Take the Plunge: The Benefits of Hydrotherapy

13 December 2018

At 1000M, we boast some of the best amenities in Chicago. From our Sky Terrace on Level 72 to our gorgeous Sun Deck, residents don’t have to venture far to find luxurious living. Of all our amenities, our state-of-the-art Spa is amongst our favorites. The 1000M Spa features a Himalayan Salt Room, Virtual Meditation Room and Heated Lounge…and yes, the unique Hot and Cold Plunge Pools, which provide temperature-controlled hydrotherapy. Although jumping into a cold plunge pool during the harsh winter might sound counterintuitive, the benefits of hydrotherapy are worthy of consideration.

New to hydrotherapy? Read all about the benefits and how we incorporated it into the 1000M Spa.


The History

At its core, hydrotherapy is a type of warm or cold water massage that helps relieve pain, using the temperature and pressure of water to offer relief from symptoms. Hydrotherapy dates back to Ancient Greece, but also has roots in Ancient Chinese, Roman, and Egyptian civilizations. Hydrotherapy has come a long way since the Roman bath houses of centuries past, when they eventually made their way to the US in the 1940s and developed into a common practice for both physical and mental health.


How It Works

According to proponents of hydrotherapy, cold water causes superficial blood vessels to constrict, moving blood flow away from the surface of the body to organs. Hot water causes superficial blood vessels to dilate, activating sweat glands, and removing waste from body tissues. Combined, the two effects help relax, detoxify and energize.


The Benefits

Alternating hot and cold water is thought to decrease inflammation and relieve conditions like sinus congestion, but that’s not all. Additional benefits include softening and tightening the skin, improved circulation, redirecting blood flow, strengthening the immune system and boosting endorphin production. Convinced you need some hydrotherapy in your life yet? We sure are.


Residents of 1000M seek beauty in all aspects of life, including the pursuit of health and wellness. Our amenities are curated to help our residents in these journeys, and with features and services such as hydrotherapy only an elevator ride away, living well is a breeze.