Health Benefits of Spas
Stress relief, muscle relaxation, pain relief… explore the health benefits of spas.
The heat, buoyancy and massage elements of a spa can provide numerous health benefits. Using spas for health dates all the way back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who all used warm water for their health. The Romans named these bathing treatments “Sanus Per Aquam” (S.P.A.) meaning “health through water.”
Spa Health Benefits
Massaging jets and soothing heat help relieve tension. Try incorporating some breathing techniques to create a more relaxing experience.
Massaging jets help to relieve pressure on nerves and relax muscles. Your body weights 90% less when suspended in water, taking all the pressure off your spine, muscles, ligaments and joints. Also try stretching while in your spa to allow your muscles to stretch out while being heated, it’ll feel great!
Soaking in warm water can assist in relieving tension, arthritis, headaches and chronic pain by improving circulation and blood flow.
“A hot tub fulfills the need perfectly . . . providing the warmth, massage, and buoyancy that is so necessary to the well-being of arthritis sufferers. The buoyancy of the water supports and lessens stress on the joints and encourages freer movement. Water exercises may even act as a resistance to help build muscle strength.”
– Arthritis Foundation
Massaging jets and soothing heat help to reduce tension which can make it easier to fall asleep. Studies have suggested that spending 15 minutes in a hot tub 90 minutes prior to bedtime can lead to an improved sleep.
The Mayo Clinic recently found in a study that bathing in your hot tub provides the same benefits as physical exercise but without the strain on your heart. Using your hot tub increases your heart rate while lowering blood pressure. It also serves as a way to release accumulated toxins from the body.
Please note: If you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or any other medical condition you must consult with your physician before using a hot tub. Too much of something can be a bad thing, it’s generally recommended that you soak no longer that 20-30 minutes at a time and never stay in a spa if you feel dizzy and/or overheated.
Additional Links & Resources:
- Hot-Tub Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (New England Journal of Medicine)
- Spa Health Benefits for Fitness & Weight Loss (The Examiner)
- 6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less (Time Magazine)
- Hot Tub User Fact Sheet (CDC)
- Hydrotherapy (Wikipedia)
- Warm Water Works Wonders on Pain (Arthritis Today)