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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!

Famous Hot Tubs: Movie Edition

While many films use hot tubs to set the mood for romance and hook ups, some of the most famous flicks of all time have spa scenes, sans the hot and steamy aspect. Whether it’s the place for talking business or having a heartfelt moment, hot tubs can set the stage for character development. Check out a few films where spas are stars on the silver screen:

“Scarface”

Tony Montana’s glamorous round hot tub is the envy of us all. With a Cuban cigar hanging out of his mouth, Montana soaks in his ginormous, gold-adorned spa while conducting business. But just because his skin may be pruney doesn’t mean he’s going soft!

“Lion King 1 1/2”

During the sequel to arguably one of the best Disney™ movies, Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon blissfully soak in a natural hot spa. The Hakuna Matata trio is relaxing and enjoying the hot spring, but it’s not until Pumbaa leaves the tub that Simba and Timon realize the bubbles weren’t coming from the spa. The warthog’s infamous flatulence strikes again.

Dumb and Dumber

In this cult classic, funny duo Lloyd and Harry are having a heart-to-heart in none other than a heart-shaped hot tub. As they’re sipping beers and soaking in the spa, Harry bears his soul to Lloyd about how the cheesy honeymoon suite reminds him of a date he had with his ex-girlfriend. As if the bromance scene wasn’t awkward enough, Lloyd realizes he may have played a role in Harry’s break-up with the ex.

Boogie Nights

Despite the risqué plotline of this 90s film, the famous hot tub scene is particularly tame. It’s while taking a dip in the spa that the Eddie Adams reveals his desired stage name. He envisions his surprisingly anti-climactic name in bright neon lights: Dirk Diggler.

Some hot tubs are responsible for turning up the heat on screen, but these spa scenes are remarkably PG. Take a dip in your own spa while watching flicks on your movie projector for the ultimate Friday night soak.

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 GUESTSextrasuits The Ultimate Hot Tub Party Checklist

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 DOgames The Ultimate Hot Tub Party Checklist

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.

 

✓ REFRESHMENTSrefreshments The Ultimate Hot Tub Party Checklist

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 MOODsetmood The Ultimate Hot Tub Party Checklist

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 Pet and Pest-Proof Your Hot Tub

Sure, you love spending every moment with your pets, from riding in the car to jogging around the neighborhood. However, when it comes to soaking in your hot tub, this is the one activity you may want to do solo. Hot tubs can be harmful to your pet’s health, while your pet’s fur can be harmful to your tub.

To avoid potential problems, designate your hot tub for human use only. Check out a few of our tips for preventing any and all furry ones from soaking in your tub.

Remember to Secure Your Spa Cover

Investing in a strong and sturdy spa cover is one sure way to protect your hot tub from your family pets and unwanted critters. Properly seal your hot tub after every use to keep it from gaining animals’ interest. In addition, to prolong the life of your spa and cover, keep your friends, family, cats, and dogs from sitting on it to prevent premature wear and tear.

However, if your pet is especially keen on joining you in the hot tub, you may want to install a hot tub gate around your spa to further keep out four-legged visitors.

Keep the Area Clear of Food

The more food you leave around your hot tub, the more likely pests will take up residency inside or near your spa. Just like on camping trips, when it comes to your hot tub “leave no trace.” Outdoor critters, from rats to raccoons, love to gobble up the leftover appetizers from your backyard spa party. Not to mention, yummy crumbs may entice your family dog and cat over to the hot tub area, too. If you don’t leave leftovers near your tub, neither will these animals.

Inspect Your Hot Tub Cabinet

Mice and wasps have a reputation for making homes in hot tub cabinets. They like to burrow through holes and wreak havoc beneath your tub. To avoid this problem, seal any cracks and crevices where these unwanted ones could crawl and periodically check under your cabinet for signs of inhabitants.

Indulge with a human-only soak and follow these easy tips for preventing pets and pests from joining you. Learn more about hot tub maintenance today.

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.

Water Woes: How to Keep Your Spa Water Clean

Just like any other area of your home, your hot tub needs periodic cleaning to maintain its sparkle. When it comes to cleaning your hot tub, don’t just sweep the dust bunnies under the carpet. Instead, give your spa the TLC it needs to ensure it stays fresh and healthy for you to soak.

Check Your pH Levels

Testing your spa water’s pH levels is one of most important ways to determine its needs. After all, pH imbalances can make your hot tub water too acidic or too basic, both of which can have negative effects. Once you figure out your water’s pH level, you’re better equipped to know how much sanitizer to add.

Add Sanitizers

Without the use of sanitizers, your hot tub will become a cesspool-like environment and may potentially cause health risks. Even if your spa water looks clean and clear, there’s a good chance it’s contaminated. After all, warm water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Sanitizers, such as chlorine and bromine, work to kill these bacteria. Refer to your pH test to determine how much sanitizer to use.

Consider Oxidizers

Add shock oxidizers to eliminate residue from soakers, such as dead skin, oils, and cosmetics. These oxidizers rid your spa water of unwanted organic matter and help to keep your water cloud free. Furthermore, oxidizers aid the sanitizers in the fight against bacteria.

Drain and Refill

To prevent the battle of fighting to keep your pH level in balance, drain and refill your hot tub every few months. Doing so will make it easier for you maintain the pH balance, but it will also circulate fresh water into the spa.

Scrub the Tub

Once you’ve drained your spa, give the tub a good scrub to remove any residue and scum before refilling it. If you do this every time you drain your hot tub, it will prevent buildup and that unwanted water ring around the interior.

Your spa won’t magically clean itself, but fortunately, it only takes a few steps to maintain its sparkle and bacteria-free glow.

What You Need to Know about Hot Tub pH Levels

Clear water doesn’t necessarily mean clean water. It’s possible for your spa water to look perfectly fine while it secretly deteriorates your hot tub and health. Instead of relying on guess work, learn the importance of your tub’s pH levels and test them regularly to maintain a clean and healthy spa.

What is pH?

Water pH is a measure of how acidic or basic the water solution is according to the concentration of hydrogen ions. Pure water generally has a pH level of seven. Any solution with a pH level above seven is considered basic, while results lower than seven are acidic.

Why is pH Important?

Testing the pH level of your spa water is important because if it isn’t balanced, the water could negatively affect your tub. On the one hand, if your water is too acidic, it may corrode your spa parts. On the other hand, if your water is too basic, it could stain your tub or lead to mineral scaling. Imbalanced pH levels may also cause health problems, such as skin and eye irritations.

What Alters My Hot Tub’s pH Levels?

The kinds of water and sanitizer you use in your spa can change the pH level. Hard water and well water, for example, have different pH levels than fresh water. Because of this, it’s important to determine the pH level of the water coming out of your garden hose, instead of assuming it’s at a perfect seven. Sanitizers also have different pH ranges, such as calcium hypochlorite, which has a high pH level, and bromine, which has a much lower pH level. If you’re not careful when you add these sanitizers, they can further imbalance the pH level of the hot tub water.

How Do I Test the pH levels in my Hot Tub?

Read the instructions on your pH test kit to determine specific steps and how frequently you should check your spa’s levels. In many cases the process simply involves taking a sample of circulated spa water and dipping a test strip into it. Next, shake the strip and hold it horizontally for roughly 15 seconds before comparing its color to the chart. Your kit should provide you with additional instructions on how to balance your hot tub water accordingly.

Don’t put your spa or health at risk. Learn to read and understand pH levels for a happier, healthier tub today. Learn more about hot tub sanitation by reading the Do’s and Don’ts of Hot Tub Water Sanitation.

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4 Tips for Turning Your Hot Tub Backyard Into a Garden Oasis

Designing a backyard to feel more like an inviting retreat that an ordinary patio is a matter of adding charismatic touches. You don’t need to go overboard or deck out your outdoor space in expensive elements to achieve this appealing environment. Enhance your hot tub area with a few of these easy tricks:

1. Create Drama

Something about a shady backyard gives off the feel of a secret garden. If you have an especially large backyard space, plant palms and willow trees for a quaint area to read a book. Meanwhile, if your patio is on the smaller side, choose large-leaved plants and wrap vines around your space for a charming vibe.

2. Add Backyard Seating

Cozy outdoor sofas and bench seats piled with pillows give you the ideal area to kick back when you’re not soaking in your tub. Build a little seating area next to your tub so your guests who aren’t sitting in the spa can still with mingle with those who are in the tub. Top off the oasis with a shady umbrella and your backyard retreat is nearly complete.

3. Attract Whimsical Creatures

Create the ultimate garden space, which even wild animals can appreciate. Visits from butterflies and hummingbirds will make your backyard feel just like a jungle paradise. Plant brightly colored wild flowers, such as Mexican salvia, and set up hummingbird feeders to attract the enchanting winged ones.

4. Light it up

Twinkling lights set the mood for an inviting backyard space. Bring light to your backyard in the evenings with tiki lamps, Christmas lights, or lanterns. Also consider experimenting with large and tiny candles to create an enticing ambience for soaking in your hot tub.

Forking out a fortune on a backyard designer isn’t necessary to create an inviting outdoor space. Simply adding a few touches here and there can turn your hot tub setting into a private oasis.

Find Out How Smartphone Apps Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t something that should be complicated. However, when you throw your hectic work schedule, happy hours, and marathons of “Orange is the New Black”into the mix, your health sometimes takes a back seat. Fortunately, when you’re looking for a little motivation, the apps on your smartphone can help. Instead of browsing Facebook and challenging your high score on Angry Birds, download some of the following apps to improve your quality of life:

Recipe Apps

Need a quick recipe to whip up dinner in less than 20 minutes? There’s an app for that. Want to know what you can make with the ingredients in your refrigerator? There’s an app for that, too. Thanks to current technology out there, from Jamie Oliver’s 20-Minute Meals to Fridge Pal, you can quickly cook up healthy cuisine without attending culinary school. Skip the drive-thru on the way home from work and go the healthier route with a recipe app on your smartphone.

Pocket Trainer Apps

If you lack the drive to hit up the gym every day, check out the pocket trainer apps for at-home workouts and motivation. Some of these apps even provide routines you can do in the middle of your living room, as they demonstrate the exercises and time your workout. Choose a program targeting your desired area, whether it’s your core or your upper body.

Meanwhile, there are other programs, such as MapMyFitness, which track your bike rides and jogs. These kind of apps plot your workout on an interactive map and provide you with your distance, time, pace, and even the number of calories you burned. Such programs are especially useful if you like to challenge yourself to beat your previous records.

Water-Testing Apps

After all that exercising and healthy eating, you deserve to relax your muscles and rejuvenate your body in your hot tub. However, if fiddling with spa chemicals is enough to make you skip out on your soak, download a water-testing app. Insta-Link Water Testing, for example, lets you know exactly what chemicals your tub needs when you take a photo of the specially designed spa-testing strip. Apps like this make it simple to determine your spa needs, so there’s no excuse not to rest and soak.

Though you have a hectic lifestyle, downloading a few of these apps may help you better your quality of life, from kick-starting your day with a run to winding down with a soak in your hot tub.

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.

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