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Stress Relief from Hot Tubs and Spas

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Hot tubs and spas can help relieve everyday stress that creates muscle tension and restricts blood flow, causing headaches, sleeplessness, fatigue, and soreness. How we feel physically can affect our thoughts, our moods, and our ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

In a hot tub, three key elements combine to create a hydrotherapeutic, stress-relieving environment: heat, buoyancy, and massage.

  • Heat dilates blood vessels to increase blood flow to sore or damaged tissue.
  • Buoyancy reduces body weight by 90%, relieving pressure on joints and muscles.
  • Massage works to relax muscles and relieve pressure on nerves.

Hot tubs and spas provide hydrotherapeutic massage which simulates several stress-relieving massage techniques. Swedish massage uses different intensities and direction of movement to increase circulation and promote relaxation. The oscillating flow from hot tub jets, and the different combinations of jet sizes and pressure simulate this Swedish massage technique. Deep tissue massage, like Shiatsu, can also be provided by strong hot tub jets applying pressure to the muscle to release accumulated stress.

How Stress Affects Us

  • More than half of all deaths between the ages of one and 65 result from stressful lifestyles.
    — U.S. Center for Disease Control
  • Lack of control, high demands and repetitive work lead to job stress, which can lead to health problems.
    — Duke University
  • Finding ways to relax can help reduce negative effects of: gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular disorders, tension pain, headaches, arthritis and chronic fatigue.
    — National Stress Management Association
  • Medical researchers estimate that up to 90 percent of illness and disease is stress-related.
    — National Pool & Spa Institute
  • More than 50 percent of all Americans suffer adverse health effects due to stress.
    — The Mental Health Association.
  • Stress is linked to six of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
    — Department of Health Psychology and Applied Psychophysiology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

How Hot Tubs Affect Stress

  • Raising your core body temperature for 15 min. in warm water, such as a hot tub, 90 min. before bedtime is a scientifically proven way to induce a more restful sleep.
    — Sleep Journal
  • Hot tub use can counter the impacts of stress, helping keep you healthier.
  • Hot tubs improve circulation and therefore alleviate muscle and joint pain, even pain associated with Arthritis.
  • Hot tubs and spas are great tools for improving quality time with loved ones.
  • Hot tubs are a great way to enjoy the outdoors year round.
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