The holidays are oftentimes one of the most stressful times of the year. Whatever the cause of the stress—the rush of the holidays, job issues, family issues, financial problems, etc.—it is important to take time to relax.
Soaking in a hot tub might be the solution. Everyone enjoys the hot tub experience, whether it’s relaxed family time or a fun gathering with friends. But not everyone realizes that hot tubs also offer health benefits to individuals and their families, which are numerous:
Relaxation and Stress Reduction
Relaxation and stress reduction are essential to maintain healthy bodies, healthy emotions and healthy relationships. The hot tub is a perfect environment for the whole family to come together, relax and spend time together. A refreshing family soak in a hot tub provides a peaceful, playful way to share the day’s events, talk over plans, and enjoy each other’s company. The hot tub naturally gives kids a physically relaxing break from the TV, the computer, and the video games, while it nurtures family interactions and strengthens family bonds.
Does the Hot tub Experience Directly Benefit Health?
Stress is known to cause some ailments and worsen others. People tend to seek out the hot tub experience for stress reduction, as well as the pampering massage of water therapy provided by the jets. The adjustable pressure of today’s advanced hot tub jets allow for a full range of therapeutic hydro-massage of muscles, joints and pressure points, from a gentle, caressing, stimulating experience to a powerful, deep-tissue hydro-massage muscle relaxation. In addition, sleep experts agree that hot tubs help people sleep more naturally. According to a recent study by The National Sleep Foundation, a 15-minute soak in hot water can help a person to fall asleep faster.
The hot tub offers the ideal conditions for hydrotherapy, the time-honored use of water for healing. Immersion in warm water raises body temperature, causing blood vessels to dilate, which relaxes the individual with aches and pains and improves circulation, helping the body heal. The soothing warmth and buoyancy of hot tub immersion loosens joints and makes them easier to move and keep mobile. Heat from the warm water can make joint movement in the person with arthritis much easier, say rheumatologists specializing in the treatment of arthritis.
Hot Tubs Benefit Athletic Injuries
It’s no secret that hot tub hydrotherapy is commonplace among both amateur and professional athletes recovering from sports injuries. Once the acute inflammation has subsided, penetrating, moist heat from a hot tub can reduce muscle spasms, improve joint stiffness and make soft tissue more limber, thus speeding the recovery phase.
Family bonding, improved circulation, better sleep, and fewer symptoms of arthritis and back pain are just a few of the added rewards gained by people who have discovered hot tubs. It’s always a good idea for people with chronic health conditions to check with their doctor prior to using a hot tub.