The Wonders of Hot Tubs As you may know, there's nothing better than sitting in a hot tub, after a hard day's work or a long day of driving the kids from one place to the next, grabbing dinner on the run and ending it near complete exhaustion. No, there is nothing that can get you physically and mentally relaxed like a long soak in a hot tub, that's for sure. So what is it about sitting a hot tub that helps take all of the worries of the day and makes them disappear? Seriously, it sounds almost magical, doesn't it? Is it the steam from the hot water that grabs hold of the tension in your body and then floats it all away that does it? Is it like the feeling you get when you walk into Disney World, for the first time (or for the first time on one visit) and your eyes get HUGE when you look down Main Street to Cinderella's Castle and you realize that you're standing in the most magical place on the planet? It doesn't matter if you are 5 years old, 60 or 102; that feeling is there and it is a wonder to comprehend. The thing is, there aren't any magical answers, there are just tried and true, scientifically proven reasons as to why, when you step into a hot tub at the end of a long day, that you are able to release all of the days worries and tensions. All day long we walk around and our bodies are pounded, with each step we take, by gravity. We wouldn't notice it unless we were concentrating specifically on the force of gravity and how it affects every step we take; but it's there, and it is constantly putting a huge amount of pressure on your entire physical self, every single day. So, what does that have to do with the wonders of a hot tub? When you sit in a hot tub, your body becomes buoyant and you are relieved of up to 30% of the natural gravitational pull that stresses your physical self all day long. As if that weren't enough, because we could all spend a couple of minutes in a swimming pool for that effect, but there's more to a hot tub's wonder. As you submerge your tired old self into the hot water, your body naturally begins to warm and warmth brings about relaxation. It all happens because your blood flow is in high gear, while your veins and capillaries are also in a relaxed, not tense, state of being. So, it all works like this; blood does the flowing, your heart works better, and you are not being driven to the ground by 100% force. Is that all there is to it? Well, basically yeah, that's the tip of the ice berg and the basic understanding of why, after a day spent totally on the hamsters wheel, all it takes is a soak in a hot tub to completely rejuvenate the body and mind. Amazing, isn't it? What You Need To Know About A Home Hot Tub First, you need to know that the purchase of a hot tub will be worth more to you than you'll ever know and if used properly will allow for more benefits to your family than you can even imagine. Safety is the very first point to be made. Because of the risk of drowning in a hot tub, if you are going to have one, you must invest in a locking cover. Children cannot fall into a hot tub is there is a locking cover on it. A cover will also do two more things; it will keep the debris that is in the air, whether the hot tub is indoors or outdoors and will lengthen the life of the filters but it can also act as a heat-keeper of sorts. By placing a cover on the hot tub when it is not in use, in many cases, the heat will not be able to escape and it will be much easier to maintain a balance in the water temperature. Hot tubs of today are much more energy efficient than they have been over the past 30 years and what used to take a sizeable amount of money to keep heated and operating now takes a fraction of that cost. The other option for heating a hot tub is in the solar powered models. Because these tubs are heated by the sun's own power, the use of electricity is not needed and will not impact your energy bills whatsoever. Hot tubs are self-contained and once they have been filled with water, they will reuse that same water until it is drained and refilled. That being said, it is important to keep the water clean in your hot tub. Water is pulled through a drain and then is processed through a filter and eventually makes its way back into the tub. Therefore, filters are very important to this process and must be maintained regularly and it is even suggested to physically remove filters and wash them off with a hose until they are clean on a weekly basis. If the filter doesn't seem to be getting clean, there are filter cleaners that can be used, but with the weekly maintenance, that should not be needed. Filters do wear out eventually and a complete filter change every three to six months should keep your hot tub clean. Along with the filters doing their job to keep things clean, a hot tub owner must understand that there are always particles that will end up in the tub, no matter how clean you are, and if not treated, they can cause harm. So, what do you do about them? The hot tub will need a chemical treatment that will consist of chlorine tablets and an anti-foaming agent that is important for the extended use of your hot tub. If you live in an area where the water is considered hard, it is best to add an anti-scaling chemical which will help prevent the build up of calcium deposits that could permanently stain your hot tub. Buying A Hot Tub The thought of buying a hot tub is both, exciting and terrifying, at the same time. How do you know what to choose? What is the best material for your tub to be made from, what about hydrotherapy jets, are they worth the extra cost? How tough is the maintenance of owning your own hot tub? What color should you pick? It may seem to be as difficult as buying a car, but rest assured, it is not that difficult at all, and here are some tips to keep in mind to make the process of buying a hot tub, easier for you. First decide on the size of the hot tub you're looking for. How big is the space where the hot tub will be put? How many people do you intend to accommodate with your hot tub? Are you looking for an intimate, two person maximum or are you thinking more along the lines of the Roman baths and the more the merrier? Once you have determined the size you're interested in, next, move on to the price. There are hot tubs out there for $1000.00 all the way up to $10,000.00 and everything in between! How much money are you thinking of spending? What can you afford? It's very easy to get lost in what you think you can afford and what you really can so be extra careful. If the hot tub is not something you can pay for without financing it, it's probably too much; and you will need to look for a lower priced model. Be realistic about the whole process because it would be much worse to have to give the hot tub up once you have had it for a while than never having had it in the first place. What material should you go with? Tubs today are made from two materials in most cases; wood or fiberglass reinforced plastic. When tubs are made from wood they are usually made from hard woods like, Cedar, Redwood or Teak which are all capable of handling the presence and effects of water well and these are more traditional-looking, if that is what you are looking for. Plastic tubs are lighter, they tend to leak less than their wooden counterparts and more often are able to have more comfortable seating and seating options. All hot tubs need maintenance, but the hot tubs of today are being made more efficiently than ever and the upkeep is nothing like it was 30 years ago. There are chemicals that will need to be added, shock treatments to keep your water clear, filters that should be washed weekly and replaced every 3-4 months. The purchase of a hot tub can seem daunting but in the end, the benefits of your purchase will far out weigh any concerns you may have now. Get educated. Know what you're looking for BEFORE going into a dealership and don't get talked into something you can't afford! In no time at all, you'll wonder how you ever lived without a hot tub in your life. Health Benefits of Hot Tubs Over the past few years it has become evident that the health professionals endorse the use of hot tubs and spas as a way of healing the body. When you think about how we all came into the world, we started in water, and it makes sense that by having a place to relax in water at a perfect temperature, how beneficial that could be (and is). Americans today are much more contentious about their health and have come to stand by their health care professional's opinions about the healing benefits of sitting in a hot tub or spa. Whether you are looking for a way to enhance your physical body or your peace-of-mind, the way to go is in a hot tub. The heart is designed to pump blood in response to our body's demands or requests. The heart has to work a lot less when the body's temperature is elevated (not too much) and are in a state of buoyancy. You can relieve your body weight by 20% when in a tub or pool up to your neck in water. Just the effects of the natural gravitational pull that are lessened by doing this is well worth looking into if you are pursuing optimal health. While relaxing in a hot tub, the health benefits are numerous; and include the simple fact that when you are immersed in water up to your neck the volume of blood in your chest cavity and even in your heart will increase and that's the best thing you can do for your circulation system. More of the health benefits that can be gained by regular immersion in a hot tub include benefits to your pulmonary, musculoskeletal, renal and endocrine systems. By your heart pumping in the conditions of a relaxing hot tub and the fact that you are not putting all of your body's weight in stress, these benefits will be a great advantage for any owner of a hot tub or spa. While your heart's ability to pump blood goes up, and your heart rate is enjoying a bit of a slow down, your cardiovascular system can become more efficient right along with every other working system of the body. There are almost too many health benefits to mention that will be enjoyed by the hot tub user that naming them all would take up too much time but here are a few more health benefits; water has always been known to soothe pain away, it can (and will) loosen up cramped muscles, sitting in the water up to your neck you will also have the added benefit of having the vapors from the steam entering your nose and possibly loosening up any congestion that is going on within. One of the most beneficial ways regular hot tub or spa use can help is with sleep. How many nights have you spent, churning up inside over any and every little thing and the more you try to sleep, the more wide awake you get? When you step out of a hot tub, you feel naturally relaxed and drowsy and all you need next is your pillow and a blanket in order to enjoy a good night's rest. De-Stress with A Hot Tub If you are an American adult, you have stress. It's everywhere, all around us; whether it's the boardroom, the classroom, or the weekly volunteering you do at the city museum, no matter where you are in life, you have stress. Stress can come in all shapes and sizes and for most of us, the options of dealing with our stress comes in the form of unhealthy choices; drinking, smoking, eating, and so on. How can we address our stress without bringing any of the questionable forms of relaxation into the mix, too? A hot tub will do the trick and you can reap the benefits of de-stressing in a hot tub by using it just a few times a week for 15-20 minutes. It makes you wonder why every American home doesn't come with a hot tub built right in. With the way the popularity of the hot tub is increasing and the need for us to have a way to de-stress is always an issue, I wouldn't be surprised if we were to start seeing just that happen, homes will be built with the hot tub all ready to go when the owner moves in! The medical communities have addressed the issue of everyday stress and the harm it can do to if it is not taken seriously and dealt with. It is widely recommended for a portion of the day, if it were to be spent in a relaxing and/or meditative manner, that the benefits will be amazing to the individual. Just getting into a hot tub can do the work of de-stressing for just about anyone and the great relief in being able to let go of some of the everyday stress is priceless. What makes the idea of de-stressing with a hot tub and not just some quiet time is that when you sit in a hot tub, your blood is able to move more freely in your expanded veins and capillaries and your body is no longer being affected by 100% gravitational pull. The fact that your body is able to have a buoyant affect can take up to 30% of the pressure you carry around all day when you are not in a buoyant state that adds stress to your physical body all the time. There are hot tubs that come with lounging chairs and are equipped with jets to blow water and air at any of your ailing parts that need the attention. Any number of hot tubs can be specifically and personally equipped to address any areas of your body that are particularly stressed. For some people it is their neck and back. There are hot tubs with just that de-stressing component in stalled; where the jets that are going to do the work on those parts of your body are custom-fit for a specific seat in the hot tub. Maybe the issue you have is that the bottoms of your feet are achy at the end of the day. There are hot tubs that have the jets directly on the floor where you would sit upright and feel their healing power. No matter where stress takes its toll, a hot tub will help the de-stressing process. Hot Tub Options If you've been considering the purchase of a hot tub or spa, you may be surprised to find out how many different options are available to you. As the medical community continues to acknowledge the many health benefits that a person can achieve with a 15-20 minute soak, the popularity of these has continued to climb. As the popularity climbs, so do the options for the type of hot tub you may purchase, no matter where your price range may be. In the past hot tubs were not just of a limited variety, but they were considered an extravagance that only the rich and famous could afford. Fortunately for us today, the prices have become very reasonable and the options that these units come in will accommodate any taste and/or price range that is needed. When they first hit the market, hot tubs were either built into the ground, usually with a swimming pool or they were enormous, bulky items that you really needed a lot of room in order for it to fit into your home or on your deck. Today there are options that you may not even be aware of because at one time, the average American just could not afford the expense of the unit itself, and the increase in their electric bill along with the care and maintenance was too far out of reach. Today the options for hot tubs is enormous and they range from size to style to how much room you need to accommodate it! It is still popular to include a spa when having a built in swimming pool installed on your property and with the different designs and ornate decorations that can be added to make the area unique, the sky is truly, the limit. Hot tubs, which are different from spas, because they are free-standing units are available in the traditional, wooden paneled tub, there are fiberglass options, there are portable hot tubs, kits you can get in order to build the hot tub yourself and there are even solar hot tubs for those of you who are contentious about the environment and concerned about what a hot tub will do to your electric bill. Portable hot tubs are all the rage with people who have a summer place, even if its at a camp ground, these tubs are made of an inflatable material that when rolled out, can be blown up and can be a source of relaxation no matter where you might be. This is a great option if you're concerned about the unit taking up too much room, if it were set up as a permanent fixture in your home. Kits can be ordered online and although the companies themselves will usually just supply the patterns and a list of supplies that will be needed, there are other companies in their association where all of the materials can be ordered and shipped right to your house. No matter what option you are looking for in the purchase of a hot tub, there is a manufacturer out there who can and will make it for you. Hot Tub Maintenance Owning a hot tub is a lot more fun when it's been maintained and cleaned properly; where all you see upon gazing into its water is your clear reflection. There are steps to be taken that are not too difficult, that if followed, will keep your hot tub in good working order for many years. One of the first pieces of advice to be offered is this: have a back up supply of everything you may need to keep your hot tub well maintained and healthy. There are sometimes when you'll need to add chemicals or shock the water that if you were out of the supply, you may not be able to get to a dealership, and will have to forfeit a soak in the tub. Starter kits come with a new hot tub to get you started as soon as the water is in and heated up. These kits will contain chlorine or bromine, which come in the form of tablets or granules, a pH balancer and an anti-foam agent. These kits will allow you to get your hot tub up and running but there is more to it when keeping up with hot tub maintenance. Thinking about a "shock treatment" when describing how it fits in with a hot tub may sound counter-productive and even dangerous but rest assured, if you have a hot tub, a shock treatment is a must-have. No matter how diligent you are about keeping your hot tub cleaned, everyone gets a little side-tracked every once in a while, and when your cleaning schedule is a little off, it will lead to a build-up of organic materials in the water. When you encounter the effects of material build-up, you will be thankful to have one or two shock treatments on hand, because by adding these will usually clear up any problems immediately. Again, I stress having one or two on hand at all times, so you don't have to post-pone a relaxing time in the hot tub because you need to run out to the store for the shock treatment products. One of the most important qualities to an enjoyable time in the hot tub is to be sure that your water quality is always at the clearest possible. There are sparkling agents and anti-scaling chemical treatments that can be added to your hot tub with regular maintenance that will keep the water crystal clear. If you can add this chemical as a normal hot tub maintenance feature, you will enjoy crystal clear water and always be a step or two ahead of the hard water calcium build up that can turn even the cleanest water cloudy. Finally, when addressing hot tub maintenance to promote healthy clear water, clean the filter cartridge often, even if it is just by removing the cartridge and hosing it down with a garden hose; by doing this you will cut down on the maintenance needed to run an efficient hot tub. Hot tub maintenance would not be complete without some understanding of the need to completely drain the hot tub every three to four months. What To NOT Bring To A Hot Tub If you've been paying attention at all over the past few years, somewhere along the line you must have heard about the wonderful health benefits that accompany time spent in a hot tub. There are benefits that are for those who suffer from arthritis, obesity, and people with balance problems due to a stroke and so on. As much as it sounds like anything goes in a hot tub there are certain things that should never find their way into the tub because of its ability to ruin any benefits you may be experiencing. The first item is not something that should NEVER be brought into a hot tub but it is something that should be monitored and restricted and that is alcohol. When someone sits in a hot tub and consumes alcohol, as they sweat their sweat is replaced not with water but with alcohol and the effects can be devastating if they are not paid close attention to. Numerous accidents have been documented because people were in a hot tub, stayed in longer than recommended, drank alcohol and passed out. Passing out or falling asleep in a hot tub is not as hard as you may think; in fact it's quite easy and if you drift off to sleep while relaxing in a hot tub, it's in your best interest to have a clear head if this kind of thing happens. If you are going to have some alcohol in the hot tub do yourself a huge favor and don't use glass. Use plastic cups and it will save a lot of anguish and headache if it were to fall and break. At least with a plastic cup there won't be shards to worry about. This point may sound like a no-brainer but it is worth saying and that is it is not advisable to have any type of electronics near the hot tub. Let's face it, electricity and water do not mix well and there could be fatal consequences if something that was plugged in fell into the water. Avoid the tragedy all together and only use batter operated items, if at all. It is another big fat mess if you bring one other common item and mix it with a hot tub, especially one with hydrotherapy jets; bubble bath. It only takes a few spoonfuls to cause a serious overflow of the bubbly and it can wreak havoc long after it has been cleaned up. Bubble bath on wood makes for a very slick surface and a slick surface near water could pose a danger with little effort. Because of the design of an above ground hot tub, there may be hard edges that could cause quite a bit of damage if someone were to slip and fall into them. In order to be able to enjoy the benefits of a hot tub soak it is important to know what NOT to bring into the tub and why they are dangerous. Don't learn the hard way. Maintaining Your Hot Tub If you own a hot tub, you know the great benefits it can afford anyone who happens to use it, you know what it cost, and now you need to know how to properly care for it. One study by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, found that an overwhelming 77% of hot tub and spa owners believe that cleaning and maintaining of their unit was easy. With just a few steps, your hot tub can last for years, and any effort to keep it around for a few more years is worth any time that is needed to assure the longevity of your hot tub. If you have a hot tub from a few years back, or one that is new but made of wood, the most important thing you can do to stretch its life longer is to spend time, once a year, refinishing the wood surfaces. If you live in a climate with varying temperatures and weather patterns, you probably already know how much damage can be done to wood, when it is left unprotected. The skirt which covers the outside of your hot tub is no different and a quick trip for some supplies to your home improvements store will be well worth the effort when you tub lasts for years, and still looks good, too. One part that is common in every hot tub is the filter and that should be cleaned with a hose every three to four months. It will normally just need the water from the hose, but if you find that it's not coming very clean, there are filter cleaning solutions that you can use that will take care of that for you. Another feature on a hot tub that needs your attention is the safety cover. An inspection each month of the cover will ensure that you are aware of any wear and tear that may need to be addressed, which is a big safety issue, especially if there are children around. The other maintenance required of the safety cover is to be sure to wash it down, at least, once a month. Again, the longer your hot tub lasts, the more you'll get out of it and by these few ideas of cleaning and maintenance, you can be sure that it will be around for a long time. As far as draining and refilling the hot tub itself, the best advice is to be sure to read any directions that come with the unit and/or talk to the dealer where you purchased the product, they will always provide important information that should be read over or followed, pertaining to the re-filling of the hot tub. Depending on the size of the hot tub and how diligent you are about keeping the chemicals balanced will also play into the time frame of when to drain and refill the tub. It's imperative to remember to perform a quick water test before each use of the hot tub, and to have on hand the supplies you may need to balance and most manufacturers recommend using some kind of sanitizing or chlorine tablets once a week. That will keep everyone safe who is enjoying the hot tub and is one more small way you can stretch out the lifetime of this great resource! Inflatable Hot Tubs Maybe it's because we are living in smaller homes and apartments and we can't afford the space to accommodate the area a hot tub would require, or maybe we just like to be able to travel and bring our luxury items with us, no matter what the reason, the idea of an inflatable hot tub was born. Inflatable hot tubs come in just about every size to allow you to choose one that will always afford the room you'll need for the number of people who will be enjoying their time in it. If you are planning for the hot tub to mainly hold up to two people, then a smaller size will work just fine, but if you're thinking of using the hot tub for bigger events where more than 2 or 9 people will need the space, they have inflatable hot tubs just for that purpose, too. Let's say you own a summer place on a lake in New Hampshire that you visit every weekend but you don't keep the house open all year round? An inflatable hot tub could be an option to investigate because it can be set up early in the season, even if it's still a little chilly in the mornings and nights and at the end of the season it can conveniently be deflated and stored away until the following year's season begins. This is a benefit because all during the off season there will be no need for the expense in electricity that is needed to continuously heat the water and there is also no need for the monthly maintenance that is recommended for hot tubs. Because these inflatable hot tubs are to be set up and taken down as en as needed, they are made out of a very durable material that can withstand being placed right on the ground without there needing to be a platform or other construction built. One caution would be to consider that there will be a certain amount of wear and tear on an inflatable hot tub that there wouldn't be on a permanent model and that just the process of putting it up and taking it down will cause its own stresses, find a material that is heavy duty and built to last. The inflatable tubs that are being manufactured today are almost all made from a military-endorsed material that is reinforced to last; just make sure that the hot tub you choose comes with a warranty. There are so many more things that can go wrong with an inflatable hot tub that it's best to be prepared rather than to be caught without protection of your purchase and a damaged hot tub in your possession. It is an amazing fact that there are such things as portable, inflatable hot tubs that we are able to enjoy today and no matter what your concern; whether it is about the space you have allotted for the hot tub or if you are thinking of bringing it with you when you travel, the inflatable, portable hot tub is a great option to have! Hot Tubs for Hydrotherapy If you've ever experience chronic pain or arthritis or any number of ailments, you may not know that one of the best healing properties available to us today, is the ability to sit in warm water, up to our neck for 15-20 minutes a day. It's amazing the number of medical benefits you can get from one hot tub; by sitting in a hot tub with air and water blowing jets you can relieve tension from almost every part of your body. Being able to recline in a molded seat that is equipped with jets that are focused on your sore spots, whether it's the back of your neck, or your lower back or calves, you will be able to find relief with a hot tub. The very nature of sitting in water, with its buoyancy affect takes an incredible amount of gravitational pressure that is with you when you are not submerged in warm water. Sometimes the pressure lifted can equal up to 30% of your body's weight, or weight mass, and there is so much more that can be done under these conditions. The ability for people who suffer from arthritis are able to get some exercise while in a hot tub, people who have problems with balance are much more likely to be able to move around in water in a hot tub and hot tubs for hydrotherapy have even been used in centers that treat people who are the victims of burns. Isn't it astounding to think of the relaxing in warm water could be so healing? This understanding, of water being a healer, goes back to Ancient Egypt who would encourage people to bathe in the warm waters and they even went a step further and added essential oils to further enhance the promotion of relaxation. During the Roman Empire the big thing to do to relax was to partake in the public baths and you could even combine some business with your relaxation time as the Roman baths were viewed as a social environment rather than a means of good hygiene. Hot tubs for hydrotherapy are more than just warm waters, they are fitted with jets that will, with the use of air and water, soothe tired muscles, massage muscles that are tense and they can be strategically placed to concentrate on any body area that is necessary. Are you looking for a reason to purchase a hot tub for hydrotherapy? It's a smart choice because of the money you can save by not needing to go to a rehab for your exercises, or to a hospital, but is something you can treat yourself to any time of the day or night. The benefits of hot tubs with hydrotherapy far out weigh any cost because you can't put a price on your good health, not to mention your mental health as well, which is greatly improved when your physical body is feeling well. The bottom line is this, you can't go wrong if you're looking for a hot tub and why not equip it with the hydrotherapy jets, it'll only get better. Hot Tub Safety Tips If you are going to own a hot tub there are certain safety tips that should be taught to yourself or anyone who intends to use the hot tub. The very first item, as far as safety goes, is to never let a child near the hot tub without adult supervision. It is the first point of critical knowledge that is needed for hot tub safety. Even if you know the child to be an Olympic swimmer, please, do not ever, for any amount of time, leave the child alone within the area of the hot tub, it's just too dangerous and preventable to take the risk. Drowning, like in any pools or bodies of water, are the number one causes of fatalities in regards to hot tubs. Because the effects of a hot tub are to induce relaxation, awareness of how long a person should stay in the tub is important to mention. Too many times there have been people, even adults, who have relaxed to the point of falling asleep and drowning as a result. Always keep in mind that the effects of soaking in the hot tub and the benefits they bring can also cause dizziness, light-headedness and sometimes confusion so it is best to be aware of these possible side effects whenever you or someone new comes into your hot tub. Two of the most dangerous problems with hot tubs are these: body part entrapment and hair entanglement. When a drain is working properly, its function is to suction the water from the bottom of the pool and circulate it through the heating units and back into the hot tub. Because these drains can be powerful, it is worth noting that there have been instances where a body part has become sucked into the drain, which has caused the person to be held under water. As you may know, if a drain is partially blocked, it will work extra hard (producing more suction) in order to get the job done and this just endangers someone who may not be aware of it. It is best if there can be two drains working together so if one becomes blocked, it will allow the other to pick up the slack and there will be a much less chance of causing a part of someone's body to become entrapped in the drain. The other safety issue is hair entanglement. This is particularly dangerous when someone with long hair falls asleep or becomes too relaxed to untangle themselves quickly enough and the end result is usually drowning because their hair has caused their head to be held under water for too long. One safety measure that can be helpful in this type of situation is being aware of the emergency cut-off switch is located and responding immediately to turn the power of the drains off, in order to allow the hair to become untangled. It really doesn't take much more than good common sense to keep everyone safe in a hot tub but it does require some understanding of what can go wrong; and what to do if it does. Upgrading your Hot Tub Most hot tubs are built to last for a long time, so why would you want to upgrade to a newer model? There are many reasons and the first is the advances that are made each year a new model comes out in regards to the ease of operating the system. In the same manner of thinking, every year improvements are made on the effectiveness of the massaging jets and if you're already in a hot tub and enjoy the benefits of massaging jets, can you imagine how much better your experience will be with the updated/upgraded options? There is always the reason for changing your hot tub because you've changed your lifestyle or your decorating style has changed. There is no reason to have a gorgeous room that is modern-looking and beautiful only to have an out-of-date, out-of-style hot tub lurking in the corner. The hot tub addition to a room should always be to enhance the room, no detract from it. Meaning that if your style has changed, why not change your hot tub in order to continue the improvements? Each year when the newer models are unveiled, an improvement that is worth thinking about trading up for is the ease of the maintenance for your hot tub. Where hot tubs of 30 years ago were mainly made of wood, they were much more difficult to keep clean and if you didn't refinish the wood yearly, they would eventually just rot because of the exposure to the elements and the exposure to the chemicals that keep a hot tub clean and clear. Probably the best reason for upgrading your hot tub is that when the new models come out, there is almost always a form of energy savings and efficiency that has been addressed and improved. If you're finding that as the years pass it is costing more and more to keep the hot tub at a maintained temperature then it is definitely time to investigate the cost savings to compare to the upgrade cost and determine if the upgrade makes the most sense. This article is not to suggest that each year there is a new and improved hot tub model that you should go out and buy a new one, that's silly and it would be like trying to keep up with computer technology so that you are always guaranteed to have the latest and greatest computer on the market. There really is no way to keep up but with a hot tub, they do last years and if you find you are putting more money into its repairs than you should be, maybe it's time to trade-up. Also know that most dealers offer a trade-in deal where they will remove your old hot tub and you don't have to worry about its disposal. It is a good way for you to feel less guilty about trading up when you don't have to be responsible for what to do with the old tub. You really can't go wrong by upgrading your hot tub every ten or so years.
How A Hot Tub Can Add To Family Community As far back as the Ancient Romans people would gather in public bath houses for social or business opportunities. Bath houses were a place where you could get together with friends in a relaxing atmosphere and in addition to the social interaction with comrades; you would be able to reap the benefits that are afforded when relaxing in a hot tub, full of warm water. You can't help but enjoy the health benefits when spending time in a hot tub because you can't make your blood NOT flow more easily, no matter what you do, the steam will still help your sinuses clear up and you will, no matter what, enjoy some level of relaxation. Why wouldn't you want this same kind of interaction with the people that you love the most? Can you imagine the conversations and sharing you could enjoy with the time you sit in a hot tub with your loved ones? If that kind of family time is repeated it will allow for even the most tight-lipped family member to open up and share. I know because that's what happened to me. Hanging around in the hot tub on Friday nights with the family got my two teens, 14 and 15, to be able to talk about things they wouldn't normally because of the level of relaxation. There are a million family-oriented games that can be enjoyed in a hot tub, too. Maybe those games won't involve a game board and moving pieces, but they can test your intelligence and allow you to remain sharp by thinking on your feet (or your seat). With younger children, a fun game to play when together is; "I'm Thinking of Someone Special." The rest of the family must as yes or no questions until one person can name, by name, the person they're thinking of. These are fun because often younger children only really know their teachers and close family and it brings about a sense of, "that person is special to me." We all know that having people who are special to you often means there are people out there who you are special to as well. Older children can embark on word association games like my kids play when they're at a restaurant with their dad, his girlfriend and her two children. The idea of this game is to say one word and the next person has to somehow say a word that relates to the word the person before said. When my children taught me they didn't allow proper nouns, so names and places were not counted, and saying one meant you were out for the next round. But you could also rhyme a word if you couldn't come up with a word that could be associated with it. I will say, that saved me from being kicked out of the game many times! If you're looking for a good excuse to purchase a hot tub, keep in mind that these are very socially-oriented tools and can really bring about positive communication within your family. The Ultimate Extravagate Hot Tub Imagine that you are awarded an amount of money that would afford you all of the luxuries the world has to offer; now think about what you would do about designing a hot tub/spa area. Just for kicks, what extravagant options would you build into this dream of a hot tub? There are so many options available today by manufacturers that your choices are nearly limitless. Would you go with an in-ground model or one with a deck? The designing of a hot tub always begins with one question: How am I going to use it? Who will be spending time in it? How many people do I expect at any one time and would like the room for? Okay, so you figure you'll treat yourself to the biggest hot tub around, which can hold up to 10 people! You equip the unit with as many massaging jets as possible, a few reclining seats, a few where you sit straight up where there are jets that force air and water up from the bottom of the hot tub to do one job; keep your feet happy. Do you need to build a structure to house this extravagant hot tub? Will you have the walls without any obstruction so the air can move freely right through it? Will you have walls and doors and windows for that extra privacy? Again, the choices are unbelievable right now, for the options available to the hot tub buyer and/or owner. One of my favorite options that are available for today's extravagant hot tubs is the use of light and LED screens. There are waterfalls that are built into the unit that are lighted with color changing features that can change colors with the rhythm of the music, if you'd like. Some of these high end, extravagant hot tubs come with stereo systems and surround sound that most of us don't have in our homes. What about movies? Is it a dream for you, like it is for me to be able to enjoy the benefits of a hot tub while watching a movie? It may be a movie you've seen a thousand times, or for the first time. There could even be a TV attachment, where you can watch your favorite programs and relax in the hot tub at the same time. One of my favorite options is the one where there is a remote control device, so you can check and adjust the temperature of the outdoor hot tub before going out into the inclement weather. Picture it; you're in your warm fire-place heated cabin in the mountains and there is snow on the ground. Earlier in the day you cleared a path from the back door to the hot tub and you decide it's time to hit the hot tub for a little relaxation. Do you walk out, through the snow, hoping that temperature will be warm enough in the tub that you can just get right into it? What if you walk outside, in a bathrobe and warm slippers only to find that the heater isn't working and you need to get back indoors as quickly as possible? That kind of thing never has to happen with the most extravagant hot tubs; just rely on your remote control to check the temp ahead of time, make heating adjustments if needed and head out for an experience like no other, by sitting under the stars, on a snowy night, enjoying your hot tub. The Medical Community And Hot Tubs It doesn't take much investigation to be able to come to the conclusion that the medical community is all in favor of the healing properties that are brought up by the simple activity of relaxing in a hot tub. It's not just about relaxing, either, because there are athletes and trainers who have been using the whirlpool effect with hot water to soothe athletes for years. How many times have you seen the nightly news only to see a story about an athlete who is feeling sore in a specific area and we can see him in the background, sitting next to a big aluminum-looking tub with whatever is ailing him submerged in the water? Coaches and trainers have known for years what the medical community is just now advocating; by allowing submersion in hot water, a healing can occur. No medications, no drugs, no shots, just some hot water. Go figure. Aren't we just amazed by what professional athletes put their bodies through? Watch one game on Monday night football to gain a respect of what those guys put themselves through for the sake of the game, that's all you'll need to start to understand that if they find a healing property in hot water, why shouldn't we? I remember the movie North Dallas Forty from many years ago which is about the Dallas Cowboys' football team. I remember a scene where the camera angle was as close to the real thing of being in the place of the player and for just a few moments, as the audience, could experience what it must be like to play that game as a pro. It was incredible! Men weighing more than 200 pounds, wearing cleats on their feet were actually stepping on one another to get that football, it was painful to watch. Immediately after the game, it did not show the players at a bar, enjoying a beer together or at home with their families. What we saw was probably a lot more like the reality of players; they were bandaged up, moaning because of their sore muscles and they were neck high in a hot tub because they knew, without a doubt, that by sitting in hot water they could reap some of the benefits of healing without the need for drugs. Maybe I read too much into the movie, but the point is, the trainers and coaches of great athletes have been using the hot tub-method for healing for centuries and it is today, in the 21st Century that the medical community has hopped on board and backed the findings that sitting in a hot tub will help to heal sore muscles. Today the medical community is using the idea of hot tubs for healing for all kinds of medical problems; people with diabetes have been known to reduce their blood sugar with a consistent use of a hot tub, people who have suffered a stroke have been able to have that almost-normal feeling they had before their stroke when they are in a hot tub. Maybe it has taken a long time for the medical community to endorse the use of hot tubs for healing, but the bottom line is they have come to the conclusion and that's progress. Hot Tub Gazebos Having a hot tub in your back yard, or on a deck, is no longer the luxury that only the wealthiest of people could afford. Today, hot tubs come in so many shapes and sizes that it is feasible that all kinds of incomes could afford one. When you have a hot tub out in the yard you are also afforded the option of building a gazebo to add beauty and functionality to the hot tub experience. Having a gazebo to enhance the beauty of the hot tub is another option that is no longer something for the wealthy. There are many different types of gazebos and they can be built for little money, by the owner or they can be ordered and specialized for more cost. No matter which option is chosen, a gazebo for your hot tub will only make the experience of soaking in it more enjoyable. What types of hot tub gazebos are there? Some gazebos come with the idea of an open-air experience. They are built with the roof and the supporting sides, but the openings are left bare to allow for the breeze to make an impression. These gazebos are less likely to be enough for those who are looking for more privacy in their hot tub space but there is always the option of hanging some kind of curtain when privacy is required. How about the hot tub owner who is in close proximity to neighbors or a busy street? If that is the case, there are designs of hot tub gazebos that have screens, blinds, shutters and other options for the feeling of privacy. One idea for lighting if one of the enclosed hot tub gazebos is preferred is to fill the inside of the roof with tiny Christmas lights and it will simulate the night sky. Or there are many other lighting options that will bring a sense of customization that can be offered from built in lighting, where the lighting is built into the ceiling and the support walls. Maybe you are more interested in the candlelight effect? There are ways to custom build shelves that will allow you to place decorative candles that will keep them within a safe range, where they will not catch fire. Today there are hot tub gazebos that have incredible stereo systems and they can have the entire system built into the structure itself, or they can have wireless speakers that are connected to the home's stereo system, where there isn't a fear of having any electrical items too close to the tub itself. Some companies offer the option of having a custom gazebo built and in that case you could sit down with a designer, or architect, and design whatever you choose for the enclosure of your hot tub. These custom-designs have a great selling-point and that is; no matter how outrageous you want your hot tub gazebo to be, if you have the imagination, it can be built. Close your eyes and dream up anything, and it can be achieved. Help for Arthritis Sufferers in Hot Tubs If you've ever experienced the pain of arthritis or have had to watch someone you know and love suffer with it you will be pleased to know the Arthritis Foundation highly recommends the healing properties of hot tubs for its afflicted. People with arthritis have a very difficult time moving and by being submerged in warm water, they are alleviated of some of their discomfort and are even able to get the unimaginable done; they are able to exercise with little discomfort. As always, with any new activity, if you are an arthritis sufferer and would like to start enjoying the hot tub, please first check with a physician before you begin. When your doctor has said its okay for you to begin exercising in a hot tub, start off by allowing your body to warm up for several minutes before starting any exercises. This is one of those miracle uses of the hot tub for people with arthritis because not only will they be able to get some exercising in, they will be able to gain muscle by doing so. It is extremely important to take things slowly when exercising in a hot tub for several reasons; one is because you can strain muscles if you are not properly warmed up before starting, two is the fact that it is possible to over exert yourself in a hot tub by doing too much or doing it for too long to where you become lightheaded and dizzy. Getting to that point won't help any exercising, and it can be detrimental to your over-all health. The third reason to take things slowly happens after you have exercised, keep in mind that now that your muscles have been stretched and worked, it is important to keep them warm for several minutes before getting out of the hot tub to allow your muscles to relax before hitting the cooler air. For the person who suffers with arthritis, the mere fact that they are able to move with less discomfort in a hot tub or even a swimming pool is nothing shy of miraculous. Those with arthritis are in constant pain and a lot of it has to do with the simple fact that there is a gravitational pull to the earth we live on and that is greatly alleviated if they are submerged in water. Warm water is an added benefit because it will also cause the blood vessels to dilate, which will allow for more blood and oxygen to flow to muscles and skin not to mention the heart. But it is an activity that if not followed and practiced properly could bring on more problems than were there before. So if you are thinking about getting some exercise in a hot tub where your arthritis will be lessened, don't forget to talk to your doctor first and follow the guidelines that have been presented in order to take the best care of you. A little warm water exercising will go a long way on the road to better health. Hot Tub Luxury Remember the days when hot tubs were a commodity only the wealthy could afford? Hot tubs sold today are different; you may still have all the bells and whistles for a hot tub, but offered today are entry-level pricing that will allow all of the medicinal benefits of its high end counterpart. Take for instance the number of jets that are installed in a hot tub; more jets is equal to more bubbles and more bubbles, whether an actual physical benefit or not, just makes you feel better! Luxurious hot tubs can consist of molded lounge seats, equipped with jets that are strategically placed right on the areas you may have pain or where you accumulate tension. Sitting in warm water, up to your neck, in a lounging position, being massaged by perfectly placed jets is nothing shy of luxury at its best. Within the same hot tub there may be seats that allow you to sit up straight with jets pulsating at your neck and lower back and another luxury option could be the jets that come straight from the bottom of the hot tub and massage your feet. Reflexology is the term used that believes that all of the points of your feet and hands affect another part of your body; and also, when massaged on the hands and feet, will produce the relaxation effect to the designated area. Hot tub manufacturers have taken this slice of luxury into account when creating the seating and jet position of their hot tubs. The luxury of hot tubs only begins with its jets; there are models today that come equipped with such frills as a self-draining ice bucket, in order to hold the bottle of champagne chilled while you enjoy the water. There are molded cup holders for the other seats that are designed into your hot tub unit, to accommodate anyone else enjoying the time with you. I need to mention two cautions when advocating the above luxuries; it is not a good idea to consume alcoholic beverages while soaking in a hot tub, in fact, it's a really dangerous idea because the benefit of a hot tub on your physical body allows for your blood to flow to increase and if alcohol is consumed, it will have a faster affect and it may be a little too much. Anytime a beverage is being served in a hot tub, please, make sure it is not in a glass container but one made of plastic. This will ensure you and your guests will be safe from broken glass in the hot tub and the only way to remedy broken glass in your hot tub is to drain it completely and clean it out. Luxury in a hot tub can even be the lighting that can be custom designed; there are waterfalls and hot tubs that allow for aromatherapy. All in all no matter what you pay for a hot tub and whether or not you have all the bells and whistles; by just having one, you will be enjoying luxury every time you step into it's healing warm waters. Hot Tub Improvements Over The Years Hot tubs have come a long way in 30 years. What was once limited in size and shape has now become able to fit with every taste and sense of decor? Long gone are the days of a small tub with a wooden skirt and a round shape and in have come sizes and shapes of all the imagination can conjure up. One practical obstacle that has been taken care of is the easy access to get to the filters. These used to be more difficult to get to and as a result were less likely to be cleaned, but now, because of the improvements made to the more recent model hot tubs, these filters have easy access and will afford for a much easier maintenance of the filters. When the filters are not hosed off on a regular basis they get clogged and the water coming back into the hot tub will be dirty. There is a vast array of colors and styles to choose from today, too. Tub interiors can be blue, white, maroon, pink brown or gray and the outside of the tub can be made with a material that contains microbiological agents that will not allow harmful bacteria to adhere to it, keeping your hot tub much more safe and germ free. The outside skirts of a hot tub have almost completely changed from wood to a plastic simulated wood that is more durable than its predecessor and requires little to no maintenance. Another improvement to the hot tubs manufactured today are the fact that each one can be customized to fit the individual's specific needs without much work. There is the number of seats to select, the seating configuration, the number of jets that will accompany each seat. In some cases a seat can be specifically molded to accommodate one person, where it is designed especially for that person and the jets are all strategically placed in order to offer the best in comfort and relaxation. Today there are solar-heated hot tubs that can really cut back on the cost and energy it may take to keep a hot tub temperature regulated and steady. For some people, just the fact that there is a green or eco-friendly option makes the hot tub more attractive to them. This is a definite improvement over the hot tub designs of 30 years ago. There are some models that have the capacity to hold aromatherapy essential oils and while relaxing in the warmth of the hot tub a person can add to that relaxation with the scent of lavender, ylang ylang or sandalwood. Adding aromatherapy to a hot tub will simply enhance the effect. There are bells and whistles that can be added today to hot tubs that were never dreamed of 30 years ago; there are units that have their own, self-contained stereo system with surround sound, and others offer TVs, VCR and/or DVD players. My personal favorite embellishment for today's hot tub is the addition of a waterfall and/or the use of color-changing lights. Solar Heated Hot Tubs Some people are concerned about the strain and cost they will encounter on their electric utility if they were to purchase a hot tub. Ingenious creators, eco-friendly, friends of the planet have come up with an option that will give you all of the amenities that a hot tub will afford you and they've made it so the tub is heated by solar power, not from a plug! The first thing to consider when you're looking into purchasing a solar-heated hot tub is understand that this is a unit that will need to be outdoors. If your idea of the perfect hot tub setting is in a room of your home, there is likely to be an absence of sunlight that you will need to heat your tub. That said; the other consideration is the area where you live. If you live in a region that sees little sunlight then the solar-heated hot tub is not something that would work. Let's say you live in an area that will sufficiently accommodate the solar-heated hot tub and you are comfortable with the idea of having it outside of the house, what next? Do you fill the hot tub and wait for the sunlight to heat it up? What about when the sun goes down, what happens to the heat that has accumulated during the daylight hours? It is recommended that instead of having to wait for the sun to come out in order to enjoy a hot temperature of water, there are types of solar heat equipment that will allow you to store the heat that is solar generated in order to be used later when it is time to enjoy the benefits of the hot tub itself. It may appear to be an expense that is not worth it and it is an up-front expense, but the pay off is that by having the solar heated unit; you will never have to plug it in and further drain those resources. In the end, the cost saving measures that a solar heated hot tub will allow, far out weigh the need for electrical energy or propane gas. Solar heated hot tubs, like their electric and propane powered counterparts will always benefit from the use of a safety cover that is designed to contain the heat generated, rather than having to waste time and money waiting for the water to heat up itself. If you are considering an eco-friendly option for a hot tub, the solar heated hot tub is where you want to look. Keeping in mind that it will need to be outside, that indoors is not an option; you live in a region that is sunny enough to properly heat up the hot tub and you know ahead of time that there is the possibility of the cost for the solar heater, by all means, go solar. Know that you'll be able to reap the benefits of the use of a hot tub and you will be doing your part in the effort to protect the environment. Child Safety in Hot Tubs There is nothing more enjoyable than watching a child play in water. Hot tubs are especially attractive to children because of their depth, which is usually not as deep as the swimming pool and because of the warm temperature. But there are dangers when children and hot tubs are mixed and there isn't a clue as to what may happen if precautions are not followed. First child safety tip in regards to a hot tub is to not allow access to any child to the water, especially in the absence of adult supervision. How is that achieved? That safety precaution is kept by having a lockable hot tub cover that will not allow a child access to the water. No matter what, under any circumstances, should a child be left alone near a hot tub, if a phone rings and you need to answer it, take the child, too. There isn't any reason for a child to be near a hot tub without adult supervision and many potentially fatal accidents have been prevented by the attention of an adult. It is important to keep the temperature of a hot tub in mind if child safety is an issue. While most adults can tolerate high temperatures, children are less likely to because among other things, their skin is thinner than that of an adult. With thinner skin, a child is more likely to become over-heated, which can cause dizziness and light-headedness, which can lead to drowning. Children should not stay in a hot tub, with a temperature more than 104 degrees than five minutes or so. Again, this is where adult supervision comes in because a child will not know what is happening to them if they become disoriented as a result of prolonged time in a hot tub; and they may not be able to communicate that they are feeling over-heated or nauseous. As an adult, the monitoring of a child is entirely up to you, no excuses. The environment in which we enjoy hot tubs can also be a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and if not treated, can cause serious illness. If there is any child with an open wound, they should not enter the hot tub, in their own best interest. If a child is too young to tell someone that they need to go to the bathroom, or if they are still in a diaper, they should not, under any circumstances be allowed in a hot tub. Any fecal matter in the moist, warm environment of a hot tub is a dangerous mixture and can cause many, many illnesses. Be safe with this one by keeping the pH levels balanced and having the proper chemicals on hand, if they are needed. Because children are more susceptible to germs and have not been around long enough to have produced the antibodies it takes to fight some infections, it is imperative that their safety and the safety of those around them, not be compromised by not adhering to the point that children not yet able to express the need to use the bathroom be put in a hot tub, where they may cause fecal matter to be introduced to the atmosphere. How To Benefit From A Hot Tub If you're considering the purchase of a hot tub, and you're looking for some really good reasons as to why to do it, listen up. If you are an average American with all of our average problems and some not so average, you could cope with them on a steady basis with just the time spent in a hot tub. That just sounds too easy, doesn't it? Well, it actually is that easy. No matter what you are facing during your day; corporate takeovers, the PTA, way too much Math homework, you can benefit from a few minutes a day in a hot tub. Hot tubs have always been used for relaxing and it has always been rumored to have some kind of medicinal properties. These miraculous findings date back as far as the Ancient Egyptians. We have proof that the Roman Empire encouraged the use of its public bath houses, in much the same way. So how does someone in today's American world benefit from the age old idea of sitting in warm water for a few minutes everyday, and how does that work in our favor? More than 70% of Americans believe that they have an over abundance of stress in their lives and even more than that complain of some kind of physical pain that is with them on a regular basis. If they were all to spend up to 30 minutes a day, up to their necks in hot water, like in a hot tub, the benefits of that time in the hot tub would do more for them than any other remedy. Most Americans are under the belief that if they have an ache or pain, there is a medication that will take it away for them. What's wrong with that thinking? All you would need to do is a little research on the percentage of Americans who have become addicted to pain medication to understand what's wrong with that thinking. The thing is this; taking medication is not a horrible thing and there are instances when medication is the only option. The point is, maybe, if before reaching for a pill, we spent the time it will take to sit in a hot tub and possibly reach the same conclusion and outcome. Is it because we are lazy? I don't know for sure but I do know that there are so many ailments that can be addressed by the simple use of a hot tub that it should be at least, given a shot. Not only could a hot tub soak heal aches and pains, but maybe the continued exercise could bring about real healing. When we take a pill, our symptoms seem to go away, but they only return once the drugs have worn off. How beneficial could it be for all of us that instead of popping a pill, we sat in some hot water and healed the way the Ancient Egyptians and Romans did? It sounds too simple to some, but I really think it's worth the chance. How Can A hot Tub Help You Sleep? Maybe you never thought of the good it can do for you to soak in a hot tub for 15 or so minutes before you're ready for bed. Well, the fact is, just that simple activity can bring on a good, deep night's sleep. A night's sleep that is so good that when you wake up you're not still exhausted, you actually feel rested and rejuvenated. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that soaking in hot water, like you find in a hot tub or spa, before you head off to bed can ease the transition into a deeper, more fulfilling sleep. If a person has pain of some sort, whether its mild to severe there is an anxiety that goes along with that that will often interfere with someone's sleep causing them to still feel like they didn't get enough sleep. By soaking in a hot tub for a half an hour or so before bed time will help alleviate the pain and if the pain is gone, so is the anxiety; and if the anxiety is gone there is an opportunity for a good night's sleep. In order to heal from pain and to even attempt any pain management, there is one basic necessity; sleep. Without rest and sleep it is very difficult to have any grip on pain management, without the use of drugs. Medically, it is believed that physical health and mental health are intertwined and there is a good shot at mental health if a person's physical health is in good shape. This whole idea of all of the aspects of our lives having an impact on one another sounds almost like, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" And like that age-old riddle the most important thing to understand is that one affects the other which affects the other. Which is more important to keep healthy? The answer is simply having an understanding of how all of these aspects of our lives affect one another has got us a step ahead of the game and that's the best place to be when it comes to our overall health. Good sleep will work wonders for the rest of your healthy life and a way to get good sleep is to soak in a hot tub for up to 30 minutes before going off to bed. When you have a good night's sleep your body is able to rejuvenate and eventually heal it and that will bring about a healthy state of mind. A healthy state of mind will keep the physical body in tune and able to sleep fully and peacefully in keeping with the whole cycle. It doesn't really matter which came first, "the chicken or the egg?" What matters is that all of the cycle affects the rest of the cycle and on and on and if that means soaking in a hot top for a few minutes a night to allow your body to get the rest it needs, then so be it. Not a big price to pay, huh? The Evolution of the Hot Tub There was a time when owning a hot tub was something the average American family could only dream of. The cost to purchase one and the cost of maintaining and cleaning it was just too much for anyone except the rich and famous; not to mention the cost in electricity to run it! Somewhere along the way there began to be a murmur about the wonderful health benefits that people who were using their hot tubs on a regular basis were achieving that the medical community began to take notice. Their findings were nothing shy of a paradigm shift in the ways people could heal. The possibility that allowed patients to have medical benefits without necessarily the use of medication, were almost hard to believe, but patients were showing signs of physical improvement from simply soaking in a hot tub. Once this information became common knowledge, a new, improved, affordable option became something that many more families could enjoy. From then on, more and more manufacturers were coming up with ways for the average American family to be able to have their own hot tubs, without the extraordinary purchase cost. They were even improved upon the cost of running a hot tub, and the maintenance came down considerably in price, too. Today there are so many options when it comes to buying a hot tub that more and more people who could not afford them a few years back are now able to reap the benefits of a soak in a hot tub. There are hot tubs available today that will accommodate two people or ten. The hot tub designs have become unique, too, and they are not a one-size-fits-all option but they can be customized to blend into the decor-style of the individual buyer. There are options for color, material it's made from, whether it runs on electrical power or solar power, and so on. People can even opt to have customized enclosures built which range from the bare minimums of a roof and support beams up to something that will resemble what a Zen garden would look like right up to an oasis of anything the imagination can conjure up. There is no doubt that the people who are able to invest in a hot tub and spend 15-20 minutes a day simply relaxing in it will not only enjoy themselves but will be able to enjoy the health benefits a hot tub can afford. With the evolution of the hot tub, gone are the days when only a small percentage of people could afford them and we are now all able to afford the purchase cost and the cost it used to take to operate a hot tub has gone down drastically, too. There are models that are made to be energy-saving and the extra stretch on the electric utility may be no more than a $20.00 increase. Not a bad price for what you can get from it. What began its life as a luxury for only a small percentage has come full circle and has seen its price accommodate whoever will benefit from its healing properties?
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