Hot Tubs Should Be Mandatory For Every Home  

by Pool Builders on 01-28-2010 in Articles

Hot tubs, also known as Jacuzzis or spas, are basically pools, tubs or containers filled with very hot water that are large enough to immerse one's entire body in. Some hot tubs are equipped with submerged jets that propel the hot water throughout tub in order to produce a massaging effect. Some hot tubs do not have jets and are often known as "soaking tubs".

People all over the world have appreciated the physical and mental benefits of hot water for many centuries. Public bathhouses and spas were plentiful in ancient Europe and Asia, popular for their well-proven relaxation and healing properties. Today such bathhouses and spas still exist, though they are more frequently found in private homes, in the form of bathtubs or small pools. In the past, only wealthy people could afford to have hot tubs in their homes. More recently, hot tubs have become much more reasonably priced and more available to everyone.

Relaxation is one of the main reasons people choose to own hot tubs. Hot water is well known to have a soothing effect, both mentally and physically. Tense muscles become relaxed, anxiety dissipates and moods vastly improve after a good soak. This calming and comforting effect makes hot tubs perfect places to unwind after a long day or to just hang out and relax. Many people enjoy hot tubs as peaceful places to read or to socialize with family and friends.

Many people use hot tubs for health and medical reasons. The circulatory and cardiovascular systems of the human body are particularly receptive to the positive effects of hot tubs. Hypertension or high blood pressure can be controlled with proper and regular use of a hot tub. Because hot water has the effect of dilating the blood vessels, vascular circulation is improved. Improved vascular circulation means less stress on the heart, which in turn creates lower blood pressure.

Joints, muscles and tendons can also benefit from immersion in hot tubs. The massaging effects of the water jets combined with the soothing effects of the hot water can work wonders on joint pain and body aches. The resulting combination of relaxed muscles and improved blood circulation serves to reduce pain and inflammation. The buoyancy of the hot water also works to reduce stress and pressure on joints, facilitating exercise and flexibility.

Weight loss can also be achieved with hot tubs because the improved vascular circulation can pass toxins and waste more efficiently through the body. This also helps reduce the unnecessary retention of fluids and prevents cellulite from accumulating. The flexibility and ease of stress-free exercise in a hot tub also contributes to successful weight loss.

Hot tubs are also very effective in reducing insomnia and sleep disorders. The effect of massaging hot water relaxes muscle tension that can make it difficult to doze off. Immersion in hot water before bedtime also causes the body's internal temperature to decrease, which in turn makes it easier to get to sleep.

Whether used for relaxation and entertainment or for hydrotherapy and health issues, a hot tub is a smart and practical investment that everyone should have in their homes.

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