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Interesting Hot Tub Historical Firsts

The idea behind hot tubs—a cauldron of hot water—has existed for thousands of years. From early cultures resting and relaxing in hot springs to the state-of-the-art jets on the Jacuzzi J-500™, this unique way to unwind and improve your physical and mental well-being has deeply ingrained itself in the human psyche. Here, we’ve gathered a collection of little-known hot tub historical firsts that may prove both surprising and interesting:

The First Spa

The term “spa” is drawn from the Belgian town of Spa (possibly Espa). Spa possessed mineral springs, which were believed to contribute to physical and mental well-being. The name Spa has since become synonymous with a body of water that has health-giving properties.

First Hot Tub to Cross the Atlantic

In 1907, the RMS Adriatic (owned by the same company that built the infamous Titanic) was the first vessel to provide passengers with a swimming pool and a Turkish bath. The latter of these is a hybrid spa/sauna experience that drew from popular European bathhouses. A Turkish bath included time spent in a steam room, as well as a relaxing massage and a warm rinse.

First Hot Tub Pump

In the 1950s, the Jacuzzi brothers—who made their name designing agricultural pump systems—created the J-300™. This pump turned any bathtub into a hydrotherapy chamber, and it was largely sold to schools and medical facilities.

First Self-Contained Hot Tub

In 1968, the first jetted bathtub arrived on the scene. Roy Jacuzzi integrated the famous Jacuzzi® Brand jets into the sides of the tub, rather than depending on a single pump. In the 1970s, Jacuzzi® Brand introduced larger tubs with heating and filtration systems, creating the first self-contained spas and bringing hydrotherapy and the health benefits it confers to a mass audience for the first time.

First Touchscreen Control Hot Tub

The Jacuzzi® Brand has moved hot tubs into the future with the J-500™. This spa features the first glass touchscreen panel integrated into a hot tub, enabling you to easily adjust your settings with the flick of a finger. In addition, you can pair your J-500™ with your smartphone, so you can instruct your hot tub to heat up while you’re on your way home, or send a maintenance alert to your local dealership.

The hot tub has evolved and grown in popularity over the years. With the advent of the J-500™, Jacuzzi is proud to remain at the forefront of these advancements, and will continue to lead the way in hot tub and bathtub innovation for years to come.

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.

History of Hot Tubs and Jacuzzi

The use of heated water as a health and relaxation aid is not a new concept. Cultures have used hot springs—bodies of water heated by geothermal forces—as bathing and gathering spots for millennia, eventually taking inspiration from these natural springs to create man-made spas and tubs. Read on to discover more about how modern-day hot tubs came to be, and the part the Jacuzzi brothers played in it all:

Ancient History

Ancient cultures were known to make use of natural hot springs, from the Japanese “onsen” since at least A.D. 737 to the Roman thermal springs and bathhouses. When hot springs were not available, past cultures created rudimentary hot tubs by adding heated stones to a cauldron of water. Later on, the Romans developed piping to carry hot water from a furnace to a pool or other contained body of water. While these facts mark the beginnings of the importance of hydrotherapy, it was the Jacuzzi brothers that pioneered what became known as hydromassage.

The Jacuzzi Brothers

The road bridging ancient hot tubs and modern spas is a long and interesting one leading back to the Jacuzzi brothers. After immigrating to California from Italy in the early 1900s, the Jacuzzi family initially made their living as inventors, designing advancements in aviation and water pumps for agricultural use (specifically, orange groves). But it was their submersible pump, the first in the world, which pulled water from the ground that was the first step that led them towards the Jacuzzi® Brand you know today.

In 1956, a Jacuzzi family member developed rheumatoid arthritis. In an effort to reduce the pain associated with this child’s affliction, the Jacuzzi brothers used their knowledge of hydraulics to create a hydrotherapy pump, the J-300. This pump was portable and transformed any standard bathtub into a rejuvenating spa, launching the wellness industry.

The First Jacuzzi® Bathtub and Hot Tubs

In 1968, Roy Jacuzzi created the world’s first integrated whirlpool bath, called the Roman, featuring integrated jets with a 50-50 air-to-water ratio. As the years passed, the jetted bathtubs led way to the indoor-outdoor hot tub, becoming more than just a health aid—it became a gathering place for families and friends, much as it had been in the Roman days.

From the revolutionary J-500™ Hot Tub Collection to the designer Avvio™ Bathtub Collection, Jacuzzi® Brands continue to evolve today, dedicating extensive resources to research focusing on building products that foster health, relaxation, and socialization.

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.

6 Steps to Finding the Right Bathtub for Your Home: Part 2

Last week, we discussed three of the six steps to finding the right Jacuzzi® Bathtub for you. Today, we’ll explore additional steps to take to ensure you get the ideal model for your home:

 4. Select Your Bathtub Experience

What type of experience do you want to have when you relax in your bathtub? Jacuzzi offers a number of options for you to select from.

For the ultimate in relaxation, look into a Salon® Spa bathtub. This tub combines powerful jets and air bubbles to soothe your body and relax tired, tight muscles. Choose the Whirlpool for a hydromassage session—the massage these jets provide is one of the best things you can do for your body.

Another option is the Pure Air® Bath, which provides a gentle, soothing massage via warm air in hundreds of bubbles. This bathtub features 360-degree air inlets, giving you a full-body experience. Lastly, the Soaking bathtub is the perfect antidote to a long, busy day. Stretch out and take advantage of its ergonomic design. This bathtub allows a quiet, calm soak, so make sure you bring your favorite book in with you.

5. Decide on a Bathing Depth

From deep soaking to easy entry, deciding how much water you expect to use in your bathtub is an important factor to weigh. So, be sure to verify your hot water heater’s capacity. You can do that by finding the gallon amount on the Energy Guide tag located on the side of the unit itself or in your owner’s manual. This will help you ascertain whether your water heater can manage the volume your tub requires, allowing you to enjoy warm, soothing baths without overtaxing your unit.

6. Understand Your Faucet Options

If you’re on the market for a new bathtub, remember to consider your faucet choices. This can have a big influence on what type and size of bathtub will fit best in your space.

A floor-mounted faucet will add a unique touch, but you’ll need more room around the bathtub to install one, so take careful measurements. A wall-mounted faucet contributes to a sleek, modern look, and produces a longer water arch. This setup also leaves your bathtub with more surface space. On the other hand, should you have limited space around your tub, choosing to mount a faucet on the deck area may be your best option, as well as a more economical choice.

With your bathtub specifications in hand, visit our website or your local dealer showroom to view Jacuzzi® Bathtubs from our Comfort and Luxury collections. In just a few steps, you can find the right bathtub for your home.

6 Steps to Finding the Right Bathtub for Your Home: Part 1

Whether you’re upgrading your current bathtub or designing a new bathroom from scratch, ascertaining a few key specs from your space are critical before you pick out your future bathtub. From determining your installation options to ensuring you choose the right material, here are the first three steps to finding the right bathtub for your home.

1. Choose a Bathtub Size

Jacuzzi® Bathtubs are identified by length, width, and height, but as you contemplate your choices, consider who will be using the tub. If your bathtub will be primarily utilized by children, look for a model with low sides that will make it safe to enter and exit the tub, as well as easy for parents to reach in and help bathe the kids.

 

If your bathtub needs to accommodate multiple people, look for a model that can comfortably seat two and features a center drain. A particularly tall person may want to consider a 6-foot bathtub to ensure comfort and plenty of space while bathing. If you’re a solo bather, a bathtub with a high back, like the Era™ Slipper bathtub, is great for reclining and letting your worries fade away.

 

For remodels, be sure to make note of the location of the drain–whether left, right, or center–on the bathtub you are intending to replace to ensure the model you choose will be able to align with your drain.

2. Determine a Bathtub Installation Type

Before you choose a style of bathtub for your dream bathroom, you first need to determine which installation type will work in your intended space. Freestanding, drop-in, undermount, alcove, or skirted, the installation type often is determined not only by your style preference, but also by the space you have for your future bathtub.

 

Not sure which style will work for you? If you’re upgrading, take a photo of your existing space and allow a showroom expert to help you determine which models you can consider.

3. Explore Your Ideal Bathtub Material

All Jacuzzi® Luxury Bathtubs are created from high-quality Luxecast™ Solid Surface or acrylic materials.

 

Our Luxecast™ Solid Surface is a high-grade blend of the finest natural minerals and state-of the-art engineered materials. The uniformly non-porous material resists wear, soil and stain, and is also easy to clean. Luxecast™ Solid Surface is also thick and insulating, making it warm to the touch. Our high-gloss acrylic offers a non-porous surface retains heat and is easy to clean. The durable acrylic material comes in a variety of colors and boasts the benefit of also being scratch repairable.

 

Those are just the first three steps to finding the right bathtub for your home. In our next post, we’ll go even more in depth and provide three more helpful steps.

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.

Surprising Ways Hot Tubs Can Conserve Energy That You Might Not Realize, Part 2

In our last blog, we discussed three hot tub options that can help you save money on your electric bill. In Part 2 below, we’ll discuss a few other factors that are also important when trying to keep maintenance costs down. While all Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are energy efficient, meeting the California Energy Commission’s standards, these features actually help you cut costs even further and maintain the condition of your spa:

Energy-Conserving Heater

The immersion heater in Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs is made of titanium and features an ultra-low-watt density, energy-conserving heating element. It works this way: Water passes over the heater slowly, increasing the efficient transfer of warmth to the water. This also reduces mineral build-up, keeping your water cleaner and clearer.

Ultra-Efficient Lighting

LED technology allows bulbs to produce more light per watt than their incandescent cousins, meaning they require less energy to illuminate your hot tub. LEDs are long-lasting and inexpensive compared to other bulbs.

Heat-Transforming Pumps

The programmable circulation pump in Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs not only keeps your water filtered and clean, it also transfers heat created by the motor to the water, as opposed to dispersing it or otherwise allowing that energy to go to waste. This further reduces your energy usage.

Heat-Retaining Surface

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs feature TriFusion™ acrylic shells. These shells, layered atop one another, are very strong and limit the amount of heat that can escape from your hot tub. This makes your spa a self-contained unit, and it will retain the heat it generates as opposed to letting it leak out through a thinner exterior.

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are hallmarks in energy efficiency and average use will not make a tremendous impact on your electric bill. Plus, utilizing the tactics, included parts, and accessories we’ve reviewed in the past two posts will help you leave an even smaller energy footprint.

Surprising Ways Hot Tubs Can Conserve Energy That You Might Not Realize, Part 1

When you’re debating on whether to invest in a hot tub, a primary concern may be its impact on your electric bill. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are designed for energy efficiency, and a number of options are available to make your spa even more economical when it comes to power usage. As a reference, the California Energy Commission (CEC) requires a device to meet specific energy output regulations to be classified as “energy efficient.” All Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs meet these standards. In this two-part blog, we’ll explore some of the ways your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub can be cost effective, beyond being highly energy efficient:

Cold-Climate Insulation

This insulation is perfect for chilly weather and cold climates. It is layered onto the back of the spa’s cabinetry and reduces energy usage by adding another layer of insulation. This extra insulation keeps the temperature steady, so you won’t need to adjust the heat constantly and burn up energy. This insulation also protects against mold and eases operating noise.

Energy-Efficient Settings

All Jacuzzi® Hot Tub models give you some level of control over their operation, some more than others. For example, the J-1000 control panel allows you to program your filtration and heating cycles based on your average usage. Once you determine how and when you most often use your hot tub, program the sequence. You will avoid using excess energy to heat the hot tub when it’s not in use, yet it will be prepped when you’re ready to use it.

Heat-Conserving Covers

Drastically reduce energy consumption by installing a cover for your hot tub. Jacuzzi offers a number of options; the Sunbrella® in particular includes two pounds of foam density, as well as heat-seal gaskets. This creates an excellent seal that minimizes heat and moisture loss, decreasing the need to turn up the heater or refill the hot tub.

You now have an idea of just a few of the energy-saving options available in and for Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs. In our next blog, we’ll address additional ways you can save you money on your electric bill.

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.

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