Spa Pools - Their History and Modern Day Features

by Pool Builders on 10-28-2010 in Articles

There was a time when swimming pools were synonymous with one's status in life. If you have one in your home, then it surely says a lot of things about you. At a certain point, only the rich and those who belong to the higher society can afford to build one. The expense of having to dig a large portion of their land; the maintenance needed to keep it clean and safe for use is just an additional burden for an ordinary person. People's continuous search on how to make pools available for everyone, led them to the invention of 'spa pools'.

Spa pools, also known as hot tubs, are basically large tubs or small pools, which can be home-made or commercially manufactured. They are usually made of wood, acrylic, concrete or ceramic. Compared to that of an ordinary lawn swimming pool, these are filled with heated water, for the purpose of relaxation, massage and even hydrotherapy for medical purposes.

"Espa" is a Wallon word which means spring fountain and is the basis of the word "spa". There also exists a town in Belgium, named Spa, which is famously known for its healing hot springs. In some parts of Europe, "spa" is synonymous with "thermal waters". Nowadays, electric heaters or even natural gas are used to control the heated temperatures of the modern spas.

In the course of history, men have traveled far and wide to search for the best spa that nature has to offer. Records show that the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks are some of the world powers that showed their fascination with spas. In 600 BC, King Phaortes of Egypt, built a spa pool in Persia; the Romans built Diocletian and Thermae, two of the most popular Roman baths; the Greeks built their own near natural hot springs or volcanoes.

Nowadays, hot tubs are readily available and you don't even have to leave your home if you want to unwind with the hot and running water over your body. The relaxation you will experience and its effect on your whole being should be a good reason for you to get the best available tub today.

Below are some pointers in choosing your spa pool:


The jets are the most important part of your spa pool. The satisfaction you will get from the pulsating water will depend on the jet you have in your pool. There are a lot types to choose from. Make sure your spa has enough jets suited for your purpose.


Whether your want to enjoy the pool by yourself, or you want to share the experience with a number of family or friends, there will be a spa for you. Spas are now available in many different sizes and designs.


Would you want your neighbor see you soaking in that warm, heated water while reading your favorite book? Or would you want to maintain the privacy of your home? Spa pools can now be installed indoors and outdoors. The choice is really yours.

Sanitation and Maintenance

Self cleaning technology is now part of most spas. Most are now equipped with capabilities to clean the water, which of course would mean savings and a safe, clean pool.


Make sure that the best insulation is used in your spa pool. Keep in mind that the better the insulation, the longer it will keep the temperature of the water, less energy will be used, so you'll have more savings.


Most distributors or stores will be more than happy to offer customers extra add-ons for your spa pool. It may be an extra jet, steps or even hand railings; so make sure you ask for your freebie when you purchase one.

You may not be a member of the elite, but you surely deserve a pool of your own. Go and get your spa and enjoy the relaxing and stress relieving feeling of warm and pulsating water in your body.

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