naturally, we appreciated that such an approach would mean talking directly to clients. Meaningful dialogue is essential for understanding customers’ needs and imparting a clear understanding of all the options and possibilities. This presented no obstacle, of course; all Cabuchon baths are custom built and they are generally the result of exactly the same discussion-based process.
Our firm commitment to bespoke design makes our Hydrotherapy baths unique. No Cabuchon Hydrotherapy bath is ever sold ‘off the shelf’ or from stock. Before we begin production, we always have a personal discussion with the customer so we can work together to determine the final specification.
The results are entirely and demonstrably worthwhile. Systematically and accurately designed, a custom-built Hydrotherapy bath can produce lifelong benefits – as our 25+ years of experience have proved. Whether for mental relaxation or stimulation, for recovery from sports injuries or for maintaining mobility in later life, a tailored Hydrotherapy bath can be one of every home’s greatest, most enduring and most valuable assets.
The number and the pattern of jets in every Cabuchon Hydrotherapy system is tailored to suit each customer.
For more information about customisation, please see Choosing the Best Hydrotherapy system.
Other Advances in Hydrotherapy
Subsequent years have seen the introduction of additional features such as underwater chromotherapy lights and an in-line heater that allows the bath to maintain a set water temperature. These add considerable pleasure and functionality to the bathing experience.
Today, more than 25 years after launching our first bespoke Hydrotherapy baths, we are the acknowledged leader in the field.
We are proud to have thousands of unsolicited testimonials to the success of what we correctly term not ‘whirlpool baths’ but rather, true Hydrotherapy systems.
For more information, please see Enhancing the Hydrotherapy Experience.