The winter months can be cold and cruel to our bodies.The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) offer advice on the health and wellness benefits of using a hot tub or swim spa during the winter months to ensure the body is kept warm and the mood uplifted, to help people to cope with winter.
Using a hot tub can relax the body and mind, leading to some substantial benefits to improve physical and mental health conditions. The warm water and bubbles reduce the gravitational pull on the body, dilating blood vessels which mean less pressure on the heart, reducing stress and anxiety providing the body and mind time to relax. The temperature of the water induces perspiration which assists in ridding the body of impurities and water retention, an excellent way to detox and help those people who wish to lose weight or are struggling with cellulite.
The hot tub jets contribute to helping those people with aching muscles and back pain. Patients with arthritis find this kind of hydrotherapy especially effective, as the warm water helps with the blood circulation, the lack of gravity in water lets them move around easier. The constant warm water will provide a longer pain relief, compared with a hot bath, as the latter will start to cool down before you feel you are ready to get out of the water.
The experience of using a hot tub releases the body’s natural feel-good chemicals called endorphin’s, which will make a person feel happy and relaxed – another factor that will help those suffering from anxiety or depression.
Although many people may have a perception that hot tubs are expensive, they need not come at an enormous expense, with many good quality affordable models on the market. Hot tubs look great in your garden or your chosen area inside your home, with a variety of gadgets you can install to make your tub the ultimate relaxing experience!
Feeling generous? – a hot tub makes the perfect Christmas gift!
Start by visiting www.bishta.co.uk for useful factsheets and an owners guide along with an easy search tool to find BISHTA trade association approved members who sell hot tubs, swim spas and associated products.