Sure, hot tubs are fun, but did you know that soaking in a hot tub can be good for your health, too?
Hydrotherapy—the use of water for healing purposes—has been a common practice in many cultures throughout history. Take Roman bathhouses, for example: “An integral part of daily life in ancient Rome, the baths gave citizens of all classes the chance to mingle, gossip, and relax,” according to PBS. And consider communities that are located near natural hot or warm mineral springs, such as Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The Town of Bath, as it’s known, has long been praised for the healing properties of its water.
Today, hydrotherapy is still a common ritual in many cultures around the world and has even evolved so that people can enjoy the luxury of a spa-grade soak in their own homes.
You know how good a nice, hot shower or bath can feel? Well, multiply that by about 100 for a soak in a hot tub. And the best part is that regular dips in a hot tub are actually good for your overall health and well-being.
Here are five health benefits of hot tubs that you may not have known about:
1. Stress Relief
It’s probably not all that surprising to read that soaking in a hot tub is relaxing, but you may not know just how much that stress relief can positively impact your health. “Hydrotherapy replenishes overworked, tense, and tired bodies to bring them back into balance,” according to a post by our retail partner Sundance Spas. And there’s no doubt that a body in balance is more resistant to the physical effects of stress. Used on a regular basis, Sundance hydrotherapy can fortify the body with regular doses of rejuvenation and calm.”
The therapeutic effects are long-lasting, too: “Along with making you feel temporarily relaxed, studies show that the combination of the hot water, the massage of the jets, and the feeling of weightlessness can significantly reduce both mental and physical stress and decrease anxiety,” according to Swim University, an online guide to swimming pool and hot tub care.
Hydrotherapy has been shown to have a positive effect on one’s mood—think about how invigorating it feels to take a swim in cold water on hot summer days or how comforting it is to take a warm bath on cold winter nights. In fact, according to an article published by Psychology Today magazine, “applying water of different temperatures to our skin can change our physiology and mood. . . . It has been theorized that brief changes in body temperature like a cold swim or warm bathing could help brain function.”
Some of the benefits of hydrotherapy have been measured in medical research: “Decreases in stress hormones (like cortisol) have been reported with water bathing,” according to Psychology Today. “It has also been shown that water bathing may also help the balance of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin.”
Next time you’re feeling stressed out, head to your hot tub for a much-needed respite from the hassles in your daily life.
Pro tip — To increase the stress-boosting power of your hot tub, try incorporating these other healing practices:
• Aromatherapy – Try Sundance Spas’ line of SunScents fragrances, which are added to the SilentAir dispenser of certain models of Sundance Spas hot tubs.
• Chromatherapy (aka color therapy) – Use the light features in your hot tub to create a calming, soothing atmosphere.
• Hot tub yoga – “Combining yoga stretches in warm water is a stimulating, tension-free form of hot tub stress relief ideal for people with arthritis, back injuries, and those who are overweight,” according to a blog post by Sundance Spas.
2. Reduced Muscle and Joint Pain
Soaking in a hot tub can be just what the doctor ordered for muscle and joint pain or stiffness. As you lounge in the tub, allowing the jets to massage your muscles, joints, and pressure points, “the water’s heat dilates blood vessels to increase blood flow to sore or damaged tissue,” according to another post by Sundance Spas. “Because the water’s buoyancy reduces your body weight by 90 percent, pressure on joints and muscles is virtually eliminated.”
Hot tubs are so effective at relieving muscle and joint pain that many professional and amateur athletes turn to hot tubs for deep muscle relaxation after tough training sessions. “There isn’t a professional football, basketball, baseball, or hockey team in America that doesn’t make hydrotherapy available to players as part of their warm-down regimen,” says Sundance Spas in another post. “Hydromassage often becomes part of the warm-up routine, too, as the massaging jets relax and rejuvenate the body’s muscles.”
Hot tubs also can provide much-needed relief for pain associated with health conditions including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and more, according to Swim University.
Pro tip — Try soaking in your hot tub to relieve your symptoms next time you get hit with a cold or the flu. The warm water can help clear congested nasal passages as well as ease any aches caused by illness. “Just be sure to consult a physician first, especially if you have a fever,” advises Sundance Spas in another post.
3. Migraine and Tension Headache Prevention
For those who suffer from migraines or tension headaches, having a home spa can be a blessing. “There is some evidence to suggest that regular dips in the hot tub may in fact help to prevent certain types of headaches,” including migraines, advises Swim University.
The key is the relaxation offered by soaking in a hot tub: “Migraine sufferers often report experiencing tension headaches right before the migraine,” says Swim University. “In the hot tub, your muscles aren’t contracted, your aches and pains subside, and you feel overall more relaxed—thus decreasing the chance of experience a tension-triggered migraine.”
If you suffer from regular migraines, try incorporating hot tub hydrotherapy into your routine to prevent attacks.
4. Improved Sleep
Like a warm bath, but better, a soak in a hot tub before bed can help you sleep more soundly. “When your body is cold, your normal sleeping pattern can be disturbed,” says Swim University. “When your body is comfortably warm, you tend to fall asleep quicker and rest through the night with fewer disruptions.”
Try taking a dip in your hot tub before bedtime, or whenever you have trouble sleeping, to help ensure that you get the recommended eight hours of rest each night.
5. Healthier Skin
Nearly all the aforementioned health benefits of hot tubs are also good for the skin, according to Swim University, but soaking in a hot tub has additional perks for the body’s largest organ: It opens your pores, making your skin look and feel rejuvenated. It also improves your body’s circulation. “When you’re experiencing increased circulation in the hot tub, that means your blood is more efficiently delivering vital oxygen and nutrients to your skin—giving you a healthy, youthful glow,” says Swim University.
Home spas also can help alleviate symptoms of some skin conditions and aid in healing them. “Immersing the body in a pressurized bubble bath alleviates stress, heals skin sores / infected wounds, and can be helpful with burns,” according to the University of New Hampshire.
As with any therapy, be sure to check with your doctor or qualified medical practitioner before trying hydrotherapy.
Hot Tub Shopping at Sunfire
Now that you know all about the key health benefits of hydrotherapy, are you ready to start shopping for a hot tub for your home? As Martinsburg’s official Sundance Spas dealer, we’re proud to carry an impressive selection of Sundance Spas hot tubs and accessories, including covers and water care products, at Sunfire Energy Solutions. We also offer hot tub installation and maintenance services to help make purchasing and owning your home spa as easy as possible.
Call us today at 304-267-3029 to ask us about wet testing a hot tub or to find out about upcoming sales and promotions. Or visit our showroom in person at 301 E. Stephen Street in Martinsburg to browse our selection of Sundance Spas products and learn more about available features and customization options.
Happy hot tubbing!
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