Why Humans Are So Drawn To Water
People across cultures and eras have turned to the regenerative and natural healing powers of water — and that’s not stopping anytime soon. In fact, more and more of us are taking our wellness into our own hands by finding supportive and natural holistic methods to integrate into our everyday lives.
Water, of course, is our favorite element. It plays an important role in promoting mental, physical, and emotional health — and you can attain its wellness-promoting goodness simply by drinking it – or by using it in therapy or exercise. You can get its goodness in the sea, in a lake, or at a tank or pool (like at AQUA!).
When we drink a huge glass of water, we often find that we feel better — mentally refreshed, energized, and more, well, alive. That’s largely because our bodies are made of water and we need it to survive. But it’s more than that.
Just look at the work done by the famous Dr. Masaru Emoto, who posited that human consciousness actually has a real effect on the molecular structure of water. How so? In a famous study, he observed frozen water that had been exposed to certain kinds of thoughts and words (negative and positive) under a microscope.
When he exposed the images to words and thoughts of love, the molecules transformed into beautiful, geometrical shapes. Exposed to negative thoughts, the crystals became muddied and imperfect. While some have critiqued his methods and ideas, his work leaves room for us to consider our interconnectedness with the elements. Water teaches us to treat our planet — and one another — with kindness and empathy. In this way, it mentally and emotionally transforms us.
But water is also there for us as a healing and care tool in more literal, physical ways.
According to Sefari, “Immersion in water improves our lymphatic circulation, our cardiovascular circulation, reduces muscle inflammation, boosts happiness levels, and aids in weightless efforts.” These are all of the reasons we created AQUA!
When you’re in an AQUA class, you can burn up to 800 calories, develop muscle tone, find restorative healing, and embrace meditative self-care.
And we’re not alone in the focus on water as physically restorative:
In Watsu therapy, for example, a practitioner cradles a person in warm water, helping them to move, stretch, and find comfort. According to Andrew Weil, M.D., this unique form of bodywork combines the benefits of Shiatsu massage with water therapy.
Because Watsu takes weight off the vertebrae, the body is able to find fluidity and comfort — especially useful for patients with chronic pain and spinal cord trauma, along with other mobility issues. Beyond that, because of the deep state of relaxation this therapy offers, people are even able to find relief from psychological trauma, too.
Deprivation tanks are another watery healing method: They offer meditative therapy to people who need to disconnect and get back to the self. People step into a small, dark room with a heated pool filled with Epsom salt, which helps to cradle the body in a womb-like environment. By simply floating — away from the stress of the every day — you find relaxation, rest, and quiet.
But more than that, deprivation tanks also offer physical support to the body: According to one study, “Beyond the potential mental benefits, Floatation also seems to provide clear physical benefits, as our data revealed large reductions in muscle tension and pain, with muscle tension showing the largest reduction out of all the measures.”
And even though we know these exercises and therapies work, what is the real reason we’re all drawn to water? According to Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind, it may be a bit of a mystery — one connected to our evolution, something profound and ancestral. He writes, “As a marine biologist as familiar with the water as I am with the land, I believe that oceans, lakes, rivers, pools, and even fountains can irresistibly affect our minds.”
From the rhythmic sounds of the waves at the beach to a long shower after a hard day, there’s something there. Do you sense it?
We are drawn to the water’s mystery, and to its reminder of our evolution. We are drawn to its rhythms. And we are drawn to how it nourishes us.
Why do you love the water?