How It Works

  • Temperature

    • Cold water triggers three basic reactions:
      • The metabolic response of the cells is reduced decreasing the oxygen requirements to function
      • A reduction in the amount of fluid that accumulates in the injured area due to a decrease in the permeability of the blood vessel walls
      • Numbing of the injured area serves to act as an analgesic. Cold water also prohibits enzyme degeneration of tendons post injury
    • Hot water is extremely effective for stimulating blood flow and relaxing sore and stiff muscles


  • Salt Concentration

    • The salt content adds additional therapeutic value by acting like a poultice, drawing out inflammation and infection. The Nautilus uses two different types of salt:


    • Epson salt:

      • The pure mineral compounds for Epson salts are magnesium and sulfate, both readily absorbed through the skin. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes reducing inflammation and helping muscle and nerve functions. It is important for combatting stress and fluid retention and calming the nervous system.

        Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients and flush toxins.


    • Salt from the Dead Sea:

      • Includes potassium, calcium chloride and bromides. Potassium energizes the body and is a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise. Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation and strengthening bones. Bromides act to ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles. Sodium is important for the lymphatic fluid balance. This in turn is important for immune system function. The waters from the Dead Sea are unique in that they contain 27% of various salts as compared to 3% in normal sea water. Further, while sodium accounts for approximately 80% of the salt content of normal sea water, it comprises much less of the salt total in water from the Dead Sea.


  • Aeration

    • During both therapies, the aeration gently massages the soft tissues and muscles as the horse enjoys the physical and mental break from their rigorous routine.


  • Depth of Water

    • The depth of the water will directly affect the amount of pressure that is exerted on the injury and aid in the dispersal of fluid retention.