Hot tub therapy is a tried-and-true method of relieving stress, relaxing muscles, and experiencing renewal through warm water immersion. It is an ancient practice. People have been enjoying warm water immersion for centuries. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, for example, built palaces around natural hot springs. The mission in this post is to recognize what stress is, then breakdown the essence of hydrotherapy.
Today, stress is defined as a feeling of tension as a result of outside circumstances.
Stress can be caused by a number of outside forces and life circumstances. Common situational stressors include the death of a loved one, loss of a job, a divorce, an injury, or a big move. Chronic stress can commonly be a result of workplace issues, anxiety-related conditions, or even just pessimistic personalities.
Not only will you feel more like yourself when you address your stress, but you may also see significant improvements in your overall wellness. Regular stress relief can help you feel more vibrant and energetic. Being relaxed can also improve heart health and high blood pressure. Stress relief has also been shown to boost the body’s immune system and lower the risk for getting a cold.
A spa offers a reprieve from the stressful conditions of life. In your hot tub, you don’t have to worry about calls, appointments, or deadlines; there’s nothing heavy to lift or wrestle with; and the only thing on your mind is how good the warm water and massaging jets feel. The pleasant sensation contributes to the release of endorphins in your brain, lifting your mood.
Massage has proven physical and mental benefits. According to the University of Minnesota, massage provokes a relaxation response in the body’s nervous system. Massage also has positive effects on the body’s soft tissue and improves blood and lymph circulation, which allows oxygen to spread more easily through the body. Relaxing muscle tissue through jet massage can help ease contractions, spasms, and nerve compression. Water pressure on the body’s muscles and joints knead away knots and soothing sore spots.
Heat can be a powerful tool when combined with water therapy to help the body recover from a stressful situation or manage a chronic stressor. Heat can help the body’s muscles feel more relaxed or reset the body’s hormone levels.
When it comes to water and massage, an Italian study in the journal Minerva Cardioangiologica found hydromassage to be effective treatment for venous deficiencies due to the water’s hydrostatic pressure, thermal, and chemical properties. Jets in higher quality hot tubs are often positioned to reach the same pressure points typically used in reflexology and acupressure, mimicking the pulsation action and deep-kneading techniques used by trained masseuses to achieve stress and tension relief.
There’s a reason people have enjoyed hot springs for centuries and why modern hot tubs are popular across the world today. Soaking in warm water, massaged by soothing jets, feels wonderful, revitalizes the body, and brings people together in comfort. Regular sessions of hydrotherapy, either with a professional or in your own home, can help you conquer the daily stresses of being a responsible adult. Being free of major stress can help you be the best version of yourself and reach that next level of happiness.
We believe in the healing power of spas. Warm water, buoyancy, and massaging jets soothe the soul, ease the body, and ignite the spirit. We design American Spas to provide inviting, relaxing, and overall beneficial experiences for their owners.