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!