Hot tubs date back to the ancient Egyptians who used them for relaxation and keeping clean. When you step into a hot tub you immediately have a feeling of well-being. The water supports around 90% of your body weight reducing the load on your heart, warm water relaxes the muscles, promotes the healing process and helps relieve aches and pains.
Bubbling warm water creates a gentle soothing massage whilst relieving anxiety, relaxes tense muscles, helps to relieve high blood pressure, headaches, chronic pain relating to stress and eases pain in trapped nerves.
Research has shown that you fall into a deeper sleep as your body temperature falls, so to improve your chance of not being kept awake through pain, soaking in warm water for 15 minutes increases your chances of having a better night's sleep.
Warm water cleanses your body and can promote natural healing by stimulating the release of endorphins. The massaging effect of the water jets on your body can help raise the level of antibodies, white blood cells and oxygen thus reducing toxins and stimulating the formation of new tissue.
Regular use of warm water therapy does help to keep joints mobile, maintains flexibility thus reducing further damage to muscles and joints.
Hot tubs are becoming more popular with athletes as it can be used before and after a workout. When used before a workout, hydrotherapy warms and massages muscles, blood vessels dilate which results in the increase of blood circulation. Following a workout the warm, massaging water can help relieve minor soreness in muscles and joints.
Probably the biggest and most significant benefit for most of us is that of the social benefits that we can enjoy with family and friends.
Enjoy the Hot Tub but please read the Hot Tub Safety Document