How can water heal our body

Healing through water: this is how it works on the mind and body

Steam sauna or swimming pool? When I choose a hotel to relax in for a short vacation, I mainly look at the spa area. And even more so now that I know what the term SPA stands for: Sanum per aqua (health through water). This was found out as early as 23 BC, but at that time it was the cold water showers that provided recovery and protection from illness. The Romans and Greeks built entire bathhouses, and even today one or the other of us still like to make pilgrimages to health resorts and bathing resorts.

Drinking plenty of water is good for your circulation, metabolism and the complexion of your skin

Even if treading water, lightning pouring and exercise baths do not lure everyone out of their reserves, you can still find out that you are doing really well while splashing around in the swimming pool, sweating in the hammam or simply showering, and that you feel good afterwards. Water has the quality to heal ailments and optimize our health. Both from the outside and from the inside.

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Since we consist of 50 to 70 percent (depending on age) of water, it is an important basic building block of our organism. By drinking water we activate our circulation and metabolism. Above all, however, our complexion improves; almost a third of our fluids are stored in the largest organ. If you want to increase the blood circulation in the skin and optimize the oxygen supply, you should consume one and a half to two liters of water per day.

Water and Spirituality: Opportunity for Habitual People

But water can not only relieve physical ailments, it also has a spiritual meaning. It is assigned to the second energy center (chakra) and describes the ability to get involved and flow with it. The second chakra is located in the lower abdomen at the level of the internal reproductive organs. It is the seat of creativity, desires and dreams. Often we have an unconscious inherent fear of accepting and allowing changes and new things. As people of habit, the known gives us security and familiarity. A loss of what we know therefore initially triggers panic and malaise in many. Those who connect more with the element of water increase their ability to accept the unknown and to redesign their future. Water can adapt and change again and again: There are three states of aggregation that it can assume in a natural way.

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In other areas, too, water is of particular importance. American actor and martial artist Bruce Lee left a memorable sentence for all of us: "Be water, my friend." Become shapeless, shapeless, and contourless in order to adapt to your surroundings. For a martial artist it is important to become like water, because water cannot really be grasped and held, and what cannot be grasped cannot be defeated. Anyone who has heard Bruce Lee's famous quote to the end can still remember the last sentence, which says: "Now water can flow - or it can crash."

On the one hand, water has the ability to adapt, but it can also cause damage. Anyone who has understood and accepted that everything in life will always change is just as extremely powerful and superior when it simply flows with it.

The special receptivity of water

I am an absolute water lover. In summer I prefer to go to the seaside rather than the mountains, I love to live in cities that are on the water. Water is life and holds life. It has a regenerative and relaxing effect. There are also many wonderful places of power to be found, because the surface of our planet consists of 72 percent water.

Whether the sea, the lake or the river: water has a special receptivity. We know that the moon affects the seas through the tides. But water is also otherwise very receptive, as the Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto found out in his experiments. Words, emotions, music, thoughts, characters and symbols are transferred to the element of water. It is particularly impressive that the water not only reacts to the information, but above all to the quality: water reacts to negative input with molecular deformation, i.e. disorder, and to positive input with order of the molecular structure.

The water in us reacts to negative emotions

So if you realize again that we are mostly made of water, you can deduce that negative emotions and thoughts can influence us and our entire organism far more than expected. And that it is extremely worthwhile to create a culture of positive and higher vibrating thoughts such as gratitude, joy, happiness and love both yourself and to maintain it internally.

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The quality of receptivity is something we attribute to both water and femininity. Together with the earth element, water is indicative of the feminine attributes and is assigned to the Chinese element yin. Male elements, on the other hand, would be air and fire. Receptiveness, preservation and devotion are not traits that have been assigned to us women by society or by men, but rather result from the form and function of the genitals and the role that we can play uniquely in life. As a woman, connected to the water element, it is much easier for us to surrender and adapt, we are at the same time adaptable and connected to life in a natural way. You can actually see and use that as a strength.

Slow, flowing movements calm the body after a stressful day

Anyone who bears a lot of responsibility, is always on the move, experiences stress, has high demands and expectations of themselves, generates a lot of internal heat and has to ensure a cooling, calmer balance. Restorative yoga or yin yoga with slow, flowing movements ensure that you reconnect more with the water element. Deliberate, slow breathing prepares us to trustfully let ourselves into life. Breathing happens, we don't have to do much for it. Take a moment and try not to control your breathing. Rather, immerse yourself in the quality of simply receiving the breath, just as we should receive life with all its impressions and experiences: devoted, trusting and flowing.

About the author: Annika Isterling is a yoga teacher, book author, coach and lecturer for companies. She gives retreats all over the world and has written several books: The second book gives instructions for relaxing weekends at home: "Wellbeing. Yoga retreats at home". (Theseus Verlag, 29.95 euros)

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