Health Benefits of Hot Tubs

Health Benefits of Spa Ownership

Let’s face it, spas are the quintessential yearlong vacation for your deck, pool or interior. No better way to end or begin a day. Not only is your spa the vacation you’ve always dreamed of but it’s a lifesaver! Yes, spas are good for you mentally and physically and no, you can’t get a prescription for happiness but you can reap the health benefits year after year.

Mental Benefits

A recent study shows that 70 percent of employed citizens suffer stress-related conditions including anxiety and insomnia. By owning a spa, you can:

Reduce stress and relax: Swirling warm water helps your brain to relax while washing away anxiety.

Sleep Better: By immersing yourself in hot water for 15 minutes before bedtime, your body temperature rises and enhances your ability to fall asleep faster.

Physical Benefits

Hydrotherapy is one the oldest and safest methods for treating many common ailments. Plus, exercising in water is easier on joints than exercising on land! By owning a spa, you can:

  • Get relief for arthritis, aches and stiffness.
  • Warm, pulsating water increases blood supply to aching joints, which helps to remove inflammatory particles from the area and relieves pain.
  • The buoyancy of the water relaxes muscles, warm water decreases muscle tension that allows for greater flexibility and relaxation.
  • Some spas feature specialized jets that move up and down the spine that soothe inflamed tissue and relieve pain; leaving the occupant relaxed.
Breathe and think easier
  • Steam rising off hot water can help open up nasal and bronchial passages and improves circulation to aid in maintaining upper respiratory health.
  • Many people find that soaking in a spa relieves tension headache pain.
Rehabilitation & Therapy Benefits

Many professional sports organizations, trainers and therapists recommend warm-water therapy to help patients resume their daily activities faster. By owning a spa, you can:

Improve Cardio Health: A recent study at the Mayo Clinic found that soaking in a hot bath gives many of the health benefits of exercise with less strain on the heart. Soaking in a hot bath increases the heart rate while it lowers blood pressure rather than raising it opposed to other forms of exercise.

Relieve Back and Knee Pain: Four out of five Canadians suffer from chronic back pain, Many studies show that hydrotherapy alleviates lower back pain and knee ailments by reducing stress and stiffness.

Lifestyle Enhancements

The peace of mind and serenity a spa provides allows you to take control of your personal well being and lifestyle.

More than 50 percent of Canadians suffer some sort of ill health effects due to stress. A soothing soak can help counteract stress.

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Hydrotherapy is an age-old form of healing and stress relief. It is based on three simple principles: heat, buoyancy, and water movement (hydro-massage).

Heat dilates the blood vessels and increases circulation in the body. This enables enzymes and endorphins (the body’s natural pain relievers) to work more rapidly and efficiently on areas of the body, such as muscles and joints that have been strained, injured or stressed. Heat also enables the cells to more easily rid themselves of metabolic waste, which is replaced by oxygen and the body’s natural nutrients.

Buoyancy is a simple physics issue. The body weights 90 percent less when suspended in water. Specific gravity is reduced, and pressure on the spine, muscle groups, ligaments and joints is significantly eased.

Hydro-massage is the delivery of moving water to various parts of the body and is the final and critical ingredient to this process. All body systems benefit from hydro-massage. Stress, injury and poor posture can all cause muscle spasms and pain. Specifically directed jets of water stimulate and relax trigger points, which are highly sensitive "nodules" in the spasming muscle. Massage has also been shown to improve flexibility, increase circulation, and provide generally restorative benefits.

Hydrotherapy is more than an unparalleled method of relieving stress and stress-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, headaches and chronic pain. It benefits every system of the body, including the skeletal neuromuscular, circulatory, and digestive systems.

Hydrotherapy has been proven to be especially effective in reducing the pain of arthritis, tendonitis/bursitis and inflammation resulting from sports injuries and overexertion. The moist heat is extremely beneficial to persons suffering from respiratory ailments, such as congestion, chronic bronchitis and asthma.

Increased circulation derived from hydro-massage improves digestive processes; waste and metabolic by-products are more easily eliminated, and lymph is moved more efficiently through the body, strengthening the immune system.

With hydrotherapy, it isn’t simply a matter of grabbing a relaxing few minutes that are over as soon as you climb out of the spa; you get an experience that will far-reaching effects on the quality of your life.

Healthy Pleasures

Rarely do health and pleasure come together like they do in an Artesian Spa. While many may think of spas as a luxury item, reserved for those that have the means to enjoy the fine life, for others a spa is an indispensable part of the making it through the day. The scientifically proven benefits associated with regular therapeutic hot tub use are beyond dispute and even prescribed by many doctors as a form of treatment for pain, stiffness, arthritis, diabetes and more. There are many, many benefits for the spa user.

Stress Relief

There are physiological as well as psychological reasons that a spa so successfully relieves stress and helps you unwind during tense times. Hydrotherapy combined with heat therapy and the buoyancy of being submerged in water all work together to allow your body to release tension, to loosen stiff muscles, and to make the blood to flow more freely.

Arthritic Pain, Fibromyalgia

Your spa is literally your own personal mechanical masseuse, at your beck and call whenever you need it. The added benefits of heat for better blood flow and buoyancy to relieve the strain of gravity on your frame make the spa an ideal treatment for both disorders.

Restful Sleep

While heat brings up the body’s internal temperature, the cooling off induces natural relaxation. Unlike the use of medications and prescription sleep aids, the circulation and warmth of a spa encourages the body to unwind and relax on its own, leading to a more restful sleep.

Type 2 Diabetes

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that sufferers of Type 2 Diabetes can benefit from regular use of a spa. Most diabetics are unable to endure rigorous activity and have difficulty with weight and circulation. The study revealed that sufferers experienced a significant decrease in blood sugar levels and improved sleep after spending 30 minutes a day in a spa. For those who live with the daily discomfort and inconvenience of diabetes, a spa can be the doorway to a fuller, more enjoyable life.


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