For thousands of years, people have flocked to hot springs and spas to enjoy a luxurious soak in the soothing water. Roman baths were a mainstay of ancient Roman culture, used on a daily basis to relax the muscles and as a means of socialization. Today, many people install spas in their own backyards for the very same reason, but recent studies have shown that the benefits of spa ownership also extend to your health. At Van Kirk & Sons Pools & Spas, we want to help you achieve optimum health, so take a look at the top 4 reasons why owning a spa may be just what the doctor ordered.
According to the American Psychological Association, 60% of adults have sleep problems a few nights a week or more. But studies suggest that soaking in hot water before going to bed can help you fall asleep. Not only can hot water therapy relax away the cares and aches brought on by a hectic day, but it can induce the body's natural sleep mechanics by winding down processes in the brain and allowing the sleep systems to take over. A 15-minute soak in a hot tub about 90 minutes before bedtime can also lower your body temperature, which naturally brings on a better night's sleep.
Exercise is an essential aspect of a healthy lifestyle, but what if you could find a way to bring up your heart rate without a strenuous aerobic workout? Well, you're in luck, because exercising in a spa or hot tub can simulate a cardiovascular workout without increasing your blood pressure. It's much easier on your joints, can reduce pain and stiffness, and helps ease away muscle tension, providing you with many of the health benefits of exercise with considerably less stress to your heart.
Living with chronic pain can be hard to handle. Many doctors recommend heat therapy and hydrotherapy for chronic pain, injuries, and stress disorders to help reduce symptoms and alleviate pain. Fortunately, a spa or hot tub is an excellent provider of both therapies! Soaking in a hot tub not only relaxes muscles, but produces hydrostatic pressure on the body that can help reduce muscle inflammation, joint pain, arthritis, and other conditions. Spas and hot tubs also have small jets that can pinpoint problem areas and soothe aching joints, which can help you achieve an increased sense of health and well-being.
Stress has a way of keeping you up at night, which often leads to bouts of insomnia, crankiness, and an overall feeling of malaise. Stress can also increase your blood pressure and inhibit proper circulation. Sitting in a spa or hot tub can counteract both of these symptoms while the gentle massaging of the jets encourages a natural production of endorphins. If you add some aromatherapy as well, you can create a relaxing oasis right in your own backyard.