6 health benefits of using a hot tub or spa

1st March 2016 | Debbie Ekins

Are hot tubs good for your health?

Having a hot tub in your home might make you feel like a bit of a rock star. But in addition to this total kick-ass feeling, there are a lot of hot tub health benefits.

For thousands of years, the healing properties of water have been used across cultures. This prompted the birth of the modern-day Hot Tub, which utilise water heat and pressure to mimic the benefits of natural hot spring. All from the comfort of your very own home. 

 

 

What are the hot tub health benefits?

1. Hot tubs lower blood pressure and improve heart health

2. Hot tubs help you sleep better

3. Hot tubs relieve arthritis 

4. Hot tubs reduce stress

5. Hot tubs relax your muscles

6. Hot tubs offer a great massage

In Summary

 

What are the hot tub health benefits?

Firstly, what is it that makes soaking in a hot tub so good for us?

The answer is Hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is the use of warm water in pain relief and health treatment. It encompasses a large range of therapeutic approaches that manipulate the physical properties of water such as temperature and pressure for remedial purposes.

Here are just some of the benefits that hydrotherapy can help deliver through the use of a Spa or Hot Tub:

 

#1 Hot tubs lower blood pressure and improve heart health

stress and heart healthEmulate the benefits of a moderate work out with a soak in a hot tub.

Hot Tubs increase dilate the blood vessels, which allows blood to be pumped around the heart more efficiently.  This subsequently drops the blood pressure.

Excellent news for anyone wanting to reap the benefits of exercise, while keeping blood pressure low. 

If you suffer from a pre-existing heart condition, please speak to your doctor before using a hot tub.

 

 Hot tub health benefits = low blood pressure + improved heart health 

 

#2 Hot tubs help you sleep better

Soaking in warm water approximately 90 minutes before your bedtime can lower your body’s internal thermostat. This helps you achieve the magic 8-10 hours sleep.

How?

The hot tub raises your body temperature. This is followed by a drop in body temperature when you leave the hot tub. Which, results in the release of sleep catalysing endorphins, that induce a deeper and more peaceful sleep.

 

 Hot tub health benefits = improved sleep 

 

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#3 Hot tubs relieve arthritis

The CEO & President of our Hot Tub supplier Coast Spas is a member of the Board of Directors for the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC).

Hot Tubs are highly recommended are part of a comprehensive treatment for chronic arthritis. Soaking for just 15 minutes daily can help to improve coordination and flexibility and increases blood flow to the body’s extremities.

The Coast Spas swim spa and wellness range is designed to help users exercise with ease. They are equipped with bars and exercise bands to allow exercise in a low impact environment. Thus putting less stress on joints.

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  Hot tub health benefits = arthritis relief 

 

#4 Hot tubs reduce stress

stress making you illStress can have a detrimental effect on our overall health, with side effects including low energy; headaches and poor digestion. It’s something that is hard to avoid in the modern world.

Learning to combat and manage any acute of chronic life stresses is extremely important.

Envisage yourself lounging in a Hot Tub. I bet you can feel your cortisol levels drop as you are reading. So just imagine what the actual experience can do for stress levels. Soaking in a hot tub at the end of the day is a guaranteed stress buster. Lie back, relax and watch the world go by (and your cortisol go down).

 

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 Hot tub health benefits = reduced stress 

#5 Hot tubs relax your muscles

Heat relaxes muscles by improving blood flow to the body, allowing oxygen and other nutrients to circulate the body faster. This banishes the painful and dreaded effect of exercise, lactic acid, which can lead to aching muscles.

Baths are amazing for relaxing your muscles, whether it be a long day; a tough workout or specific injury-related pain, but the problem with a bath is that it immediately starts to lose temperature. Unlike a bathtub, a Hot Tub maintains the set temperature, enabling the blood to circulate at this heated temperature for longer, and delivering the therapeutic benefits for an extended time.

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 Hot tub health benefits = reduce muscle pain and tension 

 

#6 Hot Tubs offer a great massage

There is nothing better than lying against a powerful hot tub jet while it pummels away your muscle pain.

Jump in your Hot Tub and reap the benefits of a massage whenever you feel like it.

Most quality Hot Tub brands (including Coast Spas) will have the option to alter the pressure of the jets, allowing you to tailor the hydrotherapy massage properties to your own needs. The Jets act as a massage as the water rejuvenates overused and tired muscles. All from the comfort of your own home.

 

 Hot tub health benefits = a wonderful massage 

In summary

There are many benefits to owning a hot tub. And looking cool in front of your friends and neighbours are the least of them. 

 

If you’re looking for a way to relax, and improve your health. Then a hot tub might just be the way to go. 

 

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