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Hydrotherapy: Jamaica’s healing waters

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2023 | 12:07 AM
Milk River Hotel and Mineral Spa
Milk River Hotel and Mineral Spa

Hydrotherapy, or aquatic therapy, has been a cornerstone of alternative medicine and physiotherapy for centuries. This age-old practice harnesses the healing power of water to alleviate various physical ailments and promote overall well-being. From its origins in ancient Greece and Rome to the modern world, water has remained an essential element in both recreation and medicine. In Jamaica, this therapeutic tradition has a unique history that continues to benefit its people today.

In ancient Greece and Rome, water played a vital role in recreation and therapy. Pools and hot springs were not only a source of luxury, but also a means of healing. Similarly, in Jamaica, hot mineral baths at Milk River and Bath Fountains were discovered quite accidentally by slaves seeking relief from their wounds. These natural spas became a sanctuary for healing and recovery, cementing hydrotherapy’s place in Jamaica’s cultural heritage.


Today, Jamaica proudly continues this legacy of hydrotherapy. Natural mineral baths remain a vital part of the island’s therapeutic offerings, catering to the needs of locals and visitors alike. The many spas scattered across the island have become an integral component of general health therapy. These serene havens offer respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life, inviting individuals to reconnect with nature and find solace in the therapeutic waters.

Additionally, aquatic pools and water therapy centres have become integral components of physiotherapy in Jamaica. These facilities offer a holistic approach to healing, addressing physical conditions and promoting mental well-being. Whether through warm water immersion or targeted exercises in aquatic environments, these therapies provide effective relief for conditions, such as arthritis, muscle injuries, and more.

Water, has been a source of healing and relaxation since ancient times, illustrating the simple joys of nature’s simplicity in a fast-paced world. Water is a life-giving force in Jamaica, providing solace and rejuvenation for both body and soul, promoting healing and unwinding. Water’s ability to adapt, flow, and heal is crucial in life’s challenges, reminding us of our resilience and healing capabilities.

Have a refreshing and revitalising week, as you remember that water continues to be our source of life.

Contributed by Dr Lorenzo Gordon, a diabetologist, internal medicine consultant, biochemist, and a history and heritage enthusiast. Send feedback to