The island of Bali, which is better known for its explosive party scene and energetic water sports, also has a more serene side that focuses on holistic wellness. Sweeping views of lush paddy fields and mountainous vistas provide the ideal locale for Yoga retreats, meditation and hands on healing. The epitome of tranquility is probably a spa resort in a close to nature setting that overlooks the Ayung River’s sacred spring, which is revered among the locals for its healing properties. This is the COMO Shambhala.

Hydrotherapy treatments have been created using the ability of water to provide buoyancy to heavy objects, store and carry heat and energy, dissolve minerals and salts and other substances, be manipulated to take different forms: ice, liquid and steam. It also takes into account the beliefs that water aids blood flow and has a soothing, calming and relaxing effect. The practise of ‘taking the waters’ has been popular in Europe and Asia at hot springs and mineral springs for centuries. It has been turned into a form of treatment and techniques used today are based on those developed by Father Sebastian Kneipp, a Bavarian monk, in the nineteenth century. It is being widely accepted as a form of alternative medicine with little to no side effects. The types of treatment include saunas, steam baths, foot baths, sitz baths, and the application of cold and hot water compresses.

According to the theories on which the treatment is based, cold water is used for stimulating blood circulation. Cold wet flannel sheets are used to alleviate colds, bronchitis, skin disorders, infections, and muscle pain by wrapping the entire body of the patient. Hot water is thought to remove waste from body tissues. Hot steam inhalation is also used to relieve congestion of the sinuses. Alternating hot and cold water is done to improve certain conditions such as inflammation. Hydrotherapy treatments are often offered at health spas and can even be done at home as a self-care remedy.

Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.