There are three factors at work in a
spa: heat, buoyancy and
massage. Together, they create a relaxing, soothing experience.
Immersion in hot water raises the body temperature
and causes the blood vessels to dilate, increasing circulation.
The buoyancy of the water reduces body weight by approximately
90%, which relieves pressure on joints and muscles and creates
the relaxing sensation of weightlessness.
The massaging action of a spa is created by
sending a mixture of warm water and air through jet nozzles.
This "energized" stream of water loosens tight muscles
and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural
Of course, a spa offers much more than
just a good hydromassage. It's also your own private retreat
that leaves you feeling mentally and emotionally refreshed.
Fifteen minutes in the morning can awaken and revive you.
And a soak before bedtime can make it easier to drift into
a deep, restful sleep. A spa is something you'll want to experience
One in three Americansabout 70 million
peoplehas some form of arthritis. Although there are over
100 different kinds of arthritis, most are characterized by
inflammation of the joints which causes swelling, pain and stiffness,
often resulting in loss of joint movement or function.
Many people affected
by arthritis seek relief by soaking in the warm, soothing
waters of a spa*. A hot tub can provide the warmth, massage
and buoyancy needed to both relax and
exercise joints and
muscles in the convenience and comfort of your own backyard.
Relaxed muscles create an overall feeling of comfort which
can then make it easier to perform exercises and carry out
If you know someone
who is affected by the pain and discomfort of arthritis, a
spa may bring the relief they need. A Hot Spring spa is the
ultimate way to soothe stiff, sore muscles and joints through
Hot Tub Therapy
Can Help Diabetics
For the more than 16 million people who have
diabetes, help may be as close as the nearest hot tub. A recent
study by a Colorado researcher published in the New England
Journal of Medicine brings the benefits of hot tub therapy
to the surface and sheds new light on the advantages of spa
ownership. According to the study, soaking in a hot tub can
be beneficial for people who are affected with Type 2 Diabetes
With this type of diabetes, people can often
control their condition with regular exercise and a good diet.
Unfortunately, many diabetics are physically unable to endure
rigorous activity and maintain a steady weight. In a recent
study conducted by Dr. Philip Hooper at the McKee Medical
Center in Colorado, eight people with Type 2 Diabetes were
placed in a hot tub for 30 minutes a day for three consecutive
weeks. The results indicated that patients reported a 13%
reduction in blood sugar levels, improved sleep and an increase
in their overall sense of well being.
nights? Soak yourself into a slumber with a Hot Spring®
Sure, spas help ease muscle and joint pain.
But did you know they can help you get a good night's sleep
as well? According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation,
approximately 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders
including mild to chronic insomnia, pauses in breathing and
snoring. The poll found that 48% of women and 38% of men suffer
from insomnia more than one night a week. This number is on
the rise as evidenced by the growing number of sleep disorder
centers across the nation (approximately 3,000 in the U.S.
today). According to a sleep therapy center in Louisville,
KY, insomnia is the second most prevalent reason people go
to the doctor (after pain).
Sleep researchers believe that many cases
of insomnia can be traced to hectic, stressful lifestyles
lived by basically healthy people. The results of sleep deprivation
are varied and may cause battered nerves, grogginess, lapses
in memory, depression, and erratic mood swings.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN
So how can you help your body enter a deep sleep? According
to a recent study in the scientific journal Sleep, a drop
in body temperature can help to ease your body into a deeper,
more relaxing sleep. Therefore it is suggested that you soak
in very hot water (103° F) approximately 90 minutes before
bedtime. This causes the body's internal thermostat to pull
your temperature down, enabling sleep to set in with more
ease. An ideal way to achieve this is to take a 15-minute
soak in a spa. This therapeutic use of warm water is called
hydromassage. The beauty of a spa-induced sleep is that it
is a natural remedy, unlike alternative sleeping aids such
as prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies and alcoholall
of which can make you feel groggy and have other adverse side
Spas help accelerate the natural healing process.
Eases pain, fatigue and soreness due to exercising. Lowers
blood pressure. Relaxes muscles and stimulates the release
of endorphins, the bodys natural pain killers. Increases
blood flow and circulation. Speeds the elimination of toxins,
which are replaced by oxygen and the bodys natural nutrients.
Affected by stress, the heart works harder,
breathing becomes more rapid and shallow, and digestion slows.
Nearly every process of the body is degraded. Researchers
have estimated that 80% of disease is stress related. Since
we usually can't avoid it, the key to dealing with stress
is relieving it!
A soothing and relaxing soak in a hot tub
can help counteract stress and its effects on the human body.
It is the perfect antidote to a hectic and stressful lifestyle.
The warm water and soothing massage relieves anxiety and relaxes
tense muscles. Helps relieve high blood pressure, headaches
and chronic pain due to stress