Luxury: Bringing the Spa Home

A trip to the spa reduces stress and increases endorphins, especially during the holiday season. However, not everyone can afford frequent trips to the spa. Although some people have spa elements such as hot tubs in their home, they often get stumped as to how they can replicate a professional spa experience without sacrificing too much time or money.

There are plenty of inexpensive and fun ways to have a luxurious spa experience at home. Today, SpaCap will explore some of the most common of these and give tips on how to make each experience your own.

Woman Relaxing in the Hot Tub

Tub Yoga

Yoga is often used to help relax the body and center the mind and spirit. When combined with the hot tub, a safe and easy yoga routine becomes twice as beneficial. Several hot tub yoga DVDs and other guides are available to teach you some of the easiest and most effective yoga poses. These techniques can be done alone or with a partner. They include the boat pose, the warrior one pose, and more. Hot tub yoga also employs massage techniques. If you’re massaging solo, try an exfoliating massage with a gentle brush. With a partner, you can each massage pressure points in the other’s neck, shoulders, feet, and back.

Thai Massage

Thai massage is a more active form of traditional massage focused on stretching tense muscles and increasing pressure points’ endurance. Thai massage can use either elevated or flat surfaces, so you can do routines modified for water no matter the size and elevation of your tub. You may want to visit a Thai massage therapist first so he or she can teach you the basic stretches used. These are best done with a partner since stretching with someone and pushing against them increases resistance and endurance. For optimum results, you should use feet, elbows, and hands to stretch and relax pressure points.

Tub Facials

For a quick and inexpensive facial, skip the spa and go straight to your hot tub. Wash your face with cold water to remove any makeup, oils, or dirt. Then soak for several minutes so the heat and steam can open your pores. When your face feels relaxed, you can apply a homemade spa mask. Experts recommend papaya, green or chamomile tea, and lemon with Greek yogurt.

With all these great ideas to promote your relaxation its easy to forget some of the details that might take away from that ultimate goal. Like forgetting to bring out a towel for when you get out of the hot tub. Here at SpaCap our goal is to not let a heavy hot tub cover be one of those irritations. Because all traditional foam filled covers will eventually end up saturated and heavy we designed a totally different easy to use hot tub cover. Visit SpaCap.com and see why we think every spa owner needs one of our covers.

Keeping Safe Around the Hot Tub

The hot tub is meant to be safe and relaxing, particularly during stressful seasons like the holidays. Unfortunately, hot tubs also come with unique safety issues owners should be aware of before opening the tub to guests. Fall and winter are particularly uncertain times for hot tub users because increased rain and colder weather may make the hot tub area slippery, icy, or at the least, unpleasantly cold. SpaCap has provided a few tips to make sure colder weather doesn’t mean you must close the hot tub altogether.

Stay Sanitary

Unsanitary hot tubs lead to rashes, ear infections, yeast infections, and other illnesses. Guests who have recently experienced colds or the flu can easily spread germs in the hot tub even if they’ve been well for several days. To avoid illness and infection, always keep hot tub sanitizer handy and check sanitizer levels frequently. Close the hot tub to check the water’s pH balance at least once a week. Keep spa cleaners and other chemicals out of direct sunlight and out of children’s reach, and never mix them before pouring them into the tub. Encourage guests to shower or bathe before entering and after exiting the hot tub.

Don’t Drink and Swim

Drinking in the hot tub can be as dangerous as drinking and driving. Hot water increases the effects of alcohol and various drugs or medications. If you are on potent meds, consult your doctor about whether a hot tub is safe. Never mix medication and alcohol, and do not drink while in the hot tub. A good alternative to alcohol is a chilled mocktail, juice, or soda – the cold drink will entice you to enjoy the hot water more.

No Babies on Board

Pregnant women should not use hot tubs because the extreme water temperatures and chemicals, as well as prolonged exposure, may harm the fetus. Infants should never be placed in a hot tub, as they could drown even with a parent nearby.

Slips, Slides, and More

Since the area around a hot tub is wet, people are likely to slip or trip no matter how careful you are. This is where a little attention to how the area around your spa is laid out can make a big difference when it comes to safety.

If possible, outfit your tub with railings or easy steps to help people get in and out more safely. I’m not a big fan of having a handrail that goes into the water but there are some really nice alternatives available. Some that mount onto the spa cabinet of a set of stairs next to it. Giving your self and your guests a good hand hold getting in and out of the spa can be really helpful.

Another place for a handrail would be on the way to and from the hot tub. If you live in an area that gets a lot of ice and snow I would even consider putting one up around the spa to make it easy to walk around the hot tub in any conditions.

Encourage guests to wear shoes until they enter the tub. If conditions are icy clear the snow and throw down some deicer to give your guests good footing to and from the spa. Naturally, you don’t want any of the deicer to end up in the spa so having a way for them to sit and take off their shoes before entering the spa is a must.

Also, tell guests with long hair to pull it back before entering the tub. Long hair can get caught in the drain or drain cover if adults duck underwater. Children should never be allowed to play underwater in the hot tub.

A Heavy Cover can be dangerous. If your hot tub cover has become more than one person can safely handle, it’s time to replace it with something better. At SpaCap.com we specialize in Hot Tub Covers that are lightweight and easy to use. Order one for your spa today before you hurt yourself.
Hot Tub Relaxing

Let the Hot Tub Games Begin

With America’s increasing awareness of physical health has come an increasing desire to stay active and make exercise fun. Most people don’t associate the hot tub with exercise – in fact, they associate it with passive relaxation. Yet a hot tub can be the ideal place for physical activity, especially family games. If you seek to stay active and lose or maintain weight during the holidays, hot tub games are an easy, painless way to do so. SpaCap has found some of the most popular family hot tub games for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Hot Tub WaterHot Tub Hockey

You’ll need: A Ping-Pong ball or rubber ducky.

Object of the game: To get the floating object to the other team’s side of the tub using water or air.

How to play: Form teams of 2-4 people each. Each team sits on its own side of the hot tub. On a signal, each team tries to get their object to touch the opposite side of the tub to earn one point. The object cannot be touched, but blowing, splashing, and making waves are allowed. The first team to earn three points wins.

Ping-Pong Panic

You’ll need: Several Ping-Pong balls.

Object of the game: To stay in the tub without letting balls touch you.

How to play: On a signal, someone drops five Ping-Pong balls into the hot tub. Everyone must then scramble away from the balls. The balls cannot touch you, nor can you touch a ball with any part of your body. You must keep feet inside the tub at all times. If a ball touches you, you must sit outside the tub until there is one player left. Every fifteen seconds, two balls must be added to the tub. The last person inside is the winner.

Pass the Bottle

You’ll need: A durable plastic bottle filled with water, tightly capped.

Object of the game: To pass the bottle completely around the hot tub without using your hands.

How to Play: Players may sit in different places around the hot tub. Players can pass the bottle using any body part, including backsides, except their hands. Players may not use the same body parts twice in a row (e.g.: don’t pass the bottle from your neck to another persons neck; pass from neck to knee, neck to arm, etc.) If the bottle is dropped, the player who drops it must perform a penalty task and the game starts again. If you get good at passing a sealed bottle, try passing an opened one without spilling anything. You can also use open or closed bottles that have been in the freezer for extra fun.

Any time you plan on having fun playing games or just relaxing in the hot tub, the last thing you want between you and your goal is a heavy hot tub cover. That’s where we come in. Here at SpaCap.com, we have been building Custom Hot Tub Covers designed to stay light and easy to use for thirty years. Why not order one for yourself today?

Hot Tub Fun for Kids

“Hot tubs” and “kids” aren’t traditionally considered good combinations. In fact, most of what we hear about hot tubs and children involves danger. However, kids love hot tubs. They simply need quality supervision and their own activities to make them fun. SpaCap researched ways to make hot tubs and spas kid-friendly, and we came up with a few ideas to make sure your children can enjoy these places with you.Hot Tub Party Animal

 

Throw a Fabulous Spa Party

 

Spa parties are popular for birthdays, Christmas and other holidays, or “just because” days. They can be done for children aged six and older, with specific tweaking for each age group. Consider these specifics:

 

Number of guests: Between 4-6. Spa parties involve plenty of personalized pampering. If there are too many guests, there may not be enough attention to go around. Also, the party may get too loud. Keep the guests’ ages as close as possible.

 

Invitations: Fold invitations to look like purses and write something like, “You’re invited to a spa day!” Write the who, what, when, and where on the purse, or if desired, cut the purse so that it opens up.

 

Dress code: Have guests wear their coziest pajamas and bathrobes. If possible, use a towel warmer so no one freezes in between activities, especially in fall and winter. If you’ll use the hot tub, ask guests to wear bathing suits under their robes or bring suits with them.

 

Food: Think “appetizers.” If your pool or hot tub has a swim-up bar, the guests can eat there. If they would prefer to eat inside the hot tub, try these ideas:

 

  • Veggie trays with dip securely anchored in the center.

 

  • Securely anchored chip and dip trays.

 

  • Fruit kabobs/cheese cubes, sausage balls, and other snacks on toothpicks (clean up toothpicks right away to avoid any toothpick-and-tub mishaps).

 

  • “Floating drinks.” Cut a hole into a pool noodle so a cooler or Rubbermaid container can float around the pool or hot tub. Stock the container with cold sodas, water, or juices. You can also try punch or teach guests to make “mocktails.”

 

  • Cupcakes or smaller sweets such as fudge squares or miniature cookies. Because of the candles, save the birthday cake for the end of the party.

 

Games: Guests can play games such as Ping-Pong Panic, Pass the Bottle, Hot Tub Hockey, and more. If desired, guests can also play card games, but make sure cards are waterproof or at least extremely durable.

 

Activities:

 

  • Musical manicures. Each guest brings a favorite color of nail polish. Guests then sit at a table, each holding their own polish bottle. The music starts, and during the song, guests pass nail polish bottles to the left or right. (To make it more fun, you can tell guests to pass to the left or the right whenever they hear a specific word). When the music stops, each guest paints one finger with the color she’s holding. The game continues this way until everyone’s fingers are painted.

 

  • Facials. Have guests relax in lounge chairs or on a deck, covered with blankets or warm towels if the weather is cold. Make masks using lemon, green tea, banana and honey, or papaya. Of course, each guest gets cucumbers on his or her eyelids. Play relaxing instrumental music while the facials set.

 

  • Foot soak. Make a special foot soak for each guest using baking soda, salt, citric acid, and your favorite fragrance. Have guests soak their feet for a relaxing start or finish to the party. To stop germs from spreading, everyone gets his or her own bucket.

 

Favors: These depend entirely on your taste. They can include a gift certificate to a local spa, miniature towels embroidered with guests’ names, or small bottles of favorite lotions or body sprays.

Make throwing your party easier with an attractive, lightweight hot tub cover from SpaCap.com. Kids and heavy Hot Tub Covers don’t mix. Actually, heavy covers and adults don’t mix either for that matter. Visit a custom made spa cover from SpaCap.com before your next party.

Hot Tubs for People with Disabilities

As our world becomes increasingly inclusive, people with disabilities get the chance to participate in activities their able-bodied counterparts have always enjoyed, but from which disabled persons have traditionally been excluded. As a result, people with disabilities are more active than ever. However, people with disabilities often have trouble being included at the hot tub or spa. Obstacles like slippery hot tubs and steeply raised massage tables often make people with disabilities think they should just skip those activities. Yet with the right modifications, the hot tub and spa can be fun places for all.

Accessibility is Key

To enjoy an activity, you must first be able to access it. If hot tub and spa guests have disabilities, plan accordingly. Outfit hot tubs and pools with railings and small steps so guests can get in and out independently. Make sure that the hot tub temperature is low enough to allow for your guests to linger longer without becoming over heated.

If this is going to be part of the regular use for your hot tub, consider lowering it or partially sinking it into the deck so that it presents a height of 18″ for easy access, with a bench around it so that users can sit and remove their shoes safely before entering. Also a bench around the outside will allow them to get out and sit comfortably if the temperature becomes too much.

Encourage guests to wear shoes until they enter the tub or pool to prevent slips and falls.

Offer several massage options, including those that can be done through clothing, so a person with a disability doesn’t have to worry about fastening and unfastening clothing before a massage. If the person would prefer a nude or partially nude massage but needs help with removing clothing, offer assistance from a trustworthy attendant of the same gender. Help guests on and off raised tables, or better yet offer massage options that can be done on bench high tables or the floor.

Exercise is Not a Chore

Many people with disabilities are told constantly to exercise, sometimes to the point that it feels like a punishment. Give these guests a break at your spa. Discuss the benefits of hydrotherapy, but make it clear the hot tub and pool are first and foremost for fun and relaxation. Offer easy exercises such as hot tub yoga, and emphasize that the person can modify the stretches however he or she wants. Encourage guests to play hot tub games like Hot Tub Hockey, Submarine, or Ping-Pong Panic.

Offer a Plethora of Pampering

People with disabilities, especially women, often struggle to feel beautiful. Help them out with facials and manicures. Some people with disabilities have skin conditions or are allergic to certain facial ingredients, so always ask before facials or body wraps begin. Some disabilities also involve sensory processing difficulties, so ask if your guest is particularly sensitive to any taste or smell. Offer several fragrance and lotion options, and be sensitive to guests who do not like being touched.

Accommodate don’t Dictate

Do not force participation in any activity. If your guest with a disability just showed up to spend three hours swimming, or to get one facial, respect their wishes.

It wouldn’t be fair to talk about ease of access without mentioning SpaCap.com. Their Custom Hot Tub Covers are truly user friendly. Over the past thirty years they have sold quite a few to people who have limited mobility and need to get into their hot tub for therapy daily. At SpaCap.com they work hard to make using a hot tub cover easy for every situation. Sometimes because of specific needs, they have to allow for lifting or pulling the cover off and on by pulleys. However the light weight design of the SpaCap makes using their hot tub easy.

If you have a hot tub and want to make it easy for someone to use, we would love to talk with you about how to get that done. And Yes, we can even accommodate hand rails that extend down into the water.

 

Hot Tubs and Weight Loss

During the holiday season, many delicious but calorie-heavy foods appear on tables, in buffets, and at parties. As a result, we become more anxious to lose or maintain a healthy weight, yet we often avoid going to the gym or dieting because “weight loss” gets associated with deprivation and exhaustion.

If this describes you, don’t despair. The hot tub, one of the most relaxing locations available, can also contribute to weight loss. Let the staff at SpaCap teach you how.

Maybe we should start by saying that the hot tub isn’t just for relaxing anymore. It’s no secret that physical activity burns calories so the trick is to be active even in the spa.

Stretching and rotating your arms and legs is easier to do in the hot tub because the water helps support you and warms your muscles while you work them. Start slowly with some stretches and arm motions with your arms and shoulders under the water to get limbered up. Then sit up straight and do some twists (gently) turning the your shoulders to the left and right while keeping your knees and hips stationary.

Use Yoga

When performed safely, yoga is one of the easiest workouts for those who love hot tubs. With guidance from a yoga teacher or spotter, try poses such as the “wall dog”, “up dog,” or “lunge twist.” These poses stretch several muscle groups at once, including the arms, legs, torso, and back.

The breathing that hot tub yoga requires also helps the body relax and aids digestion. If you engage in hot tub yoga after eating, the deep breaths will help move the food through the digestive system more efficiently than it would if you were simply sitting on the couch. Deep breathing also increases metabolism so it not only burns calories it also helps your body recover more quickly from sickness and or injury.

With that in mind, as you practice your hot tub yoga, try to be conscious of deep controlled breathing. Get that oxygen into your blood and moving through your body.

Play Games

As I said above, hot tubs are not just for relaxing. They’re also fun places to play active games with your family and friends. Try Hot Tub Hockey, in which teams earn points by moving an object like a rubber duck or Ping-Pong ball to each other’s sides of the tub without using their hands. You can also try Pass the Bottle, requiring everyone to pass a tightly capped bottle of water around the hot tub using every body part except their hands. Players may not use the same body parts twice in a row (i.e., passing from knee to knee or shoulder to shoulder). If the bottle drops, the dropper must perform a penalty task and the game begins again.

Use Hot Tubs as a Way to Eat and Sleep Well

Eating right and getting adequate sleep tends to go out the window during the holidays. Do not let this happen to you.

Before you dig into everything that the holidays have to offer, take a moment to look over what’s in front of you and make choices that you won’t have to “pay for” later. Pastries and chips taste great but they don’t make a meal. Drinking a meal supplement before eating will help you not over eat. Like the old saying, “don’t go shopping when you’re hungry,” the same is true when eating during the holidays.

Eat the meats, leafy green salads and veggies without the breads and you’ll be well fed and happier later on. Try to avoid the fat fried foods. Our family switched to an air fryer from Philips. The food tastes great without all the added fat you would normally get from frying in oil.

If you’re having a hot tub party, supply healthy snacks that can be eaten in the tub, such as veggie trays with low-calorie dip or appetizers made with shrimp or lean meats. If you struggle with insomnia, try slipping out to the hot tub for a set period just before going to bed. The warm water will help your muscles relax and send melatonin to your brain.

Okay, as you would expect, we have to mention that if you intend to get the healthy benefits from using your hot tub, you have to be able to use it easily everyday. That requires that it be easy, or we will start to find reasons not to. After being in the Spa Cover business for thirty plus years, we have learned a few things about human nature when it comes to using a hot tub.

When we first get our spas, we are excited and it is easy to find the time to use it everyday. Like a kid with a new toy. But eventually, that “newness” wears off. Then you have to decide that the benefits you get from using the hot tub are worth the time it takes out of your schedule.

You have to pick a time of day that it works for you and make it part of your routine. Personally, I like to make it at the end of the day just before bed. It helps me sleep better and wake up refreshed. But that’s me. Some people love to start their day with a dip in the spa before the day gets hectic. They find it helps them keep a positive outlook throughout the day.

It doesn’t matter when you decide it works for you, you just make it part of your routine and go from there.

But that’s not the problem. The thing that causes most hot tub owners to eventually stop using their spa is the cover. The standard foam filled spa cover available at every spa dealer across the country. The lid that gets thrown in as an after thought when you buy the spa. Crazy right?

Here’s how it happens. The foam starts to saturate with moisture from the steam rising off the spa water. It doesn’t happen fast, in fact it happens slowly over time so that you don’t even notice it. After a few months, the spa cover is heavier but because you have been using the spa everyday you didn’t notice the gradual change.

It’s an even bigger problem on a swim spa since the standard rigid foam swim spa covers have more sections that get heavy at different rates. So you play games trying to open only the panels that are still light enough to manage. Eventually you end up trying to swim with only a couple panels open. Plus with the added height of the swim spa, getting a heavy cover back up on the spa is just dangerous.

Before you know it, getting the cover off and on takes a lot more effort. You might not even consciously notice it but one day you think about getting into the tub and you decide to skip it. You’re just not up to it tonight.

Why would you “skip” the thing that makes you sleep better and live healthier? Because it requires too much effort. That simple foam filled cover becomes a barrier between you and the hot tub you spent all that money on. The same hot tub you couldn’t wait to get into, is just too much work now because of a heavy spa cover.

Eventually, you can’t remember the last time you used it.

You then have to make a choice. Do you get a new cover and get back to using it or do you (and this is the one that just makes no sense to me) get rid of it and reclaim that part of your back yard.

I hope you decide to get a new cover. That hot tub is like a daily vacation that your body and mind need to “re-boot” and stay healthy. But before going out and buying another cover just like the one you’re replacing, consider something better.

At SpaCap.com, we have been building Spa Covers, that are light weight, easy to use and built to stay that way. There are no rigid foam panels in the SpaCap so there’s nothing to soak up that steam and get heavy.

We are not going to go over all the details here but you should check them out for yourself on the website. Then do yourself a huge favor and order one for your spa.

 

Resources:

http://www.swimuniversity.com/how-to-lose-weight-in-a-hot-tub/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/339869-how-many-calories-are-burned-in-a-hot-tub/

http://tubyoga.com/

http://www.windermereboutiquehotel.co.uk/30/content/Interesting_Articles/10_health_benefits_of_using_a_hot_tub/

Winter Hot Tub Tips

Using the Hot Tub in the winter is one of the best ways to enjoy the winter scenery and air while staying warm and comfortable. Some people avoid using their outdoor hot tub in winter, however, because of the energy that it takes to heat it up or to keep it on all the time. That shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your hot tub year round. The following are a few tips for getting the most out of your hot tub this winter.

 

  • Protect the pipes. If you live in a region that regularly experiences freezing temperatures during the winter, make sure that your hot tub pipes are well insulated. If water freezes in the pipes, the hot tub will not work and could be irreparably damaged. Wrap insulation around the pipes to keep the water inside from freezing and monitor the outdoor temperatures. Most of the newer hot tubs come well insulated but it is a good idea to check. If any of the insulation is damaged or wet, it should be replaced.

 

  • Keep it covered. One of the biggest reasons homeowners don’t use their hot tub in winter is because it is expensive to heat the water before every use. Similarly, a lot of energy is required to keep an unprotected hot tub hot all winter. Simply putting a cover on your hot tub, however, can help hold the heat in and greatly reduce the amount of energy needed to keep it warm all the time. A good cover should also protect the hot tub from debris and from rain that will swiftly cool down the water. Here at SpaCap.com, we have been building outdoor hot tub covers for thirty years. Our covers not only insulate better but they also stay lightweight and easy to use.

 

  • Monitor the water level. If your hot tub’s water level drops too low, it will affect the pipes and potentially damage your hot tub. Water level being low is also an indication that there may be a leak. A leak any time is bad but a leak in winter can be catastrophic. If your water level is significantly lower than normal, check for leaks right away. If there are no leaks than it’s probably due to teenagers using the spa. For some reason they seem to splash out about thirty gallons per hour of usage.

 

  • Lower the temperature. You don’t need your hot tub at 106 degrees Fahrenheit to feel warm, especially when the air temperature is freezing. Keeping it lower will allow you to save energy needed to heat it, while at the same time helping you warm up and enjoy the hot tub. Another thing to remember as you lower the water temperature is that the water will not be circulating as often. This is especially critical under one of our SpaCap outdoor covers. Instead of running the spa on the thermostat, set it up to run on the timer. Again, on the newer spas, this can be done fairly easily on the control panel. You want the spa to circulate, two to three times per day, for two to three hours per cycle. The water will only be heated as needed but the water will be circulated enough to keep clear. Plus you’ll save money because the thermostat won’t be kicking the spa on thirty times a day just to run for a few minutes.

 

  • Accessorize and decorate. Put flowers or other decorations around your hot tub area to make it more than a blank corner with a tub. Install speakers so you can listen to music while you relax, and consider getting an inflatable pillow or another similar item to enable easier relaxation.

 

  • Block the weather. If your hot tub is exposed to the winter wind, it may help to set up a wind block, either temporarily or permanently, as you prefer. A nice privacy fence will do the trick and save you some extra dollars on your heating bill. Even though Another Heavy Hot Tub Coverthe spa cabinet may be insulated really well, some heat will always be escaping through the top. Keeping the wind from whipping over the spa when it’s really cold will help retain more heat and save you money.

 

For more information about enjoying your hot tub or to buy a hot tub cover this winter, contact SpaCap today.

Treating Arthritis with Swimming Exercise

Water Exercise
The majority of us are familiar with that regular exercise works for us and, as we get older, exercising to preserve our flexibility and strength is significant, especially when we have now arthritis. Exercising in water a good solution for anyone with arthritis to keep joints moving, restore and preserve flexibility and protect joints from further damage.
Here’s why water exercise is beneficial in the treatment of arthritis.
Water Exercise is correct
o The heat and buoyance of spa water serves as a gentle strategy to exercise joints and muscles, allowing for more freedom of movement
o Immersing in mildly hot water raises the body temperature, which causes arteries to dilate, increasing blood circulation
o Water can be effectiveness help build muscle strength
o Spa jets massage tight muscles, helping each of them relax
Exercising within the Spa
When you initially enter into a spa, relax and luxuriate in the soothing water. Begin your exercise routine slowly, whenever your muscles and joints feel more relaxed. After exercising, allow enough time for your chosen muscles to rest again prior to getting out of the water.
Hot Tub Safety
Heat is often recommended if you have arthritis and related conditions although not always. Your physician will explain when it is good for you. The useful of heat include:
o Relaxation of a given muscles
o A decrease coping with and stiffness
o Greater ease in exercising and every day activities
When exercising in warm water keep the following tips on your mind:
o New hot tub users should vary temperatures and period of stay till they determine what would be the most relaxing. They ought to start slowly and extend their maintain the new tub simply because they feel at ease.
o Besides being unsafe, extremely hot water is certainly not essential to improve results – mild heat is easier regarding the body to tolerate and just as effective. Water should feel soothing and restful.
o If you’re only soaking or doing very gentle exercises being in a spa, a slightly higher temperature really should be okay.
o For most, soaking time probably won’t exceed 10-15 minutes at temperatures between 98 and 104 degrees F.
o Children and the elderly will probably become overheated and may even will need to limit their time within the spa
o Should you start to feel lightheaded or nauseated, escape the fluids promptly.
o If joint pain, swelling or stiffness increase, discontinue using of the warm tub and get in touch with your doctor
o It is important to think about about whether or not you would need help getting in and out of the spa and have now someone accessible that will help.
Before purchasing a Spa
Before purchasing a spa, discuss with your doctor to see if mildly hot water exercise could benefit your kinds of arthritis. You may also produce other medical issues that would protect you from with a jacuzzi.
At SpaCap.com, they have just what you need to keep the heat in your spa water. They have been building Custom Hot Tub Covers for thirty years. Imagine a hot tub cover as easy to use as moving a fluffy comforter onto your bed. No exasperation required. SpaCap hot tub covers use air to insulate rather than foam so there is nothing to soak up moisture which is what makes all other covers heavy.
Don’t let all that hot water your hot tub produces be wasted because your cover is too heavy to lift. Order your own custom made SpaCap, and get back to using your hot tub everyday.

Why You Should Be Swimming

There are several reasons why you should swim! We have here a list that should help to get you motivated.
Low impact
There aren’t any ground impact when you swim, subsequently you protect the joints from stress and strain. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation strongly recommends swimming and water activities because of this, so much in fact that they can sponsor water classes nationwide (check http://www.arthritis.org for further information). Water aerobics programs are also desirable because of this, because in the event that you do jump and hit the end of one’s pool, you do so with less force because you’re buoyant in the water. Not only that, but if you are serious and wear or hold a flotation device in water aerobics class, the impact is even less.
Can possibly be continued in a lifetime
Because there isn’t any impact with swimming, it may be continued for a lifetime. If you read the United States Masters Swimming (http://www.usms.org/) Online site for age categories of their swim competitions, you will notice a 100- to 104-year-old age group! As well as having the master of fitness, Jack La Lanne, who died in 2011, reportedly still swam each day every day at age 93!
Builds cardiorespiratory fitness
Swimming improves endurance. In a evaluation of sedentary middle-aged people that didn’t swim training for twelve weeks, maximal oxygen consumption improved 10% and stroke volume (the level of blood pumped with each beat indicating heart strength) improved equally as much as 18%.
Builds muscle mass
Within a investigation of men who completed an eight-week swimming program, it is well known that a 23.8% improvement in the triceps muscle (the spine of one’s arm). My undertake muscle mass and swimming is that in the event you have been doing no resistance exercise at all and you also show a different side of themselves and start to swim, you will certainly get a lot more toned and you could even gain mass like the men within this study. But even without having the gain in mass, it’s worthy of the strength and tone that you would most likely gain.
An alternate when injured
When athletes are injured, particularly within the lower extremities, they are definitely frequently told to do so swim to maintain their fitness level. Swimming helps them maintain shape, and its even part of the rehabilitation. This is because the resistance of this very water makes sure that muscles work hard enough without the strain or impact that is experienced on land.
It can be break that are caused by the summer heat
There isn’t anything find it irresistible while in the hot times of summer, whether it is with the beach as well as the hot tub. It’s relaxing, the movements are smooth and rhythmic, therefore it is a great workout.
It can be family affair
Swimming as well as other water activities are something the complete family can share. With rising rates of obesity in kids as well as adults within the united states, family physical exercise and good role-modeling is arguably one technique to stem the epidemic of inactivity and obesity facing our nation.
Burns calories
Swimming burns lots of calories, between 500-650 /hour with regard to how efficiently you swim (you burn more flopping around than swimming cleanly!) and how buoyant you happen to be (the better fat in the body you will have, the more you float and of course the fewer calories that is required to swim). Very early and original research on swimming and calorie expenditure showed that swimming, regardless of the stroke, burned about 89% of a given calories expended during running and 97% of a given calories burned during cycling with the same era. Stated another different way, swimming burns about 11% fewer calories than running but only 3% fewer calories than biking. One essential caveat regarding this data is that calorie expenditure is according to the intensity of exercise, and so it’s entirely real to burn more calories swimming than running within the same time period provided that you swim hard enough, and particularly therefore if in comparison with operating at light intensity.
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Relieving Joint Pain with a Hot Tub

As we start to get older, joint pain becomes increasingly frequent. Alongside arthritis, even plain old injuries could cause pain in your joints. Soaking the body inside the warm, bubbling waters of a bath tub can help to greatly relieve joint pain that you happen to be experiencing. Let’s evaluate why a spa tub can assist alleviate symptoms of a persons pain here.
Reduces Pressure on Your Joints
Water buoyancy makes your whole body lighter by about 90 percent, reducing most of the pressure gravity puts on your joints, in accordance with the National Seashore Foundation.1 While you lessen the strain on your knees and joints within the water, the muscles around those joints are allowed to wind down, notes Psychology Today.2 Due to this, both your muscles and joints will certainly be substantially less painful and tense.
Heats Your physique Up
There’s a justification the body loves how you feel of hot water. The warm waters associated with a hot tub relax your joints and increase circulation, which in turn reduces the muscles spasms that so frequently accompany joint pain, in accordance with Laura Schiff’s article in Psychology Today.3 Really hot water helps trigger good blood flow flow to stiff muscles and frozen joints. Engulfing your body finished also gives your joints 360-degree support and decreases swelling and inflammation, notes Arthritis Today.4
Massages the Places That Need it Most
Whether you’re receiving a massage out of your therapy spa or maybe a professional spa therapist, your joints will thanks. Studies have proven that regular massage has led to improvements dealing with, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall functions of a given joints, as per Arthritis Today.5 ThermoSpas® Healing Spa features therapy jets that might be specifically designed to massage joints that may commonly influenced by pain.
Gives Your Mind a rest
It’s not simply the body that should relax when you have joint pain. When you sit in a hot tub alone, playing the gentle motion of this very bubbling waters, you indulge yourself with a special occasion to meditate. This mixture of meditation and soaking in heated water is ideal for relaxation purposes, which in turn relieves stress and reduces arthritis pain, according to William Arnold, M.D., a rheumatologist with the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute.3
Gives you an easier way Exercise
Exercise can easily be extremely painful and difficult for people who suffer with joint pain. While doing their work in a great tub, you’ll be putting little or no stress on your joints while experiencing the pain-relief benefits of hydrotherapy. It’s a great way to workout in case you have joint pain problems. Arthritis Today notes that your wide variety of researches has found that arthritis and fibromyalgia patients who took part in mildly hot water fitness programs two to three times 7 days saw their pain come across as much as 40 percent.4 In addition they revealed that they were willing to function better.
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The remedial Spa provides you with therapy seats and powerful jets crafted to manage the specific joint pain. A lot better, plenty of area of the spa, from the filter system to the staircase, is designed for ease-of-use for those with limited mobility.
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Sources:
1 Batter, Laurie. “The Science Behind the Soak.” National Swimming Pool Foundation. August 1, 2009. Web. February 23, 2015.
2 “Enjoy Hot Springs Within Your Own Home.” Psychology Today 31.2 (1998): 42. CINAHL Plus with Full Text. Web. February 23, 2015.
3 Schiff, Laura. “Water’s Wonders: Steaming Or Soaking, Hydrotherapy Soothes As It Heals.” Psychology Today 34.5 (2001): 69-71. OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson). Web. February 23, 2015.
4 “Warm Water Works Wonders on Pain.” Arthritis Today. Arthritis Foundation. Web. February 23, 2015.
5 “Benefits of Massage.” Arthritis Today. Arthritis Foundation. Web. February 23, 2015.