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The Seat Experience: Learn What 6 Popular Hot Tub Seats are Designed to Do

A Jacuzzi® Hot Tub is built with your comfort and health in mind. An important element of that is seat design–our seats are not static, they will adjust to your needs. Besides providing the perfect hydromassage, these seats allow you to recline, sit up straight, or massage specific areas of your body. Each one has been crafted to provide a specific experience, which you can learn about below. To help you choose a hot tub model, determine if you want the seats to provide:

Lower Back Massage

The MX Jet therapy seat is deeply contoured and features a cushioned headrest, placing your body in the ideal position for a maximum volume, low-pressure massage. This seat’s massage action is incredibly effective for the larger muscles in the lower back.

Relaxation

The RX seat is the epitome of quality and performance. This modest-sized jet reaches a large number of muscles and nerves in the back, providing the gentle pressure of a Swedish-style hydromassage to the places that need it most.

Muscle Knot Release

The FX rotational seat combines two types of PowerPro® Jets, stimulating the tissue of your neck and shoulders with a spinning massage. It also hits key smaller muscle groups in your lower back, generating a rifling action that will lead to increased relaxation. 

Tension Easing

This ProAir® lounge seat pinpoints and kneads a wide swath of smaller neck and back muscle groups, generating a tingling relaxation upward through your shoulders and head. Large muscles along the spine will also benefit from this seat, which features a combination of small, targeted jets and large rotational jets.

Swedish Upper Back Massage

Enjoy a Swedish hydromassage via four types of PowerPro® Jets in the PowerPro® therapy jet seat. These jets focus on the neck, shoulders, and back; you can adjust each section from high to low pressure. Enjoy a massage customized just the way you want it.

Deep Tissue Massage

Designed for maximum therapy and versatility, the FX-12 therapy seat is equipped with spiral action jets that apply pressure to back and neck muscles. Adjust the pressure to your liking and indulge in a hydromassage that will replicate the pressure of thumbs and palms kneading out tension in your muscles.

Now that you have an idea of the types and functions of the many seats offered, you’re better equipped to select the hot tub you want. Remember, not all seats are available in all models, so be sure to prioritize what type of experience you’d most enjoy in your spa.

Ideal Hot Tubs and Bathtubs for Older Generations

As you age, you may begin to realize that things don’t quite bend and flex the way they used to. A number of Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs and Bathtubs are fitted with lounges, cool down seats, and handrails to make entering and exiting your hot tub or spa easier on your body. Here, we’ve selected three products that have these features and are ideal for older generations:

Finestra® Bathtub

The Finestra® is a walk-in bathtub with open- and close-door access. This elegant unit also features slip-resistant flooring and a comfortable seating area. As you enter or exit the tub, you can hold onto the grab bar for additional safety. When relaxing in the Finestra® bath, you can operate the jets with an easily accessible push-button system.

Jacuzzi® Hydrotherapy Shower

Experiencing the Jacuzzi® Hydrotherapy Shower is akin to getting a spa-quality massage in shower form. Our engineers consulted with consumers and doctors alike to craft this revolutionary shower, which includes four Jacuzzi® ShowerPro™ jets. These jets provide targeted pressure to your sore spots, whether it’s your neck, back, or other parts of your body. Plus, the shower is equipped with built-in safety features such as a low step, fold-down bench, and sturdy grab bars, which are all beautifully designed and will help prevent accidents.

J-315™ Hot Tub

With low side entry, the J-315™ is easy to climb in and out of for the adult who is still relatively agile. It’s also possible to add a stairs accessory with a handrail for further safety when entering or exiting the hot tub. The numerous jets in the J-315™, among them the PowerPro® BX, provide a pressure-point hydromassage for tired, possibly arthritic limbs. Plus, the control panel features large buttons for ease of use and the hot tub is spacious enough for you to fully recline.

If you’re unsure which model would be right for you, head to your local Jacuzzi® Dealer and bring your swimsuit. You can “wet test” the hot tubs in the showroom to determine which one has the hydrotherapy or ease of access you’re looking for.

Thanksgiving and Your Spa: Can a Hot Tub Aid Digestion?

Thanksgiving means gathering with family and enjoying delicious food—sometimes a little too much food. If you’ve indulged in a few too many servings of mashed potatoes and can’t envision moving for several days, take heart: Jump-start your recovery by relaxing in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub and letting it aid in your digestion.

The Basics of Digestion

When you consume a meal, your body begins the process of breaking it down and absorbing nutrients. Blood flow is diverted to your stomach and intestines to assist in this matter. According to a study on PubMed.gov, the heavier the meal, the harder your body has to work to break it down—which requires more blood. Now multiply that by several helpings of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and dessert: your body has a tough few hours ahead.

Post-Meal Vasodilation

You can give your body a hand by slipping into your hot tub for at least 20 minutes after a large meal. When you spend time in warm or hot water, vasodilation—the widening of blood vessels—occurs. Vasodilation, according to The Mayo Clinic, makes it easier for blood to flow through your arteries and reach various parts of the body. The burden on your heart is eased, and your blood pressure will drop. Since circulation is improved, your stomach can digest its contents more readily. By assisting in vasodilation, your spa will help you begin to digest your undoubtedly enormous Thanksgiving meal.

The Mental Benefits

Beyond its physical benefits, your hot tub is also a welcome place to retreat after a great deal of time spent gathered around the dinner table. While your hot tub is aiding your digestion, it will let you spend additional time with friends and family—and relaxing together will help you absorb and metabolize your big meal, as well.

Next time you indulge in a big meal, whether it’s on Thanksgiving or not, climb into your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub for afterward and expand your health and wellness.

Creating a Halloween Atmosphere in Your Hot Tub

Halloween is a special time of year for the young and young at heart. Whether or not you intend to don a costume and go trick or treating this season, there’s plenty of ways to “trick” out your spa so you can enjoy some good spooky fun in your own backyard.

Colored Lights

Switch out the bulbs in your hot tub with colorful variations. Look into the traditional Halloween orange, or try something more festive in purple, magenta, or even a cool blue. The color will brilliantly illuminate the water and change the atmosphere in your spa.

Light Strings

Hang small strings of lights from the ceiling or support beams around your hot tub to give it a vivid glow. You may also wish to set up electronic candles to create a “haunted pathway” to the hot tub. Please be very careful to keep actual electronics at least a couple feet away from the spa.

Spiderwebs

Purchase some spiderwebs and drape them from the ceiling to create a spider’s lair. You can outfit this web with various accessories, such as candies, small Halloween-themed toys, or even a large plastic spider. Alternatively, place something unexpected in the web: a toy dragon, for example, or a hockey mask.

Glowing Orbs

Place glowsticks of any color inside black and orange balloons and inflate them. When you tie off the balloons, you’ll have glowing orbs that you can use to adorn the exterior of your tub or the ceiling above it.

Halloween Snacks

No hot tub gathering is complete without some snacks, and Halloween requires a special touch. Peeled grapes and olives feel an awful lot like eyeballs, and red punch certainly looks like something a vampire would drink. Serve these treats on floating snack trays and you’ll have spooky and sweet appetizers.

You put a great deal of effort into decking out your house for Halloween. Why not give your hot tub the same amount of attention? Get into the spirit of the season and create a fun, festive environment for you and your guests to soak in. Halloween only happens once a year: Make it memorable!

Beyond Relaxation: Your Hot Tub’s Best Therapeutic Benefits

Your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub does not just offer you a relaxing place to unwind; you’re making an investment in your health. Soaking in your hot tub provides therapeutic benefits, which can foster mental and physical improvements. Here are some of the best types of therapy provided by Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs:

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy involves using water to combat physical problems and promote overall health. It can improve blood circulation, take the weight off tired joints, and generally promote relaxation while lowering stress levels. Jacuzzi® Hot Tub jets provide a form of hydrotherapy called hydromassage, where streams of air and water are directed to specific areas of your body. This, combined with the heat of the water and the natural buoyancy attained by floating, provides a unique massage to all parts of your body.

Reflexology

Reflexology homes in on the feet and the hands. According to The Mayo Clinic, “Pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person’s health.” It is believed that pressing on specific areas of the foot may lead to physical improvements in corresponding parts of the body. Jacuzzi® Hot Tub jets, when directed at your hands or areas of your feet, provide reflexology sessions in the comfort of your spa. When the stream from the jets reaches those tender areas, you’ll enjoy a pleasant pressure and a release of tension as you relax.

Chromatherapy

Color can have a distinct effect on mood. In a 1985 study by L.D. Rosenstein, it was reported that test scores and mental state varied depending on what color room the participants were in. Chromatherapy draws on the suggestion that various hues and types of light can relax and soothe you. Replace your spa bulbs with blue or yellow lights, for example, to truly feel relaxed and at peace in your spa.

Now that you are aware of the many therapies your spa can perform, you will be able to utilize it to benefit your health more fully.

How a Hot Tub Can Minimize Gadget Distraction

We live in a fast-paced world. The wide usage of smartphones, tablets, and extremely lightweight computers means we’re constantly connected to each other, our workplaces, and the world itself. According to WebMD, “Using smartphones for bedside business [is] associated with sleeping less.” This may lead to poor performance at work and a lower quality of life as a whole.

Give yourself a break from this constant stream of information and commit to shutting off your various devices an hour or two before bedtime. Your spa can help you stick to this rule and act as a medium to reset your brain and re-focus your center. When you need to set aside your electronics and minimize gadget distraction, your hot tub is an asset because it:

Helps You Designate a Technology Cut-Off Time

Your entire life is scheduled: It’s the only way to fit everything in. You schedule work, family, doctor’s appointments, and so on, and your electronics are never far away. Schedule some time to turn it all off, as well. For example, for about two hours before your bedtime, all electronics must be set aside and 30 minutes of those two hours will be used for a soak in your spa. Ease into your hot tub and let it relax you; you may even find it easier to fall asleep once you’re out.

Reminds You to Make Time for Yourself

You’re constantly on the move. You work during the day, see your family and friends at night, and often forget to take time for yourself while you attend to the needs of everyone else. It’s time to make time for yourself: Your hot tub is a sacred, quiet place to regain peace of mind. Switch off your gadgets, climb into your spa, and relax. You’ll have no IMs, no texts, and no emails to deal with; this is a time for reflection and rejuvenation.

Encourages Distraction-Free Family Time

Families are constantly pulled in different directions. Kids have after-school activities, homework, and friends; parents have work to do or other obligations to meet. Set aside a portion of time each week to relax together in your hot tub. Each family member must put down their gadgets, whether it’s a smartphone or an Xbox controller, and jump in the hot tub. Then turn on the jets, talk about your day, your week, and everything else on your mind. Family members of all ages enjoy hot tubs; whether your loved ones are 16 or 60, you’ll find this to be a great middle ground to use for bonding time.

Encourages You to Stay Relaxed…Even After You Emerge

To maximize your relaxed state, leave your gadgets alone once you emerge from your hot tub. Unwind with a good book, or sip a cup of hot chocolate to stay unplugged before drifting off to sleep.

It’s important to be able to go offline every now and then. Your hot tub is a faithful reminder that life doesn’t always have to fly at breakneck pace, so put on your swimsuit and leave the gadgets on the table – your mind and body will thank you.

3 Ways to Convert Your Backyard for Winter Enjoyment

Winter is almost here, which means it’s time to start updating your yard before the weather gets too cold. Don’t just duck indoors when the skies become gray; instead, make some adjustments to your outdoor space to ensure it’s enjoyable in the coming months. To maximize your outdoor experience, here are three ways to convert your backyard for winter enjoyment:

Improve Lighting and Safety

Nothing is quite as effective at creating an attractive environment as lighting, especially in snow-covered yards. Hang strings of colored lights from your trees or place ground lights amidst your flora and fauna. A brighter yard is also much safer to navigate as it starts to get darker, earlier. Mix different types of lights—like lanterns, well lights, and deck lights—to create the type of mood you prefer. Spotlight particular structures, such as your gazebo or hot tub, or create well-lit paths around your yard.

Generate Ambiance

Even if you won’t be spending as much time in your backyard as you do in the warmer months, you can still create ambiance and a enjoy a beautiful setting when bundled up. For yards without a fence, protect your family’s privacy while adding an appealing enclosure to your home. You can choose fencing with a staggered topline or ornamental shapes, or perhaps look into stone or brick fencing to give your backyard a snug, sheltered feel. You may also wish to set up outdoor privacy screens. These come in a variety of types and finishes, including real and faux wood, and provide both a sense of seclusion and comfort. Additionally, adding some weatherproofed furniture to your backyard will tempt family and friends into the great outdoors on the milder winter days.

Create Warmth

Purchase deck heaters or a fire pit to bring warmth to the cold winter months. In particular, freestanding heaters or smaller units are ideal because you can move them around at will. You can also consider investing in a hot tub. Not only will a hot tub help you warm up and relax in the winter, but it also provides hydromassage, something you may come to appreciate if your joints and muscles tend to ache or get tense in the cooler weather. A hot tub is an attractive focal point for your backyard, offers therapeutic benefits, and provides a gathering place for family and friends to spend time together. Whether getting out of a spa or heading to sit by the fire pit, placing a chest near the back door to hold towels, blankets, and coats will keep you warm and dry.

Winter does not mean your outdoor entertaining needs to stop. Reclaim your space and enjoy your backyard no matter what the temperature. With proper care, you’ll have a wonderful place to relax after a long day at work.

Jet Setting: Determining Which Type of Spa Jets are Best for You

Whether you purchase a hot tub to improve your physical and mental health or for relaxation, hydromassage plays a large role in getting to your goal. Dr. Bruce D. Bradley of Loma Linda University’s Department of Physical Therapy explains that “hydromassage jets, properly positioned in a warm bath or spa, can assist in circulation of the extremities.” This is why we extensively research the placement of each specialized jet throughout our hot tubs. Here are our most popular jets to consider when determining which type of spa jets are best for you:

Hydromassage for Your Back

For a jet that delivers a powerful massage that targets discomforts and ailments in your back, consider the following jets:

PowerPro® RX: Rotate the dial on the face of the jet to point it in the direction you want, as well as to adjust the pressure. This jet features a spinning action, and feels like a steady pulse against large portions of your back.

PowerPro® FX Rotational: Air and water move in circles against your back, evoking the sensation of thumbs pressing against those overlooked areas. This jet is similar to the PowerPro® RX, but homes in on smaller muscle groups.

PowerPro® FX Large Rotational: This jet provides a strong massage across a wide group of muscles. The ample reach of this jet ensures steady pressure against larger muscles, not unlike the repeated strong pressure of a Swedish massage.

Hydromassage for Your Legs and Feet

Legs and feet are often go unrewarded for their constant hard work. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs alleviate the aches and pains that may come with being constantly on the go with jets installed all along the bottom of the seat and the hot tub itself, reaching these long-ignored appendages. These jets include:

PowerPro® FX Small: Enjoy a strong hydromassage that focuses on smaller portions of the body, providing a steady stream of vigorous pressure on a particular spot. This is a directional jet, perfect for overworked lower extremities. Use this jet to relieve sore calves, calloused heels, and tender arches.

PowerPro® FX: This jet creates a stream of air and water that also targets smaller muscle groups. Adjust the pressure and allow the jet’s circular motion to swirl pressure against your achy joints.

PowerPro® BX: This “bubbler” jet focuses exclusively on the calves. Pressure bubbles pulse steadily along your legs, refreshing your skin and reinvigorating tired muscles.

Hydromassage for Hard-to-Reach Places

Adjust the direction on your other jets to hit any area you’d like, but these two jets specifically focus on areas you might forget:

PowerPro® PX: This jet delivers a pulsing massage to small muscle groups, such as the ones in your wrists and hands. Muscles you use frequently while typing at a computer all day are typically ignored in traditional hydrotherapy sessions.

PowerPro® NX2: This jet focuses entirely on the neck, directing a high-pressure stream of water toward the small muscle groups there. Change the direction of the nozzle to push the stream toward the area you desire and let it massage your tension away.

While a number of these jets are available on all Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs, there are a handful that are found only in specific models. Find your local dealer to help you choose the best model for your needs.

Essential Accessories for Your Hot Tub

Your spa is going to provide years of enjoyment and potential health benefits, but why not accessorize it and make it more your own? Whether you want to make your hot tub more easily accessible or are looking to craft a more enjoyable experience for you and your guests, the Jacuzzi® Parts Store has something for you. These accessories will add a great deal to your hot tub and the area you set it in.

Steps

Getting in and out of your hot tub shouldn’t be a physical workout. If you’ve had a little trouble climbing into your spa, a set of steps will make getting in and out easier. The steps come in a variety of colors to match your existing décor, and most can be assembled in a minimal amount of time by one person.

Cover Lifter/Mount

One of the best things you can do for your spa is cover it. The cover keeps the heat in as well as prevents debris, insects, and the like from falling into the hot tub. But covers can be heavy and difficult to move; make the process easier on yourself with a cover lifter or mount. Once this equipment is installed, you’ll be able to remove your spa’s cover easily.

Spa All Purpose Cleaner

There’s no getting around it: Your hot tub will accumulate some grime as time goes on. Make a quick cleaning part of your periodic maintenance session. Just spray this cleaner onto the exterior and wipe away stains and buildup with a cloth. You can also use this on the interior of your hot tub when the water is drained.

Cover Cleaner

You keep your spa sparkling clean, so give your cover the same treatment. Spray this onto your cover every five or six weeks and buff it in with a paper towel – be careful not to get it on your hands, as it may irritate your skin. The cleaner will keep your spa cover looking as lustrous and clean as your spa itself, and will also protect against UV ray-induced fading.

Towel Warmer

There’s nothing quite like soaking in your hot tub to ward off the chill of a winter night. But what happens when you step out of your spa and into the evening air? Place your towels into a towel warmer before getting into your spa; when you climb out, you’ll have a toasty towel to wrap yourself in.

Your hot tub is not a static item, sitting unchangeable in your backyard. It’s part of your home, so outfit it according to your own needs and tastes as they change. Proper care will ensure its longevity.

How to Prep Your Hot Tub for Winter

Your hot tub is an outstanding addition to your home and family, and proper maintenance will ensure you get to enjoy it for years to come. This maintenance includes making the necessary adjustments to keep your spa operating through the cold winter months or, alternatively, shutting it down during the cold months. We’ll discuss both possibilities below.

Closing Down for Winter

Hot tub owners often report that they most enjoy using their spas during the winter. However, if your area is bracing for severe inclement weather or you’re leaving town for an extended period of time, you may wish to shut down your spa entirely.

  1. Power Down

You’ll be emptying your spa of water and performing additional maintenance

on it, so shut off the heater and turn off the spa.

  1. Empty the Spa

Drain your hot tub of all water. Empty the air blowers, if your spa is

equipped with these.

  1. Clean Filters

Remove your filters and place them in a cleaning solution. You’ll want to keep them in a dry place for as long as they’re out of the hot tub. Take this opportunity to clean the filter basket, as well.

  1. Loosen Fittings

If your pump housing has drain plugs, open them. You may wish to rent or purchase a shop vac to remove additional water left inside these fittings.

  1. Blow Jets

Water can get trapped in your jet plumbing and damage your hot tub if it freezes. Make sure this is drained, whether manually or by a shop vac.

  1. Clean the Shell

Your hot tub is empty, so give the entire basin a good scrubbing with a spa cleanser.

  1. Cover Your Tub

Place your cover over your hot tub and lock it down. It will protect your spa during the winter.

When spring arrives, you can refill your hot tub and begin enjoying it again.

Operating Your Spa in Winter

If you are concerned about the cost of operating your spa and its heater in the winter, you can relax; if properly maintained, keeping your hot tub operating is surprisingly cost-efficient. Here are a few simple steps you can follow to prepare your hot tub for winter.

  1. Drain/Clean Tub

You’ll still want to give your spa a cleaning session. Drain your hot tub and give it a thorough scrubbing, including the vents and filters.

  1. Refill Your Spa

Fill your hot tub with water.

  1. Activate Freeze Protection

If you live in a very cold climate, run your hot tub in F3 “Standard” mode. A sensor will monitor the climate and periodically run the pump when the temperature drops below a certain level, preventing anything from freezing.

    1. Keep Your Spa Covered

If you aren’t using your hot tub, keep the cover firmly on it. This will keep the heat in, preventing you from running the heater continuously and saving you money in the long run.

There’s nothing quite like watching snow drift down from the comfort of your spa. Why not keep it operating in the winter and enjoy it?

Now that you know how to maintain your spa through the winter or how to properly shut it down, you’ll be able to properly manage its care. As long as you look after it, your hot tub will function optimally.

Simple Exercises You Can Do in the Hot Tub

Your hot tub isn’t just a place for you to soak and relax. You can engage in a number of simple exercises while you’re sitting or standing in your spa. We’ve compiled a few that we think you’ll find comfortable and enjoyable:

Head Circles

Sit down in your hot tub. Rotate your head from shoulder to shoulder very gently, tilting your head forward, right, back, and left before returning to your starting position. Repeat three times.

Leg Lifter

While sitting in the hot tub, place your hands on the seat beside your hips for balance and lift your legs until they are directly in front of you. Hold for three seconds, lower them, and breathe. Repeat up to five times, gradually extending the length of time you hold your legs up.

Toe Points

Sit down in the hot tub and take several deep breaths. Raise your legs until they are directly in front of you, as you did in the Leg Lifter. Point your toes, hold for three counts, and relax. Complete up to five reps.

Blowfish

Take a deep breath and puff your cheeks out. Hold for five seconds, then let it out slowly. Relax for five breaths, then repeat. You can do this up to five times.

Ab Cruncher

Sit or stand in your hot tub. Pull in your stomach muscles so they are tight and hold for three seconds. Release. Take a breath. You can repeat this five times.

The Shrug

Sit or stand in your hot tub; alternatively, sink into the water up to your chin. Lift your shoulders in a shrug as high as they can go, hold for three breaths, and lower them. Repeat this three times.

These are just a few of the stretches and gentle exercises you can perform in your spa. Give yourself plenty of time to recover between each stretch, and make sure you check with your doctor before attempting a new exercise routine.

FAQs About Fibromyalgia

Many people consider purchasing a hot tub to help ease symptoms from medical conditions. One condition frequently asked about by potential spa owners is fibromyalgia, a syndrome affecting the nervous system. According to The Mayo Clinic, fibromyalgia most often includes “widespread musculoskeletal pain,” as well as fatigue and mood changes. While warm water has proven to have positive health benefits, raising one’s body temperature can potentially be detrimental to certain constitutions and only a doctor can recommend treatment for fibromyalgia. As you’re consulting your physician, we’ve provided a few frequently asked questions to help inform you about fibromyalgia:

Who is Affected by Fibromyalgia?

Anyone can suffer from fibromyalgia, though WebMD notes that women are more likely to develop the syndrome than men. It also seems more likely to strike those with anxiety and irritable bowel disorder, among others.

What are Some Symptoms?

Chronic pain in the muscles, muscle spasms, and general tenderness are among the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia. WebMD also indicates tension headaches, memory problems, and general abdominal issues are possible symptoms of this disorder.

Why Does Fibromyalgia Occur?

There is no hard and fast reason why fibromyalgia appears in some people but not others. There is some evidence that a family history is partially to blame; if you have a relative with fibromyalgia, you may be more likely to develop it. You may also be more susceptible to the syndrome if you have rheumatic arthritis or lupus.

What are Some Treatments?

Your doctor will prescribe the course of treatment best for you, but in general, you will be looking at OTC treatments, prescription drugs, and lifestyle changes. Regular over-the-counter painkillers may take the edge off muscle pain, while antidepressants have been shown to provide additional comfort.

What Lifestyle Changes Can I Pursue?

The Mayo Clinic recommends reducing stress, making sure you sleep enough, and getting some exercise. You may also look into hydrotherapy, or using water to treat sickness or discomfort. Besides helping you relax, sitting in a hot spa may help increase circulation, and exercising in water is easier on painful joints. Again, be sure to determine if an increased body temperature will have any adverse effects on your condition before soaking in the tub.

If you have fibromyalgia, consult with your doctor to pursue the best course of treatment for you.

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