Soaking Up Life


Immerse yourself in a hot tub for better physical, mental, emotional, and social health.

A hot tub soak doesn’t just feel good. It’s good for you. The heat, pressure, and buoyancy of the water provide a host of health benefits, both physical and psychological, and sharing the experience can boost your relationships.

Hot water makes your blood vessels dilate, meaning better circulation that soothes and relaxes muscles, makes joints more flexible, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and even reduces blood sugar. Hot tub jets stimulate even more circulation. The support of the water – that feeling of weightlessness – eases pressure on muscles and joints and relieves pain. At the same time, the water resistance makes exercise up to 50 percent more efficient – 30 minutes in the tub is worth 45 minutes outside. The increase in body temperature even helps burn some calories and generates cleansing sweat, and the cool-down afterwards leaves you drowsy and ready for a good night’s sleep. Taken together, the hot tub can be a natural healing place for people who suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis, rheumatism, obesity, back pain, athletic injury or strain, or insomnia.

The physical health benefits naturally improve a person’s mental and emotional health. The warm water relaxes the mind as well as the muscles, and the relaxation releases endorphins that elevate mood and sense of well-being. A hot tub soak can wash away the stress of the day and provide a comfortable and private place for focused personal reflection and blue-sky daydreaming. The buoyancy of the water can lift your spirits as well as your body.

Sharing the hot tub sometimes with others can multiply the peace and happiness of the experience. The tub can become a hot spot for at-home romantic getaways with your partner or a mellow and relaxed environment for discussing important issues or catching up with loved ones. It can provide a focal point for parties and celebrations with friends or a place for your teenagers to invite their friends for at-home fun.

Life is better with a hot tub.

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