Hydrotherapy is an interesting technique for both passive and active recovery. The water provides buoyancy, reducing the impact from any movements performed. Immersing the body in cool water directly after exercise allows for efficient heat transfer and reduces the effect of any swelling or bruising that may have occurred from exercise.
The basic recovery technique used in the pool is to just walk around the edges of the pool at a slow to comfortable pace. Up to 5 laps is probably sufficient. If they pool has a deep end you really don’t want to go any deeper than chest height. After that, some gentle movement through the water and then just sitting and relaxing will be enough.
Directly after a workout, 10-15 minutes of hydrotherapy work would be all that is required. If you are performing this the day after, it is up to you how long you want to spend in the water. It’s all about relaxation, don’t try to perform anything too strenuous.
If you are wanting to use a spa for hydrotherapy you will be just sitting and relaxing. Use the water jets for a massage effect and again, 10-15 minutes directly after exercise or for the day after, whatever feels good. Pool sessions are a great means of allowing you to recover from training and injury. Training is not only physically tiring but also psychologically draining.
Water recovery training is an excellent method of restoration not only physically but also mentally. When an athlete is tired and muscle sore, the mention of a pool session immediately brings about positive and relaxed thoughts.