Stress Relief: Hot Tub to the Rescue!
In today’s busy world, we are
often subjected to outsized amounts of stress. Intense work demands, parenting
challenges, dealing with finances, looking after elderly relatives, and even
commuting in city traffic can add to our stress levels. Unfortunately, stress
often manifests itself physically in the form of tense muscles, headaches,
insomnia, or other physical problems. Some people find relief in exercise or
meditation, which can be beneficial. Another very effective way of relieving
stress is hydrotherapy – and the best way to relax in water is with a bubbly,
warm hot tub. If you have ever thought of installing a home spa for fun and
entertainment, know that your family can also reap health benefits from
spending a little time unwinding in your very own backyard oasis.
Health from Water
Did you know that the word "spa”
is actually an acronym? It stands for "Salus per Aquam,” which, in Latin, means
"Health from Water.” The ancient Romans realized the health benefits of
hydrotherapy, as did many First Nations, Persians, Babylonians, the early Egyptians
and Greeks, and the ancient Celtic kings. Today we can take advantage of this
ancient knowledge for our own families, easily and affordably.
There are various ways in which a
hot tub helps ameliorate the physical effects of stress. These include:
The warmth of the water in a hot tub alone can have a beneficial
effect. When your body absorbs heat, physical processes take place. For
example, warmth from the water passes to the blood. When the blood circulates
deep into muscle tissue, muscles relax. In addition, blood vessels dilate,
allowing them to carry greater volumes of blood to all areas of the body, and
often resulting in a drop in blood pressure. Warmth also causes the central
nervous system to focus on heat gain, which may reduce its sensitivity to pain
The focused jets of water in a hot tub are designed to target particular areas
of the body prone to absorbing stress. Smaller jets will pinpoint muscles
around your neck and shoulders, while larger flow jets are focused on the
muscles of the back. Other jets will aim for your calves, feet, or arms. Most
home spas allow you to control the aim and intensity of the jets, providing you
with just the right therapeutic massage.
We all carry a lot of weight on our joints. The natural buoyancy of water helps
to take the pressure off joints and reduces strain on both joints and muscles.
Sometimes stress causes specific
problems. One of these is insomnia – and soaking in a hot tub ninety minutes
before going to bed has been proven to induce sleep.
High blood pressure is another
condition that can be a result of stress. When your body absorbs heat, blood
vessels dilate and are able to carry a greater volume of blood, decreasing blood
pressure. Several studies show that regular soaking in a hot tub can have great
benefits on cardiovascular health.
Installing a home spa not only
provides your family with hours of fun and entertainment – a hot tub can also
help with stress relief and keep you healthy!