Health Benefits of a Spa
STRESS / STRESS-RELATED CONDITIONS
Perfect antidote - a soothing and relaxing soak!
- Brings on a more restful, peaceful, healing state.
- Counteracts stress and its effects (heart works harder, breathing becomes more rapid and shallow, digestion slows on the human body 1).
- Warm water and soothing massage relieves anxiety and relaxes tense muscles.
- Helps relieve high blood pressure, headaches and chronic pain due to stress 1.
The National Sleep Foundation says over 130 million Americans suffer from mild to chronic insomnia. Some of the side effects of not getting enough sleep can be depression, mood swings, memory lapses, headaches, severe tension, and a compromised level of attention span during the day. A study done by Scientific Journal Sleep, states that soaking in a hot tub prior to bedtime will not only help someone fall to sleep but it will also provide a deeper more relaxing sleep than usual.
- Hot water therapy induces sleep.
- Causes the body's internal thermostat to pull your temperature down, enabling you to drift into a deeper, more relaxing sleep 2.
- Alleviates body tension.
- A natural remedy, unlike prescription & over-the-counter drugs and alcohol, all of which make you feel groggy and have other adverse side effects.
Accelerates the natural healing process.
- Eases pain, fatigue and soreness due to exercising.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Relaxes muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers.
- Causes blood vessels to dilate thereby increasing blood flow and circulation.
- Speeds the elimination of toxins, which are replaced by oxygen and the body's natural nutrients.
ARTHRITIS / CHRONIC PAIN
The Arthritis Foundation recommends the use of a hot tub as an excellent way to apply heat to arthritic joints. Additionally, the Arthritis Foundation found that many arthritis sufferers benefited from 10-15 minutes in a hot tub in the mornings, when joint stiffness is at its worst. Benefits of hot water therapy to arthritis sufferers include: ease of discomfort by warmth, massage and buoyancy, muscle relaxation, decreased pain and stiffness, better nights sleep, and greater ease at performing everyday activities. A hot tub is like having your own personal masseuse!
- Raises the body's temperature and causes blood vessels to dilate, resulting in increased circulation.
- Buoyancy of the water reduces body weight by approximately 90%, relieving pressure on joints and muscles and making it easier to perform exercises.
- Helps to keep joints moving. It restores and preserves strength & flexibility and also protects your joints from further damage 3.
- Heat warms up joints and decreases swelling. It makes collagen tissue more stretchable, so you'll move more freely with less pain.
- Provides just enough resistance without aggravating arthritic joints and weakened muscles.
- May help build muscle strength.
- Helps restore range of motion 3.
Possible benefits for people suffering from Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus 4.
According to the American Diabetes Association and a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, soaking in a hot water helped improve blood sugar readings, sleep, general well being and stimulates the beneficial effects of exercise. A patient with Type 2 diabetes who soaked in a hot tub for 30 minutes each day for 3 weeks had a reduced blood sugar level by an average of 13 percent. This could be very beneficial to diabetes patients who need exercise but are not able due to physical or time restraints.
- Reduces blood sugar levels 4.
- Provides improved sleep.
- Gives a boost in general sense of well-being.
- Especially helpful to patients who are unable to exercise on land 4.
A report from the Mayo Clinic found that relaxing in a spa can be good for heart-disease patients. This study showed that soaking in a spa is less stressful on the heart and more beneficial than working out on an exercise bicycle. Soaking in a spa may have benefits over working out because exercise raises your blood pressure significantly. Additionally, the research demonstrated that soaking in a hot tub for 15 minutes will lower the patient's blood pressure, instead of raising it.
A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that people who soak in a hot tub for 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week for 3 weeks can lose an average of 3-1/2 pounds. This is a result of the hot water stimulating the effects of exercise on the muscles. In this study there was no new diet or exercise program introduced, the weight loss was a result of the hot tub alone.
FAMILY TIME AND ENTERTAINMENT
The perfect everyday family vacation.
- Provides quality time and place to communicate and get reacquainted/bond with your family.
- Perfect complement when entertaining friends.
- Neutral environment magically stimulates conversations.
- Romantic thoughts are more easily shared with those you love when relaxing close together in warm water.
Sharon Wolf, a spokesperson for the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, stated that, "What people find is that the hot tub quickly quiets nerves and helps one refocus almost immediately after a long and hectic day, making for quiet conversation." The hot tub is a bridge that helps couples float back to the things that really matter, like family, friends, fun and relaxation. The longevity of relationships has been increasingly threatened by the stresses of modern life. This is the most valuable aspect of a hot tub for couples: providing a romantic date night without the stress of getting ready to go out, and designing a place to create shared memories.
1 Article Mayo Clinic OK's Spas for Heart Patients
2 Study in scientific journal - Sleep
3 Arthritis publication Spas, Pools and Arthritis
4 New England Journal of Medicine September 16, 1999