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Medical Yoga in hot water/

therapy pool

Do you want to acquire knowledge about how Medical Yoga can work as support for both mental and physical challenges, and also as prevention?

Then this certification program may be for you.


A number of health challenges can make it difficult to carry out yoga and other exercise in the hall on a mat or chair. Both water exercise and yoga are individually gentle, good forms of exercise, and by combining these you can experience the joy of both forms of exercise - and even an enhanced effect.

The course holders are Anette Haugnæss and Marianne Feydt. You can read more about their background under the "about us" tab.

Both increased mobility, calm and balance from yoga, and the soothing and pain-relieving effect of warm water can contribute to increased mobility and circulation, less stress and pain, better sleep and well-being. Balancing the energies in the body with yoga will affect both body, mind and soul, and stimulate a deeper balance on all levels.

Medical Yoga shows a good effect on stress, blood pressure, breathing, sleep and pain. among other things. These good effects will be experienced by a larger group of people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in yoga classes in a hall due to immobility or pain.

Activities in water increase mobility and strength and release endorphins in the body which, among other things, help to reduce pain and stiffness. Even if you weigh less than 10% of your body weight, the resistance of the water means that you use 10-12 times more energy when doing exercises in water. You do not need to be able to swim to participate in Medical Yoga in water.  


The benefits of exercising in water:

• The water provides resistance so that you use more energy when you make movements in water.

• Because you only weigh 10% of your body weight when in the water, it is good for people with strain injuries and the overweight.

• You don't get the same strain on your body in water as on land.

• Exercising in water lowers stress levels and heart rate.

• The warm water massages the body.

• You burn a lot of calories in water as many muscles are in use.

• Hot water increases the release of endorphins so that you get a feeling of happiness and less pain.

• Increases mobility in muscles and joints.

• Contributes to better heart health.

• Hot water increases blood circulation.

• Reduces stress and anxiety.

• Improves sleep quality.

• Low load, especially on joints.

Exercise in hot water (hydrotherapy)

It turns out that exercise/movement in warm water has a good effect on a number of diagnoses/diseases such as:

• Pregnant women with pelvic prolapse/back pain

• Overweight

• Back disorders

• Neck/shoulder problems

• Fibromyalgia and rheumatism

• Stroke patients (Aphasia)

• Training before/after surgery

• Lung-related complaints

• Osteoporosis

• Obese

• Athletes with injuries

Good combustion in water

Because the body has to work with so many muscles at the same time and is constantly working in resistance, an hour's training burns much more than usual. You improve both endurance and strength in water.

How does Medical Yoga work in water?

Training in warm water is an effective form of treatment where you use the buoyancy and resistance in the water to get a gentle and effective treatment and a good result with low stress on joints and tendon attachments. The temperature of the water should be at least 34 degrees, increasing blood circulation and mobility. The heat relieves pain and softens stiff muscles and stiff joints. As the load on the body is reduced in the water, movement in water is an excellent opportunity for rehabilitation both after injury and as active recovery.

Exercises are today an important part of life and, among other things, for those with joint, muscle and skeletal problems. Exercise and physical activity are usually included as part of treatment, rehabilitation or as a preventive activity. It is now well documented that physical activity is important with a view to improving physical fitness and reducing loss of function. The challenges many people with joint, muscle and skeletal problems often face when it comes to physical activity is that it can be painful to perform different forms of exercise.

Movement in water can therefore be of great benefit since the water relieves the body's weight. This therefore puts very little strain on the joints, while the properties of the water lead to a soft and even resistance, so training in a warm water pool (34 degrees) is considered particularly important for many with certain types of ailments. Exercising in deep water with floating sausage or other buoyancy gives you continuous training of stabilization muscles. Stomach, back and waist have to work all the time to keep you afloat and or in balance.

Hot water increases the release of endorphins and gives you a feeling of happiness and less pain. Movement in hot water is experienced by users, especially with such types of ailments as mentioned, as an important part of maintaining their own health and quality of life. Many also believe that this is crucial for maintaining a good physical shape which makes it possible to be at work. For some, training in a warm water pool is the only physical activity they are able to carry out. Recent research shows a good effect in the form of reduced pain, fatigue and stiffness during periods of pool training compared to periods without movement in the pool.

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