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How Hot Tubs Can Help Aging Skiers and Athletes

Skiing is a sport that is particularly rough on the knees; despite modern equipment and advancing medicinal practices, skiing on aging joints can be a hazardous practice. So how can skiers, and athletes in general, continue to enjoy the sports they love, while minimizing the stress on their bodies? A recent article in “The San Francisco Examiner” called “Skiing on an Aging Knee[1],” addresses this exact issues:

Skiing into Your 80s

In the article, Dr. Kevin R. Stone, an orthopedic surgeon in San Francisco, took a look at methods to keep skiers moving well into their 80s, and one of his suggestions was soaking in a hot tub.

“To ski, we must bend the knees,” Dr. Stone notes. Bending the knee affects where you go while you ski, as well as how the rest of your body moves with the motion. The article focuses on the effect skiing has on older knees, but in reality the knee is just the lynchpin to the rest of the body. Hips, ankles, elbows, and wrists are all affected by skiing, and keeping them all healthy and functioning is critical to enjoying a good run down the slope.

 

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Maintaining Flexibility with Hot Tubs

To help you attain maximum flexibility while skiing, Dr. Stone recommends sitting in a hot tub before hitting the hills. “Stretching in a warm bath, hot tub, or shower improves flexibility,” he writes, pointing out that such exercise helps loosen up the tissue.

In addition, the hot tub is naturally a place for you to sit quietly and clear your mind, allowing you to focus more on your upcoming ski run. You’ll have a much easier time coming down the mountain if you aren’t thinking about your upcoming work projects or other stressors in your life.

Stretching to Stay on the Slopes

Spend some time soaking in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub to maximize the benefits Dr. Stone describes in his article. While you’re in your spa, perform simple stretches, such as leg lifts and toe points, to help your body limber up and prep for the skiing ahead.

Read this article for more ideas about simple exercises to do in the hot tub.

[1] http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/skiing-on-an-aging-knee/Content?oid=2915242

Hot Tub Romance: Best Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Whether you’ve been together for 3 months or 30 years, Valentine’s Day is always a special occasion for a couple, and your hot tub can add to the romance and drama. To help make February 14th memorable, we’ve collected our favorite tips for including your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub in your Valentine’s Day plans:

Create Backyard Ambiance

Wrap strings of lights around your gazebo or nearby trees to create a romantic mood. Play either romantic music or, for extra points, your partner’s favorite musician. Keep large, fluffy towels and slippers nearby so the two of you can quickly warm up after getting out of the hot tub. Consider scattering rose petals around the path to the hot tub, or setting scented candles and a floral arrangement on a table right next to it to tantalize all of the senses.

 Let the Jets Do Their Job

Indulge in the warmth of your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub as you enjoy dual hydromassages. Or perhaps treat your sweetie to a hand massage while the jets work on each of your backs and feet. Spend anywhere from 15-30 minutes in your hot tub, savoring each other’s company and the warmth of the water.

Enjoy Romantic Treats

Serve your partner delicious finger foods like shelled oysters, chocolate-covered strawberries, and grapes. These bite-sized treats will be easy to consume while relaxing in the warm water and will add to the romance. We don’t recommend taking alcohol into the hot tub, but you can enjoy a steaming mug of hot chocolate, or a glass of sparkling juice or ice water to stay hydrated.

Keep a Chilled Bottle for Later

Put a bottle of your favorite bubbly on ice. Place two long-stemmed glasses next to it. After you’ve toweled off and donned your fluffy robes, pop the cork and pour yourselves each a glass and pick out the constellations.

This Valentine’s Day, take a moment to relax and plan a truly romantic retreat for you and your loved one. With these simple ideas and your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, you can have a wonderful night without having to leave the comfort of your home.

Seat Differences in Top Jacuzzi® Hot Tub Models

Among the most incredible components of the Jacuzzi® Hot Tub experience is the unique combination of relief, comfort, and care provided by the spectrum of available seating options.

Regardless of whether you are sitting upright or restfully reclining, Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are crafted with your well-being in mind, and provide the most advanced hydromassage therapy available. To help you decide which seat best suits you, here’s a closer look at the most popular options:

The RX Jet Therapy Seat

RX Jet Therapy Seat
Revered for reaching an abundant area despite the small size of its spinning jets, the RX Jet Therapy Seat delivers a soothing, fully adjustable amount of pressure. Reminiscent of a Swedish-style hydromassage, this seat allows you to focus the force on whichever back and neck muscles are most in need of relief.

Exclusively available in our J-LX® and J-400™ Collections, and in an upgraded version in our J-500™ Collection

The MX2 Jet Therapy Seat

MX2 Jet Therapy Seat
Designed to provide relief to the most prominent muscles in the lower back, and featuring a cushioned headrest to ensure maximum comfort,  the MX2 Jet Therapy Seat sports an updated version of the design that made the Jacuzzi® Brand a household name more than 60 years ago. Capable of emitting the utmost ratio of air to water, this seat directs a light amount of pressure to the deep contours of the lumbar.

Exclusively available in our J-LX®, J-400™ and J-500™ Collections

The FX-12 Therapy Seat

FX12 Therapy Seat
Specifically developed to deliver precise, spiral propulsion to the back and neck, the ergonomic FX-12 Therapy Seat comfortably nestles hot tub dwellers amid a sea of 12 spiraling jets. And thanks to a fully customizable level of accuracy, this seat affords all who sit in it the ability to enjoy one of the best hydromassages available, fine-tuned to their liking.

Exclusively available in our J-400™ and J-500™ Collections

The ProAir™ Lounge Seat

ProAir Lounge Seat
Designed to diffuse the bodyweight of whosoever’s sitting in it, the ProAir™ Lounge Seat releases knots by targeting the acute muscle groups of the back and neck with both a rotational massage and rifling action. The sensation resulting from the seat’s carefully arranged jets emanates upward along the spine, through the shoulders, neck, and head.

Exclusively available in our J-300™ Collection

The various seat styles available in Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are designed to promote harmony and balance between the human body and warm, moving water. And thanks to the adjustable nature of the seats, Jacuzzi® Hot Tub users can target different areas of stress, soreness, and tension with pinpoint precision. When selecting the spa model that’s right for you, take these factors into consideration and choose the seat combination that best fits your needs.

4 Methods Different Cultures Use to Relax

Relaxation, or the general release of concerns and tension, is an important part of stress management around the world. According to The Mayo Clinic, “Relaxation techniques can help you cope with everyday stress and with stress related to various health problems.” Your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub is the perfect place to unwind and de-stress, combining benefits similar to relaxation techniques various countries apply worldwide. From heat to massage, here are four methods different cultures use to relax:

Finland

The Fins enjoy using saunas to relax. While many are now built into Finnish homes, the traditional sauna is a separate, self-contained wooden structure. Users enter the sauna after washing up; hot water is thrown on rocks to create steam. If it’s been a particularly stressful day, the user may knead and massage their muscles with a silver birch branch to further relax tension. After some time spent in the heat, the user leaves the sauna with loosened muscles and clean pores. The sauna ritual is often completed by leaping into a pool or a pile of snow; alternatively, users can just relax with some snacks in a cooler room. To extend the health benefits, Fins often repeat the cycle of sauna and cold water over and over again.

Thailand

Everyone enjoys the comfort and tension release of a good massage, but the Thai variation is particularly relaxing. The art of Thai massage combines practices from Indian and Asian traditions, and its modern variant is designed to bring balance to the recipient’s body, mind, and soul. It typically takes place on a mat instead of a massage table, and a well-trained Thai massage therapist will shift your body around in practiced movements that may surprise some who are accustomed to lying still for a massage. The Thai style is renowned for easing tension in muscles, improving flexibility, and cutting down on joint pain.

Sweden

Floatation is a therapy rapidly gaining a foothold in Sweden and the U.K. Users climb into an isolation tank, which is essentially a large tub filled with warm salt water and sealed off from light and sound. The user inserts earplugs and floats in the darkened chamber. Floatation is an excellent way to meditate and otherwise relax; the sensory deprivation cuts you off from the outside world, allowing you to focus entirely on your breathing and improve your peace of mind.

Japan

For centuries, the Japanese have relaxed by visiting hot springs. Japan has a very active volcano system, which in turn has led to some truly spectacular geothermal water sources. These waters are believed to be infused with minerals that can assist in healing and general relaxation. Japanese hot springs are referred to as onsen, and these bathhouses feature a calm, quiet atmosphere to promote ultimate relaxation.

Relaxation is more important than ever in our fast-paced lives, but you don’t have to travel around the world to unwind. The benefits of steam, massage, buoyancy, and heat can be found in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub. We hope you’ve found this look at how other cultures de-stress enlightening.

How to Target Tired Feet with Hot Tub and Bathtub Jets

While getting a foot massage is nice, there’s nothing quite like the power of warm water and hydromassage. Just as your shoulders, back, and legs benefit from this soothing pressure, you can use these same tricks to revive fatigued feet. If your arches and heels have been giving you some trouble, here’s how to target these areas with Jacuzzi® Hot Tub and Bathtub jets:

Jetted Foot Dome

Hot tubs like the J-345™ have a jet dome built into the bottom of the structure. This raised dome is studded with specialized jets that will massage and soothe sore muscles in your feet. Hold your feet just above the dome, or rest them directly atop it for a wonderful, relaxing hydromassage.

Foot Jets

Foot jets built into hot tub lounge seats—such as the J-480™ and bathtubs like the Elara™ Salon™ Spa Bathtub—are perfect for massaging your feet. They also promote circulation toward the heart. The jets in the J-480™ are adjustable, so you can direct the perfect amount of pressure to your tired feet. Craft a personalized experience through the Elara™ control panel, and relax and renew your feet through a gentle yet effective hydromassage.

Warm Water Soak

Specialized jets aside, simply soaking your feet in warm water is both therapeutic and relaxing. Immersing your feet in your hot tub or bathtub’s water will go a long way toward easing up tight and clenched muscles. Taking the weight off your feet while you soak them can also reduce the swelling and soreness that may accompany standing all day.

Spending time in your hot tub or bathtub will help you relax both your mind and your body. When you invest in a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub, you’re investing in long-term care for your entire body—feet included.

The Best Drinks to Bring to Your New Year’s Eve Hot Tub Party

If you’re hosting a New Year’s party, one thing you’ll want to keep in mind is what type of drinks to serve. We’ve selected an assortment of delicious beverages for you to choose from and modify to your taste. If you’ve been looking for some unique ideas, here are some of the best drinks to bring to your New Year’s Eve party:

Lovely Lime

Variations on these crisp drinks will usher in a fresh new year. Mix chopped limes or mint leaves with sparkling water or ginger ale; add sugar or other sweeteners if you like. Place a straw in the glass and toast to the New Year as the countdown begins.

Rudolph’s Nose

There’s no better way to ring in a chilly new year than with a sweet, fruity drink. This mixture of red raspberries, fresh orange juice, and ginger ale poured over ice is bound to be a crowd-pleaser. Tasty and refreshing, it’s the perfect drink to sip while you enjoy the last few hours of the year in your hot tub.

Light Moscow Mule

For a pleasant, nonalcoholic beverage you can take into the hot tub with you, consider a Light Moscow Mule. Mix ginger beer, fresh lime juice, and club soda together, and serve the drink in a heavy copper cup with a wedge of lime. If you’re ready to move the party out of the hot tub, substitute vodka for club soda.

Sparkling Juice or Sangria

A glass full of colorful, sparkling juice or sangria are festive and easy choices to toast to the turning of the year. Add some chopped fruit as a vivid accent and celebrate with your friends and family as you watch the ball drop.

Give your New Year’s party a special twist with these unique drinks, and remember to keep a pitcher of fresh water close to your hot tub so you can cleanse your palate and keep hydrated during your festivities.

Can a Hot Tub Help Relieve Headaches?

You know that a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub can ease aches and pains in your back, legs, or shoulders. But can a hot tub relieve headaches? The answer is yes. Read on to learn more.

Tackling Tension Headaches

A tension headache, also known as a stress headache, may stem from tight, uncomfortable muscles in the back, which can pull on one another until they cause great pain in your head and neck. To treat your tension headache, climb into your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub and position the jets so they hit pressure points along your back and neck. Since tension headaches often begin with neck and back muscles, helping these muscles relax will ease a tension headache.

Managing Migraine Headaches

For those who wrestle with migraine headaches, finding relief fast is at the top of your list. According to the Mayo Clinic, both stress and changes in sleep habits can contribute to an onset of a migraine, both of which can be addressed by spending time in your hot tub. Although your doctor will determine the best course of action when treating your migraines, the therapeutic benefits of your hot tub not only help you relax and reduce stress, they also remedy sleeplessness, both of which can help curb a menacing migraine.

As long as your doctor gives you the green light, spending time in your hot tub may help relieve your headaches.  Drink plenty of water while enjoying your hot tub, as well as limiting yourself to 20 minutes at a time.

Apps to Help you Relax and De-stress in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s more important than ever to let yourself decompress and relax. While your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub is an excellent way to de-stress, you may also look to your smartphone or tablet to further assist in achieving a tranquil state of mind. Here are some must-try apps that will help you fully unwind while enjoying your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub:

Rainy Mood App

This application is available on iTunes and the Android market. In its most basic mode, it produces the sound of a soft, soothing rain shower. Additional options include “impact textures” (such as rain hitting dirt, or a tin roof) and the ability to utilize your music library in the background. Turn on this app, close your eyes, and let your mind wander.

Calm App

This app is designed to guide you through the meditation process, but it’s also excellent at helping you relax or doze off. Listen to guided meditation sessions and set up background sounds to block out the noise of the world around you. The app is also equipped with soothing meditative music and additional content. You can get it on iTunes and for Android phones.

Spa Soundscapes Channel on iHeartRadio

Download the iHeartRadio app to your tablet or smartphone and switch the channel to Spa Soundscapes. This station plays quiet, soothing music that fades easily into the background. It remains an unobtrusive presence during your soak in your hot tub or bathtub. Lean back, close your eyes, and let the music surround you and ease you into complete relaxation. This app is available on iTunes and the Android market.

Audiobooks

There’s nothing better than curling up in bed with a good book…except relaxing in your hot tub or bathtub with a good audiobook. Load the audio version of your favorite book onto your smartphone or tablet and listen to the story unfold. Audiobook narrators are often experienced voice actors and may even bring new nuances to stories you thought you knew by heart.

Sky Map

Before you climb into your hot tub, power up Sky Map on a clear night and hold your phone up to the sky to identify a number of constellations. Once you know where the constellations are, you can put your phone in a safe place and gaze at the star patterns you’ve identified from the warmth of your hot tub. This app is available on iTunes and Android.

Sometimes it can be hard to force yourself to enjoy some downtime. With these apps and your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub, you’ll be able to create the ideal setting for relaxation.

Fast Facts You Didn’t Know About Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs

Whether you already own a hot tub or are considering adding one to your home, there may be a few things you didn’t know about these warm-water retreats. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs enhance your personal health regimen and certainly liven up your backyard gatherings, but they also have a rich history and interesting role to play in people’s lives. Here are seven interesting fast facts about Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs:

The use of hot tubs extends back thousands of years in human history

In Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Japan, people believed in their positive cleansing and therapeutic effects. The original models were naturally occurring hot springs or baths into which scalding rocks were lowered. Later hot tubs included fire-heated basins, then evolved into the more modern versions that are crafted from wood, cement, stainless steel, acrylic, and plastic.

Jacuzzi® Hot Tub technology originated in the aviation and agricultural industries

The seven Jacuzzi brothers were innovative engineers. After developing the first enclosed-cabin monoplane, they revolutionized the agricultural industry in 1925 by creating the first submersible pump. When a young Jacuzzi family member developed rheumatoid arthritis, the brothers created an aerating submersible pump to provide pain-reveling hydrotherapy treatments in the bathtub.

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs provide several different types of therapy, aside from hydromassage

Hydromassage is just one of the health benefits you can reap with a home spa. You can also enjoy chromatherapy, using various colors of light to calm and rejuvenate, and reflexology, targeting pressure points on your hands and feet to relieve tension.

Hot tub technology is continually being innovated and improved

Water jets, heating, and circulation features are always getting better, and much more energy efficient and affordable than most people realize. Some models cost only $14 a month in energy costs.

Hot tub cleaning and upkeep is pretty easy and affordable

It doesn’t take daily scrubbing and expensive equipment to keep a hot tub in pristine condition. With a bit of vigilance – regular checks of your water’s chemical balance and filtration – you’ll only need to drain your tub every 3 to 6 months, depending on frequency of use.

A Jacuzzi® Dealership holds a Guinness World Record

The title for the most nationalities in a single hot tub belongs to a spa dealership in Alicante, Spain. In 2012, people from 26 countries squeezed into a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub for a quick five-minute splash to claim the Guinness World Record.

It’s easy to update your hot tub and keep it current

Even if your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub is a few years old, you can easily update it with a variety of accessories, from spa covers, lifts, wind guards, and lighted steps that will lend even greater personalization.

You can find more fun facts and useful information on hot tubs by visiting our website’s Owner’s Corner and get updates via our official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Creative Ideas for Your Winter Hot Tub Party

Winter has arrived, which means long, cold nights. Why not welcome the season—and combat the chill—with a gathering of family and friends? Make your backyard a winter sanctuary by offering food, drink, and of course a soak in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. Here are some creative ideas for your winter hot tub party:

Install Lights

In winter, your trees are often bare. This may look bleak during the daytime, but bare branches are far easier to adorn with lights. Hang strings of lights from the branches, running them through separate trees or connecting trees to one another. When the sun goes down, you’ll have a magnificent winter light show.

 Provide Warmth

Keep your guests warm and cozy by providing a basket full of blankets and towels. If you have a towel heater, place the blankets there to warm them up before handing them out. When your party makes its way to the hot tub, keep the towels on the heater or at least in a protected place to ensure you can all wrap up with something comfortable and dry when you step out of the water.

Offer Toasty Drinks

Combat the cold air of a winter evening with a bar full of warm drinks. Keep hot chocolate, tea, and coffee standing by, as well as some stouter beverages. Offer your guests a Spanish hot coffee—made with coffee and Spanish bourbon—or a hot buttered rum.

Make S’mores

You can’t go wrong with s’mores to warm up a winter night. Light the fire pit, cover an outdoor table with a festive cloth, and then set out the ingredients for these cold-weather treats. Remember to use the old standbys of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows, but you can offer your guests more creative options as well. Provide caramel, more elaborate types of chocolate like dark or white, and fruits like strawberries and bananas. For a salty and sweet combination, offer your guests bacon bits to sprinkle on their s’mores.

There’s a great deal you can do to celebrate the winter season with your friends and family. For a special touch, consider sending out invitations to properly invite your guests to your party. Kori Clark has created the perfect invitation for every Jacuzzi® Hot Tub-themed celebration, making it easy for you to add another touch of creativity and style to your winter celebration.

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.

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