Soaking in a hot tub can bring many health
In fact, the word "spa" is an acronym for the Latin “salus
per aquam”, which literally means "health from water."
Ancient cultures - including the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans - used
for therapy and relaxation. The Mohawk tribe in New York
their local hot spring "Sarasota" - which means "place of miraculous
water in rock." In more recent times, natural hot springs
the country were a popular vacation destination for those who could
afford the indulgence.
tubs have changed dramatically since the days of soaking in natural
mineral spas - but the reasons they feel just as good today
same. There are three simple principles that affect the body.
knows that a hot tub is hot - it's right there in the name!
not everyone knows of the great benefits to the body when you spend a
few minutes in your spa.
When your body absorbs heat, several subtle
physiological processes occur. First, as your body warms up,
blood flow is increased. The warming of your blood causes
blood vessels to dilate.
Blood pressure is subsequently reduced - often in as little
the hot water also
causes muscle relaxation as heat from the water is carried deep
into your muscles. Normally, your
body tries to cool itself by carrying heat to the surface via your
blood. Unlike a bathtub, a spa can maintain a hot water
temperature indefinitely. So while you are soaking in a spa,
blood doesn't recirculate at a reduced temperature. It
deep within your body at a warmer temperature than before, delivering
therapeutic heat where other treatments cannot.
Furthermore, the central nervous system's
sensitivity it muted, as your
body focuses its attention on the heat gain. This brings
temporary pain relief. This neurological affect can happen
with any gradual increase or decrease in your
body's temperature - but soaking in warm water sure sounds
nicer than the
among us has a lot of weight on our joints. Think of your
and ankles - they support almost all of your body's weight - every day,
all day long. Other joints are constantly in motion - your
elbows, and wrists, for example. And unfortunately, everyone
either has experienced some sort of back pain, or knows someone who has.
we are sitting in a spa, the natural buoyancy of the water supports
approximately 90% of our weight. This obviously reduces the
strain on our joints, by giving them a little "down time" from the
daily grind. Pressure is greatly reduced on all of your
muscles while your are relaxing in your hot tub.
used a spa before is familiar with the relaxing affect of the jets
themselves, and their obvious benefits. Focused
water - with warmed air mixed within the flow - can provide a
therapeutic massage that you can control, depending on how gentle or
intense you want it to feel.
Hot tubs are equipped with
nozzles of various sizes, pressures, configurations, and quantities -
all designed to target particular portions of your body.
groups of jets will hit pinpoint muscles around your neck.
jets will focus on certain portions of your back. Larger flow
will actually sweep up and down your entire back, just to the
sides of your spine. Tiny jets will spin around your wrists.
Other jets will aim for your calves, feet, or arms.
Like a trained masseuse, the spa's jets can soothe sore
muscles any time you need.
and using your spa can have a more lasting effect on your health.
There are many studies that demonstrate the benefits.
controlled clinical trial shows a positive short term and a more
moderate long-term overall effectiveness of
spa therapy in chronic lower back pain." Participants in the
study who utilized spa treatments experienced increased back
flexibility, reduced pain duration, and lessened use of analgesics and
anti-inflammatory drugs than the study group that did not receive spa
- British Journal of Rheumatology, 1994
WEIGHT LOSS AND DIABETES
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus were studied using a hot tub 30 minutes a day,
6 days per week. After only 10 days, patients required
reduced doses of insulin, lost weight, showed distinct decreases in
plasma glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin, and benefited from improved
sleep and an increased general sense of well-being.
- New England Journal of Medicine
whose arthritis symptoms respond well to heat have discovered the many
benefits of heat therapy."
- Arthritis Foundation: Arthritis - Spas
Warm Water Exercise
"Regular sessions in your hot tub help keep
joints moving. It restores and preserves strength and
flexibility, and also protects your joints from further damage.
Exercise can also improve a person's coordination, endurance, and the
ability to perform daily tasks, and can lead to an enhanced sense of
self-esteem and accomplishment."
fulfills the need perfectly . . . providing the warmth, massage, and
buoyancy that is so necessary to the well-being of arthritis sufferers.
The buoyancy of the water supports and lessens stress on the joints and
encourages freer movement. Water exercises may even act as a resistance
to help build muscle strength."
- Arthritis Foundation: Spas, Pools, and
in a spa simulates exercise. It increases the heart rate, yet
doesn't increase blood pressure. In fact, study participants who relaxed in spas
had a decrease in blood pressure,
while participants who exercised on bicycles experienced in increase in
blood pressure. The regular use of spas and hot
you some of the same health benefits of exercise but with less heart
- Mayo Clinic: Mayo Clinic Ok's Spas for
suggest that soaking in hot water (such as a hot tub or spa) before
retiring to bed can ease the transition into deeper sleep.
- National Sleep Foundation
Your body can
be eased into a state of deep and relaxing sleep by a drop in body
temperature after going to bed. Soaking in hot water about 90
minutes before bedtime triggers your internal thermostat to lower your
temperature, thus inducing sleep to set in more easily.
- Associated Professional Sleep Societies Journal "Sleep"
IT FOR YOURSELF
a test soak appointment! Email us the date and time you would
like to come by - we will let you know if that time is available. Or
you can always set up a time the old-fashioned way.
Reach us 7 days a week at (530) 273-4822.
will gladly let you take a test soak in the store for free.
Appointments are available most days of the week, at times
convenient to you. Give us a call, and we will reserve an
appointment for you.
if you don't want to kick
off your shoes to experience what a hot tub can do for you, we can
still give you a one-minute demonstration. All you need to do
ask! Anytime you happen to visit, we can show you hands-on
hot tub can do to relax you. No swimsuit or towel required.
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