Australians have a proud history of relaxing in and around water. Yet, according to a recent study, Australia is the third most stressed-out country in the world. We work long hours and perform a delicate balancing act between work and home life. Taking time out to relax can seem almost impossible to achieve.
Owning your own hot tub or spa is a great way to relax and unwind with friends and family. With recent advances in technology, hot tubs and spas are easy to use, easy to maintain and can be beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing.
Having a spa in your own home is an affordable investment in your health and quality of life that will reward you for many years to come. Unlike a swimming pool which is up to 10 times the cost or more and is permanent, spas can be used all year round and as they are portable you can take it with you if you ever move homes.
Aussies are attracted to water and love to spend time at the beach, swimming pools and rivers to relax and unwind. Owning a spa is the perfect way to spend quality time with your family and friends in the comfort of your own home and your spa is sure to become the focal point for endless parties, gatherings, fun times and private moments that you will cherish forever. Unlike a pool which takes up most of your yard, a spa gives you the benefits of having a resort lifestyle in your own home while retaining your yard for other relaxation purposes.
Thousands of years ago the Romans understood the therapeutic benefits offered by bathing in hot water – and how it relaxes the body and rejuvenates the mind. They realised that heated water and increased blood flow helped reduce aches and pains and could also improve overall health and create a noticeable improvement to mood and well-being.
Modern spas now combine the proven benefits of hydrotherapy and the stimulation provided by hydro-massage – using targeted water jets to loosen muscles, stimulate blood flow and create a feeling of wellness.
When your body is comfortably warm, you tend to fall asleep quicker and rest through the night with fewer disruptions. It is widely accepted that getting quality, REM sleep has a multitude of positive effects on just about everything – from your mood to your mental alertness and even the way your body metabolises food.
To improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep, try spending some time in a spa before getting into bed.
Along with making you feel temporarily relaxed, studies show that the combination of hot water, massage jets and the feeling of weightlessness may significantly reduce both mental and physical stress and decrease anxiety.
For people suffering with skeletal ailments such as arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis and other types of bodily aches and pains, spending time in a spa may provide some much-needed relief.
Due to the buoyancy from the bubbles (created by the spa’s jets), we feel our own weight disappear, our blood circulation increases with the heat, the tightness in our muscles relaxes, and inflammation in our sensitive joints is reduced.
In this state, an aching body may experience heightened flexibility, strength and a wider range of physical motion. It’s no wonder so many people see significant benefits from hydrotherapy when recovering from back, knee, or other joint problems.
While further studies are still recommended, initial research indicates that spending time in a spa may actually lower the blood sugar level of people suffering from type 2 diabetes. The hot temperatures in the spa simulate some of the effects of physical exercise – which has proven to be an effective form of treatment for sufferers of type 2 diabetes.
In addition to lowering levels of your blood sugar, relaxing in a spa may also lower your blood pressure.
When you get in a hot spa, your heart works harder and faster so that your body can disperse excess heat. In the process, your increased blood flow produces extra oxygen and your cells become revitalised. While there may be an initial uptick in blood pressure, your increased warmth will cause cells to dilate, decreasing resistance against the heart and lowering your overall blood pressure.
It should be noted that those with high blood pressure should avoid going back and forth between a spa and a pool, as the significant variances in temperature may increase blood pressure
Some of the effects of using a spa have a direct influence on the health and appearance of your skin.
Regular use of a spa has shown to lower levels of stress and anxiety – which are the leading causes of premature aging. Furthermore, when you experience increased circulation in a spa, your blood is more efficiently delivering vital oxygen and nutrients to your skin – giving you a healthy, youthful glow.
When you suffer from chronic headaches, like migraines, there simply aren’t a lot of treatment options, so relief is a hard thing to come by. Fortunately, there is some evidence to suggest that regular dips in a spa may in fact help to prevent certain types of headaches.
Migraine sufferers often experience tension headaches right before the migraine. In a spa, your muscles relax, your aches and pains subside, and overall you feel more relaxed – decreasing the chance of experiencing a tension-triggered migraine.