Hot Tub Benefits

Spa to Sleep: Let Your Jacuzzi® Relieve Your insomnia

A growing number of Americans report suffering from insomnia – the inability to fall asleep (or stay asleep, if they do manage to nod off). If you suffer from sleeplessness and are searching for methods to cure it, a hot tub may very well contribute to more restful nights. The following includes some general information about insomnia and how a spa can help:

Definition of Insomnia

According to WebMD, insomnia is a “sleep disorder,” characterized chiefly by sleeplessness. Even when sufferers do manage to fall into slumber, they wake up tired and may remain groggy throughout the day. Your insomnia may be limited to one or two sleepless nights a year, or you may find difficulty nodding off for months at a time.

Causes and Effects of Insomnia

The causes of this condition depend on what type of insomnia you have. WebMD suggests two classes: acute and chronic. Acute insomnia may be brought on by sudden, temporary stress; an abrupt change in temperature (heat spikes in late summer, for example); or a reaction to medication. Chronic insomnia often accompanies prolonged stress, various psychiatric conditions, and physical pain.

The effects of these symptoms will depend on the individual, but you may find yourself consistently fatigued, forgetful, and clumsy, meaning chronic insomnia can have a tremendously negative impact on your job and personal life.

How a Hot Tub Can Help

Sitting in a hot tub before bedtime can ward off insomnia in many ways. If you’ve got a lot of stressors in your life, taking some dedicated time to unwind can work wonders to clear your head and let your body relax. Hot water can reduce physical pain, also a noted insomnia trigger. As your body and mind loosen up, you may find yourself better able to drift off.

When used properly, your spa can help you create a healthier, more relaxed lifestyle. As always, consult with your doctor before beginning treatment for any sort of condition.

How Technology can Help You Exercise

How Technology can Help You Exercise
The advent of the smartphone, the Internet, and other wonders of the technological age means running around in sneakers and guessing at your calorie intake is at an end. Revamp your exercise regimen and start reaping the benefits with these three methods:

Motivational Devices
You can manage and share your fitness goals and progress via a number of new gadgets. For example, the Nike+ Fuelband is a bracelet that tracks your every move and compiles information on your smartphone. Adjust your workouts, set new targets, and put your friends to shame when you compare your stats and prove that you racked up more miles.

Another technology that makes it easy to try out new sports is the Nintendo Wii and its varied physical games. The Wii’s sensors track your movements, and you can swing, jump, run, and dance your way through workouts while your avatar mimics your motions onscreen.

Health Apps
Your smartphone is your conduit for just about everything, including monitoring your health. Browse through hundreds of mobile apps that are geared toward helping you calculate your intake with calorie tracking, stay fit with how-to videos from prominent personal trainers, and cook healthy meals with a database of easy recipes. You can even track how many hours of good sleep you get per night, as opposed to how much you need.

Currently a few of the best-rated health apps in the iTunes App Store include the Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal, Fooducate, and Fitness Buddy.

Hot Tub Recovery
There’re no two ways about it: after you’ve been rough on your body, you need to let it recover, and hydrotherapy offers a number of health benefits to the athletic individual. Whether you run five miles a day or are a devout practitioner of yoga, soaking in a hot tub will help your body repair itself. The hot water will raise your body temperature, which leads to blood vessel expansion and improved circulation. This is crucial for getting nutrients to damaged tissues during the healing process. The jets on the best hot tubs are also perfectly positioned to massage sore spots and pressure points.

The advance of technology means consistent improvement in how we maintain our health and fitness. Stay abreast of these advances and you’ll enjoy a happier, healthier body for years to come.

Can I Soak Year-round? Seasonal Tips for Owning a Hot Tub

Can I Soak Year-Round? Seasonal Tips for Owning a Hot Tub
Your hot tub can bring you enjoyment and health benefits all year round. But while you’re combatting the chill of winter or the dry heat of summer, you’ll want to make sure you properly maintain your spa through the changing seasons. Look after your spa, and it will last for years to come. Here are few tips on how to maintain it year-round:

Winter
You’ll find immediate benefits to soaking in your spa during the winter. Once you ease into the piping hot water, you may find cold-related aches and pains easing. Repay the favor by keeping an insulated cover on the hot tub, which will keep its temperature level and prevent long hours (and energy use) waiting for it to heat up. Also, don’t forget to activate your spa’s freeze-protection system to prevent the pipes from freezing.

Spring
The season of new life brings blooming plants, allergies, and rainstorms. Hopping in your spa during spring can not only provide relaxation, but help alleviate any nose or chest congestion from the inevitable flu and allergy season. To make sure those warm waters are ready for you and protected against April showers, stretch a tarp over your hot tub to shield the machinery, the tub itself, and the water it contains.

Summer
The dry heat of the summer months may drive you indoors and out of the sun. Protect your spa’s physical integrity by keeping it out of direct sunlight, too. Keep your hot tub underneath an awning, gazebo, or even just an umbrella; this will help prevent the sun from warping the exterior. You’ll also want to place a cover over the tub itself to keep your water from evaporating on hot days.

Fall
Fall brings cooler and shorter days and trees changing color. Don’t share your hot tub space with fallen leaves; if possible, keep your spa clear of trees that might drop refuse into it. Sift out any detritus that falls into your tub to prevent it from clogging the filtering systems. This is a good time to drain your spa and flush the plumbing system – after the heat of summer but before icy weather sets in.

Simple Solutions for a Complete Hot Tub Lifestyle

A few simple add-ons can make a world of difference when it comes to completing your all-inclusive hot tub lifestyle. The first 100 days of owning your Jacuzzi® brand hot tub are the perfect time to fully equip yourself with everything you need so that you’ll never have to leave your ultimate back yard oasis. To help get you started, here are some of our favorite, easy-to-implement hot tub solutions.

GET COMFORTABLE!
No matter what the weather’s like, maximize everyone’s comfort with these ideas.

. • A cabinet of plush, fluffy towels and robes ready keeps everyone warm when they’re not in the tub.
• Towel racks and towel trees keep towels, robes and slippers dry and clean.
• A spa step like the Handi-Step we offer looks great, provides easy entrance into your hot tub and lasts for years to come.
• Swing-arm umbrellas provide adjustable shade and protection from unpredictable weather when you need it.
• Privacy screens create a secluded getaway that’s hidden from view.

 

STAY REFRESHED!
Keep the cold drinks flowing and your stomach from growling with these accessories.

. • A sturdy set of plastic cups and can cozies ensure that everyone can enjoy a cold drink without the danger of broken glass.
• Floating drink and snack caddies give you and your guests the luxury of savoring food and drinks in style.
• An outdoor mini-fridge is great for always keeping ice-cold drinks within arm’s reach.
• A stainless steel ice bucket and tongs help to keep everyone’s drinks chilled with a steady supply of ice cubes.

 

TURN UP THE FUN!
Make sure no one gets bored with these easy ideas for constant entertainment.

. • Floating board games and waterproof cards provide competitive fun for all ages.
• Floating disco balls get the party really started by casting multi-colored lights throughout the water.
• Candles or twinkling lights help to boost the romantic ambience on date night.
• Either a good book or your favorite magazine is great for decompressing with a relaxing read.

 

Now that you’re comfortable, refreshed and anything but bored, you’re ready to begin living that complete hot tub lifestyle you’ve been dreaming about.

For more information on the health benefits of hydrotherapy and the unique technology behind Jacuzzi® brand hot tubs, please click here. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for more recommendations on making the most out of your Jacuzzi® hot tub during the first 100 days of ownership.

Finding The Ideal Hot Tub Water Temperature

As a new Jacuzzi® brand hot tub owner, it’s important to test out different water temperatures from the get go. While 104° is accepted maximum, below that there’s no “right” or “wrong” water temperature; it’s more about finding one that gives you the best experience. Once you’ve settled on your ideal temperature, you can fully unlock the healing power of hot water to treat everything from muscle pain to insomnia. Here’s how to find the ideal hot tub water temperature, as well as some background on hydrotherapy, or the use of heated water for health benefits.

FINDING THE IDEAL TEMPERATURE FOR YOU

. Finding the proper temperature for your hot tub is essential to getting the most out of your hot tub experience. As a new owner, we recommend experimenting with various water temperatures while the entire family is present. Once you find a temperature that everyone agrees on, keep it within that range, as continuously raising and lowering the heat can increase operational costs and add wear. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the water temperature of a hot tub is best between 100°F and 102°F.


WATER TEMPERATURE QUICK FACTS

• The majority of hot tub users prefer a water temperature in the range of 100°F-102°F.
• 104°F is the standard maximum temperature, which some users also prefer.
• Always consult a physician before getting in the hot tub while pregnant.
• Children under age 5 should not be in hot tubs over 95°F, and should only remain in hot tubs for 5-10 minutes at a time.

 

THE HISTORY OF HYDROTHERAPY

. History has shown that water is the ultimate therapist, as the healing benefits of hydrotherapy date back thousands of years and across many of the world’s oldest cultures. Ancient Egyptians bathed in heated waters treated with flowers and herbs, the Greeks believed that water therapy was essential to optimal health and the Romans used heated pools and steam to treat a wide range of medical conditions. The health benefits of hydrotherapy, both mental and physical, haven proven themselves across the ages as a remedy for common ailments ranging from joint pain to insomnia.

 

THE POWER OF HYDROTHERAPY TODAY

Jacuzzi® hot tubs have popularized the ancient practice of hydrotherapy for a new age, while also making its health benefits more powerful than ever. Hot tubs have been found extremely useful in treating physical ailments such as muscle and joint stiffness, inflammatory diseases and even spinal pain. Hydrotherapy also works wonders for your mental well-being, as even a quick ten minute dip helps everyday stress to evaporate. If you suffer from insomnia, hot tubs can better prepare you for sleep by relaxing your body and lowering your internal body temperature once you get out. .

For more information on the health benefits of hydrotherapy and the unique technology behind Jacuzzi® brand hot tubs, please click here. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for more recommendations on making the most out of your Jacuzzi® hot tub during the first 100 days of ownership.

The Benefits of Hot Tub Sessions For Training

Sitting in a hot tub can feel like the ultimate bliss, so it’s no wonder people assume a hot tub soak is beneficial to their athletic training. While a spa soak can certainly provide positive results, it’s all about timing. In fact, soaking in a spa too soon after your workout can cause more harm than good to your body. Check out the following tips for deciding when to hit the hot tub during your training sessions:

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The Biggest Hot Tub Maintenance Myths Debunked

If you think that hot tub maintenance is time-consuming, requires just as much work as a pool, think again. Contrary to what you may have heard, it’s surprisingly simple and can take as little as 10 minutes each week. During your first 100 days of owning a Jacuzzi® brand hot tub, it’s especially important to learn the truth about taking care of your hot tub, so here’s a handy list of the biggest debunked hot tub maintenance myths.
MYTH: Constantly getting in and out of the hot tub tracks in dirt and debris that builds up on the shell over time.
TRUTH: Unlike many bathtubs, a Jacuzzi® hot tub’s shell is impervious to bacteria and footprint stains, meaning it’s easy to keep clean.

 MYTH: The lengthy process of heating the water means it won’t be ready when I want it to be.
 TRUTH: With the right settings configured, your hot tub stays heated economically 24/7, meaning it’s ready to go whenever you need to take a dip.

 MYTH: It’s going to be a complicated backyard chemistry experiment to keep it clean.
 TRUTH: Actually, it only takes a few minutes a week to ensure that the water in your spa remains in tip-top shape. Using a test strip, check the levels of pH, Alkalinity, Calcium and your preferred sanitizer (Chlorine or Bromine). Adjust each measure by adding the right amount of each product as indicated in your owner’s manual.

 MYTH: I’ll have to drain the water frequently.
 TRUTH: Water changes are only recommended every 3-6 months, depending on usage…

 MYTH: Filter changes will be difficult, expensive and messy.
 TRUTH: Access to the filter is easy on your hot tub, and they are simple an inexpensive to replace. Some of our models feature the Smart Control screen, which actually tells you when the filter needs to be a changed. Even if you don’t have it, a simple weekly check will do the trick and lengthen the life of the filter.

 MYTH: I won’t use my hot tub enough to get my money’s worth when it comes to monthly maintenance and energy costs.
 TRUTH: As a new owner, you’ll quickly see what most of our owners already know – your hot tub becomes part of your family’s daily routine, providing valuable relaxation time, and a long list of health benefits for even just 10 minutes a day. And monthly energy costs are less than you think – as low as $14/month on some models.See — hot tub maintenance is that easy! For more information on proper maintenance of your new hot tub, please visit our “Owner’s Corner” by clicking here. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for more recommendations on making the most out of your Jacuzzi® hot tub during the first 100 days of ownership.

Understanding Jets before You Purchase a Hot Tub

When you’re in search of your dream massage, don’t blindly purchase a spa without first understanding the power of jets. From realizing the importance of jet placements to finding a tub with the appropriate pump size, here are a few aspects you should know about your next hot tub:

Number and Placement of Jets

When it comes to the number of jets in a hot tub, many consumers assume the more the merrier. However, quantity does not always equal quality. Oftentimes it’s the placement of the jets and not the number that maximize your spa experience.

Instead of counting hot tub jets, consider the areas you want the jets to focus on most. Perhaps you want one seat with a set of powerful jets for a full-body massage and then interchangeable jets spread throughout the rest of the spa. Alternatively, you may suffer from foot pain, so you want a hot tub with strong foot mound jets. Begin by deciding what kind of hydro massage you’re interested in, and choose the number and placement of your jets from there.

Adjustable Jets

There is a difference between stationary jets and adjustable jets. Stationary jets remain in the same place and cannot be altered or moved to provide you with a more customized massage. While a hot tub may have many stationary jets, more of these jets doesn’t necessarily mean a better massage.

Alternatively, when you have adjustable jets, you can personalize your hydro massage to suit your individual preferences. These jets allow you to point the nozzle in the direction of your specific muscles for customized hydrotherapy. Sometimes a few adjustable jets can make a huge difference in your spa experience.

Pump Power

The number and type of jets aren’t the only aspects responsible for the quality of your hydro massage. When browsing hot tubs, you want to ensure the spa’s pump is strong enough to provide the jets with the power and pressure for a deep massage. It doesn’t matter if you have 10 or 100 jets, if the pump cannot keep up, you’ll only experience a mediocre massage.

When shopping for a new hot tub, speak with spa specialists to find a tub with all the jet elements you desire for the ultimate hydro massage experience.

Understanding Hydrotherapy and Hydro Massage

When you’re in the market for a new hot tub, more than likely you’ll come across terms such as hydrotherapy and hydro massage. You’ll hear about how your new spa will provide hydrotherapy benefits and the ultimate hydro massage, but what exactly does that mean? Instead of glazing over when you hear these hot tub buzz words, check out our cheat sheet for comprehending these popular terms.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy refers to the use of water for pain treatment. This is a historical practice dating back to ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, China, and Japan, in which citizens soaked in communal baths or hot springs to soothe their ailments.

This form of therapy often experiments with water temperature and pressure to provide a desired healing effect. Changes in temperature can improve your blood circulation and aid in lymphatic drainage, while pressure can help relieve aches and pains. In modern day, some examples of hydrotherapy include hot tubs and whirlpool baths along with mineral baths, such as Swiss showers.

Hydro Massage

Hydromassage is a type of hydrotherapy, which uses warm water and massages. The Ancient Romans were particularly responsible for making this form of hydrotherapy popular with their public bath houses.

Today we use hot tubs for hydro massage to relieve muscle pain and improve our circulatory system. Hydro massage is often a suggested kind of therapy for when you’re suffering from ailments such as sports injuries, arthritis, and tendinitis, among others.  In addition to providing pain relief, hydro massage may reduce stress.

The ancient civilizations were on to something when they began experimenting with water temperature and pressure to better their quality of life. Nowadays, we continue to value their findings as we use hot tubs to manage our pain and stress.

Waterproof Your Workout with a Hot Tub

Your hot tub is an inviting oasis for relaxation. However, it also makes a great place for an exercise session. Believe it or not, aquatic workouts can help build your muscle strength and provide cardiovascular benefits. Before you hop in the spa and do your lunges and leg lifts, ask your doctor if a water workout is right for you. Once you receive spa exercising approval, try some of these moves:

Hips

Improve the muscles around your hips by standing in the tub, using the sides for balance as needed. Lift your leg straight out to the side and push against the water for resistance. Do 10-15 repetitions on both legs. Then raise your leg and bring your knee to your chest. Do 10-15 repetitions on each leg.

Arms and Shoulders

Bicep curls are a great way to tone your arms. Begin with your arms straight at your sides and then curl one arm so your fist moves toward your bicep, perpendicular to your body. Next, work on strengthening your shoulder muscles.  Start with your arms by your sides and lift them straight out, so they’re shoulder height and parallel to ground. Begin with 10 repetitions of both workouts on each arm. For an added challenge, try these sets with light dumbbells.

Legs

Tone your calf muscles with leg lifts. Simply stand in your hot tub and rise up on to your toes for three to five seconds and then release. Repeat this five times and eventually work your way up to additional lifts. Another simple, yet effective, workout for your leg muscles is to walk around your spa for at least 10 minutes. Walk forward, sideways, and backwards for a full-leg workout. The water resistance will help to tone and strengthen your leg muscles.

After all that working out, you deserve to treat yourself. Rest, relax, and soak in your hot tub and give yourself a pat on the back for all your hard work!

The Ultimate Hot Tub Party Checklist

During your first 100 days as a Jacuzzi® brand hot tub owner, use your next party as an opportunity show off your new investment AND impress friends and family with your hospitality as a host. You don’t want to throw one of those parties where it seems like the host hasn’t taken the necessary prep time for food, drinks, music and activities. Hot tubs were built for entertaining, so follow this foolproof checklist for hosting the ultimate hot tub party.

✓ GEAR FOR GUESTS

EXTRA BATHING SUITS: Keep extra bathing suits, swim trunks or old t-shirts as backup for guests who forget their bathing gear at home. Even if some guests “forget” their bathing suits as an excuse to not get in the hot tub, once they see how much fun everyone’s having, they’ll want to jump in too.

TOWELS: You can never have too many towels on hand, especially when you consider that guests will get in and out of the hot tub multiple times. Keep a rotation of dry towels going so that everyone stays comfortable. Your guests (as well as your floors and furniture) will thank you for it!

 

✓ THINGS TO DO

GAMES: Most of the action will be centered on your hot tub, so make sure your guests stay entertained with games that can get wet. Waterproof playing cards, floating game boards and checkers sets are always good bets, as are group games like charades.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Although it’s a hot tub party, not everyone will be in the tub at the same time. Make sure all of your guests are comfortable and entertained (not just the ones in the tub) by providing ample seating around the tub and a variety of outdoor games.

 

✓ REFRESHMENTS

DRINKS: Stock up on a variety of ice cold drinks that will keep everyone refreshed. It’s a good idea to provide your guests with either cans or plastic cups to avoid any broken glass around the hot tub area. Make sure everyone stays hydrated and safe in a party atmosphere by keeping plenty of chilled water available.

FOOD: Remember to keep food light, as most guests won’t want to be walking around in their swimsuits with a belly full of food. When you factor in a raised body temperature from the hot tub, being too full can be a recipe for discomfort. To avoid soggy crumbs, stick to serving finger foods that are easy to eat like veggies and dip, cheese plates, chicken kabobs, egg rolls and popsicles, to name a few.

 

✓ SET THE MOOD

MUSIC: Every great party needs a great soundtrack. Crowd-pleasing music is a must, so try an oldies playlist to keep everyone happy. Many Jacuzzi® hot tub models come with built in iPod docking stations that make it easy to keep the music going without getting in and out of the tub.

LIGHTING: It’s amazing how much ambiance some soft lighting can provide, so try adding candles, lanterns or twinkling lights to your hot tub area. Many Jacuzzi® hot tubs offer LED Chromatherapy options, enabling you to select color and brightness to create the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests.

Remember, if the host isn’t having fun, the guests won’t either. Making these necessary preparations beforehand will ultimately allow you to sit back, relax and have a blast from the moment the party starts.

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How to Get Back on Your Feet: Post-Op Therapy

Hydrotherapy is a therapeutic method of pain relief and treatment using hot water. Because hot water can help reduce pain and improve motion, physiotherapists and occupational therapists sometimes encourage post-operative patients to consider hydrotherapy as a form of rehabilitation. With a therapist’s guidance, you can work to repair and regain your pre-surgery body in the comfort of your hot tub.

Rehabilitation

Therapists often recommend hydrotherapy in hot tubs after specific orthopedic surgeries, such as hip and knee replacements, post fractures, and multi-traumas, among others. However, if you’ve recently undergone surgery, first speak with your doctor before turning to hydrotherapy. In some cases, there is a time frame between your surgery and when it is safe to use a hot tub, and hydrotherapy may worsen your conditions if you dip too soon. Once your doctor gives you the okay, meet with a trained therapist to ensure you safely incorporate hydrotherapy into your rehabilitation routine.

Buoyancy Benefits

Buoyancy is one of the major reasons why hydrotherapy is so beneficial. Because the buoyancy of the water causes you to float, it reduces gravity’s pressure on your muscles and joints, which can help to relieve your post-surgery pain.

Warm Water Benefits

Warm water encourages vasodilation, which increases blood flow to muscles and removes cell wastes. This process moves oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and helps reduce pain and tension. Furthermore, your improved circulation may also help with your range of motion.

Additional Benefits

The combination of the buoyancy and warm water allows you to move, stretch, and exercise your muscles and joints with more ease. The water’s resistance also improves your muscle strength and flexibility. To top it all off, the hot tub’s jets target specific muscles and restore and stimulate new tissue growth.

Though hydrotherapy can be extremely beneficial to getting you back to your pre-operative self, it’s important to follow doctor’s orders and speak with professionals regarding hot tub use prior to hopping in the spa.

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