It seems as if life has never been as hectic as it is today. People are pushed to the limit with work and family responsibilities, leading to mental and physical stress. One of the best ways to release both kinds of tension is to enjoy the heat and relaxation of a home spa or hot tub. The warmth and the focused jets facilitate a calm mind as they work on loosening tight muscles. Here are four-way that having a hot tub will improve your life.
Health: Therapeutic Benefits
Immersing yourself in a hot tub spa is one of the best ways to relax muscles and relieve pain and tension. It’s much more effective than using a heat pack on tired, sore muscles because the heat surrounds every part of your body and thoroughly works on the tight muscles and stiffness.
The heat causes blood vessels in the body to dilate, increasing blood flow to the muscles. This is one of the reasons a session in the hot tub helps ease pains and increase flexibility. The hot tub is also a great place to do some stretches and simple exercise moves.
Like a pool, a hot tub takes the weight off of your muscles. This not only stretches more effective but also prevents the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles. This is the substance that causes the ‘after-burn’ of sore muscles when exercising out of the water.
Relaxation: Stress Relief
Soaking in warm water is one of the most relaxing things you can do for yourself. The warmth and buoyancy of a hot tub let you forget your body, making it easier to concentrate on releasing the mental stress and tension that builds up over the day. Therapeutic water jets target problem, and the gentle massage is wonderfully soothing.
Hydrotherapy has been around since the time of Hippocrates. More recently, water therapy has been shown to decrease autonomic stress response. In studies, it had the same effect as some anti-depressant medicines, and researchers theorize that it may help elevate serotonin levels in the brain. We’ve always known that a long soak in the tub or a hot foot bath is relaxing, and immersing yourself in a hot tub has this effect on every part of your body.
Connection: Focused Attention
Today there’s much less face-to-face interaction with family and friends than in earlier decades. This is partly attributable to the hectic pace of modern life, and technology is also a culprit. How many times have you been in the company of someone who can’t stop checking their phone?
Spending an enjoyable time with friends and family in a heated spa is vastly different from sharing a meal or watching TV together. There are no distractions to get in the way of intimate conversation and connection. We need to interact with others more than superficially to enjoy life. Spending time together during a soothing soak in the hot tub allows you to focus on each other in the calm, mentally relaxed state that the hot water induces.
Overall Benefits: Self-Care
For so many of us, spending time in unadulterated relaxation is a luxury we don’t allow ourselves. However, self-care not only soothes and relaxes us; it also replenishes the strength and vitality needed to fulfill our daily responsibilities. We all need to step outside the merry-go-round of everyday life to rest and recharge.
For centuries, people have used hot water to soothe tired muscles and release tension. The warm, moving water of a hot tub not only provides increased blood flow to stiff and painful areas of the body, but it also facilitates a calm and peaceful state of mind. Taking advantage of the benefits of hydrotherapy is a reasonable step in taking care of ourselves so that we can continue to deal with our homes, jobs, and families in the best way possible.