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The Benefits of Using a Hot Tub, Spa or Whirlpool

Jun 17, 2008
One of the most effective forms of relaxation takes the form of a hot tub. After a busy and stressful day you can relax and de-stress in a hot tub, which is sometimes also referred to as a spa or a whirlpool. Due to the jets that are positioned around the sides of the tub they send a mixture of warm water and air which can massage away the aches and pains of the day. Having a dip in the morning for twenty minutes can stimulate the body and mind, while twenty minutes at night will relax you enough to enhance a good nights sleep.

The health benefits have been known for thousands of years and used by physiotherapists. This hydro massage coupled with the buoyancy can help in the treatment of sprains, sports injuries, and many more ailments. Immersing oneself in warm bubbly water can actually help in pain relief, the blood vessels dilate due to the warmth, increasing circulation and producing endorphins which are the bodies own natural painkiller.

The hot tub can also be looked at as a piece of good looking patio furniture. Trendy Scandinavian effect wooden hot tubs and hot tubs with many accessories can be purchased for the inside or the outside of your house. Amenities such as lighting, exercise equipment, water misters and entertainment systems can be added to your hot tub to enhance the spa experience.

There are many different kinds of hot tubs or spas including swim spa pools which include special powerful surf jets installed at one end to enable you to swim on the spot. Therapeutic spas can have special spinner jets that help massage the body. An important factor in choosing a hot tub is to be aware of the actual effect of the jets.

Portable spas are becoming more popular due to the fact they are easy to set up and run. Portable spas are usually self contained meaning you can take them anywhere, whether you move house or just occasionally place it in your back yard. Some families are converting their bathrooms to accommodate the installation of an indoor hot tub to make their relaxation center more convenient and private.

When deciding to purchase a hot tub or spa there are many factors to consider including size and location. Measure how big the installation area is. Do you have a firm foundation usually in the form of a concrete slab or will you have to build one. If the hot tub is intended for indoor use can it fit through the door of its intended area. It is also important to consider the weight of the filled hot tub including the weight of the hot tub occupants. If you correctly maintain and adhere to the hot tubs guidelines you should have many relaxing and fun times in your hot tub.
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