Hydrotherapy and the Health Benefits
The benefits of spa bathing have been known for many years. It was the Victorians in particular that developed the notion of natural spa baths as a rejuvenating and revitalising experience. Relaxing in warm, bubbling water is an unrivalled way of unwinding and chasing away the stresses of daily life. Being the owner of a hot tub or Swim Spa promises a number of health benefits, as well as a treat for you and your family. Owning your own one, can give you more regular access to these benefits.
- The warm water and bubbles will reduce the gravitational pull of your body, dilating the blood vessels which means less pressure on your heart, helping you cope with stress and anxiety and giving your body and mind time to relax.
- The temperature of the water will also induce perspiration which will help your body get rid of impurities and any water retention, which is a great way to detox your body 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 will release the body’s natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which will make a person feel happy and relaxed – another factor that will help those suffering from anxiety or depression.
- Swim Spas can combine a swimming area and a Hot Tub in one unit.
- A Swim Spa can provide the experience of swimming the English Channel in an area no bigger than 8’ x 6’! Swimming against the current offers all the benefits of a full exercise swim without moving
- Swim Spas provide the whole range of aqua aerobics activities, from swimming to weight resistance training to water jogging, making it the ideal therapeutic tool for tired bodies.
- The use of Swim Spas has been found to be effective for those recuperating from any sports injuries.
- A Hot Tub is a great place to enjoy social activities, such as spending time with friends or getting together with the family.
- You can choose the size of your Hot Tub from two or up to ten people, depending on your needs.
- A Hot Tub can be enjoyed in all seasons: from a summer BBQ party to a winter get together, being enveloped in the hot water against the cold winter is excellent.
- With the rush of modern life, a Hot Tub has also become a place for families to enjoy a catch-up and unwind after a long day at work.
- Family members will enjoy a beneficial soak in the Tub, relaxing both the mind and the body, whilst catching up on the days events.
- With extras such as lights, sound systems and other gadgets that could be installed along with your Hot Tub, you could lead the way in social interaction amongst your friends!
Contrary to the belief that Hot Tubs are very expensive, you could actually save money in the long run! Hot Tubs come at a variety of prices which means you can pick one that is right for your budget and use the Tub to increase your fitness at home, rather than paying for a membership at the gym. A Hot Tub is especially effective for people who suffer from muscle, or poor joint conditions, as you can move more freely and pain-free in water. The pressure from the jets in the Hot Tub is strong, yet gentle and can work your muscles to get them into shape while you relax.
A Hot Tub can also help you with that “getting away from it all” feeling you need, without costing a fortune. By relaxing in your Hot Tub, you can get similar feelings of relaxation as you would on a holiday break, with warm waters and stress-free atmosphere and all this can be achieved in your own garden!
Hot Tubs have adapted to cater for most living spaces and can hold a various number of people, depending on your needs and the purpose of the Hot Tub. You can decide where you want your new Hot Tub, indoors or outside in your garden.
You can use your Hot Tub all year round, from enjoying the warm summer nights to looking at contrasting winter snow while the bubbles of the heated Hot Tub massage your body.
Hot Tub, Spa, Swim Spa, what’s the difference?
All of the above use heated and treated water and jets to relax, soothe or provide a luxury massage.
- Hot Tubs are self-contained, portable units, requiring only filling with treated water and connection to an electricity supply.
- The term Spa is derived from the word for a curative spring or well and came to be used for locations where these were found. It is now used to describe any premises where treatment using heated water and jets is provided. By extension, the word has now become loosely used for anybody of heated water with jets for sitting in but not swimming, whether portable or not, and is often used as another name for Hot Tubs.
- Swim Spas, also known as Exercise Pools, are considerably more ambitious. Effectively, they are swimming pools and spas combined. You can exercise vigorously, swim against the current – or just relax luxuriously.
Here are some other things you should know before purchasing a Hot Tub or Swim Spa.
Prices start at:
- From around £3,000 for a basic Hot Tub to over £15,000 (Swim Spas can cost up to £25,000). Running costs for Hot Tubs are typically between £1.00 – £1.50 a day, dependant on a number of factors, including the ambient temperature, water temperature and usage of the Hot Tub.
- An above-ground 14 ‘x 7′ Exercise Pool will cost around £17,500 + the costs of a solid base and installation. Your dealer will advise on this installation and also any surrounding decking and landscaping costs.
- Obviously, you can spend a lot more if you want to – there are many luxury extras from lighting and CD players to TV and DVD equipment.
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t leave a young child near an unattended Hot Tub. It is not advisable for pregnant women or people with medical conditions, that may be aggravated by very hot water, to use a Hot Tub without taking medical advice.
But the main safety issues concern:
- Water purity. Follow the advice given by your BISHTA supplier, concerning filtration and chemicals. Change the water at least every 12 weeks, although every four weeks may be better, or as advised by the manufacturer.
- Electricity. Like a washing machine, a Hot Tub brings water and electricity into close proximity.
Wiring in a Hot Tub is a job for a qualified electrician.
These are just some of the ways in which your BISHTA installer will work to provide pleasure and safety, for you, your family and friends, but in the meantime, here are a few more of your questions answered.