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Swim towards recovery

Published June 11, 2018

When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you've gotta do? Just keep swimming!

Dory, Finding Nemo

Water can be very therapeutic and the perfect tool to boost mental and physical health. Sometimes just the act of looking at a large body of water can calm your mind and enhance your mood.

Swimming in particular is growing in popularity as an activity for recovery and as a regular exercise that is easy on the joints. Aquatic therapy specifically uses the water to treat a variety of ailments through light movement and the rebuilding of muscles.

This kind of therapy is especially useful for people undergoing physical rehabilitation because the water allows easier mobility and a feeling of weightlessness, while still providing some resistance as you move.

    Not only is swimming great for our physical health, but it also has unbelievable benefits for our mental health.

Simply floating around can help a variety of mental health problems, such as depression. That same feeling of weightlessness is not just useful for physical recovery, but also can give you a sense of calmness and comfort while you feel like you’re floating.

Water has a way of making us feel grounded and more centred.

You can use the act of swimming to relax and calm yourself by simply floating around, or you can use swimming for exercise, which also hosts a lot of benefits. Some people need to relax because of their stressors, while others need to explode that stressful energy to release it. If you are the latter, then it might be useful for you to swim hard and channel all of your thoughts into your muscles.

This is the greatest part of water: It’s completely versatile. Whether you need it for physical aide, for a calming effect, or for a release of all your pent-up energy, it is there for all of your recovery needs.

Please note that we are not doctors and cannot provide medical advice. If you are having physical or emotional pain, please see a medical professional.