Stress Relief: Hot Tub to the Rescue!

Hot Tub Stress Relief
In today’s busy world, we are often subjected to out sized amounts of stress. Intense work demands, parenting challenges, dealing with finances, looking after elderly relatives, and even commuting in city traffic can add to our stress levels.

Unfortunately, stress often manifests itself physically in the form of tense muscles, headaches, insomnia, or other physical problems. Some people find relief in exercise or meditation, which can be beneficial.

Another very effective way of relieving stress is hydrotherapy – and the best way to relax in water is with a bubbly, warm hot tub. If you have ever thought of installing a home spa for fun and entertainment, know that your family can also reap health benefits from spending a little time unwinding in your very own backyard oasis.

Health from Water

Did you know that the word “spa” is actually an acronym? It stands for “Salus per Aquam,” which, in Latin, means “Health from Water.” The ancient Romans realized the health benefits of hydrotherapy, as did many First Nations, Persians, Babylonians, the early Egyptians and Greeks, and the ancient Celtic kings. Today we can take advantage of this ancient knowledge for our own families, easily and affordably.

There are various ways in which a hot tub helps ameliorate the physical effects of stress. These include:

  • Heat. The warmth of the water in a hot tub alone can have a beneficial effect. When your body absorbs heat, physical processes take place. For example, warmth from the water passes to the blood. When the blood circulates deep into muscle tissue, muscles relax. In addition, blood vessels dilate, allowing them to carry greater volumes of blood to all areas of the body, and often resulting in a drop in blood pressure. Warmth also causes the central nervous system to focus on heat gain, which may reduce its sensitivity to pain or discomfort.
  • Massage. The focused jets of water in a hot tub are designed to target particular areas of the body prone to absorbing stress. Smaller jets will pinpoint muscles around your neck and shoulders, while larger flow jets are focused on the muscles of the back. Other jets will aim for your calves, feet, or arms. Most home spas allow you to control the aim and intensity of the jets, providing you with just the right therapeutic massage.
  • Buoyancy. We all carry a lot of weight on our joints. The natural buoyancy of water helps to take the pressure off joints and reduces strain on both joints and muscles.

Relieving Stress-Related Conditions

Sometimes stress causes specific problems. One of these is insomnia – and soaking in a hot tub ninety minutes before going to bed has been proven to induce sleep.

High blood pressure is another condition that can be a result of stress. When your body absorbs heat, blood vessels dilate and are able to carry a greater volume of blood, decreasing blood pressure. Several studies show that regular soaking in a hot tub can have great benefits on cardiovascular health.

Installing a home spa not only provides your family with hours of fun and entertainment – a hot tub can also help with stress relief and keep you healthy!

Salt Water Hot Tubs

Salt Water Hot Tub

Having your own home spa can be a dream come true. Imagine sinking into bubbling warm water after a hard day at work, sharing a glass of wine with your significant other in the hot tub on a crisp fall evening, or hosting a party with music, laughs, and fun in the hot tub.

Installing a home spa can transform your backyard into an oasis of relaxation, leisure, and entertainment, and you may be surprised at how affordable it can be.

If you’re considering purchasing a home spa for your family, you may want to look into opting for a salt water hot tub. Salt water tubs are gaining rapid popularity in Canada due to their many health and environmental advantages.

Health Benefits of Salt Water Hot Tubs

Here are some of the reasons why salt water hot tubs are better for you:

• More natural sanitation. The salt used in hot tubs is sodium bromide, which generates pure bromine atoms. Bromine is more effective over a wider range of pH than chlorine is at usual hot tub temperatures. This means that you will need fewer chemicals to maintain a sanitary hot tub.

• Skin benefits. Consequently, bathers in salt water tubs are not subject to as many chemicals, so children and those with sensitive skin are less likely to develop dry or itchy skin. Salt water actually has a softening effect on skin, and can be found in various skin products.

• Natural scent. A salt water tub also has a more natural smell than one that uses more chlorine for sanitization, making bathing more pleasant and breathing easier.

• Eye health. Chlorine can irritate the eyes. Less chlorine means that salt water hot tubs are easier on the eyes.

• Reduces swelling. Warm salt water is often used in medicine to reduce swelling. If you or a family member suffers from edema, a salt water hot tub can be the perfect way to provide therapeutic relief. Athletes often soak in salt water to reduce swelling caused by overexertion. The hot tub’s heat opens the pores, and the salt draws fluid.

• Alleviates sore muscles. Salt water is often recommended for soothing sore muscles, and it can have a relaxing effect on tense shoulders, back, and leg muscles.

• Added buoyancy. Salt water can also be beneficial for those suffering from painful joint conditions like arthritis. The heat of a hot tub relieves pain, while the buoyancy of water reduces pressure and stress on the joints. Because salt water is more buoyant than fresh water, the buoyancy effect is enhanced.

Environmental Advantages

There are two major environmental advantages to having a salt water hot tub:

• Less water. The average hot tub holds approximately 1,500 litres of water. Because a salt water system keeps the water cleaner for a longer amount of time, you will not need to change the water in your hot tub as frequently. In fact, while you may need to change fresh water as many as four times per year, a salt water spa usually only needs an annual water change.

• Heating. Because you will be changing the water less frequently, you will not need to reheat the water, thus saving on energy.