From simply relieving stress, to helping you sleep and relieving muscle pain, there are so many ways that soaking in your hot tub can be great for your health. We’ve put together a handy infographic to illustrate some of these amazing hot tub health benefits.
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What is Hydrotherapy?
The practice of using water, ice or steam to enhance health, prevent and treat disease, release stress and tension, and recover muscles from daily activity.
- Egyptians used hot baths to ease pain and invoke relaxation by placing sizzling rocks into water.
- In Ancient Greece, elaborate structures were built around natural hot springs as early-day hospitals and meeting places.
- Roman soldiers routinely used hot wells to recover from their physical and emotional wounds.
What’s The Right Water Temperature?
Between 100°F and 104°F (40°C)
Cold immersion baths helps to stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems, while hot baths are ideal to relax the body, relieve stress and insomnia.
How Long Should I Stay In A Hot Tub?
You should soak somewhere between 15-30 minutes at a time. Bathing in hot water for a long time can cause nausea, dizziness or fainting.
Hot Tub Health Benefits
“I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one.”
– Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Improves heart function
Cardiac volume increases by nearly one-third with immersion to the neck, meaning your heart gets a cardiovascular workout.
Helps lower back pain. A hot bath is a great way to bring healing warmth to your lower back. Heat stimulates blood flow, which brings healing nutrients to the affected area of the low back and inhibits the pain messages being sent to the brain.
Helps lower back pain
A hot bath is a great way to bring healing warmth to your lower back. Heat stimulates blood flow, which brings healing nutrients to the affected area of the low back and inhibits the pain messages being sent to the brain.
Purifies your lungs
A hot water bath allows the body to lose toxins through sweating. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to hot water and inhaling the steam will purify your lungs naturally and help sooth sore throat, congestion and sinus problems.
Revitalizes the skin
Adding a few tablespoons of sea salt to warm water regenerates damaged cells and stimulates skin functions. The use of sponges helps removing dead skin cells and increases blood circulation.
A hot bath prompts relaxation and an increase in body temperature helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
Ten minutes of immersion in hot water produces increases in pulse and finger temperature with increased feelings of well-being and decreased anxiety.
Helps relieve arthritis
Immersing in warm water raises your body temperature, causing your blood vessels to dilate and increasing circulation. This results in less swelling and pain, and increases mobility.
Water buoyancy reduces the weight that joints, bones, and muscles have to bear. Warmth and pressure of water also reduce swelling and reduces load on painful joints
Relieves muscle pain
Stimulates the release of endorphins – chemicals that kill pain and improve mood – and improves blood flow meaning that oxygen and nutrients can more quickly and effectively remove pain causing lactic acid that accumulates in muscles during intense workouts.
Reduces sugar levels
A study showed that sugar levels of diabetics who immersed themselves in a hot water tub every day for 20–30 minutes a day for three weeks, had reduced by 13%.
Aromatherapy and Hot Tubs
Adding some blends can enhance the hot tub experience and provide various benefits.
There are numerous therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy products, including being natural remedies for aches and pains, having anti-inflammatory effects, muscle relaxation for tension and stress, and skin moisturization.
Stimulates the mind, but it also calms the emotions.
Relieves tension, stimulates the senses.
Anti-depressant, mood balancer, relief from nervous tension.
Spazazz and inSPAration both provide aromatherapy products that are safe for all filters, equipment, and will not change water color or affect water chemistry.
Note: Beachcomber Lethbridge does not guarantee any specific results as a result of the hot tub health benefits information mentioned here and the results may vary from person to person. The topics including text and graphics and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only and not to be substituted for professional medical advice.
Thanks for checking out our hot tub health benefits infographic. If you’re interested in a hot tub yourself and you live in Southern Alberta, check out our selection of new hot tubs! And if you already have a hot tub we’ve got a great FAQ on keeping up with your water care.