What is Hot Tub Therapy?
There’s nothing quite like soaking in a hot tub. Perhaps you’ve spent time in a friend’s tub and have experienced the joy of jet massage. If you seek that pleasure and relief every day and you’re considering a hot tub of your own, you’re probably interested in learning a little more about what hot tub therapy is and how it works. While hot-tubbing is no panacea for illness, and health decisions should be made in consult with qualified doctors, owning a hot tub and using it on a daily basis can help you feel renewed, mentally and physically.
WHAT IS HOT TUB THERAPY AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Hot tub therapy is a tried-and-true method of relieving stress, relaxing muscles, and experiencing renewal through warm water immersion. It is an ancient practice. People have been enjoying warm water immersion for centuries. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, for example, built palaces around natural hot springs. Over time, as the benefits of soaking were realized more, marvelous engineers created artificial hot springs for communal and personal use. While jets were first introduced to hot tubs in the 1950s, today’s high-quality spas feature carefully designed massage jet systems that deliver targeted and measured pressure to muscles and sore spots in the body.
WARM WATER, BUOYANCY, AND ADVANCED JET SYSTEMS WORK IN TANDEM
Hot tub therapy relaxes muscles and improves blood flow. At the same time, buoyancy in water reduces body weight by 90%, which can reduce pressure on joints and inflammation while helping to put the mind at ease. The combination of warm water immersion, buoyancy, and advanced hot tub jets provide a total-body therapeutic experience. As the warm water reduces tensions, the spa jets massage away the knots and aches in your muscles just like a gifted masseuse.
Because today’s high-quality jet systems target specific muscle groups, by adjusting your spa’s settings, you can focus on the areas of your body that need the most attention. Similarly, you can control the amount of pressure coming through the jets, so you’re always able to find just the right touch for you.
BENEFITS OF HOT TUB THERAPY
A hot tub can help relieve chronic pain and improve range of motion, elevate mood, reduce mental and physical tension, improve social and personal connections, and increase overall quality of life. As warm water improves circulation and massage frees your muscles from strain, your body can enter a restful state, where it is able to heal and recover depleted reserves of energy. Let’s take a more detailed look at the benefits of hot tub therapy.
A hot tub offers a reprieve from the stressful conditions of life. In your hot tub, you don’t have to worry about calls, appointments, or deadlines; there’s nothing heavy to lift or wrestle with; and the only thing on your mind is how good the warm water and massaging jets feel. The pleasant sensation contributes to the release of endorphins in your brain, lifting your mood.
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Massage has proven physical and mental benefits. According to the University of Minnesota, massage provokes a relaxation response in the body’s nervous system. Massage also has positive effects on the body’s soft tissue and improves blood and lymph circulation, which allows oxygen to spread more easily through the body. Relaxing muscle tissue through jet massage can help ease contractions, spasms, and nerve compression. Water pressure on the body’s muscles and joints knead away knots and soothing sore spots.
As muscles relax, the mind unwinds, shedding the stress and anxiety that can build over the course of a day. The relaxation responses to jet massage reduce stress, anxiety, hypertension, and help curb insomnia.
In addition, buoyancy reduces pressure on your muscles and joints, while heat encourages them to relax and expand. This combination helps soft tissue recover.
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CONNECTIONS
Remember when social connections came from talking to people face to face instead of online? A hot tub can help you step away from your mobile devices and spend quality time with friends and family. A spa can foster an atmosphere of intimacy, inviting people to open up and share their thoughts. In a spa, you can connect with old friends, get to know new neighbors, and solidify bonds with your partner and your children.
REGULAR HOT-TUBBING PROVIDES THE MOST EFFECTIVE THERAPY
The more time you spend in your hot tub, the more you’ll develop a relationship with it, see it as a source of comfort, and experience the benefits of hydrotherapy. Because stress and fatigue accumulate over time, regular soaks can help alleviate the pressures that build day to day. When a new stressor appears in your life, you can count on your tub to relax you.
There’s a reason people have enjoyed hot springs for centuries and why modern hot tubs are popular across the world today. Soaking in warm water, massaged by soothing jets, feels wonderful, revitalizes the body, and brings people together in comfort.