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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.

How Hot Tubs Can Improve Family Bonding

Send the neighbor’s kids home, turn off the television, and round up the family for an evening of fun in the hot tub. Your spa provides the perfect place for your kin to spend some quality time together without cell phones buzzing with text messages or social media causing distractions. Because sometimes finding common ground between your teenager and your elementary schooler is a challenge, try some of these family bonding tips:

Star Light, Star Bright

Brush up on your constellations and Greek mythology as a family. Head into the tub on a night where there aren’t any clouds to see the stars at their finest. This is not only a great way to educate your children, but it can also create some friendly competition. See who can find the North Star first or challenge them to find Canis the Dog, Draco the Dragon, and Equus the Horse. Even though it’s practically impossible to impress your kids at their age, show off you knowledge of Greek mythology, or see who can come up with the funniest renditions of the ancient stories.

UNO!

It doesn’t matter how much teenage angst your kids have built up, everyone can get on board with a game of UNO. Stock up on a waterproof deck and let the fun times fly. Even better, up the ante and let the winner skip out on dish washing duty! If teaching your kids the basics of Texas Hold ‘Em is more your style, pick up some traditional waterproof game cards, too.

Food for Thought

Stretch out the evening with your family’s favorite grub. Bribe your kids to join you outside with cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, and veggie dip. If that’s not enough to get them to hang out with you, the smell of your BBQ ribs just may do the trick. Throw some corn on the cob and burgers on the grill and you’ve got yourself a family feast. And to keep the kids coming back for your next backyard hang out, don’t forget to treat them with some dessert.

Hanging out with your family in the hot tub doesn’t have to mean silently staring at one another and watching the seconds tick by. Use this opportunity to strike up conversation, play some games, and get in touch with your sillier sides.

Are you looking to improve your family bonding, but don’t have a hot tub? Search our large selection of hot tubs today.

How Hot Tubs Can Help With Blood Circulation

After a long day at the office, a rejuvenating dip in your hot tub can turn your drab day into a fab one in minutes. As you submerge your body into the warm water, you’ll immediately feel your muscles begin to loosen up and your stress start to melt away. In addition to helping you relax after a demanding day, a soak in your hot tub can temporarily alleviate your poor circulation.

Symptoms of Poor Circulation

Those of you who suffer from poor blood circulation may experience symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and even numbness. People who have circulation problems sometimes experience shortness of breath and difficulty exercising, too. If you suspect you have poor circulation, consult a doctor as these conditions could worsen or become more serious.

Causes of Poor Circulation

There are various reasons for poor circulation, some of which relate to unhealthy habits such as smoking, eating junk food, and failing to exercise. However, more serious conditions may be responsible for your poor circulation, including arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol, and kidney, lung, and liver disease, among others.

How a Hot Tub May Help

While there are medications you can take and lifestyle changes you can make to improve your poor circulation, something as simple as relaxing in your hot tub could better your blood flow. Experts say the hot water in your tub causes your blood vessels to open, which in turn, lowers your blood pressure. The warmth of the water also helps encourage your blood to flow more easily, allowing better circulation throughout your body. Your spa won’t cure your poor circulation, but it may temporarily improve your symptoms.

Taking the time to soak in your hot tub can have a positive effect on both your mind and body. Regardless of whether you have poor circulation, treat yourself to a 30-minute dip a day to distress and rejuvenate. Also, find out how hot tubs can ease your joint pain.

Can Hot Tubs Improve Your Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms?

Ancient societies, from the Romans to the Egyptians, have long regarded hydrotherapy as a beneficial means to treating and relieving ailments. In modern day, hydrotherapy is often used in sports medicine and even physical therapy. While soaking in a hot tub commonly relaxes and relieves aches and pains, it may also benefit your Type 2 diabetes.

A study at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado, which was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, suggests hot tubs may have positive effects on those who have Type 2 diabetes. In the study, eight diabetics soaked in a hot tub for 30 minutes, six days a week for three weeks. As a result, many of the diabetic participants noticed positive effects, such as weight loss, reduced blood sugar levels, and improved sleep.

Benefits

Over the course of the study, the participants’ average blood glucose levels were reduced. In fact, one participant even lowered his daily insulin dosage by 18 percent. The participants also lost an average of 3.75 pounds. Though the results varied, these are valuable benefits for those who are coping with Type 2 diabetes.

The participants in the study also noted they experienced improved sleep and a better sense of well-being. While these findings are not necessarily tangible, the researchers suggested the relaxation benefits of hydrotherapy could have caused these improvements. Because the participants were taking 30 minutes out of the day to unwind and relax, which they weren’t doing otherwise, this period of relaxation may have been responsible for their improved sleep and sense of well-being.

Caution

Before soaking in a hot tub though, speak with your doctor to ensure it is safe for you. If you have diabetes and suffer from nerve damage, it is especially important to receive doctor’s approval prior to using a spa. Additionally, because relaxing in a tub can lower blood pressure, always take caution when exiting it.

While it may take additional studies to further solidify these results, upon your doctor’s approval, go ahead and soak, relax, and unwind.

Joy for Joints: How a Hot Tub can Ease Your Joint Pain

You’re feeling creaky and achy. Your joints are howling in pain as a steady throb pulses through your body. Whether you pushed yourself a little too hard on the basketball court or are enduring full-blown Arthritis, a dip in a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub may be the answer to temporarily relieving your pain.

Just imagine treating yourself to a relaxing soak in a steamy hot tub while simultaneously easing your joint soreness. The combination of the hot tub’s buoyancy, heat, and hydromassage targets your discomfort and works to improve your overall quality of health.

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From Bubbles to a Promotion: How Relaxation Improves Concentration

Hard work has long been heralded as the quickest — if not the only — path to success, but what happens when those long hours threaten your performance? Studies show that an overloaded mind can often contribute to depleted energy, decreased concentration, and a general sense of unease. What’s more, many doctors are increasingly looking at prolonged stress as the starting point for a variety of medical conditions. In other words, that hard work could actually be hurting just as much as it’s helping.

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