17 May 2012
Hot tub spas - find out what is the difference between them and a hot tub or spa...
A hot tub is a large container filled with hot water, which the Japanese soak in every night before bed.
Spa, when referring to a bath or pool, rather than the facility one can visit, is the term to describe a hot tub that has jets added for massage therapy. The terms hot tub and spa are used interchangeably. The term hot tub spa is often used when a heater and massage jets are built-in. A hot tub or spa is also often referred to as a Jacuzzi or whirlpool.
Hot tub spas can be indoors or outdoors, and can be combined with a swimming pool. Aside from the therapeutic health benefits of hot tub spas, they are a great form of entertainment, allowing one to socialise with friends and family. Hot tub spas are suitable for home and commercial use.
Health benefits of Hot Tub Spas
Hot tub spas offer a form of hydrotherapy. Hot tubs mimic the beneficial effects of the hot springs at ancient thermal spas, by combining heated water with massaging jets.
Immersion in heated water will increase circulation, which helps to heal muscle damage; and will lower blood pressure, help to prevent headaches, and aid sleep. It also releases toxins through perspiration. The buoyancy of the water takes the weight off of, and thus relieves pressure on, joints and muscles.
Soaking in warm water with massage jets relaxes muscles and joints, and helps to control blood sugar and body weight. Warm water massage causes the body to release endorphins, which reduce stress.
Hot tubs can benefit those with conditions such as arthritis, stress, sleep disorders, diabetes, and muscle and joint pain.